The Ox Barn

4.6
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84 reviews
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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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P
Cumbria
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place to have a lovely dinner. The barn conversion, which hosts the restaurant, is stunning. The food was amazing, too. Not just in taste but also the portions.
Staff were very friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

We were lucky to get a table on a Saturday evening as the place has only limited availability and we booked short notice.

Would definitely go back for another meal.

OT
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting concise menu which focuses on local produce and some interesting vegetables from their gardens.
Excellent choice of English wines.

s
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an anniversary celebration for me and my wife and we were made to feel incredibly special on the night. The food and drinks were fantastic and the venue was one of the best restaurants I've ever been to.

J
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place with delicious food and great staff! 10/10 in everything!

JJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My fourth visit, and not my last. I love this place - stunning room, terrific and friendly service, great food, imaginative wine list. I'll be back.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The staff were lovely; very friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately the speed of service and attention to orders could have been better. Maybe another person assisting the main individuals taking orders could be useful.

EE
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as ever, impeccable all round experience. Leave time for a walk to enjoy the gardens and buildings at Thyme.

VA
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The decor and feel of the place is just stunning, the service is spotless and the wine list really good. The food was ok but not the main attraction.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The fixed price menu is very good value, although there is only one choice. No children's menu or options. Lovely setting in the garden terrace and friendly service.

KG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Gloucestershire
30 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damian and his team were EXCELLENT.

JL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Very fresh

s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JP
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LC
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff were very attentive and welcoming.

JJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.