The Kitchen

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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
What 296 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, lovely place to visit! Prefect Sunday.

MT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Setting was excellent and food was absolutely superb... the only negative was that the staff could have been more attentive, for example we had to wait 15 mins to order a drink as opposed to being offered one when we were given the menu...

JD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After attending a fashion event with Sarah Gray Image we stayed on for lunch. Service was attentive and friendly and we enjoyed our lunches - Rabbit for me and a chicken and chive pie for my sister. Both delicious! I am sure we will be back.

NE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Food was delicious. Relaxed, welcoming and warm environment. Will definitely be going back to try more dishes!

S
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Good beer. Family well looked after including family member allergy.

Noise level (3 out of 4) based on own families noise. Otherwise 2/4.

Thank you The Kitchen.

RS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and amazing food. Will definitely be going back

LS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious food served by friendly staff in a lovely environment, what more could you want, we loved it!

V
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch with the family, nice relaxed ambience and good service. Roast beef was superb. Great choice on the menu.

W
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening at the Kitchen celebrating mine and my twins birthday. The ambience is lovely furnishings are soft and comfortable I particularly like how clean the windowsills and windows are as these are often forgotten. The staff are super fast and efficient, especially the bar man who cannot do enough for you.

AF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous meal thank you & attentive service. Portions were ample. I opted for the salmon fish cakes & pannacotta for dessert. Both were excellent, but the dessert was divine. Worth a journey.

m
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday lunch. The beef was immense, the best ever. Highly recommended. Will be going back next week for sure!

LD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our family Sunday lunch at the Kitchen. Food was sensational and the service was faultless. Highly recommend.

D
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food and friendly staff, fish pie was very nice. Will definitely go back

H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was a completely random but totally successful lunch choice - location chosen so we could meet friends halfway, otherwise 100 mile trip for one or the other. Other significant factor was the 'dog-friendly' element. Could not have been happier. Very casual atmosphere, however food was absolutely excellent, staff very professional and several well-behaved dogs in evidence. Two of us had the roast beef and it was pronounced the best every. ( Apparently from HMQ's supplier). Absolutely terrific.

RL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great value, lovely atmosphere, very helpful staff

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in stylish yet comfortable surroundings with excellent service. Everything was perfect and we particularly enjoyed the medallions of beef which almost melted in the mouth they were so tender! Look forward to returning for a cosy autumn supper!

DP
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our second visit within a week. Compared with the first Sunday, the Friday of the Bank Holiday weekend was quiet so service was faster. But the food remains consistently good and the surroundings very pleasant. This is now our default lunch break on our journeys between Derbyshire and Surrey.

J
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was sublime. Gorgeous garden

TB
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

P
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

J
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food.. highly recommended
Will definitely visit again

LC
Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice vegan options.

Staff were very lovely and friendly.

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