Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

4.6
2612 reviews
£26 to £40
British

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Afternoon Tea
A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture, the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the spectacular setting for any occasion.
Join us for a lunch from Monday to Sunday 12PM until 3PM or afternoon Tea from Monday to Sunday 15:15PM until 4:15PM- subject to availability.

After you have enjoyed your delicious lunch/ afternoon tea, take a walk around the Museum and soak in the rich tapestry of art and Our world famous collections of Egyptian mummies & contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Please let us know in advance of your visit of any additional dietary requirements.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2612 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TinaW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a lovely afternoon at the roof top restaurant for me and 4 friends outside to celebrate my birthday. The service we received was excellent. The staff were attentive and made sure we were comfortable. We were served promptly.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great. It was raining slightly and gusty at times. I had hoped there be heaters outside. However, this didn’t hamper our delightful experience.

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Louise
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite’go to’ places when we visit Oxford. Relaxed and enjoyable as always and fresh tasty food.

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Kitty
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great ambience, service was excellent. Food was a high standard but not to my tastes. Simple is best.

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Cath
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was really nice and we had a lovely afternoon.

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LisaS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A lovely peaceful and relaxing interlude between the super museum exhibits. Really loved it here.

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svx1994
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A really nice way to take a break from sightseeing at the Ashmolean. Given the Covid restrictions they are only open for tea on certain days. The tea was very tasty and a decent value. Setting is lovely. Service was outstanding.

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Bunty
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very helpful and efficient. The food was delicious- and plentiful! Even though it was raining outside it was a happy occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chilled and enjoyable afternoon tea with family. Staff were attentive and friendly.

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JudithB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really lovely afternoon tea. The food was superb and the service impeccable with a nice relaxed atmosphere.

A real treat

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VirtualV
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was very impressed. We had afternoon tea for two. Everything was delicious, the staff were extremely attentive, and it was a really relaxing. I thought it worth the price, as it was a premium experience.

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DavidW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tea was an enjoyable experience with some good views. The tables were suitably spaced and the service was good. Everything was freshly baked

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MirkoJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good once we got into the restaurant but we, four pensioners, were, we think, unnecessarily held up out in the cold at the entrance before someone had to come all the way down to check are booking, before allowing us in. A more streamlined system required here.

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Iamnotdeaf
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice treat after visiting an exhibition. Really enjoyed it.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely welcome, great freshly made products, wonderful service. Loved the whole experience.

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PhilipB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience and quick helpful service. Food was good, though choice was limited.

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SimonW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good experience - good staff and food. The only suggestion would be to offer complementary refills of tea/coffee. But good value - will be back!

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Monty
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food expensive for what it is - service and people were lovely.

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GeorgiaT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food was lovely, good veggie options on the afternoon tea and good setting/ location. Although the staff were lovely, we felt ignored solely because we were students and not the normal “type” of client. It made us feel very out of place and as if we weren’t welcome, and to be honest, it kind of ruined the experience. We had to wait 35 minutes for our plates to be cleared despite having made it clear we’d like them cleared about 25 minutes before that! I wouldn’t mind normally as I work in hospitality and understand things are more important than clearing plates, but it wasn’t busy and clearly tables that needed relaying ( and ones with customers that looked as if they were more likely to leave a tip) were all more important than clearing our plates which takes 3 seconds! Not sure that based on the experience I had as a young person I would return, but the food was good and as was the setting.

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ChristopherW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly service nice location tasty varied cream tea

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charles
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

very disappointing that you did not offer a lunch menu at 13.15. won't come again unless you reinstate lunch menu

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RabbieA
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magda, our Polish waitress, was outstanding.
She was extremely understanding of dietary restrictions and extremely kind and efficient.

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PeterT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good and they made a vegan version of the afternoon tea with no hesitation

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SusanC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, and the food was really lovely. A really great experience.

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vipJJRF
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food, particularly the savoury options and the service was impeccable. The ambiance was good, relatively quiet, but still busy with excellent views of the Randolph Hotel and parts of central Oxford.

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LadyDi
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

At first we were disappointed that only afternoon tea was available at lunchtime. But we were assured there were plenty of savoury options and there were. Really enjoyed it.

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PhilipB
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With only two other pairs in the whole restaurant and about a quarter of the normal tables removed social distancing was not the slightest problem and the large terrace door was left open through. We could have taken a table on the terrace but Mrs B preferred to sit just inside. The delicious food was just as described in the online menu and Charles looked after us splendidly. We both enjoyed it as an uplifting treat.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon tea and Magda made it even more special. Thank you very much , we will be back.

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CarolineP
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A most enjoyable way to follow an absorbing hour with Rembrandt!

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RuthF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three-tier cake stand attractively presented with freshly baked savouries (smoked salmon bagel, best egg mayonnaise voted by fellow guests, bite size quiche still warm and chive herby mini scones) cream tea of scones jam and clotted cream. Top tier finale of bite size Victoria sponge cakes, macaroons, Lemon drizzle cake (divine) and lastly mango panna cotta ... and choice of teas.
All very spoiling as a rare treat to sit down to a proper tea of a high standard with friends after viewing Young Rembrandt exhibition. All the servers wearing masks and very helpful.
Looking forward to a return visit when the restaurant is able to re-open fully.

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

A bit lacklustre and a little basic. Not a huge range of tastes on offer.
Expensive for what we got £50 for 2.
Would have expected tablecloths at least.
Service was good.
No offer to top up teapot so tea was cold by the end.

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AmandaN
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We booked for a cream tea. We loved the experience. Staff were amazing!

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FrancisH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A real treat to get afternoon tea at the restaurant. The service was outstanding, we were made to feel so welcome. Afternoon tea was wonderful - the savouries were particularly special. Thanks for a wonderful experience ( followed up by the amazing Young Rembrandt exhibition). A great afternoon out.

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GordonC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent few hours enjoying tasty afternoon tea in pleasant surroundings. Top notch service by Magdalena. Recommended.

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MartinB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A traditional cream tea with a modern twist. My wife had the gluten free version. This was the perfect end to a perfect day. The setting and ambiance were lovely. We will definitely return.

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Bardmonkey
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect treat! Perfectly judged high tea in a beautiful setting. Staff could not have been more helpful

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ElizabethL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Would recommend it.

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FionaD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met my sister yesterday for the first time since before Coronavirus lockdown. Our day out in Oxford started with an early (12.00) afternoon tea in the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant. What a great start! A wide variety of delicious savoury and sweet goodies were served, accompanied by a glass of Prosecco and pot of tea each. Every crumb was devoured.

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SianL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience Afternoon Tea (delicious and plenty of food).

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely location good covid precautions. Very quiet at 1300 on Sunday when we arrived.I think it is expensive for a regular afternoon tea. The mini tarts were superb both regular and veggie option.

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IanB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice and civilised meal with my partner. Friendly and accommodating staff and a reasonable price for quality and location

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant
Responded on 5 October 2020

Good afternoon Ian Thank you for your review of the rooftop restaurant afternoon tea , its great to hear that you all enjoyed your food service and felt it was good value, we look forward to welcoming you back to the rooftop restaurant soon.

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Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2612 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.