After visiting Maxwells for dinner in a party of 11 last night, I will not be returning. I ordered Herb marinated chicken breast, with garlic mash and creamy mushroom sauce. The chicken breast was on a bone (?!) and slightly pink and the garlic mash ruined everything else on my plate. A friend ordered a rare steak with no chips (extra salad) and a red wine jus, the steak was well done, it arrived with chips and the red wine jus did not taste of any form of wine! Her meal was not sorted but instead they just brought an extra salad. The only meal which was applauded was the sandwich ordered.
As for the service, although the staff were efficient in bringing our food quickly, they expected us to pass food down to the other end of the table instead of walking around to take it to the right person. Apart from one friendly male waitor, the female waitresses mumbled so we were unable to hear what they were saying (in a loud atmosphere this is very irritating). On asked had we finished and was our food nice, I explained that it we had finished (all plates, apart from the sandwich, were half full) but the food was not what expected, especially the steak costing £13.00, they apologised and then left the food plates in front of us for another 20 minutes before collecting.
I will not return to Maxwells for food in th future, as a bar it is fine but their prices should be a lot lower as a chain restaurant that does not serve particularly great food. I think this place does well purely because of its prime position in Oxford.
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