The Oxford Blue

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620 reviews
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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.

Special Offers

Complimentary Seasonal Cocktail on arrival

...enjoy a complimentary Seasonal Cocktail on arrival when dining at lunchtimes.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 5 September 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Wed-Fri 12:00-14:30

Tasting menu 5 courses for £65pp

...enjoy a wonderful menu showcasing Oxford Blues favourites so far with optional wine pairing £45pp - 5 glasses of wine paired

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 August 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:30
Wed-Thu 12:00-14:15 18:30-21:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 2:00PM 6:30PM - 6:45PM 8:30PM - 8:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM 9:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM

What 620 People Are Saying
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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was just exquisite and the home made bread exceptional. The room looked beautiful and the chairs really comfy. The staff very knowledgable about how the food was cooked and where it came from.

H
London
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative British food. Great atmosphere, decor and service. Lovely terrace for pre-dinner drinks.

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a good experience as with previous visits to OB. However, the service was not very on point ; we had been there 15 mins before a drinks order was taken i in fact it was taken with the food order; we had to ask for bread; my wine order which should have arrived with the main course didn’t and required prompting and the bill/payment process was very slow...

NP
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service and venue was good. Fish main course was cold. Very expensive

GF
London
26 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW! I can only say WOW! It's outstanding! out of this world! AMAZING food, tentative service, not rushed, relaxed environment. Went there with friend on Saturday and it's pretty quiet. Considering the location is not really on a public transport route, it's understandable. Absolutely amazing food and highly recommended. I had a hard time trying to find a London restaurant that can match its quality! well, I think probably only The Goring Hotel can match up. (Then the Goring is twice the price). Highly recommended and I am certain I will be back. If you can drive, you are in luck. I am very tempted to go to Windsor from London and take a taxi to Oxford Blue for lunch every weekend! Yes, it's that good!

KH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We visited last year and had a wonderful set menu lunch which is no longer offered. This year was much quieter and although the service was good, it sadly wasn’t anywhere near as good as before. The a la carte menu was limited - the starters were excellent however main courses weren’t that special, they were acceptable which was somewhat disappointing. Could and should do a lot better - the £65 menu plus drinks plus service may be better but looks expensive for a pub.

DK
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have a lot of allergies and felt the Chef and everyone went above and beyond, it was such a shame there was a large corporate party in, which meant dinner was very slow.

We all loved the fact all the produce on the table we were eating was all UK

N
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable early evening meal. We were aware (and happy that) the current evening menu was heavily skewed to various game dishes and that the alternatives were quite limited.
I really enjoyed the ‘smoke pit’ main course (game) and my partner had an excellent turbot fillet. The desserts were both delicious, as were the game pre meal amuse-bouche.
The service was attentive but perhaps very slightly over formal.
Overall, good value considering the quality.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent afternoon at the Oxford Blue Old Windsor, faultless , this smart but casual Gastro Restaurant come Pub brings the very highest standard of food and presentation out of the city and into the Shires , a must try, highly recommend

M
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We felt the wild boar was undercooked. We did not rate the meal as value for money unfortunately compared to similar expenditure in local competitors. Nice venue, but noisy with only a handful of guests in the restaurant. We

FT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had been twice before for lunch and had a lovely time. Previously there was an excellent set lunch menu. This time only an alla carte or tasting menus. We were not impressed with the alla carte menu with a limited selection of mainly game items. The overall experience was pretentious.

NM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a beautiful meal on Saturday evening. Everything was presented well with an emphasis on game. Loved the venison bonbons whilst picking from the menu!. Must try braised trotter for starter. Will come again!

CA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a little unprepaired for what type of restaurant The Oxford Blue is, we did not expect the quality and work that was presented in every dish that we ate. But we were so pleasently surprised!
The staff was wonderful and very accomodating, they took the time to answer all of our questions and helped us with language barriers thet we had.

I would gladly go back.

n
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Mixed up venison and risotto balls, thankfully my meat eating friend ate tried hers first so disaster averted!

Lemon verbena mojito fairly underwhelming.

Mix up with staff mistaking who had delivered us our Bill meant we were left waiting ages to pay.

For £210 I feel better should be expected and the whole experience was fairly underwhelming.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Unfortunately we found 2 hairs in the deer main course for 2. We did not make a complaint or a fuss at the time because what could they have done (either remove the hairs or make a new main course after we had already waited for some time)! We celebrated a birthday so we brought a cake to have there but only found out there was some cake left when they called us 3 hours later, after they saw us pay the bill and leave, to tell us there was some cake left and whether we wanted them to keep it for us. I was truly disappointed with the experience and would not recommend, or return.

Y
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Been there several times. It was really good and we were very happy.
But we were a bit disappointed last night, service was not as warm as in the past. No smiles, no greetings...
The food quality was still good although my pigeon was a bit raw.

m
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our 2nd visit here,highly enjoy the setting and service only negative is the food is very autumnal not quite sure it is what is wanted on a very hot summer day

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Welcomed on arrival. Good table and prompt service.
If you like game, which we do, this restaurant has it in abundance.
The food was very good indeed, will definitely go again

MB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't say enough about how wonderful this restaurant is, and consistently so.

SS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening with several really lovely dishes enjoyed- tomato cheesecake, a first but one I would happily repeat. The Pidgeon, The Great Park Smoke Pit and Turbot were all absolutely delicious. The portions were ample unless you were my teenage son in which case , he would have asked for seconds. The staff were attentive but not over the top. The restaurant had a really good buzz about it and was full. The only blemish on the evening was a Hooray Henry who liked the sound of his own voice but thankfully the staff had the courage to handle this diplomatically. Stopping all off our ears from bleeding.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous food and atmosphere

FM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great night but a 30 minute wait for an aperitif didn’t start the evening off on the best note. However after that it was an excellent evening

ES
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is the first time we have eaten at the Oxford Blue since the change of management and I think they need more time to improve. The food was AMAZING and we have eaten here a lot over the years. Lots of nice extras including bread and venison bon bons. Great cocktail menu and a wide choice of beer, spirits and wines. Our main gripe was the service. They desperately need more staff. I had to ask twice for a glass of wine - something that I have never had to chase previously. We also had to chase the bill - one of my pet hates. I know they are small things but being a local, you get used to a certain level and the price you pay, you expect the best. £150 for two isn't cheap but for the food alone, worth the money.

T
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service for a special occasion. Wonderful experience and lucky enough to have been given s gift voucher for the restaurant

OT
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and amazing service

x
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were thoroughly spoiled with great service and eclectic and delicious food. What a find-would definitely recommend to anyone looking for great atmosphere and not your run of the mill food.

HW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb!
Fantastic food, cocktails and ambience!
Great Value for money.

CP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely service, good food and very good value wine list.

M
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first visit to the Oxford Blue. It was a birthday luncheon with my wife, word to the wise, the menu is very much on the game side of British cuisine, with very few options for those that do not enjoy venison,boar, and the like. Very good service, and they did offer to serve fish and chips if required. I thought overpriced for, what is termed, a gastro pub. All in all the setting is pleasant with food views over the country side. The staff friendly and accommodating. All in all a good afternoon.

TD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, waitress could have been a little bit smilier but no real complaints we all really enjoyed it.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Atmosphere was considerably more muted than previous visits. Only seemed to be 2 people on service, both of whom were great but rushed.

NC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not much more to add - excellent all round. Will recommend to others.

j
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, knowledgeable and attentive staff, in a lovely setting. Would recommend.

BK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasteful unusual interesting menu, using many local products. Will happily revisit.

JT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice décor although would be better in winter. Service was excellent.
Food choice limited because mostly game again a better choice in the winter.
My venison was excellent but the boar was too fussy.
The wines were excellent.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was brilliant. Nice to see different style of menu. My turbot was perfect and partner said her game keepers breakfast was delicious. Can't fault

OT
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing to fault about this quality experience. The quality of the food is right up there with the cleanliness of the bathrooms. An entirely flawless service.

G
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Although the welcome was good there was no atmosphere as we walked in at 7.45pm on Saturday night. Our cocktail order failed to arrive at all so didn’t bother and went straight to wine as starter was imminent (although our first choice of wine was not available. ) The food was good but small portions. Our water was not regularly topped up but as the bottles were kept on a side table we could not do this ourselves.

J
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We had high expectations of this place but we left feeling disappointed. The food was good but did not warrant the high prices.
We constantly had to ask for wine & water to be refilled. The overall service experience was poor. Staff didn’t pay close enough attention to our table & even blatantly ignored our trying to get their attention.
No warm, friendly interaction from any of the staff.
We won’t be back and will not be recommending to friends.
Such a shame - it could have been so different with just a little bit of effort by the staff.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food as always, been here a few times now, it's been great service and food every time.

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