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January 2019: The Perch will be closed from 7 January to 21 February for extension works.

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Summary

Claiming to be ‘as old as the university’, this thatched 17th-century building, a short stroll across Port Meadow from the city-centre has a “delightful” garden on the river, and was “nicely renovated” when experienced local licensee Jon Ellse took it over a few years ago. The ‘gastropub grub’ is “certainly not shabby” although quite “old skool”.

£56
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

In a “wonderful setting in the tiny hamlet of Binsey” (“perfectly placed for a riverside walk”), a “justifiably popular” pub whose “delicious” cooking “draws North Oxford out to the country”. “Eat by the open fire” or in the “ingenious” conservatory in winter, and profit from the “delightful” garden come summer. Veggie and Vegan options are particularly good here.

£49
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A wonderful pub” near Oxford which is particularly “lovely on a warm evening”, when “you can sit in the beautiful garden, either outside or undercover”. “Willing staff serve a wide range of homely dishes”.

£48
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The Perch is Oxford’s best kept secret. A destination pub on Port Meadow serving excellent, farmhouse-style British food with a seasonal edge and open to all comers.

The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest and most charming pubs. We’re right by the river on Port Meadow in a location that all other pubs in the city envy. Just close enough to central Oxford to be walkable, and just far enough away to be a refuge from the hubbub.

The pub itself is warm and welcoming, with a thatched-roof 17th century main building with a traditional interior (including open fireplaces) and a 21st century bar and kitchen setup.

Our garden (complete with its shed bar) are a unique place to catch the sun in the summer. And when it gets colder and wetter, we have a full-sized, custom built marquee as well. So we’re not just perfect for a relaxing pint and bowl of chips - we can host any event you want us to, at just about any time.

We’re fully family friendly and dog friendly, and we’ll never turn anyone away if we can help it.

We’ve worked hard to bring an eight hundred year old pub with a three hundred year old building into the 21st century. But we keep a traditional focus.

Our food is English farmhouse style with a regularly updated seasonal edge. Our recipes are old classics and new inventions, and sometimes they’re both. But they’re never “wild,” and they’re never inaccessible to the casual diner.

Our drinks are British real ale, craft beers and ciders, and a good, strong list of the best English wines around. We encourage people to try them, but we won’t discourage them from sticking to what they like.

We host memorable events, weddings, and parties for groups and individuals in our beautiful marquee.

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu
Yes
35
10:00pm, 9pm Sun
60
Yes
Binsey Ln, Oxford, OX2 0NG
Opening hours

10am - 11pm,
Last orders: 10:00pm, 9pm Sun

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