Parsonage Grill

4.5
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
Famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, the Parsonage Grill displays an amazing collection of eclectic oil paintings; mainly portraits of well-known writers and artists.

Our Head Chef, Allan McLaughlin, takes pride in using the best produce, cooked simply to create classic British dishes with a modern, light touch.

Our state of the art kitchen uses the best local produce to create classic, simple yet innovative British dishes. Open every day of the year, enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and our famous afternoon teas, in the company of Oxford’s academic and literary luminaries…

Private Dining

Our Pike Room is available for parties of up 20 offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. We also have a license for small intimate weddings.

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JS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful building which is decorated with the owner's paintings - wall to wall. Mainly portraits - they are lovely. The atmosphere is sophisticated, quiet and intimate. The house speciality, the chicken pie, was very good, as were the fish cakes. Generous helpings. The sides we tried of new potatoes and greens were also very good. Only disappointment was the handcut fries. Charming and helpful service.

T
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience in lovely surroundings with attentive staff, good food and reasonably priced for the quality of the food. Would return to try some of the other dishes.

SW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and beautiful location!

CO
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious! I had a salad which was enormous. My daughter had the risotto and it was a delight to the taste buds. My only disappointment was I was so full I couldn't order a pudding.

L
London
12 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. The scallops were perfect as was the crab as starter. I would highly recommend a visit.

AH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delightful area for high tea. Attentive staff will definitely return.

JP
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for a special birthday afternoon tea and it was the most perfect setting for that occasion. The beautiful decor, the velvet upholstery and artwork on the walls made it feel very special. Service was wonderful, friendly and attentive and the afternoon tea was magnificent.

AJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Most of the food was lovely, however our starter and pudding were both still frozen. We thought maybe it was meant to be served this way but there were several other people who also commented on this and one person returned their food. Not what we were expecting for how much we paid.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 6 January 2020

Dear Amy, We are so sorry you didn't enjoy your whole meal and would like to reassure you that no elements of your meal were frozen apart from the ice cream in the baked alaska, However, both of your starters were not designed to be hot, the venison and the crayfish need to be kept cold. We shall definitely be in touch to make amends and thank you once again for your feedback which is invaluable to us. We are already planning this year's celebrations and will keep your comments in mind.

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RL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We were extremely disappointed with the food I'm afraid, and couldn't even finish it. A great disappointment as we've loved the Parsonage Grill in the past.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 6 January 2020

Dear Rachel, We are so sorry you didn't enjoy your meal on New Year's eve but we hope you enjoyed the service, live music and ambience. We shall be in touch to discuss further and to make amends.

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b
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Service, comfort, ambience and presentation excellent - one sits comfortably and in a nice atmosphere where, unlike in most Oxford restaurants, one can hear oneself speak

Venezia 2016 red wine excellent.

Food very disappointing and too expensive. Venison tartare dull and un-dressed, didn't like the creme fraiche. Duck breast with celeriac and spinach underdone (had to be returned to kitchen) tough and tasteless with vegetables too bland. Sliced with a good jus or light sauce would have made a difference. The Alaska dessert was much too sweet, too much of it and the hot/cold element missing.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 6 January 2020

Dear Bickie, Thank you so much for your review, we are of course extremely disappointed that you didn't enjoy your meal on New Year's Eve. We have been in touch via email and are hoping to welcome you back soon. We have taken your feedback on board and adjusted our dishes accordingly.

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GT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

As usual we had a lovely time whiling away an afternoon over lunch and drinks. It’s the first time we’ve been back since last December and a couple of things to note:
- £34 for a sirloin steak and chips served with chips that had soaked up a reasonable amount of oil (oil not hot enough when they were cooked?) and the side was half a lettuce. The lettuce was not brazed just a cold piece of lettuce. More effort needed for £34:00 in my view.
- my wife had cod and it came with broccoli. The broccoli was so undercooked my wife couldn’t cut the stems to eat so had to leave them. Again it’s just a lack of effort and attention to detail.

We love this place but it seems to have become a little more expensive and delivers less in the way of quality food, which is ultimately why we go. For a £150 for two lunch I don’t think we’re being unreasonable in expecting the basics to be met by the kitchen.

The service is excellent and friendly , faultless, and the venue absolutely lovely just the kitchen output wasn’t at the same level for us.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 9 January 2020

Dear Gary, We are so sorry you left disappointed with your meal. We should have cooked the broccoli better, if you had mentioned to us at the time we would have of course rectified, for your wife to enjoy her meal properly. With regards to your 10oz. ribeye steak, we source our meat very carefully to assure the highest quality which is reflected in the price. The garnish of hand cut chips and a fresh green salad are there to compliment the steak but the star of the dish is the meat itself.

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LB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A very warm welcome from the charming female maître d and we were shown to a larger round table, as requested when booking, so pleased they took notice. Service was very efficient, but not too fussy. Both of us elected the Venison pie, which was supremely good. As we were just on a light lunch, we left it at that, vowing to return come New Year, when armed with a larger appetite.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so glad that you have been served so well by our fantastic front of house team and you have enjoyed the venison so much! Be sure to visit us again soon to try more of what we offer, I am sure (just as the last time) it will not disappoint.

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MY
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with old fashioned charm. Good buzz, great service. Interesting but not wild menu, well delivered. Would go again tomorrow if I could!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you very much for this lovely review. We are so glad that we have delivered on so many fronts and that you have enjoyed your time with us so much. We do hope you can visit us again soon!!

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MB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I wanted to treat my wife to high tea in a very nice place. Parsonage Grill did not disappoint. Everyone and everything was outstanding.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for this kind review. We are so delighted that your wife and yourself enjoyed such a fabulous afternoon tea and service. We look forward to the next time you visit us.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, gracious service, warm inviting ambience. Perfect winter meal.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review! We are so pleased to hear that you have had such a delicious meal and that you have received such great service from our fantastic front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a table of six, with one guest arriving late and throughout we had exemplary service. The menus offered enough choices for vegetarians and meat eaters. My cheese souffle entree and venison main were both perfectly cooked. The waitress offered tasters of a couple of wines we were unsure about - without prompting. And the setting is charming, we could hear ourselves talk and there are several separate spaces for eating. Happy to recommend this restaurant

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderfully kind review. We are so delighted to hear that we have impressed in so many ways, and we are delighted that you and your guests enjoyed a fantastic meal. We are so happy to hear that you would recommend us, and hope that you return to us very soon.

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GB
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The birthday cake you carried out was a lovely touch - thank you!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your special meal with us so much, and the special touches provided enhanced the occasion. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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D
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was brilliant, food was very lovely.
Drinks in the bar ahead of the meal were very relaxing and festive. Would highly recommend the cod, and advise avoiding the chocolate tart as it lacked flavour and was paired with a sorbet which melted into a watery puddle making the pastry very soggy.

Excellent atmosphere, and beautiful setting. Service was fantastic until we finished our meal, then were ignored in favour of preparing the tables for the next day. Waited an hour for our bill. But would still return!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you so much for this glowing review. We are so delighted that you have enjoyed everything so much. We look forward to your return.

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CW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our staff xmas party venue. We live everything about it.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 December 2019

thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted that we have managed to impress to such an extent. We look forward to you visiting us again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 21 December 2019

Thank you for you kind 5 star review. We are delighted you have enjoyed your meal with us so much and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The second visit in two weeks and as exemplary as the the first visit.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy to have impressed on both occasions you have visited us. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had an excellent High Tea one of which was vegan. We often give High Tea as a present to friends and family and will certainly be adding Parsons Grill to put list of venues. Many thanks to the staff.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are so glad that you have enjoyed you afternoon tea so much, and found our offering perfect for all you guests. We look forward to welcoming yourself and any friends you generously treat to an afternoon tea with us very soon.

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t
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been here for three months and this was our send off dinner. Everything was just perfect. We had been about five years ago, and looked forward to returning. Loved the Xmas decorations.. It is just such a warm and inviting spot. The martini perfect.. as was dinner..

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your special send-off dinner with us so much. We very much look forward to welcoming you again the next time you are in Oxford.

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X
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family afternoon tea! The quality and quantity of food was excellent. The service was very polite and the room that they served our tea was very nice.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 December 2019

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your afternoon tea with us so much, and you have received so 1st class service from our fantastic front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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AC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Afternoon Tea to celebrate a 70th birthday. The birthday girl had never been before and felt very spoilt to celebrate her birthday in such a beautiful place. The service was great, very attentive but not intrusive, food delicious and well presented.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 December 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are so happy that you have enjoyed you special afternoon tea with us and the the birthday girl was rightfully made to feel so spoilt. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveluy surroundings and good service. We enjoyed our evening.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 8 December 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. We are delighted that you have spent such an enjoyable evening in our beautiful Parsonage and that our fantastic team have helped make it a memorable one. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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CT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all choose from the Christmas menu and the food, both choice and quality were super.
Staff were lovely and attentive without being too much and we were not rushed at all.
The whole experience was excellent and just what I wanted as I was entertaining colleagues.
Well done Parsonage Grill.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 8 December 2019

Thank you so much for your kind 5 star review. We are delighted you have enjoyed your festive celebration so much with us, and that you have received such great service from wonderful team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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b
Warwickshire
8 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good place for Sunday lunch. It's a pity parking near there is not easy to find

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are delighted you have enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us to such an extent! Yes, unfortunately Oxford is notoriously difficult for parking. We do have parking, but it is very limited with us being a hotel. We do hope you visit us again very soon.

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AB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would recommend Paraonage Grill to a friend and I will also take other friends with me when I go back. A fun little restaurant hidden in oxford.

Worth a visit and a spot of afternoon tea.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so happy you would recommend us and that you have enjoyed your afternoon tea with us so much. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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L
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely seasonal meal in delightful surroundings with impeccable service.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 24 November 2019

Thank you so much for this most kind review. We are delighted you have enjoyed your Parsonage Grill experience so much and that you would recommend us! We are looking forward to the next time you can join us.

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t
Warwickshire
10 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food well-cooked and presented. Service attentive and professional. Ambience should be country-house hotel but noise level rather high from close proximity of tables and presence of large groups.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 24 November 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of you meal at the Parsonage. We are delighted you have enjoyed your meal with us to such a degree, and have received such top notch service from our fantastic front of house team. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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M
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very enjoyable evening for a happy birthday. We'll come again>

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 24 November 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so delighted you have enjoyed your special celebratory meal with us so much and very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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DK
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We loved the atmosphere, the warm feel on a miserable day with the fire and comfortable soft furnishings. Our table was a good one for the 6 of us. The service was attentive but not obtrusive.
The food was acceptable but not outstanding. We would certainly return as it is a very nice place to be and being able to park outside was a bonus.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 24 November 2019

Thank you so much for for this very kind review. We are delighted you have enjoyed much of your experience at the Parsonage Grill and have enjoyed such measured service from our fantastic front of house team. We consistently receive such wonderful feedback about our food so we are disappointed to hear that you have not been as impressed as we would want. We do hope you return to us again soon to sample some of our seasonal menu changes.

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SH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, super afternoon tea, attentive staff. Highly recommend!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much Sarah, your review really is so very kind. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your afternoon tea with us so much, and that you have received such great service from our wonderful front of house team. We are looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

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ND
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea. Delicious food, well presented in a very friendly and relaxing environment. Staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The open log fire was very welcoming when coming in from the rain! Very enjoyable experience that I'm looking forward to repeating soon.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of your afternoon tea. We are delighted that you have found the Parsonage the perfect place to shelter from the winter weather. Thank you for your lovely comments and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Lovely table by the window, great servers, good ambience and delicious food - we had the crab and souffle to start with the risotto and the cod for main courses. All very good, but the souffle was sublime.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are so glad you have enjoyed all that we offer at the Parsonage Grill. Yes, we also think the souffle is amazing. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to our chef. He will be delighted to hear your comments. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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NG
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice venue with service to match. One of our party is gluten- intolerant but that caused no issues at all.

We will certainly return.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy you have enjoyed such wonderful service from our fantastic front of house team, they really are a credit to us. We look forward very much to welcoming you again very soon.

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RS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely way to spend a wet and cold autumn afternoon. Just can't fault the friendly service.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much for this very kind five star review. We are delighted you had such an enjoyable experience with us, we too believe the Parsonage is the perfect hideaway from this miserable winter weather. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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ID
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We very much liked the setting. The staff were lovely and extremely helpful, for example in reserving a
parking place for us in your courtyard. The food was good though not outstanding. The prawn cocktail was disappointing - huge amounts of chopped lettuce with a few prawns hidden within. It was very noisy
at first but less so when some noisy people at a nearby table departed. We enjoyed our lunch.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much for your kind review and feedback. We are delighted that you have enjoyed such great service for our fantastic front of house team however we are sorry that your starter did not quite meet your expectations. We very much value your feedback on this and will be passing the message on to our kitchen. We very much hope you return to us soon, we are confident you will leave wholly satisfied on the next occasion.

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A
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I stayed at this hotel, and ate breakfast and dinner there everyday. It was superb, beyond my expeditions!!!! Everything about it was exceptional!!! We are American, and loved all the foods!!!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thank you so much Arlene! This is a wonderfully kind review. We are delighted that your son and yourself have had such a wonderful experience at the Parsonage, enjoyed our delicious breakfasts and dinner offerings. It has been our pleasure to host you both during your stay, and we look forward to your return.

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