Magnolia Brasserie at Sudbury House

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  • Local Ingredients
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
The Magnolia Restaurant is a new addition to the Sudbury House Hotel in 2015. Overlooking the beautiful gardens, the restaurant boasts a feature open kitchen with a wood burning stove from which freshly prepared pizzas, burgers and grills, prepared and served in front of your very eyes. In addition to these delicious dishes our extensive menu will offer provides contemporary dishes made using top quality produce, sourced where possible from local suppliers. light .

The restaurant also offers al fresco dining in the peaceful and tranquil gardens, or to simply relax with your pre dinner drinks, a sparkling glass of wine, a cool beer or a mellow red.

Our lounge offers an relaxed and informal area to enjoy our extensive drinks array of wines, ciders, spirits and beers with some delicious local produce to try and enjoy.
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DL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow. Otherwise happy with experience.

CW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit to the Magnolia Brasserie. The only complaint is that the strawberry trifle was not up to the standard that I would have expected for a £7 dessert. It was obviously served straight out of the 'fridge and was extremely cold, with the result that it tasted bland and the true flavours were taken away by the coldness! It was not my idea of what a trifle should be. In addition, the "warm" bakewell tart, although very nice, was barely warm. However, the service was excellent and the surroundings very nice.

M
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were extremely disappointed as it was our wedding anniversary, we had heard about restaurant 57 which is where we thought we would be eating. Not the case, found food and presentation mediocre. Ordered drinks which arrived a while after our starter. While ambience was not what we expected. Never mind next year!

JM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we have been and we will most certainly go back! Excellent meal/service/setting.

JG
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We chose this restaurant because it appeared as dog friendly and we wanted to try the traditional Sunday Roast.
First disappointment: they tell us that in the restaurant no, it has to be on the terrace of a beautiful garden. As it is a good day, we don't care (although we don't like eating on terraces).
The service is slow, but we are not in a hurry. Finally the first dishes arrive and with them they begin to wander the wasps. One of the diners is allergic to their bites. We commented it. No solution.
We barely finish the first ones (which are not like to shoot rockets) and comment if we can move inside. They tell us yes, but we have to leave the dog outside even though the room is practically empty. We tell them that for nothing and they don't give us any solution. We commented that this is not a dog friendly restaurant, but as if I hear it rain.
We decided to leave and all the detail and apology you have with us is to present us with an account of approximately half of the amount of the 3-course menus that we had requested.
A shame and a huge disappointment.

SW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food brilliant staff .Nice atmosphere highly recommended .

m
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is really well decorated and the staff were very welcoming. The service was prompt and friendly without being overbearing. The food was excellent and the portion sizes are large so be prepared

BP
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food is fine but the brasserie is too big. The space should be broken up using screens/plants to create an atmosphere more like Restaurant 56, which is superb.

W
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Not as good as previous years, menu is limited and service was not a friendly

JS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really lovely food and a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

LH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Such a lovely place to go that is different and feels like a treat ! Garden / patio area is beautiful - restaurant is very modern and staff are exceptionally friendly and polite ! We only came for a quick lunch but felt so well treated and looked after ! Great spacious place for parking the pram! Very clean and well presented ! This is going to be a regular places for me to meet friends ! Thankyou

PG
Oxford
33 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely restaurant, we had some fantastic food, we had the sourdough bread which is amazing flavour, I had pork for my main and it melted in my mouth, hubby had fish and he was over the moon, and the service was great as well. Will be back soon.

SL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful Sunday Lunch. We will definitely return.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love eating at The Brasserie. The food is always excellent and the service is just right. I often visit with a friend who is vegan and the chef is always willing to create something scrumptious for her.

BL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been wanting to go to this resturant for years, and finally for my wife's birthday, we did just that. The food was outstanding; the staff matched the quality, overall; if you ever you visit the Cotswold and need a base, you'll not be disappointed, if you use this hotel as a base.......

IT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As ever Magnolia Brasserie food wise is Faringdon's best kept secret. Starters and puddings are excellent. Sunday lunch very good. Must mention that more variety of greens would be appreciated . Broccoli plus broccoli on the side is repetition of green. May I suggest a small jug of gravy be offered at the start. Is too late having once tucked into your food. Restaurant decor is very good but somehow there lacks a comfortable ambience . Everything too spaced out. I like privacy but feel isolated. Drinks and food , why would I need to travel out of Faringdon.

SG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding - nothing too much trouble for the staff in the restaurant. I was very impressed and will definitely come back.

DL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and accommodating...lovely to meet Nick Bennet who was happy to pose for a photo with our children and then go on to cook an amazing meal for us all.

ML
Oxford
19 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had such a lovely evening. Staff were very attentive and the food was very good. Will definitely visit again.

SR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was quick but inexperienced service staff was a concern. We needn’t have worried it all worked well.
One oddity was the requirement to sign a disclaimer when we asked to take away our left overs in a doggie bag. That seemed a little OTT. But it wasn’t a problem it was simply odd.

JC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children. Food was excellent. Been many times before always let down just by how few people dining, no ambience. Thankfully the restaurant was quite full, so fab evening had by all! Staff always attentive.

B
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and amazing desserts. Nice selection of gin and all very relaxed

PI
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food and service was fine, pity my family were the only people in there.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good place to eat. It was quite quiet when we went which I liked. I have only knocked it down a star because the salt pot was empty (this should be checked regularly) and the mushroom with my steak was far too salty (almost inedible and I like salt). The staff were all very friendly and I would definitely come back again.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food at a reasonable price, and brilliant to find somewhere nice that was open so late on a Sunday. The only down side was an unexpected 10% mandatory tip that we only noticed after we'd paid. Bit cheeky.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointing,we do not like garlic and were told it was in the gravy. Chef allowed us to taste it, but there was no suggestion that an alternative was available. Don’t like Sunday roast without gravy. First choice of meat had run out and only other choice was beef which came very rare. I like my meat cooked!

CW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our lunch at the Magnolia Brasserie. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The only minor complaint was that we had to wait quite a long time for our food to be served. However, because of this, the gratuity was deducted from our bill. I would recommend this restaurant and would go again.

g
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The so-called music you provide is dreadful; loud and tuneless. I understand the need to provide some background music especially if there aren't many guests in the restaurant. The need for such background music diminishes as the restaurant fills up and in any case in the Magnolia there is the added background noise from the kitchen which adequately provides the ambience needed.

That said our waiter did have the volume turned down which was appreciated.

John Gibson.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food good view

HJ
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We ate outside. Lovely view. Shame about the noise and smell of the extractors. Great gin menu but gins not served with any of the garnishes from the menu. All came with lemon or lime.

M
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Contemporary spacious airy dining experience, no fuss but great service and amazing food, very good vfm and a lovely setting.

PS
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An interesting and well-priced set menu ['De-Tour'] with the added interest of watching its preparation in the open kitchen

MH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food freshly cooked in the open kitchen. Very attentive waitress .
Excellent service . We all thoroughly enjoyed it . Thank you

RK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been before but I was excited to return with my parents as I knew they would love it and they did. The waiters are extremely friendly and helpful and the vegetarian choices are superb, which many eateries lack. Lovely place, will definitely be back.

O
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Relaxing & Pleasant experience. Food excellent. Staff very attentive

SP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and excellent service. Thoroughly recommended.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious fresh food made virtually infront of us. Everyone had something different and equally happy with their choices. Service was good. Lovely restaurant.

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Popped in for lunch. Chose the fish and chips which is unusual choice for me. Absolutely delicious. Freshly made beer batter, fish was very fresh, chips were divine. Came with peas and a very generous portion of Home made tartar sauce. Will return!

T
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, very relaxing and excellent food. We had the fish and chips with peas. The batter on the fish was lovely and crisp. Compliments to the chefs. Good range of drinks and selection of wine.

P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable, excellent food and service. We look forward to our next visit.

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