Magnolia Restaurant at Sudbury House

4.1
85 reviews
£25 and under
British
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.
What 85 People Are Saying
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DerekB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service. Recommend this restaurant to everyone

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KimM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, gluten free pizza was excellent, burger great! Priced a little too high maybe? Service was very good. Would definitely recommend!

JS
JulieS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday dinner, would normally have a pudding, but to full.
Everything was cooked to a very high standard.
Will be eaten there again.

SJ
StaceyJ
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening. Such a great touch letting the children help make their pizzas! Very well looked after & food was delicious!

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PaolaH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed our return trip to your restaurant
A shame that so few people are aware of this little gem as a full restaurant would create a warmer atmosphere.
We look forward to our next trip and will let others know where to get a great lunch at a very reasonable price
Thank you again
Paöla Hewins

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Sally
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were very attentive and service was very prompt. I had the fish and chips which were the best that I have had at Sudbury House. My friend had the steak, which although was cooked a little more than the requested rare, was excellent and the pink peppercorn sauce was very delicious. Sadly we were too full to have a dessert. which was a shame because the choice was very tempting, next time hopefully! I live very locally and value having such a lovely place to eat out within walking distance of home.

KG
KatyG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fantastic service. We were even accommodated with a request off menu for one of our group. Highly recommended.

DB
DerekB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good venue BUT waitress did not understand the menu and was unable to help with questions. Good food quite expensive

PR
PhillyR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Slightly lack-lustre but surprisingly comprehensive wine list and very pleasant staff. I'm sure that there is more atmosphere in the dining room during the day but it doesn't really lend itself to an evening.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with a reasonable balance of meat and vegetables quite rare these days. The food was also beautifully presented. The staff were efficient and competent but at the same time pleasant friendly and cheerful especially the young waitresses who served us.

JC
JulieC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. The food and service were very good, and we had a wander in the lovely gardens afterwards

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NigelD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was prepared and presented very well and served by really friendly and efficient staff, particularly Charlie and Gemma. They went out of their way to ensure that our exact requirements were met. There was a varied menu to choose from.

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AshleyE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Setting was modern, comfortable and not overly busy for a Sunday lunch. Food and service were amazing!

DL
DavidL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow. Otherwise happy with experience.

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ChristineW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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Mandy
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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!

JG
JoanG
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

JM
JulieM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SusanW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food brilliant staff .Nice atmosphere highly recommended .

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markp
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BrianP
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

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.

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Wills
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

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

JS
JenniferS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely food and a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

LH
LisaH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipPennyG
Oxford
36 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Lambert
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful Sunday Lunch. We will definitely return.

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Roubalicious
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Born2L8
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.......

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IanT
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
SarahG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

DL
DavidL
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MLong
Oxford
21 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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SteveR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
JennyC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Bchutney
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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PeterI
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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!

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ChristineW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

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Magnolia Restaurant at Sudbury House is rated 4.1 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

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