The Ox Barn

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The Ox Barn is a 56-seater destination restaurant under the direction of Head Chef, Charlie Hibbert. Rooted in a passion for the local land, food and entertaining, the carefully curated menus are farm-based and plant-inspired. His team and the gardeners at Thyme work together to select and grow the fruits, vegetables and herbs used to create his Modern British Countryside fare.

The nineteenth century former oxen house is the newest addition to the family of meticulously restored farm buildings. A state-of-the-art piece of agricultural architecture at its conception, Caryn Hibbert worked meticulously to preserve the soaring archways and original Cotswold stone rubble walls, to now house a modern, dining destination - including a contemporary bar and seven and a half metre Charvet open kitchen - to allow for an authentic, heritage-rich dining experience, enabled by today’s best culinary technologies.
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KG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular location and food. Could not have enjoyed it more.

M
Gloucestershire
29 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful location and well presented and designed building. Food was excellent and service exceptional. Worth booking a room and making a long night of it. Will be going back. A real gem.

GB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, beautifully converted keeping the openness of this wonderful barn. Exceptional simple and beautifully prepared fresh local food served with care and charge by well trained young staff.

TE
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Beautiful setting and stylish decor. Staff were fabulous as was the food. A real hidden gem although more expensive than other restaurants in the area. It was just a shame that the restaurant was very quiet for a Friday lunchtime.

T
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, time and place all add to the satisfaction of dining out. This beautifully detailed and designed masterpiece of a restaurant is a must for the people who care about quality and expect the very best. We were entertaining our friends from Arizona and they were stunned by the elegance, and detail of design from napkin to food on the plate.
We were treated with kid gloves and the food exquisite as always. We were welcomed like old friends of the family rather than ‘diners’ and the whole experience a real joy.
Glenn Tutssel FRSA

M
Gloucestershire
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lovely location and lush surroundings with tasteful decor and grand setting.
Saturday night meal on table for 2.literally a row of couples tables.. A bit too close together really as you can hear other conversations going on.Larger tables adequately spacious.
Greeted with enthustic staff knowledgeable of the menu. Service there after very sparce with no follow up, felt like it needed more waiting staff overall.
Food was well presented and cooked well but not amazingly memorable.

Kitchen seemed slow generally with long waits inbetween courses. So slow infact that dessert needed to be chased.

High expectations but these were not really met as the different elements did not really come together.

TH
Liverpool
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The evening overall was exceptional. Excellent venue with a good choice of food and excellent service. The chips were the best we have ever eaten and every course was of high standard. We will return.

JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific meal. A real gem and a stunning space.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Damian and his team were EXCELLENT.

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with the most attentive and well trained staff. Excellent atmosphere with delicious food. We were impressed.

OT
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way possible. Can’t wait to return and highly recommend to anyone looking for 5* dining!

d
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so well looked after by your polish restaurant manager and the waiters - they were all engaging and keen to tell us about the menu and ingredients - one told us about the cauliflowers! He was great

l
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really beautiful building (i had last seen it when it was a livery yard full of stables and horses!) and decor although not sure i liked the bar area quite so much. it felt a bit out of kilter from the rest of the interiors. The staff were really friendly and helpful! Delicious wine (house rose) and beautifully fresh and delicate crab. Chips (sorry to say we ordered some!) were not chips but a potato cut into quarters and deep fried. They were slightly raw on the inside and didn't quite hit the spot - we needed comforting food as there was a storm raging outside. Pudding of hazelnut cake was incredible and almost made up for the disappointing fries. light, nutty - delicious. We were sitting in the end corner of a very long velvet banquette which was lovely. very cosy. We had a quick look around the beautiful, newly opened interiors shop which stocked lots of things I would have very happily taken home if i didn't have a mortgage to pay. The parking was a nightmare outside. I am not sure where we would have gone if i hadn't managed to squeeze into a space. there were no signs to say where else we might park.Parking and chips aside, it was a very happy way to spend a few hours with girlfriends catching up over a glass of wine and a plate of delicious food.

JW
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could not fault the Ox Barn. As a party of 7 we were there to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. So many other design led country establishments could learn a great deal from the warmth and exemplary standard of service provided by the Ox Barn. From the moment we arrived the staff were charming and accommodating; the surrounding were stunning, from the interiors through to the gardens; the food, delicious fresh and mouth wateringly seasonal.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Very fresh

s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food very variable. Steak excellent but roast pork fatty and cold. Service good and wine good but got the price this is not good value. The restaurant needs to improve consistency.

EE
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! Can't fault a thing. Lucky enough to sit outside on lovely new terrace

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

My daughter and I enjoyed several lovely meals at the Ox Barn during our recent stay. We had breakfast, dinner and cocktails there during our stay this past weekend. The food was wonderful and the service fantastic. Big thank you to Damien, Edwin and "the twins" for taking such terrific care of us at each meal.

L
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Dirty seat, no attention to details, no bread and butter served. Dishes very oily and salty. Staff no caring...

C
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’d recommend the Ox Barn to a friend, but with an advisory warning about the price of the evening. The drinks, particularly the wine, are overpriced. The food is also slightly overpriced.

A
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most beautiful (memorable!) food in the most beautiful place. Will definitely be back.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful barn, perfect place to celebrate, I’d highly recommend it.

LC
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Having read about The Ox Barn in a Waitrose magazine, I thought it would be perfect for our upcoming trip to the Cotswolds with friends. We were not disappointed. We loved the courtyard entrance, casual but detailed styling and the sheep!
The food blends were interesting and much appreciated by the four of us. Great experience. We had a slight niggle about our initial server who seemed not as professional as the rest of the team - but once he’d gone off shift the rest certainly made up for it.
We would definitely return if we are in the area again!

DZ
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up being super late and stressed by the time we arrived to The Ox Barn, as a tire on our rental car blew on the side of the road. It took us 2.5 hours to finally show up and we could not have asked for a better way to wind down. Every single person we encountered on staff was a complete joy to talk to. Their knowledge of the food and drink was impeccable, and we wanted for nothing. Our starters, mains, and dessert were amazing. Both my gran and I wish we lived closer so we could make it a regular dining spot.

GR
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A great example of having too much money to waste without the expertise to wisely spend it. Thyme is completely missing the boat here. Great ambience with new renovation and Cotwolds decor but it cannot support the entire dining experience

Food was expensive and of good quality but not delicious or creative. Service was performed by twin 16 year old boys; they were charming but not well trained and naturally not sophisticated. Sommelier opened the wine bottle, poured once, remotely stored the bottle and never returned to our table. We had to ask for wine to be poured everytime.

No need to return to the Ox Barn at Thyme And definitely do not recommend that others waste their money

M
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We absolutely loved our meal and enjoyed the freshness of all the ingredients - my starter was the best I’ve had in the Uk (crab salad with peas). A very special evening in a beautiful place. ❤️

JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit and it was absolutely on a level with my first. Great service, terrific food and a fine wine list. Will be back.

K
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We stayed at the thyme hotel and ate at ox barn the first night. The barn is stunning and well worth the visit. The food however was not meeting luxury hotel standard. It was rather boring and a little flavourless. We also had breakfast there which is even worse. Shame, as I would love to come and stay again but food was not good enough for what it cost.

SF
Warwickshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and staff were very attentive and welcoming.

JJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The room, an old Ox Barn, is stunning: the widest barn I've ever seen with beams that stretch, amazingly, from side to side. There is a lounge corner to have a pre-meal drink in, complete with Thyme's signature sheep. Service by a predominantly young team is slick and friendly. We ordered lunch from the à la carte menu (no set lunch menu was offered, it was a Saturday) and portions were substantial. Starters were a cuttlefish with fennel and celery, and a porchetta tonnata (both terrific). Mains: slow-cooked lamb with peas and watercress, and halibut with artichokes and potatoes and a gremolata. We shared a rhubarb and ginger sorbet - a stunning combination. Two rhubarb cocktails (Rude Bobs) and a bottle of Saumur Champigny brought the bill, with service, to £195. Would definitely go again, though would be interested to try the set lunch (£22/27) for a slightly less wallet-damaging experience. But a very fine meal all round.

RG
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, well presented, but it is quite expensive to dine at The Ox Barn. 4 people ought to be able to dine for less than £100 per head.
The room is very big! Enormous in fact. Roughly 50% of the area is occupied by diners.

SS
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful place to spend our anniversary and the food was outstanding and cocktails delicious

PB
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Worthy of a visit however the menu is bizarre (Sunday brunch) and the pricing excessive.

KW
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food, as to be expected, was exceptional. The ambience and atmosphere, choice of music and the beauty of the barn were all amazing. You’ve done a fantastic job in creating this beautiful place. Thank you.

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

Sensational!
Every aspect of our experience was wonderful. From the greeting at the reception desk to the final goodbyes, nothing was too much trouble. The food was incredible...the best beef brisket I have EVER tasted. Thank you for making our Easter Sunday very special.

MO
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We stopped at the ox barn for lunch on our way to the Cotswolds. We found the lunch menu choice a bit limited (dinner menu might be a bit more interesting). The food was nice and seasonal and the service was very attentive.

AH
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Over priced and very pretentious menu. The food descriptions sounded wonderful but in reality they did not deliver. Really....a plate of extremely tasteless radishes!!!! Service was good, decorations lovely.... very poor food.

KC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambience is terrific. The interior design superb. Not too sure about the hairy throws on the central plastic looking chairs! Our green chairs were very comfortable, especially with the cushion we asked for. The food very good, especially the Monksbeard which we'd never had before, although the menu is quite limited. We were put off by being offered, via Open Table, only a 12pm or 2pm slot when there were loads of empty tables everywhere. We'd come again.

CB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another wonderful lunch at The Ox Barn. Delicious food and fantastic service.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Everything about Thyme Hotel is wonderful. Tasteful and stunning. Such a wonderful place to be and the Ox Barn itself has been developed with great care, attention to detail and looks great. However, as others have noted, to be given a brunch menu at 13.30 on a Sunday (e.g eggs on toast, albeit tasty) just does not work. It needs proper sunday lunch options, like a roast. The food itself was OK. Services was a little unsure and inattentive.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We hope our brunch menu offers something for everyone with 'eggs', 'small plates', 'large plates' & a dessert menu giving choice, whether guests come early for a plate of pancakes or later for three courses. We agree that a proper Sunday Lunch is wonderful & Thyme's village pub The Swan is renowned for the quality of their roasts. We do hope you will return to the Ox Barn and that you will give The Swan a try for Sunday lunch too.

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