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Harden's says

A little slice of Spain in Oxford; this tapas bar is run by Rufus Thurston of Oli's Thai and Ben Whyles of Door 74 (Arbequina occupies the space that was previously Door 74).

survey result

Summary

£52
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With “superb tapas in a buzzy and fun setting” (“the salt-cod croquettes are to die for!”) and a “lovely selection of wines to accompany” the food, this diminutive former chemist’s shop “never disappoints” despite its casual set-up (you eat at stools at the bar, or perch at small tables).

Summary

£40
    £
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Top tapas in the somewhat unlikely environment of the Cowley Road” – this “small and noisy” former chemist’s shop is “not a place to linger” with its “stools not chairs, where you sit at the bar, or at very small tables”. All reports acclaim the quality of the small plates and interesting wine: “the meal didn’t take much more than an hour, but we left feeling much happier”.

Summary

£40
    £
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Top tapas in the somewhat unlikely environment of the Cowley Road” – this “small and noisy” former chemist’s shop is “not a place to linger” with its “stools not chairs, where you sit at the bar, or at very small tables”. All reports acclaim the quality of the small plates and interesting wine: “the meal didn’t take much more than an hour, but we left feeling much happier”.

Summary

£40
    £
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fabulous” tapas has made an instant hit of this small, year-old bar in an old chemist’s shop (from Rufus Thurston, owner of Oxford legend Oli’s Thai, and Ben Whyles of east Oxford’s Door 74): “yet another independent to liven up the Oxford food scene”. “Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff” add to the “brilliant experience”.

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Restaurant details

Yes
20
No dress code
12

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£6.50 £14.00 £9.00 £5.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
74 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1JB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
WednesdayCLOSED
Thursday5 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday5 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3:30 pm, 4:30 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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