Harden's survey result
The “gorgeous setting by the river” is one perfect ingredient for a “romantic lunch” in the heart of north Oxford at this veteran fixture – a working boathouse, with punts gliding past on the Cherwell – and its “super wine list” is another. The “mainly good” food and “friendly service” also make a contribution, if sometimes in a supporting role.
A legend for its “wonderful wine list” since the 1960s – this “delightful and unique” north Oxford venue is “a reliable old favourite” set in a working boathouse on a tributary of the Thames – so you can work up an appetite with an afternoon of punting. The solidly rated food doesn’t aim to set the world on fire, but is “good value and well-cooked – something that is quite hard to find in this overpriced city”. Top Tip: “The occasional set dinners with chosen wines are a highlight”.
“Such a nice location, and the food is good… for Oxford”: this “beautiful and calm”, “old favourite” – “splendidly situated” on the river – is “especially lovely in good weather, when you can dine outside and gaze at each other, as well as at the assorted waterfowl that glide serenely past”. Its top culinary feature is its “exceptional wine list, with a very good range from acceptably cheap to ridiculously expensive”.
“Outdoor seating in the summer is lovely, and you can go boating before you eat!” at this superbly-located stalwart, “on the banks of the River Cherwell”, where “watching the punts either skilfully or comically handled” provides an amusing backdrop to a meal. It’s “a delight”, with “lovely” wine in particular – the food is dependable nowadays too.
|Wine per bottle||£19.75|
Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST
|Monday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|