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Patio - The Oxen Bar & Grill, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

The Oxen Bar & Grill

3.5
3.5
26 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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Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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.

Menu

Desserts

  • Irish Cream Cheesecake£6.50

    Creamy Baileys Sauce, Strawberry Crisps

    • Choclolate & Orange Torte£6.50

      Dark Chocloate Sauce, Roasted Pecan Nuts, White Chocolate Swirls

      • Christmas Pudding£6.50

        Warm Couroisier Custard, Fresh Rasberries

        • Selection of Ice Creams and Sorbets£5.00

          • Cheese Platter£7.50

            English & continental cheeses, grapes, crackers, Celery, and fruit chutney

            Last updated: 1 February 2022

            What 26 people are saying

            Overall ratings and reviews

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

            3.5
            3.5 based on recent ratings
            • 3.2Food
            • 3.5Service
            • 3Ambience
            • 3.2Value

            NoiseModerate

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            1. J

              Jacs

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 10 April 2022

              overall5food5service5ambience3

              The manager Daniel and assistant Joe were very attentive and provided excellent service. Food was very nice, hot and qell presented

            2. o

              owenhall

              London

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 27 March 2022

              overall5food4service5ambience4

              Excellent staff and great food. Splendid venue for Mothers day

            3. RS

              RobertS

              Oxford

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined on 11 March 2022

              overall3food2service4ambience3

              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.

            4. HJ

              HimalayaJoe

              Aberdeen

              3 reviews

              2.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on 24 February 2022

              overall2food1service3ambience2

              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.

            5. DH

              DarrenH

              New York Area

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 12 February 2022

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              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

            6. SO

              SueO

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined on 10 February 2022

              overall3food3service3ambience3

              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.

            7. K

              Kieran

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 8 January 2022

              overall4food4service4ambience3

              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.

            8. K

              Kb44

              Oxford

              1 review

              1.0

              1 review

              Dined on 22 October 2021

              overall1food1service1ambience1

              Booked a table for 5.15. When we arrived told kitchen doesn’t open till 6 and no food available till then.

            9. TW

              TonyW

              Oxford

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 10 September 2021

              overall5food5service4ambience4

              Always worth a visit and eat here each time we stay. Good range of selection of drinks and fayre and staff are attentive. Recommended.

            10. PC

              PaulC

              1 review

              1.0

              1 review

              Dined on 7 September 2021

              overall1food1service1ambience1

              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.

            11. CM

              ColinM

              Essex

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 17 July 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              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.

            12. KD

              KarlimayD

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 31 October 2020

              overall4food3service4ambience4

              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.

            13. HB

              HarveyB

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 24 October 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              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

            14. SL

              StephenL

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 17 October 2020

              overall5food4service5ambience4

              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

            15. CW

              CliveW

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 16 October 2020

              overall4food4service3ambience3

              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.

            16. JP

              JonP

              Oxford

              2 reviews

              3.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 11 October 2020

              overall3food2service2ambience2

              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.

            17. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Oxford

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 14 February 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              This isn’t the second time we have been and both times the food was amazing, staff are polite and friendly and it’s never to busy so you have a nice relaxed evening without feeling crowded or having to sit to close to other diners. Will definitely be booking in another visit

            18. PB

              PamB

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 12 January 2020

              overall4food4service5ambience4

              We were disappointed to find that Sunday Lunch finished at 2pm (our reservation was at 2.15 pm) so had to make do with burger and chips. The meal was good but if the website had shown that Sunday Lunch ended at 2pm we would have made our reservation for an earlier meal. There was no indication of available times on The Oxen Bar and Grill website which is a huge criticism in our opinion!

            19. TC

              ThomasC

              1 review

              3.0

              1 review

              Dined on 1 December 2019

              overall3food2service5ambience4

              The chef was clearly very skilled but working with very poor ingredients. I have never tasted beef so tough. The vegetables were creative and the gravy good. Lots of effort here but with poor quality material to work with, Won't be returning.

            20. N

              Nick

              London

              3 reviews

              1.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on 28 October 2019

              overall1food2service1ambience2

              Night did not start well when I was told to change fat chips for skinny fries would cost £1! The reason is a menu change costs a £1 even when they are priced the same. Starter of hot prawns was sent back twice as the prawns were not cooked and were still grey! I did not wait for a 3rd attempt. Steak was very good and perfectly cooked. Pizza was okay but not crispy all round which suggests it was not turned in the oven! Staff were not great and did not interact with the diners at all. To their credit as well as not charging me for the starter I did not eat, they also did not charge for the steak.

            21. f

              fiftyplus

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 28 June 2019

              overall4food4service4ambience5

              Light, airy surroundings, well-spaced tables and helpful staff make for an enjoyable dining experience. There is a fair variety on the menu, including some imaginative veggie options. Helpings are sensible and the quality excellent - well worth the price.

              The Oxen Bar & GrillResponded on 3 July 2019

              Hi Fiftyplus, Thankyou for taking your time to review your recent visit with the Oxen, the team really appreciates your feedback. The Head Chef works hard on making the menu available to all dietary requirement, and the varied selection and daily specials make sure every visit you can try something new. The team look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warmest Regards Alex Food and Beverage manager

            22. AS

              AdamS

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on 4 June 2019

              overall4food4service4ambience4

              Great food and location for a lunchtime meeting for anyone on the Milton Park/Didcot site.

              The Oxen Bar & GrillResponded on 3 July 2019

              Hi AdamS, Thank you for taking your time to review your visit at the Oxen, our location on the Milton Estate, relaxed atmosphere, booths available on request, our daily sandwich selection and Starbucks Coffee, we have a great place to relax and have that imported meeting lunch. We look forward to welcoming you back for your next meeting. Warmest Regards Alex Food and Beverage manager

            23. JE

              JohnE

              1 review

              1.0

              1 review

              Dined on 6 March 2019

              overall1food1service1ambience1

              Booked a table at the Oxen bar and grill for 17.30 - Time was tight as my daughter had to catch a train at 19.00 I got confirmation etc and we turned up at the restaurant at 17.25. They had no record of our booking and the restaurant didn’t even open until 18.00 You should not get involved if you do not know what you are doing. I have plastered my experience all over social media and thank god for MacDonald’s - it wasn’t how I was expecting to spend the last meal my daughter and I will be having together for some weeks.

            24. PF

              PatrickF

              London

              7 reviews

              4.0

              7 reviews

              Dined on 28 February 2019

              overall4food4service4ambience3

              It’s a hotel restaurant so most guests are transient, rather than locals. The restaurant menu is uncomplicated offering burgers, pizza, steaks and a few pub type standards. If anything, the restaurant is over lit. This doesn’t add to the ambiance. My burger was tasty, not too solid and dense (binder indicates factory made) It was however cool/coldish. There were no extra options like adding bacon etc. My wife had the fresh fish option, which she enjoyed. As a hotel guest, it’s convenient and you could happily eat in-house for 5-6 days. I’m doubtful if it would be the venue for a romantic night out, or celebrating a special occasion. Chain hotel restaurants don’t have the unique or special touches. Our waiter Cameron did his best to please. He was friendly and engaging. It’s a nice new, modern hotel. Plenty of on site parking and just off the Milton Gate (Didcot) junction of the A34. A sort stroll away are Beefeater, Harvester, Costa, Premier Inn. And car main dealers Jaguar/Land River, Vauxhall, and VW. Great for shopping for a new car.

            25. LO

              LiamO

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on 24 February 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              The food was amazing and the staff were really friendly definitely going there again

            26. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              London

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on 16 February 2019

              overall5food5service4ambience5

              The food and venue was fantastic. Service s little slow but I'm sure that will improve as they settle down.

            Safety precautions

            • Cleaning & sanitising

              • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
              • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
              • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
              • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
              • Contactless payment available
            • Physical distancing

              • Limited number of seated diners
              • Distancing maintained in common areas
              • Extra space between tables
            • Protective equipment

              • Waiting staff wear masks
            • Screening

              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
              • Staff temperature check required
              • Contact tracing information collected

            FAQs

            The Oxen Bar & Grill is rated 3.5 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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            2 people

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            Booked 2 times today
            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

            • 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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