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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The family went for a special occasion on strong recommendations, but were extremely disappointed. Shabby decor (not chic), so noisy the conversation was limited. Average service and food was not up to expectations. Kept waiting for our table, by which time the menu was limited, the beef was sold out at 9pm and considering there is only a small choice... More 

Thank patstiaras
Johannesburg, South Africa
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273 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful selection of interesting dishes are available. We had rabbit and duck. There was crab on the menu as well. For puddling we had a rhubarb and ginger steamed pudding - delicious. The service was very good and the pricing was fair for England - 15 pounds per main dish, 4 for a starter. Being a pub the booze... More 

Thank Roddy P
Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks to the Michellin noticeable mention, I was looking forward to this visit. But truth be told, service took ages, and food was fairly mediocre and uninspiring. No complexity, no noticeable creativity put into it, but worst of all, unbalanced dishes and most of them extremely greasy. The lamb was floating in oil. Taste experienced infused with grease and salt,... More 

Thank Mosch65
Oxford, United Kingdom
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317 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'd booked a table ages ago, and the anticipation was rising. We got here a little early, but were shown to our seats by the window. We started with pear and vanilla prosecco which was lovely, then I had the deep fried artichokes which were lovely. In a very light tempura batter and aioli. Yum ! For the main we... More 

Thank KinkyNoodle
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting Oxford from London we thought the Magdalen Arms looked lovely but were disappointed really. We have often paid a fair bit for a Sunday roast in London and you usually get what you pay for. I wasn't really expecting to pay £66 for a rib of beef for two which to be honest wasn't that tasty. I certainly didn't... More 

Thank KDoody1980
Oxford, United Kingdom
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274 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hadn't eaten at this restaurant for a few years, so decided it was time to give it another try. Quite a large restaurant, a bit quirky, all te tables are bare wood, no tablecloths, and all the tables are different shapes and sizes. We managed to get there early enough to try the daily set menu, which was great value... More 

Thank OxfordTim
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Heading for Oxford's #2 restaurant according to TA (almost certainly over-rated), we found it closed, so headed the nearby Magdalen Arms, which proved hugely under-rated. Cosy & welcoming, with attentive staff, we opted for various veggie options & sides, including a filling & mouth-watering tart. After a day exploring the city, it was precisely what we needed & totally unexpected... More 

Thank Graham J
Virginia, USA
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Our guesthouse owner recommended this place for dinner and it was spot on. The front is a pub with plenty of seating. Just order at the bar. If you prefer a table with wait staff there that is available towards the rear. I had the rare steak and was not disappointed. Good food and good atmosphere.

Thank travel007_8
Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

A couple of quid cheaper, bigger bottles of coke, a couple of minutes quicker... We had a great time, and the food was very tasty but it just missed the mark in some key places.

Thank Nick S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We went for a lunch for 2 this afternoon. Ham hock to start with and rare rump, rosti and salad for me. Both of which were amazing. The atmosphere is great, service was informal and friendly. and for 2 of us for 2 courses, including wine and tip it was £70. You could spend nearly that in any chain you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 243159

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?