Parsonage Grill

4.7
1086 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, and beautiful outdoor dining area, 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…

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1086 People Are Saying
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juweb
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

En route to our daughter’s choral scholarship audition this was a lovely place to have a bolstering lunch!

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gaynorh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambience are as good as you would expect but the thing which makes the Old Parsonage stand out is the attention to detail and dozens of small courtesies from the staff. They really were superb.

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IssacM
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Can make the menu a bit attractive. Loved the place and the ambience.

Parsonage Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you loved the service and ambiance so much. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon!

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Marjory
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very helpful and considerate, and we thoroughly enjoyed our coffee and breakfast - thank you!

Parsonage Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for such a brilliant review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed all aspect of your experience with us! We hope that we can welcome you back again soon!

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ALuvvy
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from the moment we arrived. We had a 9 month old baby girl with us and we felt so welcomed. Staff were friendly and attentive. The surroundings were beautiful!! And the food was fantastic. We had the steak. Can’t wait to return.

Parsonage Grill
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your whole experience with us and felt so welcome. We cant wait to welcome you back soon!

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TamsinJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious lunch and very good service- overall a really lovely experience- will definitely come back!!

Parsonage Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable lunch with us! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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JoannaC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea outside on a warm September day. Service and food excellent. The only thing I would change is the cheese scones layer in the savoury tea- definitely needs a little more than 2 scones- maybe something that mimics the cream from the sweet version?
Overall really great experience

Parsonage Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review and thoughtful remarks. We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us and will of course take your thoughts on board. We hope to see you again soon!

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LucM
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely place the food was amazing and the service was good. Could do with tidying up outside a little better but this is me been very picky. All in all great day, great food and good atmosphere.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for such a nice review! We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable time with us! Your feedback is very much appreciated and will be taken on board. We hope we can welcome you back again soon!

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SarahB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and service very attentive.

Attention to COVID safety was greatly appreciated.

It was relaxing not to be held to a 1 - 2 hour time slot!

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for such an amazing review. We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable experience with us and were able to have a relaxing meal. We hope to see you again soon!

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PhilippaY
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Very nice tea outside. Pleasant service but, two minor comments - the cucumber sandwich recipe has changed...a predominant cheese flavour. Also, the jam wasn't set for the second time.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed the service and setting at the parsonage. We hope to see you again soon.

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Phillipthefirst
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The outdoor setting was wonderful and the service was the best I have experienced for a longtime.
The soufflés we had for starters were excellent. The main course fell short of what the build up had led me to expect. I had the seafood salad which somehow lacked flavour and the salad itself was too wet - with water - and thin on ingredients other than shredded lettuce. There was an odd slice of radish and one or two bits of fennel but not enough. Shame.
The wine - Picpoul was good and served at the right temperature. And to be fair the two pastries produced at the end to mark my birthday were welcome and very well done.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review. We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us and appreciated the service so much, We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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PaulK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant
Great menu.
Can’t say anything bad about it

Parsonage Grill
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review. We are so pleased you enjoyed all aspects of your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
29 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A lovely afternoon tea in very pleasant surroundings. The staff were incredibly attentive and kind

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such a fantastic review! We are so happy that you had such a pleasant experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

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vipRichardP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Sunday Lunch, staff are wonderful, very sharp and polite with a bit of wit thrown in! The food overall was good the roast beef however was tough and the sea food salad was watery, still thawing out??
Otherwise a lovely afternoon get a new butcher!!!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so pleased you had such a lovely time with us and enjoyed the service so much! We hope to see you again soon!

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KarenP
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing Sunday lunch and fabulous roast beef!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed all aspects of your experience with us. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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RLevermore
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Service provided by all the staff was fantastic! Really recommend the Old Parsonage.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so please you had such an enjoyable experience with us and appreciate the staff and food so much! We hope yo welcome you back soon!

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BethG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

A delicious meal served by helpful and attentive staff spoiled by having to share a table with a separate party. The restaurant has put transparent screens between tables, however there was no distance between our table and the table on the other side of the screen - the tables were touching. We could hear the full conversation of the couple at the adjacent table even though they were speaking quite quietly; in effect we were all sharing a table. Had there not been a screen I guarantee that the tables would have been separated. Not what I expected from a restaurant of this standard and it impacted on our night.
The screen was no substitute for discrete space. Had the screen not been in place I have to think that the restaurant would have separated the tables.

Parsonage Grill
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed the food & service so much! Covid measures are of paramount importance to us and we have not changed any precautions since the reopening & are not planning to. The screens are in place where tables would otherwise cause guests to be too close & are transparent to still allow a full experience. This is a popular table and hasn’t been a problem in the past however we do take your feedback on board. We hope to see you soon!

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TheTedstersaurus
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing afternoon tea in a fantastic central location. Great ambiance and friendly staff. Everything we hoped for!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such an incredible review! We are so happy you enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere so much! We hope to see you again soon!

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VanessaP
Yosemite
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

An enjoyable pre graduation family lunch.Interesting menu,relaxed atmosphere and warm welcome for our dog which was much appreciated!Look forward to visiting again!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such a lovely review. We hare so pleased you want to come back and look forward to seeing you again!

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ElizabethP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening which started with perfect cocktails at the bar. The food was excellent, the service was attentive and courteous and the restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere. The staff are welcoming and friendly and overall this is an unpretentious, but very special place. We sat inside on this occasion, but the outdoor seating area is also very pleasant. Our experience was a bit noisy this time, but that was due to one particularly exuberant party sitting behind us and it wasn't something that spoiled our evening. Definitely a bit of a treat!

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a brilliant and thoughtful review! We are so pleased that you had such a lovely experience with us and enjoyed your evening so much. We really hope to see you again soon!

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CatherineP
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual! Treated my mum to afternoon tea and it was just wonderful. Such a warm welcome and a delicious spread. Thank you all so much, we had a wonderful time.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you enjoyed all aspects of your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again in the near future!

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MatthewH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Refined dining with excellent cocktails and wine. Highly recommended.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 15 September 2021

Thank you for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you had such a lovely experience with us and really hope to welcome you back again soon!

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NicolaB
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings. Although it was in central Oxford the high stone wall and the beautiful old building gave the outside dining area a peaceful ambiance. The tables were well spaced, the staff attentive and friendly and the food was excellent. We would definitely go there again.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a brilliant food, we are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us! We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a very nice meal with my friend the salmon and smoked fish cakes were delicious also the chocolate cherry torte was very good will be back soon

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us and especially enjoyed the torte so much! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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PeterH
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really appreciated the time spent on it being our 25th wedding anniversary
Only slight criticism is we were not offered more sandwiches until we started in the cakes

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! I am sorry you felt service was not attentive enough an I assure you that this is not standard practice here at Parsonage Grill! I really hope we can welcome you back soon to restore your trust in us!

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JGRB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful service. We came for a birthday and they were very nice and we had a lovely evening.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so happy the service made your evening so enjoyable! We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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JoyH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. Very enjoyable.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you enjoyed all areas of our restaurant and look firward to hopefully welcoming you back in the near future!

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MarcusE
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service, poor food. Afternoon tea was returned. It had clearly been left around for a while before serving. All very dry and stale. Very disappointed as it had been recommended. Overall a shambles.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback. I am so sad to hear you didn't have an enjoyable experience with us. I believe you have been in contact with my senior restaurant manager and am so pleased that a solution has been found! I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipEvitaesther
London
11 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Booked dinner for our last night in Oxford for my birthday, having been a few years back and enjoyed.

I was disappointed with the small round table, having asked for a nice one given the occasion. Plenty of other couples had better tables - was it their birthdays too?

Crab starter was vast and tasty, seafood salad was unsatisfactory, v small shrimps, mini langoustine with little meat in it and lots of salad! Glad I ordered some chips on the side (which they initially forgot). In addition they also forgot my side plate and napkin till I asked.

Service wasn’t great, our waiter (who wore his mask under his nose - what’s the point?) was miserable and didn’t make the experience pleasant. At no point during the meal were we asked if were enjoying it, or needed anything?

For what we paid, we both enjoyed The Ivy the previous night much more, both food and ambience wise, and especially service.

The setting is so beautiful, it was such a shame. My husband thinks they have got complacent. He could be right.

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RichM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lovely environment (we managed to get a table in the courtyard garden). Vincent our waiter was polite, knowledgable (around the gluten free menu) and welcoming. Will be back again for sure.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you had had such an enjoyable time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Martin
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

When you pay £40 for an afternoon tea, you don’t expect to pay for for tea refills.

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DaveF
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice Sunday lunch, in very relaxing opulent surroundings, with excellent service from start to finish, worth every penny, Parsonage Grill is a real treat.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a lovely review! I am so pleased that you enjoyed all areas of your experience with us and i really hope that we can welcome you back in the near future!

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JPD1968
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor terraced area, excellent menu, great food and service. We shall be back. Thank You

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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DebbieK
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening, we could not fault the service or food

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you so much for such a fantastic review! We are so pleased you had such an enjoyable experience with us and hope to welcome you back soon!

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Deepdish
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch at the Parsonage Grill. We had wonderful cocktails to start: we both had the bergamot and honey seltzer. I then had the steak, which was delicious, with great chips, and my dining partner had the chicken pie, which they said was really tasty. Our desserts (the honey and brown butter tart and the chocolate and cherry torte) were very good, but very sweet, rich and quite large, so might be worth sharing after a large meal. The service was attentive but not obtrusive and it was a quite, cosy atmosphere. It is not cheap, but well worth the expense. Definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Oxford.

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KateP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting, lovely food (especially the starters!)

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the food so much and hope to see you again soon!

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CassieC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant , attentive service. Great atmosphere. Delicious food.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 7 September 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so pleased you had such a fantastic experience with us and hope to see you again soon!

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in the beautiful garden. Service was great, delicious drinks.

Parsonage Grill
Responded on 28 August 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so happy that you had such a fantastic experience with us enjoying all we have to offer. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back soon!

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EricT
Toronto
2 reviews