Parsonage Grill

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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
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  • Cosy
  • Good for Anniversaries
Open every day of the year, enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner & our famous afternoon teas in the company of Oxford’s academic & literary luminaries. Our kitchen uses the best produce, cooked simply to create classic British dishes with a modern, light touch.

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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EM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've had high tea at the Old Parsonage Hotel a number of times over the past five years or so and am happy to recommend it, not least for the ambience. Our waitress coped admirably with a complicated order for nine people with various dietary needs. However, I was disappointed to find that my peppermint tea was no longer brewed from fresh leaves, but from dried ground up leaves. That rather took the edge off things.

e
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue for celebrating a graduation; food was served promptly, wine was poured frequently, staff were friendly and we all very much enjoyed the scallops, scotch eggs, the partridge, the duck & assorted desserts

Parsonage Grill
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your special graduation lunch so much. It seems you have benefited from a couple of our excellent specials on the day! we look forward to the next time you can join us at the Parsonage Grill.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a silver wedding aniversary dinner for my wife and I and our two daughters .We just wanted a nice dinner in a nice setting , coupled with the fact that we spent our wedding night there 25years to the day ago.
We were not disappointed , lovely setting, great friendly service and quality food beautifully served. We will go back more frequently than every 25 years !!

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so delighted that you have enjoyed your special anniversary meal with us and we have helped to make it such a memorable evening for you. We very much look forward to welcoming you back, hopefully before 25 years time.

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RL
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably best venison I’ve ever had, beautiful, warm setting, great service. I’ll be back!

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much Richard for this wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that the venison has proved such success, and has left such a great impression on you. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to our chef, he will be delighted to here how much you have enjoyed your meal.

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JC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent good quality food that not fancy. could say great traditional English.
Service attentive and well staffed even when at full capacities.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your dinner with us so much and had great service to match. We look forward to welcoming again very soon at the Parsonage Grill.

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RJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening, delicious food, impeccable service, warm atmosphere.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderfully kind review. We are so happy you have enjoyed your dinner with us on Saturday to such an extent. We will be sure to share your comments with our amazing front of house and kitchen teams - It means so much to them to receive comments such as these. We very much look forward to welcoming you at the Parsonage soon.

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K
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Nice atmosphere and the food was first class. Excellent martinis.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much Kenneth for this wonderful. We are so delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your meal, and you have received such top service from our fantastic front of house team. Glad to here also that the martinis have been a hit, nothing beats a classic! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

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A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and ambience, with excellent service. A little pricey. The congratulatory plate was a lovely touch and much appreciated.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you Annie for this very kind review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your special afternoon tea with us so much, and that you have received such brilliant service from our amazing front of house team. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon at the Parsonage Grill.

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our Celebration Tea very much, It was well served and delicious. We could probably have managed with one between two and were given cartons to take some food away. We particularly appreciated the "Birthday Cake "
Well done Old Parsonage, we will come again.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you Malcom for your kind review. We are so delighted that you have enjoyed your special birthday celebration tea with us and look forward very much to your return.

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t
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We needed to have a light meal that night so we had appetizers as our starters and appetizers as our mains. Staff totally got this and made it happen with ease. All the food was fresh and delicious. It was too cold to eat outside so we ate in their comfortable and intimate dining room. Next time we come if the weather is good we’ll try for a table in their pretty patio area.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are delighted you have enjoyed you meal with us so much, and you have received such attentive service from our wonderful team. We hope you can visit us again very soon.

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PG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a good afternoon tea. Washed down with a bottle of bollinger. Can life get any better!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you Paul! Certainly can't think of too many better ways to spend an afternoon! We are delighted you have enjoyed you afternoon tea so much and very much look forward to you returning to us again.

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nice location but rather averege food. Top many waiters coming to our table, no possibility of connecting with one. Hotel guests walking throughout the restaurant ....?

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 2 September 2019

Thank you so much for this review. We are pleased you seem to have enjoyed your experience in part, however are disappointed that we have not given you the impression we would have wanted to. We would very much appreciate your further feedback by contacting us at info@parsonagegrill.co.uk. Feedback from our guests is invaluable to us so we thank you very much in advance and look forward to hearing from you.

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F
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing and very expensive for what it was, £17 for a bland salad consisting of some leaves, beans, peas, and a few small pieces of artichoke and £19 for two fishcakes. Beetroot salad starter consisted of a pile of pickled beetroot and not much else. Staff are friendly and the service is efficient so it is a pity the food isn't better (particularly the vegetarian offering).

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you so much for this review of your recent dinner with us at the Parsonage Grill. We are pleased to hear that you have enjoyed good service with us, however disappointed to hear that you have not enjoyed your meal as much as we would want you too. We very much value all feedback from all our guests, it is invaluable. Your comments have been discussed as a management and kitchen team and will be utilised to ensure we meet our exceptionally high standards.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The old parsonage provides a fantastic setting with a beautiful outdoor area. Overall the food was good and our experience was enjoyable despite a few basic mistakes:
1. The service is far too fast. The starters have arrived before you have even put the menu down and the mains are just behind. If I go to a nice restaurant I don't expect to be out 30 mins later and to receive food at a pace that would rival McDonalds!
2. The Sunday roast beef was tough. I love beef cooked rare but that means it has to be great quality. This beef was not good enough to be rare so either they need to change supplier or cook it medium.
3. The cheap plastic table covers (in lieu of real table linen) is a shame and unfitting for a top quality restaurant

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 1 September 2019

Thank you Edward for this constructive review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed much of your lunch with us at the Parsonage Grill however we are disappointed to hear about certain aspects of your experience. We very much appreciate your feedback, and will of course be discussing it as a management and kitchen team. We very much hope and look forward to you returning to us soon where I am sure you will receive the true Parsonage experience we would want for you.

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SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our celebration afternoon tea. It could be improved with fancier sandwiches and tablecloths. Otherwise we would have marked it with excellent. Service was certainly excellent and it was a nice touch having a plate of cakes decorated with a birthday message for my husband.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you Suzanne for this very kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your afternoon tea and the service that you received from our fantastic front of house team. We very much value the feedback you have provided of your afternoon tea and will of course discuss it as a management and kitchen team. We are always looking to better our already exceptionally high standards and feedback from our guests is invaluable to us. We very much look forward to welcoming you again.

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SW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant in a great setting. Highly recommended.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 27 August 2019

Thank you so much Sarah for this wonderful review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed you meal so much and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have been coming here for years on and off, but the serving staff have really let things down: and the food is nothing to get excited about either: very poor show. What a shame, lovely location though.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 1 September 2019

Thank you Kate for you review of your dinner with us on Saturday night. It is very disappointing to hear that you felt you have not had the same top quality experience that you have had in the past. We have spoken to the managers and servers who looked after you on the evening and they have been shocked to hear that you did not enjoy yourselves. As they can recall, you enjoyed your meal. We would greatly appreciate an email with more detail at info@parsonagegrill.co.uk for us to improve.

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AL
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely dining experience in a beautiful terrace under parasols. The service was more than adequate and we were well taken care of. The food was of a high standard although a little on the expensive side. Overall a nice relaxing atmosphere.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 5 September 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are thrilled you have enjoyed your meal and the service you received so much. We very much look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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MO
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely my favourite place to dine in Oxford. fresh and delicious food, amazing atmosphere and excellent service. a gem in Oxford.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you so much for such a kind review! We are so happy you hold us in such high regard, and enjoy all that we offer; from our food to our wonderful team. We look forward very much to your next visit.

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DF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, we had afternoon tea, one normal, one savoury. Cheese scones on the savoury were outstanding and what an excellent idea to offer both.
Service was generally very good. Noise levels were fine until a family with young children were seated opposite. Hard for staff to do much about that though!
Surprised by allowed standard of dress code in some patrons, some far beyond relaxed... Overall though a great experience and would come here again, maybe for Sunday lunch.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful and kind review of you afternoon tea. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed yourselves so much and the afternoon tea have hit the spot! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service -- friendly, patient, observant (without being overbearing). Terrific food. Beautiful setting. Overall, a delight!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your meal with us to such and extent! We very much look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is my favourite place in Oxford for afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is classic but done very well: the usual selection of sandwiches, fruit and plain scones with jam and clotted cream, and quite traditional cakes and desserts. There is also a great tea selection, served in lovely tea pots. One can also always get additional sandwiches and cakes should one wish to have them, but I find there is always a little bit too much food, and so I have to take some of it home. I also like the setting, which has the feel of a lounge, and the service is attentive without being too intrusive. It is on the expensive side, so it is probably best to go there for a special occasion.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful review of our afternoon tea. We are delighted that you hold us in such high regard, for everything from our delicious afternoon teas to our beautiful restaurant. We look forward very much to the next time you decide to treat yourself to our afternoon tea.

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ST
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant and service, we went at 12 noon on a Sunday and the noise level was quiet which was great!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you so much Steve for your very kind 5 star review. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us so much and that you have received such great service for our amazing front of house team. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon at the Parsonage Grill.

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SM
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

Very slow service The chef needs to sort out his lamb supplier - very fatty !

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you Steven for your review. We are disappointed to hear that you have not had the experience that we would want you to. We set exceptionally high standards for ourselves. We have great faith in our suppliers and receive the very best of local and seasonal produce so we are surprised to hear that the lamb did not reach your expectations on this occasion. We would greatly appreciate any further feedback you could give on your meal and the service you received at info@parsonagegrill.co.uk.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The vegetable salad for main course (£17.50) was rather tasteless and mainly lettuce, so very disappointing. Most average ability cooks could produce something much better - more interesting and much tastier - at home!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 22 August 2019

Thank you Juliet for your 4 star review. We are delighted that you have enjoyed most of your lunch with us, however disappointed to hear that you have not enjoyed your salad main course as much as you should have. We set exceptionally high standards for ourselves and consistently taste, check and adapt our dishes to ensure these are maintained. We utilise our guests feedback to ensure we are meeting these standards. Thank you again for your valuable comments, they are very much appreciated.

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Y
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff are lovely and the breakfasts here are very good. However, dinner was very average considering the price.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 11 August 2019

Thank you so much for this review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast so much, as well as the service you received from our amazing front of house team. We would love to hear you feedback for dinner, kindly contact us info@parsonagegrill.co.uk. Many thanks.

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OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service in a great atmosphere

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 11 August 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal and the ambience of the Parsonage Grill. We hope you can visit us again soon!

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FH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

lovely ambience. was a birthday celebration and a birthday plate was provided without asking.
also parking space made available for us as we had a poorly guest
attention to detail greatly appreciated by all of us

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 11 August 2019

Dear Frances. Thank you so much for this most kind review. It was an absolute pleasure to host you all for this special occasion. We are so glad to hear that everything has impressed, and you have enjoyed the Birthday lunch so much. We look forward to welcoming you again!

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DP
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for afternoon tea we chose this place as they offer a savoury option which my Husband enjoyed I had the traditional afternoon tea as I enjoy the little cakes scones etc, he on the other hand much prefers cheese scones and savoury snacks so for us it was perfect. Beautiful little walled in garden or if you prefer inside that is also very nice

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 8 August 2019

Thank you Dawn for this lovely review of your afternoon tea. We are delighted that you have both enjoyed it so much, and that you have both found an option which suits so perfectly. We very much look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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C
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

A friend very kindly gave us a voucher, which was much appreciated, but I would not recommend the Parsonage Grill. This isn't on the basis of the food, which was good enough - the cheese souffle I had was delicious, and we enjoyed a dessert of gooseberry pavlova (the mint shone through) - but in terms of value and atmosphere. I feel this restaurant is overpriced, and the addition of a 'discretionary' service charge to the bill was frankly annoying. We sat inside, and were cold because the air conditioning was too fierce. We should have mentioned this at the time, although arguably by the time my husband resorted to cradling the candle-holder, the hint could have been taken. Oxford has many much better, more interesting and better-value restaurants than this.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 6 August 2019

Thank you Chiara for your review. We are pleased that you have enjoyed your food however disappointed that you did not find your meal worth the cost. Our produce is sourced locally and seasonally wherever possible and is prepared to best showcase the ingredients. We apologise also if you felt cold, we try to cater to all of our guests and would have been happy to turn of the air conditioning if asked. If you have any further feedback we would love to hear from you at info@parsonagegrill.co.uk

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A
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and the food was delicious. The garden is very nice to sit. There were some wasps but the staff was very helpfull with that. Overall good experience! I wrote at the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and they gave my friend a birthday cake which was lovely

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 6 August 2019

Thank you Anne for taking the time to write such a kind review of your meal with us. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your time at the Parsonage Grill so much. Unfortunately the late summer does bring a few wasps to our terrace, and they seem to enjoy the food as much as you have. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful night but the smoke diffusers to keep insects away was a little overwhelming, we asked for this to be moved and it was better.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you so much jennifer for this wonderful review. We are delighted you have enjoyed your dinner with us with the exception of the infuser. Unfortunately at this time this year we do play host to a few wasps who like to enjoy the food as much as our guests do. It is a balancing act between having the coffee burners on or the wasps present. We look forward very much to the next time you dine with us.

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JG
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here to celebrate ours sons graduation. Lovely evening, have eaten here before and food always good. We usually sit outside but inside on this occasion- great atmosphere. Our waitress was especially attentive- we were all very impressed!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you so much for this lovely review of your dinner at the Parsonage Grill. We are delighted that you have had such a great evening, and that we have helped make your special occasion a memorable one! We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly friendly and personal service. Delicious food and a lovely touch to give our daughter a "Congratulations" for graduating pudding. Ambience great and spotless bathrooms. Would highly recommend.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 2 August 2019

Thank you so much for this kind review of your lunch with us at the Parsonage grill. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed yourselves so much, and we have helped to make it such a special occasion for you. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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AC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant ambience. Delicious meals, beautiful presentation. Portions are not large.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 30 July 2019

We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your meal with us so greatly. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this most kind review of you experience. We look forward to welcoming you again very soon.

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RM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the pleasure in taking my fiancée to the Parsonage for a most enjoyable meal on Wednesday evening. They were fabulous hosts and very attentive. The food was delicious and very well seasoned. With the hot weather, I decided to have the fish cakes which were fantastic. My fiancée had the rib-eye steak which was wonderful and perfectly cooked. I would highly recommend this restaurant when visit Oxford. We will be back without doubt during the build up to Christmas!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 29 July 2019

Thank you so much Richard for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of you dinner with us at the Parsonage Grill. It was an absolute pleasure to host your fiancée and yourself last wednesday, we are delighted you have enjoyed your meal and the service received so greatly. We look very much forward to your return.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

On a hot sunny day, the terrace at the Parsonage Grill is a pleasant place to enjoy a plate of food and a glass of fizz. Bear in mind that the Parsonage faces the main road, so the ambience may be interrupted by the odd police car or emergency vehicle whizzing past. The food is excellent, locally-sourced wherever possible and well presented; the table service is attentive. A great spot for a happy celebration. (Note that if you need to park your car, use the pay and display service at Keble Road. Parking at the hotel is very limited.)

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 July 2019

Thank you Sarah for this very kind review. We are delighted you have enjoyed you lunch with us and were able to make the most of this wonderful weather on our terrace. We very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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NB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quintessentially British atmosphere with afternoon tea in the heart of Oxford

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 July 2019

Thank you so much for this very kind review. We are so happy to hear how much you have enjoyed your afternoon tea with us and very much look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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SC
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely to sit in the beautiful courtyard on a summers evenjng.
Fantastic food and great service.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 July 2019

Thank you Sarah for this wonderful 5 star review. We are so glad you have enjoyed your evening on our terrace. We have definitely been spoiled by the weather lately! We very much look forward to the next time you can join us.

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LS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A haven of tranquility on a Sat lunch time after a busy walking tour of Oxford. Greeted with a warm welcome, shown to a lovely courtyard table and served delightful, fresh food by smiling waiters! Even provided small delicate cakes, plus candle, for my friend's birthday. We would love to have idled there longer

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 25 July 2019

Thank you so much Liz for writing such kind review of your special lunch with us. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your meal and the service from of fantastic team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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