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The Kitchen

4.5
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338 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Our Grade II listed Country Eating House offers you contemporary dining in a glorious setting. Its a place where you can discover that long, lazy, luxurious weekend feeling, indulge your passions for fine food and simply relax, unwind and enjoy. We are entirely independent .... and proud of it.

We are just minutes from M40 junctions 10 or 11, near Banbury.

We only select, prepare and serve you the absolute best food and drink we can source; mainly from local food heroes; some from our own Kitchen Garden.
Everything is freshly prepared here, in our Kitchens, by our team of amazing chefs.

We look forward to welcoming you soon

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 338 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GemmaE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is lovely, the food was amazing and reasonably priced and beautifully presented. The drinks were fab too. Staff were friendly and helpful.

The restaurant is well decorated, plenty of car parking and interesting quirks like old plates and cutlery.

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because the website isn’t up to date and the menu on the website is not actually available. When on site the options are very limited, we didn’t mind as the food was so good but it would have been good to have some additional options to choose from.

I would definitely recommend and come back again tho!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, lovely atmosphere and food was great

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RichardH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely dining experience during difficult covid conditions. Service and food, while restricted menu, were very good.

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SIMONM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great al fresco dining experience at the Kitchen. Wonderful food again.

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BRIANB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu not as advertised on their web site. A wasted trip for us food wise.

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LouW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new creative outdoor grazing idea, simple but very tasty

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JonathanF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

During the pandemic the meals are all served in a courtyard. On the day we went it was windy and chilly. Perhaps blankets might be needed in a few weeks or patio heaters.

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stjohnw
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent quality local ingredients prepared to perfection!

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Abby
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Sunday roast sat outside in the pretty garden. Relaxed but great service. Homemade brownies are a must.

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MikeT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely location, super food and always great friendly service

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SIMONM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal in the courtyard. Can’t go wrong with the Kitchen @ Farnborough.

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MrsB
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch in a lovely setting. Staff were friendly and helpful too. Looking forward to going again!

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Disappointed
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Very rude owner greeted us with contempt asking “who are you?” and telling us that “you can’t sit there” rather than asking to take a name and showing us to a table!!

Once we were seated by a much nicer member of staff, the food was actually very good but the initial welcome (or lack of) was very disappointing.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The owner was very sarcastic and acted like customers were a pain upon arrival. Made a couple of comments that didn’t make you feel welcome. Not a great start. The Courtyard menu was limited on a Sunday with only a beef Sunday lunch option. The rest of my family don’t eat red meat so sandwich or pizza was the only other choice. Beef was very good though!

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place, great food and service. We will definitely be back. Thank you :-)

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Steph
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it there. The food is so tasty and the service is relaxed and yet, efficient. Our top foody place to go!

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CorinneC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time at The Kitchen....we love the new outdoor COVID dining has really improved The Kitchen experience. Ant is such a character and great to see him front of house. We will return asap!

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Sueb
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kitchen has beautifully designed its Courtyard space and serves excellent food with friendly service.

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viplnd1
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to have The Kitchen open. The courtyard is beautifully done and the food was fantastic. Bike racks and dogs welcome.

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GemmaE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to visit the kitchen on Sunday for an early Mother’s Day treat. We ordered the Beef Roast and I can honestly say it was the best Roast I’ve ever had! The beef was cooked to perfection, We’ve visited the kitchen a few times now and we’ve never had a bad meal.

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garrymsuch
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and lovely surroundings - old style country inn - suits all types of customers

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MarkP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Limited menu. Food quality average. Service ok. Not good value.

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RichardR
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As regular visitors to The Kitchen we enjoy the varied menu and excellent food. The enthusiastic staff are always quick to greet and make you feel at home. Our recent visit was as enjoyable as we expected and our food well up to the usual standard. In the area where there are many places to eat few get better than this when it comes to service and value.

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SimonF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Second visit in 2 days. Both lunch and dinner were a very good all round experience. Watch out for the sticky toffee pudding. Defiantly a 10 out of 10. Highly recommended not only by my self but, also my guests.

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SallyP
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch. Food well presented and tasty. Little noisy as we were right in Front of the bar. Definitely go again!

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FaithB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Found it driving through the village. Superb

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MartineE
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, the brownie was outstanding because it was so unusual in taste flavour and presentation. Outstanding service and would highly recommend.

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top2table
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The menu albeit good seemed limited and didn't appear to reflect a Valentine romantic dining experience.

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RufusF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and brilliant night out. Definitely recommend to anyone.

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ChrisP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always like this restaurant and food was super. We often walk too it too during the summer.

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RichardF
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We booked a table for 5 after being told that this restaurant was very good. We ordered the mushroom and goat cheese starter which was over salted and not pleasant. The Jerusalem artichoke soup was too sweet and the pork scratching where too crunchy. My husband had the game pie for mains and the pastry was undercooked and tasted of flour. We had 3 cod mains which was average and bland. We've definitely had better food than this. The restaurant was also very expensive for what we had. Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful, she was lovely.

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CharlotteG
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entirely reliable for very good food and great service. Comfortable seating, eclectic and charming crockery, silverware and... linen napkins. My go to place for a relaxed meal.

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EllieS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall great experience with amazing food and service. Would highly recommend.

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JulieL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entertaining colleagues from the US, great that we could talk discreetly and hear each other. They loved the look and the whole ambience. The food was lovely, dietary requirements were easily satisfied from the standard menu, all courses were delicious. Perfect.

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JamesB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening great service lovely food. Thank you.

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David
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good ambiance. Friendly service. Excellent food. We will return.

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Steph
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service. We were made welcome and felt comfortable. We will return. Cheers 😊

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MelanieE
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious especially the parsnip soup and pumpkin gnocchi, the staff were really friendly and it was such a lovely atmosphere - we are still talking about what an unexpectedly great evening we had and can't recommend it highly enough. We will definitely be back :)!

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JulieL
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well balanced menu, delicious food, lovely atmosphere and just the right level of service all made for the perfect lunchtime catch up with old friends. We all had empty plates and all smugly declined the desert menu, which looked very tasty.
Definitely worthy of revisits.

MP
MichaelP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & staff were extremely helpful & accommodating to my party needs. A most enjoyable evening spent with friends.

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