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Summary

In the University’s Old Congregation House, this “beautiful medieval room, brimming with students, churchy types and visitors”, offers a “uniquely Oxford experience”. A “very informal self-service” set-up, it revolves around “ample well-cooked dishesb using seasonal and organic ingredients”.

£21
Very Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

A “cheap ’n’ cheerful place milling with tourists and students”, and set in the chapter house of a 14th-century church with a garden; it’s “self-service only” and there’s a “modest choice, but you will find plenty to appeal” – just “get there early to grab a seat!”

£20
Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“In the old chapter house of a 14th-century university church” with outside tables on Radcliffe Square, this “idyllic” self-service spot offers “delicious and inexpensive” food (“especially vegetarian”); “don't go on a Saturday if you're in a hurry, as queues are long”.

£20
Very Good
Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“In a lovely ex-chapel within a church or, if you wish, the graveyard on a nice day!” – this self-service veggie is a real crowd-pleaser, offering “very tasty and hearty” mains and “sensational salads”.

£17
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at The Vaults And Garden Cafe?

Owner's description

Housed in Oxford University's Old Congregation House of 1320, the Vaults Cafe offers a delicious and healthy organic, local and seasonal menu.


When the weather is nice, our garden is one of the finest spots in Oxford to sit in, surrounded by architectural treasures, flowers and aromatic herbs. Hot water bottles & blankets are provided during the winter!

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
60
6 pm
70

Private dining

The Vaults Café is available for evening events from 7 - 10:45 pm and can accommodate 70 people (75 standing). This is a perfect venue for informal dining and social gatherings.


Evening hire of the Vaults Cafe has to be arranged through the University Church. To check availability and confirm pricing please email: universitychurch@ox.ac.uk

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Sq, Oxford, OX1 4AH
Opening hours

Last orders: 6 pm

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