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Parsonage Grill

4.3
232 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Afternoon Tea
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary British, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday
Breakfast: 07:00 - 11:00
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00
Afternoon Tea: 14:30 - 17:00
Dinner: 17:30 - 23:00

Sunday
Breakfast: 07:00 - 11:00
Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00
Afternoon Tea: 15:30 - 18:00
Dinner: 17:30 - 23:00
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Phone number
01865 310210
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
‘Accessible’ parking may be reserved in advance by calling reception.
Alternative free 2 hour parking on nearby Bevington Road (pass the Old Parsonage on the left headed towards Summertown, next left turn off Banbury Road).
Maximum 3 hours Pay And Display parking on Keble Road (Pass the Old Parsonage on your left and turn right at the traffic lights into Norham Gardens which follows on to Parks Road. Keble Road is the next available turning on your right)
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop opp Keble Road
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 232 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

My Mum, who is 95, was bought the vouchers for Christmas. She does have mobility issues but The Parsonage was fine for her. We had great service and food. Thank you.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

All of the staff were delightful and the afternoon tea was a lovely treat - lots of choices and everything was very tasty. We didn't realise you could get refills of items so probably didn't need to order two different choices, however we enjoyed having both so it wasn't an issue. It was a rainy day but the venue was lovely and cosy with a roaring fire, so created a lovely atmosphere. Would definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Delicious and plentiful afternoon tea, with excellent cosy but professional service. Top ups of tea, sandwiches and scones. Savoury afternoon tea a nice change if you don't want too much sugary delights.

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3.0Dined on 10 April 2018

We've eaten at the restaurant a number of times, the service is great but the food and coffee on this occasion was sadly very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Thank you very much

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4.0Dined on 3 April 2018

A glorious afternoon tea, with an array of delicious sandwiches, scones and cake, and served by attentive and friendly staff. This was a lovely Easter treat, and the Old Parsonage is a delightful setting for a relaxing afternoon with friends.

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3.0Dined on 1 April 2018

It was a lovely ambience and setting and we enjoyed being there for a special occasion, but the lamb wasn’t very flavoursome, I would have expected better quality for the price.. and unfortunately the coffee in my affogato was very bitter and I had to scoop the ice cream carefully away from the coffee.. my son also sent his coffee back. ( we didnt get charged for the affogato once I pointed it out, I noticed on the bill..) It is such a lovely setting and service was great but the food, I’m afraid, just wasn’t.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We had booked for 9:30pm on Holy Saturday so that we could attend the Easter Vigil at St Mary Mags Church just along from you. We did not realise the service - which began at 8pm - would last 2 hours! In a panic, I had to slip out of the church to ring you and say we would be about 30 mins late. it was such a huge relief when the delightful lady who answered told me not to worry in the slightest "We are open late - just get here when you can.". It was a reunion meal for my children as my daughter works in Hong Kong - her brother is at Magdalen College and in the choir so had to be in Oxford for their Easter services, so it was really important to us that it went well. Immediately on entering the lovely warm, live fire, and then the friendly and for these days unusually attentive staff made it a most pleasurable experience for all of us.

To be able to have a pint of real ale on tap would have been a lovely extra, but you can't have everything!

We will be back soon, I hope.

Tony Marshall

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4.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Good experience overall
Delicious home made ice creams

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3.0Dined on 30 March 2018

We had a very disappointing meal at this restaurant recently. Usually the food is tasty and well presented but this time it was neither. The liver was particularly bad as the sinews and gristle hadn't been removed. The lamb rump, which was supposed to be served pink, was well done and accompanied by rather tasteless gnocchi and far too many spring onions.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

The Pasonage has a lovely ambience - it's warm and dark and intimate, oozing its Medieval character that's complemented by splendid original artworks covering the dark grey walls. The food is nicely prepared and served, and the menu is interesting without going into weird. One very nice touch is the number of wines, both red and white, available by the glass - more than 50% of each list is available thus, which has the advantage of being able to ask for a 'taster' before deciding. Our two Burgundies were glorious (as I expect of Burgundy of course!!). Service is prompt without being hasty. It's by no means cheap, but it is VERY nice, and worth it as a special treat.

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4.0Dined on 27 March 2018

Good meal but service below standard (very slow and meals not coming out at the same time), despite the restaurant not being busy

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, with surrounding paintings and fireside with real fire. We had 'afternoon tea', but our waiter accommodated our preference for coffee instead of tea with the sandwiches, scones, and cake. Unhurried, friendly service. Well worth the walk up from Carfax.

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Lovely food, fantastic service and really accommodating with offering extra gluten-free options for dessert which was unprompted and above expectation. Great location for a date night. We’ll definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Dry expensive for portion size. Very rich food made me feel sick after eatening. Staff were friendly

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Superb food
Superb service
Superb setting
An absolute top quality place to go for afternoon tea. Such a great time there

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Absolutely perfect proper afternoon tea. It is busy so be sure to book in advance.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

As usual - delicious food and excellent service in relaxed surroundings. Nothing could be better!

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5.0Dined on 6 March 2018

We wanted somewhere quiet and atmospheric with excellent service and wholesome food. Parsonage Grill ticked all those boxes and many more. Thank you to all the staff who helped make our anniversary evening a very special occasion.

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

This is really excellent restaurant with great food, a wide selection of drinks (including some very nice cocktails) and a great lively atmosphere. It is well located near the centre of Oxford and always enjoy eating here. It is quite expensive, but not outrageous, and I would certainly recommend spending the extra for the quality of meal.

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Another wonderful evening at the Old Parsonage Hotel. Staff could not have been more helpful in making us feel relaxed. Lovely food made us enjoy the lovely company all the more. Will come back soon.

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

We always enjoy the Old Parsonage though our last visit was some time ago. We booked Sunday lunch and the service and ambience was first rate. It was a very cold day so the open fire was very welcoming. We both had the potted crab to start, absolutely delicious, and shared the free range chicken dish with all the trimmings. Beautifully tender and everything well cooked and seasoned. We opted for a bottle of the House red wine which was great value. A very comfortable leisurely lunch. Looking forward to returning again!! 😉😃

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2.0Dined on 24 February 2018

A disappointing experience.

The ambience was as expected although the seating was a little cramped for a relaxing occasion. The service, on the whole, was attentive and very good. Unfortunately the food was fair, bordering on poor. The sandwiches were very simplistic i.e. processed ham, egg and cress, cucumber and cream cheese. I had one finger sandwich that appeared to contain a prawn and some crab meat but was utterly tasteless. The scones were reasonable and the jam was excellent. The mini-cakes were more pleasing on the eye than the palette. The chocolate cake was bland and the Bakewell too dry. Finally the coffee was lukewarm and like dishwater. To be fair this was later exchanged for hot dishwater.

Strangely I still enjoyed the occasion. This was down to spending some quality time with my family in an attractive environment. I have now been there once; I can't see myself going again.

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4.0Dined on 19 February 2018

always very welcoming and good food. Love the small bar for drinks beforehand.

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3.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Nice dinner, friendly service, but unfortunately very noisy.

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Oxford lacks good restaurants but the Old Parsonage and it’s two sister restauarants stand out for good food in lovely buildings

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2018

My partner and I had a 3 course meal. My salad and my partner's soup was really nice.
On the other hand my artichoke and sage risotto was not pleasant to eat. I found only one bit of artichoke and the only thing I could taste was sage. It was honestly too much that I couldn't finish my meal... And my partner's chicken kiev was tasty but really dry. Desserts were OK.

Staff was really helpful and attentive at times but nobody asked for our meal so that we can give our feedback at the time.

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Lovely setting, great service and lovely food. Relaxed atmosphere and you could enjoy your food. Will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on 11 February 2018

Lovely ambience - not too loud! - and reliably good food. Pleasant, professional service

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4.0Dined on 10 February 2018

This restaurant had a wonderful buzz and very attentive (but not overly so) staff. Our only gripe was that all three of our starters - salmon terraine, pumpkin soup and beetroot salad were pretty bland and nothing special at all- and for the cost of almost £10 each we were disappointed. The main course and dessert though were tasty and delicious.

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5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

I know the Parsonage Grill well - I love the am bience, the welcoming log fire and above all the marvellous art. Food always delicious and fresh and outstanding service - such an ongoing pleasure to dine at this wonderful architecturally historic building, with its lovely courtyard for outdoor dining. On this occasion, mid-winter - actually hailing on the snow-drops! Although I visit he Old Parsonage frequently, often just for a drink in the cosy bar, this occasion was part of my extended 85th bithday celebrations which began a few days efore, on 28th January, and continued with a delightful intimate lunch for two with my eldest daughter. Lovely. Thank you once again to TOP.

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4.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Lovely ambience, friendly service in an unusual setting, close to the city

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4.0Dined on 23 January 2018

Booked here after a recommendation from a friend, for afternoon tea for myself and my husband. The hotel is beautiful, the food and service excellent but, in my mind, afternoon tea is best served in comfy chairs, in front of a fire - a cosy setting. Instead we were offered a table in the main restaurant, right next to tables of people eating a main meal of 'fish pie / fish'. I love fish, but the smell of it certainly overpowered our Afternoon Tea so we asked to move tables and ended up at a small table in the walkway in front of the bar. Not sure I would do afternoon tea here again (due to the setting) but would certainly try the main menu next time.

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

A really nice refuge on a cold wet January day. Great tea and great atmosphere. Staf very friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

It's a lovely atmosphere. Small and intimate but with a nice buzz at the same time. Relaxing and unusual decor. Excellent food and good attentive service

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Service was outstanding. Food was great, good atmosphere. Parking is limited.

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4.0Dined on 15 January 2018

Great food, good wine list and very attentive service make this a place I will return to

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5.0Dined on 15 January 2018

Thank you for a really lovely lunch to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The food was excellent, the staff pleasant and very efficient. The cakes were a really nice touch

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3.0Dined on 14 January 2018

We went for tea to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The food was good and very plentiful but I think there might have been a language barrier. Despite asking, the table was not cleared, so we sat amongst the debris of jam and cream and dirty plates for the rest of our visit. Our waiter did clear the cake stands and returned with the leftovers in a box for me - which I hadn't asked for. So I think he may have misunderstood.

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5.0Dined on 11 January 2018

Delicious lunch that was very good value.Setting is relaxed and comfortable with excellent,friendly service.A thoroughly enjoyable experience-we will be back!

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