The Ox Barn

4.6
52 reviews
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Newly launched restaurant in a converted 19th Century ox house.
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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M
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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. ❤️

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JJ
London
4 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.

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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.

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

Amazing food and staff were very attentive and welcoming.

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JJ
London
4 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.

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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.

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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

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PB
Gloucestershire
2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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RP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really excellent dining experience with a superbly flavoured meal and great relaxed & friendly service.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for your review, we are so very pleased you enjoyed dining at the Ox Barn and do hope you will come back to us soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. We loved everything about it!

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

We are so pleased ... do return soon.

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AB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food and service in the most beautiful setting. It’s definitely becoming one of our favourites!

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JV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, food, ambience, service, all wonderful

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you JanV, we are so pleased that we ticked all those boxes for you! We look forward to you dining with us again soon.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The team were so attentive and food was outstanding. I had mentioned that it was our anniversary when I booked online and they made such an effort to help us celebrate, was so appreciated.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your dining at Thyme, we do love a celebration in the Ox Barn and are so pleased that you shared such a special occasion with us. Do come back soon!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience, we had a party of 6 for a birthday Sunday lunch. The Service was impeccable we were made to feel very at home. They even put a candle in a piece of cake for us. Such a beautiful space in a lovely Cotswold setting. Can't wait to go back.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for such a kind review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your birthday celebrations with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Thyme in the not so distant future for more fun!

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Generally speaking our experience was, as on our two previous visits, excellent, but it was again marred by the glacially slow pace at which pre-dinner bar drinks arrive. It's very galling to be sitting in an almost empty restaurant, watching the staff (including those manning the bar) standing around chatting, and still have to wait twenty-five minutes for our drinks to arrive. Luckily, the food was excellent and restaurant service attentive, and so our overall impression was very good, but please, please OX BARN, get the bar staff to GET A MOVE ON.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you Mark for taking the time to review your experience of the Ox Barn, we are so pleased that you love the food and restaurant service. We do apologise that the bar service was not as swift as it should have been. We enjoy your visits enormously and hope you will come back soon to let us put this right. We have emailed directly and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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JV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, couldn't fault anything, from the service to the food

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for your lovely review ... come back to us soon.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was my husbands birthday weekend and I booked this for a Sunday lunch with relatives. There is no indication that Sunday lunch is available when I booked. On arrival we had a drink, still no one said they do not do lunch, we were given menus and when I pointed out that we were looking for lunch we were told you only do brunch. At which point we were told that was the only menu. When does anyone have yogurt at 2pm. There was, however, two specials which we all ordered.
The whole feel of the place is that you are just not ready for custom.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you so very much for your review Christine, it has been a real pleasure talking to you since this was posted and explaining the new layout of the menu. We so very much enjoyed welcoming you back to the Ox Barn and that your subsequent dining experience was so positive, we look forward to you coming back to us again.

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SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately service was messy from the get go. Our starters arrived very quickly (before pre dinner drinks arrived). We both had pumpkin soup and it was lovely just a shame it arrived too soon. Main course was really poor and the venison was not rested and sinue had not been removed making it inedible. The waiters did try to make amends offering complimentary fizz and a palate cleanser however the whole experience was definitely off the mark.
Such a shame as the ambience and the venue itself was fabulous. There was also an unfortunate sewage smell which was rather off putting! A birthday treat it was not.

We were both really disappointed as it had come highly recommended by two different sets of friends.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

We are so very pleased that you have returned to dine with us since writing this review. We very much enjoyed welcoming you back for a positive experience this time and hope that you will be dining with us again in the not too distant future.

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M
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best food in the area, in a fabulous and unique barn.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you so very much Mark, looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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P
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely setting for a late brunch after a hectic Christmas period. The food was beautifully cooked and presented with fabulous fresh ingredients. A great brunch menu with enough of an unusual twist to peak interest - we have the Goose Hash (so so tasty) and the Salt Cod Fishcakes (fresh fish and herbs combined to make a delightful dish).

The choice of English fizz and wine was impressive and I plunged for a glass of Devon fizz.

The bar looked really well stocked and I’d love to come and eat and stay overnight.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for such a wonderful review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your brunch and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fantastic dinner. Beautifully restored. We felt there needs to be less formality to encourage an easier atmosphere. Do very good food at the Baa. Wine list HUGELY inflated prices where the food is well priced. That would stop us coming regularly - which is what you need. Make it a place that locals want to come NOT just for special occasions. There are 160 households at Lakes By Yoo (where we came from), who would love the place, but it needs to be more “accessible” for everyday. There needs to be a reason to come just for a drink and then perhaps to stay for dinner. It needs to be a place to come for Sunday lunch with lots of young people - bring the dog etc. To keep it a rather formal, perfect place will not draw us in on more than a once in a while situation. We really wish you well. Looby Crean

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RT
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service. The lunch time ambience was more suited for evening dining.

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

Thank you for your review, we are so very pleased you enjoyed the service at the Ox Barn and that you will return to experience both lunch and evening service in the not too distant future.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Car Park a disgrace covered in mud and building rubbish picked up a screw in tyre £180 to replace yet on previous visit told to park there! Clare said it would be brought up @ managerial meeting!not much comp for expense incurred!

The Ox Barn
Responded on 29 March 2019

We do apologise for the problems that occurred when visiting us during our soft launch, we hope that contact from management since this event goes some way to mitigating the difficulties encountered and very much hope to welcome you back soon.

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GF
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first brunch, after two sensational dinners in the past month. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season, oysters & wye valley sparkling wine, a goose hash that was inspired and a walnut ice-cream with meringue to finish ... and that was just one of us!!! Beautiful setting, attentive, professional staff. There is nowhere like it for miles around.

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OD
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend here for Christmas dinner and had a wonderful time. Incredible food and lovely, personal service from the management, bar staff and waiters. Would recommend to all and will definitely be coming back!

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a superb meal. I booked this before it opened so hadn’t realised that they only served a brunch menu on Sunday and it was very quiet. The food was outstanding as was the service, but for a Sunday lunch should have booked the Swan and saved the Ox Barn for an evening meal.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are many wonderful gastropubs in the Cotswolds (including The Swan, sister to Ox Barn), but Ox Barn is one of the first serious restaurants and certainly the best! The ingredients sourced locally and the quality of preparation would compete with any of the top restaurants in London. The old barn which houses the restaurants has ample space to feel light and open, yet is still cozy. The barn is an original period building yet is decorated with a contemporary twist, including a modern open kitchen where gusts can watch the chefs at work.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just launched and has provided a super new fine dining experience to the area. Food is excellent using top quality ingredients, and the attention to detail for the whole experience is excellent.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really loved the decor and the balance between rustic and modern style. Maybe a few too many sheep though. The semi-circular bar felt welcoming and was a great place to sit and people watch before the meal, while still enjoying the restaurant vibe thanks to the open plan layout. Didn’t get to sit by the fire after the meal but appreciate that it would be a great post-prandial spot to relax. The loo’s felt luxurious, and we loved the hand products they have stocked. We will definitely be back, but it will only be for birthdays or special celebrations as we found the wine list a little pricey.

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CS
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Had a great evening, it’s a new restaurant so a few teething problems.
But a very promising venue I will definitely again.

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B
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

First visit took barn - few small points :- more awareness of empty glasses. Nibbles with pre drinks . Bread on table not a paid option.

Overall very good, food was delicious maybe a slightly bigger menu .

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