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Patio - The Oxen Bar & Grill, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

The Oxen Bar & Grill

3.8
3.8
50 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Take sanctuary from the street-level bustle and dive in to the flavours of local British cuisine, our all-day neighbourhood brasserie nestled at home in the Courtyard Oxford South Hotel. With leather snugs, Oxfordshire inspired details, exposed bricks, soft handwoven textures, this intimate Oxfordshire restaurant and bar is a perfect antidote to busy life. Featuring an open kitchen with a stone pizza oven, alfresco terrace dining, and an urban lounge bar.

The Oxen offers a super cool casual dining spot, for local inspired food, craft beers, wines, gins and cocktails. Our menus feature local produce from Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds, with award winning rare breed longhorn steaks, freshly made pizzas, and seasonally inspired cuisine. Farm to plate at its best.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Pizzeria, Steak
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 18:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01865 671480
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Please get in touch with our reservations team at 01865671480 or reservations@courtyardoxfordsouth.com
  • Private party contact
    team@courtyardoxfordsouth.com: 01865 671480
  • Area
    Abingdon
  • Cross Street
    A4130
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary for all patrons
  • Public Transit
    From Didcot train station catch the Milton Park Shuttle which runs thought the day and drops you right on our door.The X2, X33 and X32 all stop on Milton park Bus stop B and we are a short walking distance.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • LOVEOXEN MEMBERSHIP

    Multiple dates available
    #LOVEOXEN MEMBERSHIP OFFERS FOLLOWING BENEFITS: 20% discount off food and drinks at The Oxen Free car parking Free use of co-working space Special discounts for event and meeting rooms for up to 150 pax Invitations to special events Special weekend rates for new, oversized bedrooms with modern amenities Invitation to free networking events Special member only offers Free Wi-Fi.

What 50 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

50 Reviews
  1. Sazz

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This review is based on the Sunday Carvery. The soup was pleasant, but lukewarm. Main course was verging on unpleasant, with very odd tasting soft roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and parsnip - they all tasted kind of soapy! The cheese was good though. Not an experience I will be repeating any time soon.

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  2. sliverfox

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was “OK”. If I stay at the Courtyard again I will be looking to eat elsewhere.

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  3. Fishhead

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Our meal was spoilt initially by a very noisy Christmas Party in the bar. After they had gone and things had quietened down, the food was unfortunately uninspiring. The options for a vegetarian were minimal, and the sweet potato salad that my wife ordered was very disappointing (quite difficult to find the tiny bits of sweet potato, and was therefore mainly lettuce). The serving staff were kind enough to take the cost of the salad off of our bill, but it was a disappointing experience nonetheless.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Basically we got what we paid for. It was cheap but The food was very poor quality. Meat was ok but all the vegetables were frozen veg. Not nice. Roast potatoes looked suspiciously like chunky chips. Yorkshires hadn’t seen an oven. They were soft & soggy. The white wine was warm. The best bit was the bread & butter pudding. Even though it’s cheap won’t be coming back.

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  5. MarkM

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    my worst experience ever, it started as we arrived with the server stating that they where not ready due to breakfast over running, no water offered so asked for coffee while we waited told to make it our selves via a machine, waited 20 minutes before we could start with the carvery. we helped our selves too under cook cauliflower cheese with a water base and a thick layer of cheese on top, followed by mixed parsnips and carrots roasted to an inch of there lives. we moved on to the roast potatoes as stated by the sign above them but found chips they looked like chips and they smelt like chips. we where told by the server that they where potato wedges because the roast potatoes had not been delivered the day before ? we moved on to the meat section which was pork loin, rear beef, and chicken. all tasted good . gravy was on the side no other condiment's on offer, we ordered a bottle of white wine it was opened before it was bought to the table no taste offered when I went to pour the wine the bottle was warm two servers when ran around like headless chickens to find a ice bucket and ice this bid not in prove the wine or the food in any way. we did not try the bread and butter pudding due to lumpy custard. offered 20% off final bill. and it will be my final bill due to a large group of Muslim males who i believe are staying at the hotel felt it was ok to stare at my 14 year old daughter and wife and make comments about them in the car park. i would recommend any one to give this venue a very wide berth,

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  6. Barbf

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten at oxen bar and grill (carvery) twice both time's myself and partner have enjoyed it very much so it will be a regular thing it certainly is a really lovely place to eat staff are really nice and friendly

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  7. Rk123

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely afternoon tea, but coffee provided is instant coffee and not great!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cant fault anything ...amazing service ...food excellent I loved the lemon cheesecake...to the cheese and crackers roast and great you can have unlimited coffee and tea ect...great value for money x

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  9. ChrisE

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Even though we were a late booking the quality of the food was still very good and plentiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful, thank you

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  10. Gnomes24

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Booked online for Sunday lunch - really easy system, Restaurant easy to find and actually smaller than I expected. However this was a bonus as the atmosphere was calm and mostly adults. I liked the buffet style, plenty of choice for all courses. I don't have dietary requirements and I am not vegetarian/vegan so cannot comment on their choices for the carvery. Amazing value for money, and will definitely eat there in the future.

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  11. Michael

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had Sunday carvery. Excellent value. Food was a reasonable quality. Didn’t expect 3 courses and coffee Only problem they had no beer-only lager and the bottle of white wine brought to the table was room temperature- had to put ice in it from the ice bucket.

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  12. MariaF

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great waiters , lovely pasta and salad . Pizza could be cooked more ,

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  13. AndrewH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious starter, main and dessert. Very friendly staff and a nice restaurant

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  14. dragonlady

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were friendly and attentive food was well cooked. Very good value for money. There was a nice ambience about the place, I would definitely go back again.

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  15. ChrisA

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff extremely helpful with food allergy problems and excellent meal enjoyed

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  16. SarahS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal at oxen bar and grill for Father’s Day. We had the carvery and it was great! The staff are lovely and will go above and beyond for you. My only bad point to the whole meal was that it’s abit unorganised at the food collection part. The starters are in the middle of the carvery instead of at the start and we did have a little wait for the veg but apart from that everything was good, clean and friendly. Would recommend and I will be returning. Also free pool table so my son and husband loved it!

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  17. LesleyT

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday Carvery review … Asparagus soup with warm bread rolls or salad with mixed meats to start. Roast beef and roast gammon with fried roast potatoes! Parsnips, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower cheese. Shop bought stuffing balls and Yorkshire puddings. Nice gravy. Other things on offer fish cakes and mushroom risotto. No horseradish sauce for the beef!! Criminal! Desserts… lovely looking chocolate cake, fruit cheesecakes, strawberries and cream, fresh fruit and jugs of cream. Tea and coffee included. £25.00 each person, it was Father’s Day. We enjoyed our meal.

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  18. JamesPQ

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the carvery, beautiful decor, food was great, only issue was the containers were not filled up quickly enough, so we had to wait for cauliflower cheese. But the the friendly manner of the staff outweighed the wait. Didn't realise til the end that tea and coffee also available as part of the price, so over value for money was incredible or 3 course meal and hot drink. Lovely foreign lady with dark hair was our waitress and I can't for the life of me remember her name, but she was fabulous. The manager also good at checking on all tables and accommodating a party of people who had turned up to the wrong venue for their afternoon tea. Nothing too much trouble for the staff. Will definitely be going back. If I may just add for future carvery days, it might be worth putting a pot of gravy on display with serving pots so customers can either put extra on their plates or take a pot back to their table. Most people I know like quite a bit of gravy, this is not a criticism just a note to take on board in future as it may help.

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  19. SusanS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Service was good although at times slow but worth the wait. Food is nice.

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  20. EdwinS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was first class and great although service was a bit slow.

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  21. StaceyC

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Lovely setting, lovely food, but the music was blaring and type of music did not match the environment at all.

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  22. Disappointed

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The experience got off to a bad start and never recovered ! Despite having booked on-line the day before it became immediately apparent there was no table for us . We were told our booking should never have been accepted because they were full with coach parties ! Asked to wait in the bar and someone would come. 15 minutes later no one had come. I think by now you have got the picture. We ended up eating a very average meal in the bar ! Four star hotel....never !

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  23. MarkA

    London

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The place was dead with only 2 other people in the restaurant, despite it being the Grand Prix weekend. They messed up the food order, then forgot the drinks order. The manager was very apologetic saying that they have issues in the kitchen (but only 3 people in the restaurant?). I the morning for breakfast, around 06:50 I was pointed to the hot food buffet, only to find there was nothing there as they hadn't got around to putting any food out, despite breakfast starting at 6:30. I won't be going back

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  24. MIRIAMO

    Hungary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    There are 200 Afghanistan refugees at this hotel that have been there for 2 years (we were told that the ones that have been there 2 years have refused local housing as they want to live in London near family that have already settled there). Whilst the refugees are not a problem as they are quiet and the children are well behaved, they constantly come into the restaurant for supplies like food, bottled water, fruit and utensils etc. The children often go into the restaurant in their pyjamas if at night. Whilst we didn’t mind as it must be hard for them, especially the children, if you want a romantic meal this is not the place to go. (The refugees do have their own dining room and supplies in there). We booked in as it said it was an award winning restaurant and it looked lovely online but be aware that your heart strings will be pulled at and you’re constantly watching people coming and going wondering what is going on. In the end I asked a member of staff.

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  25. Jacs

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The manager Daniel and assistant Joe were very attentive and provided excellent service. Food was very nice, hot and qell presented

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  26. owenhall

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent staff and great food. Splendid venue for Mothers day

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  27. RobertS

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 March 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    There appeared to be a party or wedding being prepared which meant doors were open and shuttung frequently causing quite a bad draft on a pretty cool day. Service was good the food was well presented but not very hot and lacked something for our taste.

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  28. HimalayaJoe

    Aberdeen

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Menu descriptions don't really match up with what is provided. For example, the prawn and chorizo gratin is not anything close to resembling a gratin. It's a couple of mushy prawns and 2 slices of chorizo served in a bowl of grease and what is supposed to be a "white wine reduction". The burger promises "west country beef" but what is actually delivered is generic mass-produced dense burger patty of untraceable origin. Onion rings are straight from the catering equivalent of a Farmfoods frozen bag. I ate here because I could not face the Harvester restaurant next to the hotel, the Oxen is pretty much the same sort of food, i.e. if it's not deep fried or grilled, it's microwaved. Nothing is being cooked from scratch here which is fine if you're not trying to give the impression that you're some kind of locally-sourced farm-to-table type of operation.

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  29. DarrenH

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d booked ahead but didn’t need to The food was very nice and the service was great would recommend going to the Oxen

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  30. SueO

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice environment with the right amount of atmosphere. The food was of a good standard and value for money. The service could have been a little quicker. We were a table of seven for a work lunch.

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  31. Alex

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff were friendly and attentive, food was great, I’m not a big fan of steak but tried the ribeye and loved it. A little expensive but if you’re planning a fancy meal it’s a good choice.

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  32. Kb44

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table for 5.15. When we arrived told kitchen doesn’t open till 6 and no food available till then.

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  33. TonyW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always worth a visit and eat here each time we stay. Good range of selection of drinks and fayre and staff are attentive. Recommended.

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  34. PaulC

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Woeful! Maitre’d showed no interest in our booking, no interest where we sat ( I booked an outside table which were all occupied with smokers), so we asked to sit inside. Same attitude when we found somewhere (a booth). Table was still dirty - not wiped down as there was still evidence of glass marks, not very COVID-19 friendly in that regard. We were then passed a menu, which was a paper photocopy of a photocopy, which made the text fairly illegible. We had one d5ink (expensive) and left.

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  35. ColinM

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice meal here on a Saturday evening. Food was freshly cooked and delicious. Our server was a young lady who looked after us very well. We would certainly return here.

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  36. KarlimayD

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Some parts of the food was ok but some wasn't the chicken from the chicken tikka tasted very rubbery wasn't every nice and also with the breakfast the sausages was not cooked they were very pink.

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  37. HarveyB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Sam made our meal very enjoyable, he was great. Food was good and prices are really good. We got 25% off food too

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  38. StephenL

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a wonderful meal here,the barman sam is such a lovely lad so very polite helpfull and very attentive, well done Sam for making our evening so welcoming

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  39. CliveW

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was as good as ever as I have eaten there are a number of times. Due to the circumstances at the moment there are only two other people eating in the restaurant on a Friday evening at 730 so it's a little unfair to criticise the atmosphere. The only criticism I would have and I know it's a difficult balance of cost and other circumstances is that the service was somewhat slow, this you could see was due to only two people being able to serve in the restaurant and I think possibly only one person in the kitchen and they were being helped by people from the restaurant. Being objective with this stop me from eating here again no it would not in the service personally from the staff was excellent.

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  40. JonP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant is lovely, modern and clean but it lacks some background music. The food was a good menu but it felt like the food was microwaved and not freshly prepared which was very much a shame.

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The Oxen Bar & Grill is rated 3.8 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Oxen Bar & Grill

Milton Gate, Milton, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4TX

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    A4130
  • Area
    Abingdon
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 18:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Pizzeria, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary for all patrons
  • Public Transit
    From Didcot train station catch the Milton Park Shuttle which runs thought the day and drops you right on our door.The X2, X33 and X32 all stop on Milton park Bus stop B and we are a short walking distance.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01865 671480
  • Catering
    <br />
  • Private party facilities
    Please get in touch with our reservations team at 01865671480 or reservations@courtyardoxfordsouth.com
  • Private party contact
    team@courtyardoxfordsouth.com: 01865 671480
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