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The Kitchen

4.5
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328 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 328 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SIMONM
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MrsB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
1 review
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
4 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.

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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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StephenC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have to say staff are very friendly the food was great and I would go again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal, friendly service, lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!

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Abby
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Amazing food, lovely place to visit! Prefect Sunday.

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MikeT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
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...

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JillD
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.

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NatashaE
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!

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Sparra
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.

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RachelS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LillieS
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!

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Vantheman
Birmingham
5 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.

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The Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.

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