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18 Things You Need To Eat In Oxford

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1. A Scotch egg at Pint Shop

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This hipster-friendly haunt brings craft beer, Negronis and steak to the city centre, and they dish up some great bar snacks, too. Look out for their trademark runny-yolk Scotch eggs, which are delicious if a little messy for their bearded clientele.

2. Tea and cake at The Ashmolean.

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If the moist cakes and speciality teas at this top floor gallery eatery don’t float your boat then the incredible views will. It ain’t called the City of Dreaming Spires for nothing, you know.

3. A slice at Pizza Artisan.

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This pizza-toting street food van is legendary in Oxford circles, as shown by the hoards of hungover students that descend on St Aldates whenever it parks up. A lesson in simplicity, Pizza Artisan's thin-slice pizzas rely on just a few quality fresh ingredients but are well worth the queues.

4. Momo at Yeti.

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Yeti, a Nepalese joint on the Cowley Road, is rated highly by Oxfordians, mainly because it has introduced the city to the Momo — a South Asian dumpling that can be filled with everything from ground meat to paneer cheese — a.k.a the snack so good they named it twice.


6. Scones at Vaults and Garden Cafe.

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Nowhere does cute, higgledy-piggledy cafes quite like Oxford – and Vaults and Garden is definitely one of the city’s prettiest, tucked away underneath St Mary’s Church with a lovely garden. The organic scones, topped with fresh jam and clotted cream, match up to the lovely location.

7. Cheese 'n' truffle fries at Rickety Press.

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This Jericho pub prides itself on its beers and cocktails but the food is so much more than just a stomach liner. Its crowd-pleasing menu includes delicious burgers and pizzas, and the most addictive cheese and truffle fries.

8. Biryani at Shezan.

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Shezan flies well under the radar and can, tbh, be a little hit and miss, but their biryanis are made from scratch and will leave you scratching your head as to why this Indian restaurant is not more well known.


9. Avocado Toast at George Street Social.

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Yeah, yeah, it’s been done to death. But if you still haven’t had your fill of this Insta-famous dish then George Street Social should be on your list. Their version comes with a good hit of chilli, a poached egg and bacon, and will remind you just why this dish is so popular.

10. A Thai curry at Oli's Thai.

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First world problems and all that, but getting into Oli’s Thai these days is harder than getting into Oxford University itself. The gushing Guardian review probably didn’t help. But if you can nab a table (even if it’s in the cloakroom it’ll be worth it), order one of their signature Thai curries.

11. Cakes and brownies at Barefoot Kitchen.

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Barefoot supply non-artificial sweet treats to many of Oxford’s best cafes and their Jericho home is predictably drool-worthy. The quirky courgette and lime cake is my personal favourite, but the brownies are hella good, too – “no, no really I shouldn’t…OK, I’ll take five” kind of good.

12. Steak and chips at The Magdalen Arms.

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As pubs go, The Magdalen Arms is more date-night than lads-on-tour. Pretend to consider the intricate truffled pasta dish before actually ordering the Porterhouse steak and chips, which comes with blue cheese butter and a defibrillator (well not quite but you get the point).


13. Sausage and egg muffin at Jam Factory.

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Have some time to kill in Oxford before catching a train? Head to the Jam Factory, just round the corner from the station, where at breakfast you will find this wicked take on a Maccy D’s classic as well as homemade cereals, whisky porridge and cracking toast and jam.

14. Dim Sum at Zheng

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So much Dim Sum in Oxford (see also Paddyfields and Sojo), too little time. The options at Zheng are endless and the waiting staff are happy to work out dishes according to your likes and dislikes. Add in a banging atmosphere and you’ve got yourself a fun and tasty evening.

15. Pizza pie at Mario's.

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From the outside, Mario’s looks like your bog-standard local Italian. But it’s actually a bit of an Oxford institution, loved for its tasty deep pan pizzas and buzzy atmosphere (though if pizza in your pyjamas is more your thing they do takeaway too).

16. Thai noodle soup at Chiang Mai Kitchen.

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It doesn’t quite match up to Oli’s Thai in terms of popularity but Chiang Mai is more conveniently located (albeit tucked away down an alley) and the food more than holds its own. The portions are generous for the price and the Thai noodle soups are chock full of goodness. Slurp, slurp.

17. A slap-up brunch at Gee's.

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The ‘rents are in town, where do you take them? A brunch at Gee’s would be a good place to start – the conservatory dining area is suitably plush and the cooked breakfasts are pleasing to the eye and the gob.

18. Veggie small plates at GAF.

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This veg-centric Cowley cafe, which replaced the popular Oxfork, dishes up some of the best small plates in town. Why is it called GAF? Nobody seems sure, but Good As Fuck it truly is.