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1855 Wine Bar
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Ranked #121 of 671 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Spanish, British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is apparently a fairly new arrival, and its certainly a welcome one. Its a small, slightly boxy new build attached to the outside of an old building in the forecourt of the maimaison. Its contemporary inside, with nice mirrors and decor to contrast effectively wight eh old masonry to which the restaurant is attached. There were no tables available, so we had to charm or way to a table for about half an hour until the sou;d-be inhabitants turned up. I had a Turkish wine that I never thought I would like but was in fact very good (Vourla), and My Lovely Companion had the Rioja Blanco (each about 7.50-7.75 a 175ml glass). We also had a rather meagre portion of jam on serrano and some sourdough bread and olive oil...which was really sour itself, so we complained and they gave us some more which was an improvement. they don't have kitchen here so the 'home made' items on the menu are in fact made at the chef's house and then brought in in bags (I quote).That said, I really appreciated the pan-Mediterranean food and wine, I liked the decor, I liked the seamless matching of old and new, and the service was also a real pleasure. I look forward to going back in a month or two's time and seeing if their tapas can be edged up to a 5*.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Great selection of wines from various countries and of various tastes. Great food selection, with amazing local cheese selections that change almost daily. Great atmosphere, perfect for a pleasant glass of wine with a friend or with a date. Definitely recommend visiting to anybody. A new hot spot in town!

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

You must check this out. An independent wine bar with keen, super informed and enthusiastic staff. Choices are very unique and the price points suit all wallets. Decor is very warm and comforting and great location on the Oxford Castle site. They hold regular wine tastings which we will check out soon. And to top it off there was a soon to be qualified master of wine who I learnt more from in 5 minutes than I have in a year of reading.

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Reviewed January 12, 2014

On a recommendation we checked out this new wine bar in the Castle Quarter of Oxford - it turned out to be the perfect place for a couple of glasses of wine before dinner at Malmaison next door. We were served by Juan who was super knowledgeable about the wines of offer & we loved the two reds he suggested. It had a relaxed vibe, cool decor, and was a great alternative to all the chain bars that dominate a lot of the town. They did serve food which looked good but we didn't try it this time.

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Reviewed April 9, 2016
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