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Kingswell Hotel Restaurant, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Kingswell Hotel Restaurant

2.9
2.9
73 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
RESTAURANT
The Kings Kitchen spans the sprawling 16th century grade II listed part of the Kingswell; showcasing exposed oak beams & original features throughout, in keeping with the local area. With an emphasis on British & internationally influenced cuisine, our menu & kitchen philosophy is founded on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Our dedicated Kitchen Team serve a wide range of dishes suitable for every palette, age, dietary requirement or preference; we will always do our utmost to meet your needs upon request.

Our Spacious restaurant houses an original log fire, cosy seating & a beautiful grand piano; It is these original, personal touches that we believe ensure your dining experience with us will always hit the right note!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Indian, Asian
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 07:00–09:30 Sat, Sun 08:00–10:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:15
  • Phone number
    01235 833043
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 73 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

2.9
2.9 based on recent ratings
  • 2.9Food
  • 3.1Service
  • 2.8Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseModerate

73 Reviews
  1. Sdm36

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The booking was NOT honoured. Venue appeared closed, went somewhere else..

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  2. HilaryW

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked our table and received a reminder to go to our meal on Wed evening 6th Dec. We arrived to a ghost hotel. no one at reception, no one in the dining room, we were told the staff didn't appear for work that day, we left and went to eat somewhere else. I wish someone had told us before we made the journey that there would be no meal.

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  3. Chicks

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hotel and Restaurant was beautiful and quiet for our time there. The food was delicious and well presented. Good value for money and the portions was perfect. Will definitely be having more meals here.

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  4. JuanB

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The website description of the food created an expectation of a restaurant menu. In fact it was just good pub food and wine, which was ok for what we wanted. I wouldn't go here for a special occasion meal.

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  5. HayleyF

    East Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    An odd one. The hotel and restaurant were clearly once very well populated and busy - however, it was lacking. The food was extremely tasty and well presented, however the service was a little slow considering there was less that 4 tables eating.... The decor was dated, but would have been lovely a few years ago. I feel as though the place is hanging on, but clearly there is no love or budget left in the place. Such a shame. The pictures do not match it's current state.

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  6. JulieC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far our favourite restaurant because the owners and staff are amazing and the home cooked food is just beyond words A hidden gem that people should try 👌

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  7. Phil

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Lack of staff. Limited menu. Basic quality food. Needs improvement to be a place to return to

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  8. LeonaH

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Made a reservation but when we arrived we were told the entire place was closed. Why was I allowed to make a reservation?

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  9. 13weeks

    France

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu online is different to what is at the restaurant. Food was lovely but the restaurant was too quiet we was the only ones in there on a Saturday night.

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  10. CraigS

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very characterful room with beams. Comfortable bar adjacent. Good menu not overlong. Good service. Food ample and delicious. Very pleased with choice of venue to meet up with friends.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We pre booked as we thought the menu online looked great. Got there and there was only 1 other couple there. It was cold and the atmosphere was dull. We received the menu and it was one page of around 20 items, nothing like the menu advertised online. We ordered drinks and unfortunately found somewhere else to eat. As we went to pay we gave our feedback on the limited menu compared to online and were told ‘maybe you should try new foods’ I found this thoroughly insulting considering I am half Finnish / Italian and eat pretty much anything and have a rather well established pallet!

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  12. Nicp

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and venue but the dining room was very cold. Much better if the open fire had been lit

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was quiet and the food was lovely but the restaurant was cold. The lemon meringue for dessert was 10/10 amazing.

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  14. CatherineP

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    While it was great to have vegan dishes on the menu there wasn't much choice. The portions were a good size but the soup was very bland. Service was as expected and friendly enough.

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  15. Dezza

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We found that the atmosphere was very quiet and somewhat lacking. The food was good but with no option for after dinner hot drinks it lacked what we were looking for.

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  16. Witold

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    On arrival there was no one to meet and greet. After we got to the table we’ve waited very long time for the starters (drinks arrived quickly). Starters were coldish and not nice. My Baked Camembert starter was almost cold. Very small amount of bread with a fairly big amount of pate. There was no offer to order more drinks, we had to go to a bar to ask for more drinks. We’ve waited over 30 minutes for mains to arrive and again they were lukewarm. Finally the Tarte au Citron (was not nice) was served with halved grapes and not with raspberries as per menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, fantastic staff.

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  18. EmmaE

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service. Good selection of food. Very tasty pizza.

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  19. JackOLynn

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food offering something different with Indian fusion, let down by being asked to leave the restaurant and bar at 10:15 on a Friday night as they wanted to close.

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  20. DavidS

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food for good value. Would come back for sure.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff and service was excellent. Sunday carvery was everything you’d expect it to be. Good value for money.

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  22. MattyLay

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family have used the Kingswell for years, amazing as always :) Love the Sunday carvery!

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  23. ChristineB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always good. Get what you pay for. Bar could be better stocked.

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  24. Hubby

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was superb; no negatives!! Comes with our recommendation…

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  25. JohnB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very under rated place, don't know why it's not full up. Excellent food both Indian and UK. Good choices and well presented. Try it yourselves, eaten there many times always great

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  26. BlayneC

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Poor ambience Over cooked calamari Butter chicken was lovely Restaurant was freezing Music far too loud Limited menu made worse by two things not being on the menu Needs some real attention as this area of UK is crying out for a decent restaurant They also don’t recognise Open Table bookings so best phone instead

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  27. AnnaJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food. One negative would be the small amount of menu options.

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  28. PhillipH

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived at the appointed time only to be ignored by the woman doing reception. She was dealing with one other customer but could have at least acknowledged our arrival. I looked into the dining room and found that only one table was occupied. Nobody in the building was wearing a mask. We decided to leave and we’re looked after very well by the friendly and professional staff of the Eyston Arms in East Hendred.

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  29. RobertB

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had Sunday lunch carvery which offered a wide selection of meats and vegetables. Highly recommended!

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  30. JonathanT

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and every course we had was very enjoyable and well worth the wait. I would definitely recommend the KINGSWELL HOTEL for its ambiance, service and quality food.
    Kingswell Hotel RestaurantResponded on 20 December 2021
    Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit & hope to welcome you again soon. Kind Regards, Alisha The Kingswell Hotel

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  31. local

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely Sunday lunch, a really nice treat after a cycle ride.
    Kingswell Hotel RestaurantResponded on 20 December 2021
    Good Afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit & hope to welcome you again soon. Kind Regards, Alisha The Kingswell Hotel

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  32. EmTang

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first time at Kingswell and we were not disappointed. Food were really good, I’d recommend Coriander Salmon and blueberry crumble pie. We’d definitely come back again.

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  33. BlayneC

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night again. Thank you 😊

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  34. BlayneC

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal abs amazing space!!!

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  35. CeliaG

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best chicken curry ever!!! Very comfortable place and great service

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  36. AndrewS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food and attentive service! The only issue was the place was a bit cold.

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  37. DebbiR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious meal and we were looked after well. Will definitely be back once the lockdown is over.

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  38. StaceyC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favourite places to go for food. The service is brilliant! I would highly recommend a visit if you haven’t already. Beautiful inside! The owners are doing a fabulous job 👍🏻😀

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  39. NaomiB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic food and fantastic service, would definitely recommend this restaurant

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  40. RaeM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I used to come to Kingswell for the Sunday carvery, before covid, and highly rated it...since covid there is no carvery, sadly, but the roasts are still fabulous imo 😋

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Kingswell Hotel Restaurant is rated 2.9 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Google Map for Kingswell Hotel Restaurant

Reading Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0LZ

Additional information

  • Area
    Didcot
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 07:00–09:30 Sat, Sun 08:00–10:00 Lunch Daily 12:00–14:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:15
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Indian, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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