Parsonage Grill

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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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j
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had lunch on a Tuesday in February. The staff were outstanding and food was wonderful as usual. This is a very cosy restaurant and a comfortable place to spend a couple of hours.

L
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parsonage grill was the perfect restaurant to take my mum for a wee treat whilst she was visiting, the restaurant has a cosy sophisticated ambience that provides a relaxed dining experience. The food and drink itself was great and provided with fantastic service!

Parsonage Grill
Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you Luke, we are happy to receive both yourself and your mum's seal of approval and we hope you choose to dine with us on her next visit too.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous time. Lovely food with really warm, lovely service. Very happy to give 5* rating.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with a 5 star review, we hope to see you soon.

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C
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fabulous food in a lovely setting. The service was very good. It was for a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful time.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 7 hours ago

We are so pleased you chose to spend your celebrations with us and thank you for your 5 star review. We shall feedback to our team your wonderful comments.

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r
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

stylish classic restaurant with excellent food. very pleasant staff.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star review and we are so pleased you enjoyed our service food and ambience.

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PH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good and staff were polite and attentive . Breakfast was beautifully presented and ingredients were very fresh. I will definitely recommend this place.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 5 days ago

We are thrilled you enjoyed your breakfast with us and that you enjoyed both our service and our breakfast menu. We are so pleased you are now recommending us, thank you for a lovely review.

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DK
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

chaotic service resulting in poor dining experience.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 5 days ago

There is no excuse for chaotic service, we are very sorry this happened we shall be in touch to make amends.

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AB
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely experience and I do enjoy going to the Parsonage Grill got afternoon tea. This was my 3rd visit. I took friends and we had a fab time.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for this kind review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your afternoon tea so much, and continue you to return time and time again! We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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TA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the look and feel of the OP and everything served was simple and delicious. Did find it a bit pricey which means can't come as often as I'd like!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for this generous five star review. we are delighted you have enjoyed your meal so much and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, relaxing and a wonderful experience

Parsonage Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your 5 star review, we are so pleased you had a relaxed dining experience with us and hope you get the opportunity to join us again soon.

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RS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was not as polite and fine-tuned as you'd expect for a place in this location and menu price. Food was over-done

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

thank you for your review of your dinner at the Parsonage Grill. Having spoken to the manager on duty we are somewhat miffed by your comments. Contact was consistent with yourself during and after your dinner. There was no signal that you were in anyway dissatisfied. We use the very best of British seasonal produce, simply prepared to best showcase the wonderful produce. Please do contact us at info@parsonagegrill.co.uk so we can better understand what went wrong on this occasion.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive staff, wonderful atmosphere, very comfortable and, importantly, the food was totally delicious.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are delighted you have had such a great experience during you recent meal with us, we hope you return to us soon for more of the same.

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CR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So welcoming as you walk in, lovely man taking coats, lovely jolly waiting staff and the food was excellent. So many nice things on the menu we couldn’t decide! Thank you .

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much for your lovely 5 star review. Your comments about our wonderful team mean the world to us, they are so much a part of what makes the Parsonage a special place. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Whilst the atmosphere is lovely, the service was attentive, my risotto was almost inedible. Surprised by this as normally the food enjoyable.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

Thank you so much Robert for this constructive review. We are glad that you have enjoyed much of your experience, but disappointing to hear that some of your meal was not up to our exceptionally high standards. We do hope you visit us again, we are sure that you will not be disappointed the next time.

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AH
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dining room is beautiful, painted a lovely dark charcoal to set off a gorgeous collection of 1920s and 30s paintings. Our experience was slightly marred by frightfully boring men at a neighbouring table anxious to share their university experiences with everyone, but the management can hardly be held responsible for loud bores. The food was astonishingly good, in winter style - I had a braised ox-cheek and my husband braised mutton - both fabulously tender and exquisitely flavoursome. We also had starters and puddings and cocktails and digestivo - all delicious - so I guess £100 each was perfectly reasonable and it’s just my inner Yorkshirewoman coming out. Service was perfect - attentive without being intrusive. Just loved it, will go back for sure.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 10 February 2020

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

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ML
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely setting. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly, taking time to run through the drinks menu when we had a few questions.
Food was very tasty and generous portion sizes. 3 of the 4 cocktails was beautiful too.
Will definitely be coming back

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your drinks and meal so much, and that you have received such top service from our fantastic front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable Afternoon Tea at The Old Parsonage. Staff always greet you with a warm and attentive welcome, and the food is fabulous. Looking forward to the next time.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are delighted that you have been made to feel so well looked after and spoiled throughout your visit and we look forward to the next time you can visit us.

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SL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely comfortable restaurant with a quiet ambience. Perfect for a calm Saturday lunch with a friend. The food as always was superb and service was attentive but not pushy.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of your Lunch at the Parsonage Grill. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your meal so much and that you have been so well looked after. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I forgot how excellent The Parsonage Grill is, had not been for a while. Consistently good. Parking can be tricky but, worth getting there early in case you cannot get in the car park.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thank you so much for this lovely 5 star review. We are delighted you have enjoyed you recent visit to our restaurant so much. Yes, unfortunately parking can be very limited at the Parsonage but we always do our best to accommodate all and can alway recommend other options a stone's throw away. We look forward to you visiting us again very soon.

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b
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful staff, very attentive.

JS
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
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.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed all the we have to offer here at the Parsonage Grill. We look forward to the next time you visit us.

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T
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
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.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for this lovely 5 star review. We are so pleased that you have enjoyed so fantastic food and service during you visit. We look forward very much to your return so we can wow you again.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and beautiful location!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for this very kind 5 star review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed you dinner with us so much and hope to be welcoming you again very soon.

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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.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful 5 star review. We are delighted to hear how much you have enjoyed your meal with us. Next time be sure to leave room for dessert, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

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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.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed both food and service to such an extent. We look forward to welcoming you the next time you visit.

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AH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much for your lovely 5 star review of you afternoon tea. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed yourselves so much and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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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.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thank you so much Jonathan for this glowing review of you afternoon tea with us. We are so glad that you have enjoyed your special afternoon tea so much, and that you have received such wonderful service from our front of house team. We look forward to welcoming you again!

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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
15 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
London
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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