Parsonage Grill

4.5
384 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
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  • Special Occasions
  • 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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Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I organised lunch for three on Wednesday, 16th January, 2019. We all took the table d'hote menu and thought it excellent value. Service at every stage, from arrival to departure, was attentive, efficient and pleasant. There is a sensible selection of wines at reasonable prices. Overall, one of the best places in Oxford for a civilised meal in civilised surroundings.

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b
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday lunch was excellent with well-cooked, tasty food in ample proportions of well-matched ingredients. The service was prompt and efficient but we were not hustled to finish despite a busy restaurant. We have been to this hotel before but on this visit, all four of us felt the standard had gone up a bit further than before. The wine list is good but could be a lot more informative about the wines on it .

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RK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmoshpere:) had beautiful meal and would come back again:)

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L
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely afternoon with friends. The service was excellent, the waitress was lovely and available when we needed her but we never had the feeling of being rushed.
I highly recommend the Old Parsonage and look forward to my next visit.

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WK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea at the Parsonage Grill. We will go back again when we are in Oxford again. All of the food selections were tasty, and the service and ambiance were excellent.

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress wrote down our order of one starter and two main courses. She arrived sometime later with main courses and had forgotten to bring starter. Although her error was reflected in the final bill, it was a disappointing experience as this meal was long awaited to celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary.

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M
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Great spot for afternoon tea. Had “Very High” and “Savoury” Tea. Cosy ambience. Service very good. Given the price bracket and set menus, one would expect some really great food, honed over thousands of High Tea services. Sadly it was just so-so. Sandwiches stale. Scones on the dry side. Petit fours poorly executed. Overall, still a very nice place just not best value for money.

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P
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Old Parsonage was recommended to us by an old friend who lived in Oxford whilst working at the University some years ago. The entrance itself is magical and offers a warm welcome, particularly on a cold night so to be greeted by the cosy fire in the bar area made us feel very relaxed. The staff were a happy and efficient bunch both in the bar and the restaurant. The menu was clever and inspiring and the food was neatly presented and truly delicious. The collection of portraits throughout the building offer a fine point of conversation and without doubt, add a huge amount of interest. A most enjoyable evening.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent across the board. Highly recommended.

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JC
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always good there and I love it
Keep up the good work

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall good restaurant

Comments for improvement:

Initial greeting excellent
No specials offered
Tables to close
Should have been advised side dishes were unnecessary, duplication
Wines overpriced

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LD
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the hotel and most appreciated that they made room for us at Christmas dinner. Excellent cuisine in a gorgeous setting with impeccable, friendly service.

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RI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good atmosphere, friendly and fast service, and a good menu. Not cheap, but stylish and convivial.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

We always try and come to the OP at Christmas, as 4 years ago we came with our daughter when she was 2 weeks old. We'd booked a 'last romantic meal as a couple' before she was born, but she came early so we thought we'd bring her along. We ate near the fire, had a rushed but lovely early meal and were at home barely an hour after we'd arrived. It was a very special time, which is whey we like to come back. The Old Parsonage looks amazing at Christmas - twinkly lights, fires, warmth and darkness. It's beautiful. The staff are lovely, welcoming and very professional. The food....well it's fine, not amazing choices for vegetarians (my wife is) and traditional meaty dishes for me. But it's pricey for what it is and I've had lighter, tastier dishes for far less. The M-F theatre menu looks good value, but the meal we had was slightly underwhelming. If the food was as good as the atmos, it'd be an absolute winner, but next year we might just come for a drink and snack by the bar. Merry Christmas Old Parsonage, we do love you anyway. PS Afternoon tea here is outstanding by the way.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mum for her 60th birthday and they couldn’t do enough to make our day special the afternoon tea was beautiful

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JB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch and ambiance - very relaxing and good service.

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BC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous afternoon tea! Can't be beaten. Georgeous lounge area.

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AH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere with different rooms at different levels. Place obviously steeped in history with many painting in the walls and fantastic Christmas decor.

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This place is gorgeous! Amazing wood burning fires, the hospitality of the people who work here is impeccable. We had Very High Tea. The sandwiches were good, the scones were big and fresh and so delicious. We were too full to eat the cakes, but took them home, and we’re sure they are delicious too. £25 for afternoon tea is pretty great in such a lovely atmosphere.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we have such a warm welcome. The service was second to none and the food was just perfect. I had no voice having been suffering with a cold and the waitress was so attentive and caring of this, it made me feel very looked after and really added to the whole experience there. I can't wait to go back!

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The building and decor was gorgeous, especially on a freezing cold night like the night that we visited the Parsonage Grill for dinner.

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JD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere - would recommend!

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JP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Silver Wedding of my sister, Helen Feasey and her husband Ron, before finishing the evening with 'Carols at Queens'. I have been for tea with you before and found the experience cosy, a lovely fire, very good service and excellent food. We really enjoyed ourselves and would like to thank you for the celebration plate with 'Happy Anniversary' on it. I can highly recommend tea at The Old Parsonage.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Was recommended this place by a family friend. Setting and atmosphere were really nice but food fell short unfortunately. Ordered 2 Rump steaks medium rare but came out rare borderline blue and cold in the middle. They blamed it on the thickness of the meat and cooked two new ones. Was a bit better second time around but nothing spectacular and definitely not worth the £70/£80 spend.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the third time we had lunch at the Old Parsonage. Great place for quality of food, appealing menu, value for money, outstanding service. Looking forward to the next time

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from start to finish! Best service of our 10 day trip to England : ) The Christmas Crackers were a nice surprise and special treat at the end of a delcious meal.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had an excellent dinner here on Thursday night. The atmosphere was lively and the food top notch, especially the duck liver parfait starter. Really good bread and butter too. The Hesketh Shiraz was excellent, although I thought mark up was a bit rich at £41 (£14 from your friendly wine merchant).

Service was good except having to wait a while to get the bill as it was hard to attract the waitress’s attention towards the end of the night. But overall a great experience and I don’t understand the high number of negative reviews for this restaurant.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience, hosting a guest speaker from overseas.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully cosy and the food was delicious! Great service too.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Booked well in advance and was impressed with the venue. Welcome and service were very good, at the right level for the style of business. Would have liked a few more options of wines by the glass.
The food was good, an excellent duck liver parfait starter, my wife enjoyed her Hake and the desserts were superb. My main course of Chicken Wellington was fine, if a little underwhelming. Lacked a little flavour and it felt like less of a Wellington and more of a Chicken roulade as it wasn't completely enclosed by pastry, but this was the only duff note in what was an excellent experience. Lovely touch at the end with the selection of mini-cakes with Happy Birthday on the plate for my wife, not original but shows they had thought about and read my booking notes. A solid 8/10, would have been 9/10 if the chicken dish was better.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food and impeccable service; we will be coming back for a special occasion.

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food with excellent service. Who would go anywhere else in Oxford?

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely afternoon tea, a real treat. The staff were really friendly and accommodating.

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S
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

It was my first visit and the atmosphere was exactly as I expected having heard about the restaurant from my colleagues. Lovely decor was in tune with the special occasion we've come to celebrate. For a set menu lunch it was very good value for money. Starter was a bit disappointing as both my friend and I had over salted hake. Main course duck with green lentils was good. Unexpected surprise was received with the bill - champagne and some wine was added, which we didn't order, almost doubling our real bill. We pointed out to our waitress on the mistake but she came back a bit later with another bill which included again some wine which we didn't order! I believe that after the first mistake she should have double check our order to avoid making any mistakes again. The third bill, delivered by a manager, was correct. The service charge wasn't included which we found to be fair. I might wait for a while in hope that the service will be improved before coming to this restaurant again.

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j
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely breakfast .....great place for a girlie catch-up as breakfast served until 11am

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r
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

First midweek visit and it matched the sunday roast,fabulous.
The setting was dressed for Xmas and was beautiful.
Food was great.
My only negative was service was patchy because one of us was gluten free. She had to wait 20 mins for her bread and another 10 for butter and only after asking more than once.
The waitress was a bit naive when asked if the chosen dishes were gluten free, replying"of course its salad".
Will return however.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an excellent dinner in superb surroundings.
Service top rate .
Not pretentious.
Good value because it is always a night to remember.

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SP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Staff moved our table as it was next to the loo door. Thank you!
Also, as it was my partner's Birthday the restaurant prepared a little dessert selection with "Happy Birthday" in chocolate. Lovely touch and made her evening. Very thoughtful

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food good but marred by dozy and slow service. Helpfully quiet

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DP
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Visited for Sunday lunch was a fantastic meal but so over priced that I would be unable to recommend my university office to ever come back

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