Harden's survey result
“The food is imaginative and amazing” according to fans of chef Paul Welburn’s noteworthy gem, buried on Summertown’s main shopping street, and “recently M-starred”. Feedback was more uneven this year though, with quite a few reporters disappointed, albeit acknowledging that the trip wasn’t all that bad (“dishes were technically accomplished, but they felt like they each could have lost a few ingredients – too many competing flavours…”; “might have been one of those evenings, but service was up and down…”; “the food was good, but the wine pairings were odd…”).
Chef Paul Welburn’s “excellent and beautifully presented” dishes from an “interesting” menu are winning accolades for a venue whose modest Summertown shopping-drag setting belies its ambition. Top Tip: sit upstairs, where the atmosphere is more “pleasant and relaxed”.
“It’s nothing much to look at (from either the outside or the inside!) but the standard of cooking is remarkably good” (albeit somewhat “cheffy”) at this modern British venue on Summertown’s main drag. “There is no getting away from the fact that it is in a row of shops, with its ground floor windows onto the street” – “it’s better to sit upstairs in the front room, where the atmosphere is calmer and more relaxing”.
“A surprise find in Oxford’s restaurant desert” – a smart, modern British venue, set on Summertown’s main drag, and offering “real quality and imagination” (“I won’t forget the blue cheese lollipop for a long time”).
Now recognised as one of the most exciting dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking.
We offer you a contemporary, intimate setting and friendly, attentive service — ideal for savouring the exquisite flavour combinations of our Ã la carte and set menus. Choose from our carefully compiled wine list or start your meal with one of our signature cocktails made with local ingredients.
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
The Oxford Kitchen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Atmosphere a little to much like a brasserie but stylish Service good but maybe a little bit too familiar, and trying for top flight synchronisation but not quite making it choice of three set menus and strongly encouraged all on a table to have the same, and a lot of repitition amongst them Food quite complicated and often difficult to identify all ingerdients in spite of having been told of them. Most worked but only one or two outstanding Can't remember ever before being charged for each individual petit four (£1:50) and we weren't even informed either verbally or on any menu. They were just offered as the coffee was served! Wine pairing quite interesting and varied but didn't look good value especially given the pretty good wine list, reasonably priced"
"Might have been one of those evenings but to start with they could not find my booking but ‘fitted’ us in. Good thing to as it was my husbands birthday and we had two guests. Our waiter, when he was there was pleasant but he spent an inordinate amount of time upstairs with a large booking. The fish dishes were exceptional but beef and blueberries didn’t hit any mark. However someone needs to sort out the size of the wine pairings, Lilliputian would be kind!"
215 Banbury Rd, Oxford, OX2 7HQ
|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|