Harden's survey result
This “utterly reliable bistro” – serving “simple, classic French food and quaffable wines” – “really hits the target for the price”; it has been “one of the best places to eat well and cheaply in Oxford” for more than 20 years. Once part of a franchised national chain that lost its way, this branch has remained true to “old-style charm and professionalism” – “it reminds me of the best bits of the Seventies!” “There must come a time when we’ll tire of the overly fancy and return to the straightforward reassurance of Gallic culinary flair, done well for the time-poor”.
“No-nonsense French cuisine, done well” ensures that this city-centre bistro is “always busy”; and with its “small scuffed tables and chairs packed close together” somehow it “manages to feel intimate, while being crowded and buzzing”. Open for more than 20 years, it’s a survivor from a franchised 90s chain that went belly-up. “Absolutely love it here, the prices are amazing for delicious, classic food”.
“One of the few survivors from a nineties chain” – this “always-busting city-centre French Restaurant” delivers “such a good formula of a type that’s increasingly hard to find” (and is one of the most commented-on venues in town as a result). Service is “very rapid” but “friendly” and offers “simple”, “typical bistro fare” from a “wide range of classic dishes” that may be a tad “unexceptional”, but which come at “amazingly cheap prices (including the wine)”.
Who doesn’t have a “soft spot for this traditional, bistro-type-of-outfit”? – this “buzzy” survivor of the once-national group actually “seems like a genuine French restaurant” in its own right. The food is “not out of this world”, but “efficient, friendly service” and “excellent value” contribute to what’s a “pleasant informal experience” overall.
|Wine per bottle||£16.90|
Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑4 pm, 4 pm‑10 pm|