The Oxford Blue

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Contemporary British
The Oxford Blue dates back to the 1800’s. Originally two game keepers cottages, it was then converted into a traditional Inn and has served the local community ever since, in a number of different guises.
Acquired in 2015 by Chef Proprietor, Steven Ellis, the property has undergone a magnificent transformation marrying the finest elements of tradition with modern practicalities and comfort.
Our dishes are based upon tradition and comfort, yet presented with a modern twist. We are working with some of the United Kingdom’s most established suppliers to ensure that we use only the highest quality ingredients.
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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food.
I had the Sunday lunch tasting menu with pairing wines priced at £65 and £45 respectively. Portion sizes were good, and the quality of the food was top notch. Definitely worth the money.

While the Oxford Blue is not aimed at children, the staff were very accommodating of our two (aged 4 and 2), with a kids fish and chips or roast dinner on offer. The staff interacted with the kids in a great manner.

Looking forward to our return visit... hopefully as a date night rather than as a family!

X
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, great choice of food, would definitely recommend

SP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience. Food excellent service very attentive but not oppressive

LC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As ever, the food was very good and the service excellent. It was the first time my guest had visited and he was most impressed - he felt the welcome we received on arrival was outstanding and the ambience was great. The visit cheered up a very wet day and there was the lovely touch of a little token birthday chocolate "goodie" as the visit was to celebrate my guest's birthday and the staff had picked up on this.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Portion size was poor. We all had the beef roast dinner. On the plate was half a carrot, half a shallot and a small spoonful of spinach with a slice of beef and yorkshire pud. We then had 5 small roasties between the 4 of us and a tiny bit of gravy. For £25 per portion I would have expected more that what was served to us.

D
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Since the Oxford Blue opened we have enjoyed all all aspects of our visits until last Sunday. The tables were close together & our fellow diners were very loud !! They were overbooked & we were informed that the dish we had ordered would take at least 30 minutes to be served. Over 50 minutes later it arrived............the plates were cold & the portions of beef were small, over cooked & barely warm as were the vegetables. Neither the mustard nor the horseradish we requested arrived.
The service was poor from our arrival to our departure & when we managed to attract the attention of the "manager" he agreed to deduct the cost of our wine ?
I could add more comments but will just conclude by informing you how dissatisfied we were with our Oxford Blue Dining Experience

AW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went here for 50th birthday celebrations - exceptional choice of restaurant, the food was sensational - what we thought were small portions were more than sufficient to make us all feel full at the end of the meal. The extra touches were also appreciated, warm bread brought to the table, the little bonbons (meat and veggie options) that were presented and the salted caramel chocolate bar with little hammer at the end of the meal, plus of course the selection of your own meat knife from a box.

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and we'll definitely return. If there was one tiny disappointment it was the cost of wine which seemed a little excessive, but that just meant we didn't over indulge in alcohol and could appreciate the food in all it's glory.

Thank you Oxford Blue!

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wine, felt looked after from attentive staff. Valentines menu with selected wines, so special.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner with a set menu, nice touch at the end of the meal with macrons and rose...

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing find! Wonderful cooking of mainly game dishes, which were so attractive to us that we could not decide on the main courses, so our knowledgeable waiter suggested we have both and share! All the courses were excellent, but I guess we preferred (by only a small margin) the delightful pheasant dish we had, although the venison was fine too. Beautiful restaurant as well, old fashioned and clubby with modern accents, and overlooking a meadow, so the views were pleasant too. Not especially cheap (I find game rarely is) but good value because everything was so good. If you like game, I would heartily recommend this place.

DB
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Really bad value dinner as the standards have declined significantly. Service was slow and poor, with a lack of waiters. Will not go back and will not recommend.

CX
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic hunting lodge feel. Good food with a great selection of game. We had set lunch which was a very high standard. Looking forward to my next visit to try the a la Carte.

SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been told that the Oxford Blue was a great place to go and that the food was stunning. We had a wonderful evening.

ET
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd Visit to Oxford Blue, great food & ambience.
Food always beautifully presented.
Although, I would like 1 or 2 dishes on menu to choose from, especially vegetarian.

j
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely Friday lunch for two - seated quickly and nice spacing from other tables. Service attentive but not pushy and the winter menu offered a great choice - highlight was the pheasant main and tiramisu souffle. Not cheap but the £207 bill (incl service charge) included £75 on drinks so given the quality of the food it isn’t bad value for what you get. We will be returning!

JB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It is very nicely done up inside and welcoming. Unfortunately we had to wait a very long time before our order was taken and then extremely long waits in between courses.
Food presentation was good but the portions small.
Noise level could have been better as it was difficult to have a conversation with our friends.

HT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. I booked this on the recommendation of trip advisor. Not disappointed. Food was the exceptional the service was knowledgeable about all aspects of the food. Made a lovely weekend even better. Can not recommend this place highly enough.

JM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Windsor Great Park game inc the red deer was a real treat, quite superb and I feel very lucky to have had the privilege of dining here. The menu is seriously underrated and the service etc superb, thoroughly recommend!

JB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. We decided to take the tasting menu and were not disappointed. The food was delicious and a particular mention to the pasty chef. Her attentions to detail was Incredible. The service was impeccable, Liam was extremely attentive and a wonderful front of house host.

All in all a fab evening and we all look forward to returning very soon. Thank you.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Amazing quality, interesting combinations and nice to know the story behind what we were being served. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. A fab place to go for Sunday lunch

TD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just excellent in every way, with an unexpected and very enjoyable experience - a special place that will have us returning and bringing visitors with us

OT
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always, always recommending friends and family.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been for lunch several times now and are never disappointed, it's amazing, thank you.

SL
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food in both taste and presentation. Service was impeccable. Will definitely be back.

j
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loverly food, !st class service, very nice restaurant and bar. My only consern was the piped in pop music did not suit this restaurant. May I sujest some light classical or Jaz.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere with lovely selection of game dishes. Perfect for a lazy lunch by the fire with the dog.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant, we have been before,, always a interesting menu and best quality, Liam was excellent he looked after us superbly

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here was really great, lovely flavours, well presented and well executed.
Service was amazing from Liam, so friendly, funny and great banter.
Vibe was relaxed but special. We aren’t from the area but I’d definitely go back if we end up there again. Thank you!

DL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular every time in every aspect. Great food, great ambiance, very good attentive personal service, great attention to detail. A special place to celebrate and enjoy a great meal!

CS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service I could not fault and the restaurant was beautiful, warm and welcoming

SH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exemplary the staff are excellent at making you feel the most welcomed guest in the restaurant
The food was superb as always ,
This is my third visit over the last 6 months each time the staff and food have been amazing
Thank you

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great premium restaurant. Don’t be put off by the pub label. Oxford Blue is everything more than just but a pretty gastro-pub. The food, service, atmosphere and staff were of the highest standard. Oxford Blue beats many 1 Michelin star restaurants I’ve dined at. Thank you Liam, Liz and all staff.

PF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent lunch at The Oxford Blue. Staff are very friendly, food is delicious. Highlight of the meal for me was the Tartlet dessert, although the starter of Shellfish Rarebit came a close second. Try the bubbly from Windsor Great Park - much better than Prosecco !

JL
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, exceptional food and highly recommended to all

MC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most fantastic evenings ever, lovely food and so well presented. Staff had so much love and passion for the restaurant and dishes produced

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and very warming environment. The food was great especially the shellfish rarebit. Our server made excellent recommendations. Sufficient time was given between meals to enjoy chats and drinks. We had the opportunity to see the kitchen before leaving. Fantastic experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Liz and Liam for making us feel very welcome. Explaining the local use of produce and such great warmth of welcome and throughout service thank you. We will return, regularly.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and such lovely service

O
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an incredible dining experience from start to finish. We had the warmest of greetings as we walked through the door. Having arrived early we sat at the bar there we were served some fantastic venison balls I commented to my wife that this was going to be a great place to eat . we were given plenty of time to make our selections. As we worked our way through our three courses we were blown away by how fantastic each course was not only in presentation but also in taste. When we asked for the bill it came with a small slab of home made chocolate with salted caramel and nuts this was also fantastic and a nice way to finish the meal.Thank you to all of the staff from front of house to the kitchen you are incredible. when I return to Windsor I will be booking this restaurant again

RW
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a beautiful meal just before Christmas in this lovely pub. Calling it a pub doesn’t do it justice. The bar is beautiful but it really is a very good restaurant.
The food was terrific. They sell seasonal produce a lot of which is sourced locally. Game from Windsor Great Park is clearly a speciality and the haunch of venison was delightful. So tens and tasty.
Between my wife and our friends we had pigs trotter, confit of pheasant with Foie Gras and shellfish to start. The only quibble was the shellfish came in a box. Just serve it on a plate!
We had mallard, the aforementioned venison and beef for main. All very well cooked with great side dishes.
The macaron and the ice cream were stand out desserts.
Not the cheapest meal in the world - £160 per head including wine, aperitifs and dessert wine, but worth every penny
Only slight quibble is the noise. The room has wooden floors and low ceilings. There are no curtains and not that many soft furnishings. We were sat close to a party of eight. They were quite loud and that made it difficult for our party of four to hear what what each other were saying.
Altogether though, a terrific meal and we would certainly visit again.