The Kitchen

4.4
279 reviews
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
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
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DP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here. Lamb was delicious. Pannacotta v. Good indeed. Fish cakes tasty. Good bistro/pub restaurant. Looking forward to going again

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

Great food, lovely location, friendly staff. Well worth a visit!

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

Food was sublime. Gorgeous garden

TB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was AMAZING! the service was really good. a bit expensive but will be back again.

CV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Had the prawn & fish curry 2 nights running it was so good.

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, lovely place and ambience. Very reasonable price. Service was a little slow at times but overall well worth it. Would go again

EF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch in a lovely pub. Very friendly service. Service seemed a little slow with bringing our food out but this may have been because we were so hungry! Highly recommend.

GG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Good value for money considering the quality of the food, definitely recommend.

a
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I seldom write reviews and having spent 20 years in the restaurant biz I am always sympathetic in my approach. My wife and I (a professional chef) had a great experience here which far exceeded our expectations. Great service and very good food - well thought out dishes delicious and hot - hate luke warm food - and good value.
Well done guys good job!

l
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charming staff, very good food, very comfortable space. We left feeling well fed and well looked after.

GA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food every time we've been and the music tonight was very good . Happily recommend to everyone we know

PF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lamb was lush, great sauce, nice and relaxed.
Will deffo visit again.

P
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from all staff , food excellent apart from ice cream portion which there was only enough to eat in one mouthful . Lovely place already recommended to friends . We will definitely be returning .

SZ
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

This was my second visit to the Kitchen. The first time I went for lunch with friends and we all enjoyed it very much. I had a cod dish (with turmeric, potatoes and asparagus - I can't remember exactly) and it was delicious. I went back on Saturday night with my partner and was quite disappointed. I had a fish curry - which had lots of fish in it - but was a bit rich and didn't have enough vegetables with it. He had a really quite expensive ok burger (£16). They were running an early evening offer which we missed (!) but it meant that the place was quite busy and noisy and the acoustics meant that it was difficult for my partner to hear me across the table! Service was good but overall we were disappointed this time. :(

PS The UBU beer was excellent!

j
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and choice of wine in a relaxing atmosphere, great garden too

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was perfectly alright. Service was friendly but rather vague and lacking focus. Car park well signed, actual restaurant then hard to find. Blameless but unremarkable

E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely little place and excellent food. We had a great time!

J
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food expensive for what we received. Lack of service once meal was finished. Nobody came to see if coffee/liquors were required

GA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent staff are friendly and look after you without being over the top friendly . Myself and my partner love every dish we've eaten highly recommend a visit

KD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really great food in a lovely environment. The menu is not huge but there are always several things you want! They're great with kids too.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've have been meaning to eat here for ages, finally managed it over the Bank Holiday.
Booking was easy( but no confirmation email), so phoned them up - very helpful, all ok.
Arrived early, but let us have the table straight away, got some drinks - bliss.
Very relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, staff were young and extremely nice and friendly.
Menu was compact and interesting, spoilt for choice.
Starters were superb, spring Ham Hock salad and Cheesy Balls (already a favourite) - mains better still, my partner had Slow roasted Spring lamb, I had a Guinea Fowl pie - magnificent!!
Highly recommended, off the beaten track and better for it.
Great for two - we're bringing friends next time....

RL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food.. highly recommended
Will definitely visit again

LC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice vegan options.

Staff were very lovely and friendly.

Very child friendly with high chair in place for us when we arrived.

AK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

as with all restaurants it would be very helpful to have a low carbohydrate high fat option or two on the Menu

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Expensive for what it was and poor ambience

EG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal with our family. The roast was fantastic and the starters delicious.

SR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First visit to the The Kitchen - which is located in a lovely little, picturesque village just outside Banbury. There is a car park, but parking is quite limited as The Kitchen is clearly a popular venue on Sunday's. The Pub is quaint with a nice atmosphere and the lunch tables are scattered around - rather than in a separate room. The food was well cooked and wine was good - had the service been better I would rate The Kitchen higher. We waited for about 15 minutes after we arrived before we called a waiter to take an order although we had been seen. We also had a long wait for the bill before we again had to summon the waiter. Having said that, the waiters were very nice - !

NS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The KItchen menu is rather limited, but the food when it came was really well presented and exceptional in taste. We visited on a fairly quiet lunchtime.

PW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Reviews can often vary with the choices made by diners. Two of our party were very satisfied whilst the choice of fish cakes chosen by two of us were less favourable. The fish cakes were well filled but dry and would have been improved by a generous sauce. The menu is quite limited so choice was difficult. The price is high for the product received and so not very good value for money. The sticky toffee pudding was particularly disappointing. Rubbery texture and rather rigid clotted cream served alongside did not improve things whereas a good butterscotch sauce might have helped.

VV
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I eat at the Kitchen I come away resolving to go there more often. The food is superb, the service friendly and efficient, and it is always my reliable number 1 place to take visitors for lunch. I love it!

RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend The Kitchen. This was my second visit and on this occasion we were a large group of 9 people. The Kitchen staff made us feel extremely welcome and went out of their way to accommodate by allowing us to sit outside for our starters and drinks as it was a sunny day. We were not rushed at all. The waiters were very personable and great to chat to and the food was excellent. A lovely lunch and perfect for our requirements.

GD
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was really excellent. Food absolutely fine without being outstanding. Cost possibly a little high. Surprisingly very few people there on a Saturday night, but it was wet and there was a lot of rugby on the telly. Overall a good night but not an outstanding night.

TB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly service and one of the best gourmet burgers I've ever had! Recommend the Beaute Du Sud Malbec too.

SP
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took mum for lunch with my sister. We had a lovely quiet table in an alcove. The gentleman wh9 served us couldn’t have been more helpful, even sorting out a gluten free menu for my parents for mother’s day (which is also their anniversary).
Food was gorgeous; mum had the fish acmes, which were sal on, very tasty, and my sister and I had the smoked haddock! Fish was flakey, and the curry sauce full of flavour with a slight “kick” to it. We were not rushed at all. It was wonderful. We will definitely be going again. Fully recommend.

GC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, good pace of service, a little pricey but worth the quality food you receive. The pie is amazing!

NC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday lunch (beef roast) was excellent! Lots of veg including a delicious parsnip puré. The beef was a perfect medium rare. Good wine and great service. Lovely location with great walks.

US
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Were not quite sure where The Kitchen was - not obvious from the car parking area. However, it was a very pleasant experience with good service and food. Made to feel welcome and were given quiet table in the window. Will return when next in the area.

MW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little gem in a beautiful countryside I had the game pie and it was so tasty, tender and packed full of flavour highly recommend

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

They're doing great work in the kitchen but the front of house left a lot to be desired.
The staff left to manage the customers seemed to be very inexperienced and not particularly attentive.

The food was great but I'm not sure we'll be back

ST
London
41 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. Fishcakes a firm favourite but husband really enjoyed the smoked haddock in curry sauce. And thanks too for making the hound so welcome! We'll be back soon.

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