Luscombes

4.6
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149 reviews
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£25 and under
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English
Situated in leafy Lower Assendon, Luscombes is the perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends & family. Voted 'best Sunday lunch' 2013 for South of England by The Observer & a Michelin recommended restaurant for the last 6 years, the atmosphere is relaxed but the food & service excellent. Chef-patron Stephen Luscombe is passionate about locally sourced produce and his menu features classic British dishes like duck breast with pearl barley; saddle of spring lamb with gnocchi; and chicken liver parfait with coriander toast. For dessert, don’t miss the chocolate fondant with a melting caramel centre – a real treat for chocoholics! With friendly service and an excellent wine list on offer too, Luscombes never fails to impress.
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SR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Open table cancelled my booking when I had clearly confirmed ut

DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourites, never fails.
Excellent value from the lunch special.

LC
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely venue. Sharon is an excellent host, food lovely, as are the staff.

HP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service & still the best chips EVER!

A couple of the items we ordered were no longer available, but it was all dealt with extremely well.

Will definitely be back here again!

LC
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have introduced this venue to two friends who love it as much as I do. Sharon is a very hardworking, friendly hostess. Food tasty and fairly priced.

VP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Very good host. Have recommended to friends.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overpriced soup (for tiny amount) Excellent squid. Intermittent service (had to get up and find waitress even to get the bill)

M
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food in a great location.very friendly staff and attentive service. Excellent outside eating with chickens wandering around. Ideal place to take little ones to see the rabbits, guinea pigs and different types of chicken.

K
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Pub looks very inviting from the outside, but is a restaurant rather than a pub. The staff would not allow us to have a drink at the bar we had to go to our table.

Ambience was soulless. food was good but the squid starter was very salty.

Would not rush back to eat here.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the seabags and it was excellent...one of the best meals I've had there.
Oops...meant to say sea bass!

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We were visiting the area and this was our local pub. The menu is really nice and got off to a great start with really nice starters and good wine. We both ordered different steaks, and unfortunately both were overcooked. We sent them back with no bother, and to be fair to the staff, they didn't charge us for any of the wine we had that evening to apologise for the mistake. Problem was that the steaks were still over-cooked 2nd time round too, but we didn't say anything. Also worth being aware there didn't seem to be a drinks-only part to this pub, it was just a restaurant inside, so nowhere really to relax pre/post dinner. Young staff members were a bit too keen and needed to listen/slow down a little! So, it was alright, I might give it another go, but with so many other great options in the area i'm not sure I would really!

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super friendly speedy and professional my only criticism was the dessert was a bit rich, lovely but rich.

AT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a bit early, but no problems at all, we were made welcome.
Food choice was good for a lunch and the food itself was fabulous. My wife had lemon sole and I had filet steak both cooked to perfection.
Waiter was very pleasant an efficient.
I have been at this restaurant a few times now and it never fails to impress me.

LC
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took a friend with me for lunch and we both loved our experience. Service efficient and friendly, food delicious. My friend liked it so much she is taking a group of there for lunch next month.

VD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere. We were all pleasantly surprised. The service was great too. Would definitely recommend to friends.

WS
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we lived neaerr we would be a very regular customers. A superb experience from wonderful staff and service and excellent food. Thank you

JP
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly welcome and service with excellent food providing a good choice of dishes with manageable portions. We have always eaten well here and enjoyed the ambience. Special seating requirements requested for this latest visit were well managed.

OT
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, excellent cheese soufflé, main of cod a little uninspired, couldn’t find a dessert without ice-cream-apart from the cheese board!
But overall, a very good experience, would recommend.

PG
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly service and very competent cooking with a short well balanced menu

JG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, thoughtful special menu and quality ingredients. Delicious desserts. Very friendly
and attentive staff. Delightful.

RO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS LOVE TO BE INVITED TO DINE AT LUSCOMBES .A FRIEND WHO CAME WITH ME RECENTLY WAS DEEPLY ENVIOUS THAT WE HAVE SUCH AN OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD . SHE WAS SO IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH THE DELICIOUS FOOD BUT ALSO THE RELAXED PUB ATMOSPHERE THAT HAS BEEN RETAINED . LUCKY US ! LONG MAY IT LAST .

JT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, not fantastic for the money. Service was perfunctory.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service (friendly and attentive) good ambience.

c
Berkshire
22 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely food, highly recommended

BL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a cracking 60th birthday celebration with good friends. The food was excellent, with the sea food platter in particular of note. Staff were friendly and attentive. A great meal.

SP
London
13 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a wonderful selection of both meat and fish,

OT
Oxford
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, as always. We have not been disappointed there yet

HU
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner, great choice and very tasty. There was no problem increasing our number from 4 to 5 diners and we had a most enjoyable evening thank you

OT
Oxford
14 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, as always, was excellent!

GF
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice menu. A bit different to normal modern British food, which is nice, but not overly elaborate like some places. It took rather a long time to get the dessert menu and for our dessert order to be taken.

CW
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In a word superb. Steve and the team have maintained a consistent approach in providing excellent food for many years now. Full marks.

OT
Oxford
14 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great service

LM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for lunch after Luscombes was recommended by other friends. Did not disappoint. Great menu - souffles are the speciality and are to die for. We had the dessert souffle but there was a cheese one on the starter menu. The waitresses were really friendly and professional. A great ambience in this gastro/pub and recommended. We will be trying the dinner option in the new year.

j
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat upstairs for lunch , excellent service and all courses delicious

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered saddle of venison, which was excuisate but I was left still feeling hungry.

BM
Berkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant evening, nice welcome, friendly helpful staff, lovely food, nice atmosphere!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food - the pork belly and the rib eye were absolutely delicious

JG
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I've been there a few times never ate from the specials menu before. Starter not very interesting, not their usual standard, main course was fine.

CS
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luscombe's was perfect for a special meal with friends. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious - a light and tangy cheese soufflé to start, beautifully prepared and served handmade pasta and an amazing dessert of crispy banana and salted caramel ice cream - a taste sensation. My friend loved her birthday supper treat here.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch in the Gazebo. Soufflé was wonderful. Beutifully cooked and presented dishes.