The Oxen Bar & Grill

3.8
16 reviews
£25 and under
British
Our outside Terrace will be open from the 12th April, bookings being taken now!

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.

Experiences

  • Three Course Dinner for Two with Wine

    £17.50 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Experience a delight in three tempting courses of tasty, contemporary cuisine. Served al fresco in our relaxing sun trapped terrace. Indulge in a bottle of our fine house wine. You’re sure to find the perfect atmosphere and delicacy for you. 2, 4 or 6 people

Offers

  • 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 16 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.8based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
value
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63% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ColinM
Essex
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.

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KarlimayD
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.

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HarveyB
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

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StephenL
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

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CliveW
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.

JP
JonP
Oxford
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
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

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PamB
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!

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ThomasC
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.

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Nick
London
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.

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fiftyplus
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 & Grill
Responded 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

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AdamS
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 & Grill
Responded 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

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JohnE
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.

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PatrickF
London
6 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.

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LiamO
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
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.

FAQs

The Oxen Bar & Grill is rated 3.8 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.