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August Welcome to August in Oxford The end of July brought a heat wave to the UK, and at the time of writing this I’m sincerely hoping it will continue on through August! After such a long and cold Winter, we all deserve some sunshine. With the warm weather we have seen some stunning outdoor performances from the likes of Tomahawk and the Oxford Shakespeare Company, and this continues in August with the Oxford University Dramatic Society’s rendition of A Comedy of Errors at the Bodleian Library quarter which looks to be a brilliant and quirky performance. If you have relatives or friends coming to see you during the Summer (I’m assuming ‘Summer’ will equal only the month of August) we’ve once again got some great suggestions inside this issue for accommodation, activities, and dining such as the luxurious 5-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel, the beautiful Waterperry Gardens, and fine dining at Cockadoo with an impressive Adele tribute singer. Don’t let the Summer in Oxford go to waste! Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine

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We’d fortunately booked our stay at Oxford’s only five star hotel on the eve of Good Friday, more by luck than judgement, so knew we could fully relax as Tina enjoyed a facial in the basement spa and I caught up on a few e-mails with a glass of champagne, courtesy of the hotel’s management. The room was magnificent. As far as suites go, this was first class yet still incredibly homely. Overlooking Oxford, I soon had the windows open to enjoy the fresh breeze of an unusually balmy March evening, considering the weather’s penchant for below zero temperatures so far this year. The lounge area was beautifully furnished, with sumptuous pieces underlining the hotel’s five star status. The bedroom was generous in size with a gargantuan bed. The bathroom was impressively finished and more than large enough for two to meander in and out. Tina returned from her facial full of compliments for the knowledgeable staff who had instantly relaxed her so she could enjoy the Decléor treatment to the full. She further relaxed with a glass of champagne prior to freshening up for dinner. ‘No hair brush’ exclaimed Tina. ‘I don’t need one.’ I replied, being rather folically challenged, soon realising that Tina needed the brush, not I. Fortunately, Boots were open late on a Thursday and I returned with the required brush, and we were on our way to dinner. The Restaurant at The Randolph, a double AA Rosette winner, is striking. High ceilings, coats of arms adoring the walls, crisp white tablecloths and attentive staff. The restaurant was just about full as we entered just after 8pm. We were soon served with an aperitif, fresh bread and a menu brimming with mouth-watering options. Tina chose the hand dived scallop, whilst I had the John Ross ‘award winning’ smoked salmon, accompanied by a half bottle of Macon Villages, as Tina stayed with champagne. For our mains, Tina plumped for the loin of venison and I went for the slow roasted pork belly. The food was superb, certainly the best meal we had enjoyed in Oxford for some time. Dessert was beyond us so we retired to the room and enjoyed our night’s sleep. We were both deep in slumber when a knock at the door woke us for breakfast in the room. More smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, fresh orange juice, pastries and tea – what a marvellous start to the day. It was most certainly a Good Friday. The Randolph is an institution. Perfectly placed, bang smack in the heart of Oxford, it’s difficult to want for anything. With thanks to Michael Grange and his excellent staff for a first class experience. Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN GB Tel: 0844 879 9132 Web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/macdonald-randolph-hotel

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A £30 tasty treat at The Trout for just £15 Eat at one of Inspector Morse’s favourite retreats With a large terrace looking out onto the River Thames, it is easy to see why The Trout is the pub of dreams. From Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis you can understand why so many people love to sit outside on a summers day with a lovely glass of wine or a chilled beer and watch the fast moving waters


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Explore Space! Thursday 15th August: Join Science Oxford at the River & Rowing Museum for a trip across our solar system. Book onto a science show looking at planets, moons, stars and the difference between them. Learn why we have day and night and find out how old you are in Martian years! Design your own constellation and try space themed activities. This day is out of this world! Space show suitable for ages 8+. Venue: River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. Cost: Free with Admission Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Waterperry Gardens Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England OX33 1JZ Tel: 01844 339254 Web: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk Open Times: 10am - 5pm

Children’s Summer Orienteering Trails Saturday 27th July – Sunday 1st September: 10am – 5.30pm. Find your way around the ornamental gardens using compass directions and fun clues, then pick up a summer treat from the Teashop, Miss H’s. (Compass supplied) £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal entrance fee applies.

Sherlock Holmes Family Theatre Thursday 15th August: 6.30pm. Sherlock Holmes - The Pantaloons, Adults £13.50 Children £8.50.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Sunday 25th August: 2pm to 5pm. Enjoy an afternoon of ‘Military Colour’ and support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity at Waterperry gardens – with the Scots Guards Association Pipes and Drums, The Abingdon Military Wives Choir and the Caledonian Achushla Dance Academy. £6.50 children under 16 free.

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Millets Maize Maze Until Sunday 15th September: An a-maiz-ing day out for the all the family. Complete our 3 different maize mazes, our woodland challenge, the fort maze and enjoy our courtyard of activities. Times: 10am-6pm. Please visit website for admission prices.

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"Wild Nights" Tour Saturday 3rd / 10th August: Closer to Wildlife! A guided tour of the Park after hours (7 – 9pm), by our knowledgeable animal Keepers, ask questions to our Keepers and watch some of the animals being fed. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Adults £25 children £20. Season ticket holders: adults £20, children £15. There are a limited number of tickets, and they go on sale on our website from 17th June.

The Comedy of Errors at the University Church, Bodleian Square University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St, Oxford OX1 4BJ www.comedyoferrors2013.com Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th August: ‘Your town is troubled with unruly boys…’ Stiff upper-lipped Antipholus blunders through the city looking for his long-lost twin in the hedonistic ex-pat community of Malaga. Meanwhile his father has until sunset to cobble together a ransom if he wants to avoid execution. Set in a sunsoaked world of sex and self-indulgence, this modern-dress production shines a fresh light on the darker side of Shakespeare’s funniest comedy. Brought to you by the Oxford University Dramatics Society. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £7/£10

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Philomusica International Piano Festival at Oxford Until 6 August: A unique week of inspiring masterclasses, enchanting evening concerts and recitals. Venues: various in Oxford http://oxfordphil.com/piano

Oxford Proms Dates in August: Folk and world music, pop classics and the songs of trobadors (not troubadours!) Venues: The Sheldonian & Holywell Music Room http://www.oxfordproms.co.uk

Magical Books from the Middle Ages to Middle Earth Until October: Exhibition showcasing authors’ paintings and manuscripts together with the books containing myths, legends and magical practices which inspired them. Venue: Bodleian Library Web: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson

Wilderness Festival Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August: A celebration of the outdoors; highlights include Live Music and Dancing, Feasts & Gastronomy, Theatre de Rue & Cirque Traditionnnel, Late Night Revelry and more…. Venue: Cornbury Park Web: www.wildernessfestival.com

Merry Wives of Windsor Until Saturday 17th August: Games of jealousy, deceit and revenge in Shakespeare's farcical battle of the sexes where the wives prove once and for all who's boss. Venue: Wadham College Garden Web: www.oxfordshakespearecompany.co.uk

Fairport Cropredy Convention Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th August: Three day folky festival of music and good cheer – bring a tent! Venue: Cropredy Web: www.fairportconvention.com/cropredy.php

Henry V 17th August - 14th September: Creation Theatre’s first ever Shakespeare History play: a turning point in English history – lots of rousing speeches. Venue: Oxford Castle Web: www.creationtheatre.co.uk/about-us

Cowley Classic Car Show Sunday 18th August: The event will showcase classic cars with a petting zoo, children’s entertainment, free vintage bus rides and food and drink. Venue: Court Place Farm Web: www.cowleyclassiccarshow.org.uk

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The Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH Tel: 01865 278000 Web: www.ashmolean.org

Master Drawings Until 18th August: The Ashmolean is home to one of the world’s most important collections of drawings. Amongst its treasures are the largest group of works on paper by Raphael; drawings by Leonardo, Titian and Michelangelo; Rubens and Rembrandt; Turner, Degas and Cezanne; to Gwendolen John and David Hockney. To coincide with the Museum's 330th birthday, its summer exhibition selects some of the finest examples of works on paper by the greatest names in western art. Admission: £5/ £4 concession, Under 18s free

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Activities for August Bare Bones…Explore what lies beneath the skin. 3rd August - 15th September: A collection of stunning displays providing a fascinating insight into the adaptation and evolution of species. Lost Airfields 4th August – 1st September: Oxfordshire has more WWII airfields than almost any other county. Mark McArthur-Christies photographs evoke powerful emotions that still surround these sites today.

School Holiday Activities: We offer fun stress-free sessions for all the family to enjoy. Each week has a different theme. No booking required, just join in the fun. TOT Tots: Crafts, action songs and rhyme for the under 5’s every Tuesday 10.30-11am, £1 per family. Family Learning Drop-ins: Craft sessions linked to exhibitions and collections within the museum. Every Tuesday & Thursday 2-4pm, £1.50 per child.

Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX. Tel: 0800 849 6500 Web: www.blenheimpalace.com Open: Open Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm). Park open daily 9am-4.45pm.

Jousting Tournament Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August: the battle will strike in deadly earnest and the Knights, as in medieval times, will give no quarter! Families can watch and cheer as points are awarded to the knights who compete in the skills on horseback, riding the quintain, spearing small, smaller and even the smallest rings, picking up Saracens heads from the ground, all at a gallop.

Family Cycling Day Sunday 18th August: Enjoy the once a year opportunity to cycle around the picturesque Parkland of a World Heritage site. Bring your bicycle (and helmet) and cycle around the spectacular Queens Pool Lake, take in the scenery and fresh air, stop for a picnic and make it a day to remember. Visitors please note that this is not the event formerly known as 'Bike Blenheim Palace' and is solely a one off opportunity for families to cycle around the grounds at Blenheim Palace. First aid staff will be on site, however there will be no specialist bicycle events or exhibitors present. Visitors can cycle around the designated cycle routes at their own leisure.

British Gas SwimBritain Open Water Event Sunday 1st September: On 1st September join David Walliams and Olympic swimming silver medalist Keri-anne Payne at the open water leg of the British Gas SwimBritain programme 2013. Get fit, have fun and enjoy the rare chance to swim in The Great Lake at Blenheim Palace a World Heritage Site surrounded by beautiful parkland and scenery. British Gas SwimBritain is a new programme which aims to encourage half a million more people to swim regularly by 2015, consisting of a swimming relay challenge for teams of four with each team member swimming a distance of 1000m. The event is open to swimmers of all abilities and will take place at ten pools around the country, and one open water venue, Blenheim Palace.

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Attractions City Sightseeing Bus Tours Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS. Tel: 01865 790522. Web: www.citysightseeingoxford.com. Our award winning one hour tour takes you on a fascinating journey around both the famous University colleges and the historic buildings of the city itself. Hop on and off at any of our nineteen bus stops around the town. All buses have live guides or recorded commentary in up to thirteen languages. Tours operate all day every day except Christmas/Boxing and New years day.

Oxford Castle 43 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1AY. Tel: 01865 20165. Web: www.oxfordcastle.com. Oxford's oldest new quarter, once home to the infamous Oxford Prison and now home to an exciting hub of 8 restaurants, including Malmaison, Café 1071, Prezzo, La Tasca, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, The Real China, The Living Room and The Swan and Castle, and the gorgeous Malmaison Boutique Hotel. The Castle also has an exciting visitor attraction 'Oxford Castle Unlocked,' where the secrets of the castle have been unlocked, revealing episodes of Violence, Executions, Great Escapes, Betrayal and even Romance. For art lovers there is the O3 Gallery, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions all year round.

Carfax Tower Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. Open: 10.00 to 3pm. Admission: £2.20, Children £1.10. In 1818 St Martin’s church was rebuilt complete with tower. However, the church, apart from its tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. Two ‘quarter boys’ who hit the bells at every quarter hour adorn the east facade of the church clock. Climb up 99 steps to get a sweeping view of Oxford’s spires.

St Michael at the North Gate Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY Tel: 01865 240940. Web: www.smng.org.uk. St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest Church Tower in Oxford and is definitely worth a visit! There’s also a treasury of silver and bronze dating back to the 1600s and you can also see a copy of the church accounts dating back hundreds of years. The tower is the easiest climb in Oxford, with good solid stairs including a handrail. From the top of the tower there is a marvellous view of the city of Oxford and its famous "dreaming spires". Open: 10.30am-5pm (10.30am-4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults and Concessions £2.50, Students £2.00, Children £1.30, Family ticket £7.00

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST (1 mile from the town centre). Tel: 01865 515978. Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk. Enjoy the quintessential Oxford experience punting on the River Cherwell. With over 70 hand built punts, boats and canoes. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in a beautiful tranquil environment on the river.

Modern Art Oxford 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733 Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is the South East's leading Gallery for the presentation of modern and contemporary visual art. Our programme includes exhibitions by artists from all over the world, from landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions as well as educational and family activities. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, all of our exhibitions are free for visitors. You can also relax in our café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights.

Tourist Information Centre 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS.Tel: 01865 252200. Email: tic@oxford.gov.uk. Web: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com The Tourist information Centre staff provide an extensive range of services to help make your stay enjoyable and memorable.  We offer a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs and local produce. We also can guide you to the best Oxfordshire has to offer. We are also the home of Official Guided Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. We have a wonderful selection of tours from University and City Tours to Pottering in Harry Potters Footsteps. See in store or get in contact with us by Tel: 01865 252037 Email: wtours@oxford.gov.uk

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We have lots going on for you throughout August, including our Walking Tour of Oxford. This and so much more coming up over the next few months. Find out more on our events page at our website: www.blackwell.co.uk. Tickets are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623. We hope to see you at an event very soon! Group 2012 Writers' Group Interested in joining a group for writers? We welcome new members! Group 2012 is a writing group which meets monthly in Oxford. Meetings are varied and include talks by authors, discussion, publishing and book trade workshops and writing critique. There is a membership charge of £20 per year to cover our costs. Membership allows you to come to all meetings for free. If you are not a member, you can still attend the meetings for an entry charge of £3. If you have any questions or need further information please don’t hesitate to contact us at one of the following e-mail addresses: cherry@theoxfordeditors.com oxford@blackwell.co.uk - group2012.wordpress.com

Blackwell's Walking Tours The Literary Tour: Tuesdays at 2pm and Thursdays at 11am. Join the Literary Tour and discover the University and city where authors such as Graham Greene, Dorothy L. Sayers, William Golding and T.S. Eliot lived and learned. The Inklings Tour: Wednesdays at 11.45am. A must for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Nevill Coghill and other members of the Inklings group. Visit their favourite haunts from their days at Oxford. The Music Tour: Fridays at 2pm. An Historic Tour for all music lovers, around the beautiful musical sights of Oxford. Tickets are £8 (concessions £7). Tours run from Tuesday 16th April to Friday 25th October. To book, call 01865 333602 or email: oxford@blackwell.co.uk Blackwell's Walking Tour depart from the foyer area in the main entrance, past the White Horse pub. To purchase tickets please go to the General Desk till point on the Ground Floor.


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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ. Tel: 01865 279111. Web: www.university-church.ox.ac.uk. St Mary's is situated at the historic heart of the City and University of Oxford. Thought to be the oldest university building in the world, the Tower was built in 1280, and the University’s reference library was added in 1320. It is worth the climb of 124 steps to make it to the top to enjoy fine uninterrupted views in all directions across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £3, Children (under 16) £2.50.

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Theatre Oxford Playhouse Oxford Playhouse 11 - 12 Beaumont Street Oxford OX1 2LW Box Office: 01865 305305. Web: www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Ring Tuesday 6th - Wednesday 7th August: Ring is a sound journey, in which you will be seated on the Playhouse’s stage in complete darkness. Wearing headphones that amplify every intimate detail, you are transported to another room very similar to the one you entered. But in this room you have been recognised. At times seductive, at times unnerving, Ring places audience members at the heart of a thrilling attack on their own identity. Please be aware that a total blackout is used for the majority of the performance.

Mies Julie Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th August: In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African house, eighteen years after the end of apartheid, a single night of brutality and tenderness unfolds between a black farm labourer and his white master’s daughter. The visceral struggles of contemporary South Africa are laid bare as the couple’s deadly attraction spirals out of control and they battle over power, sexuality, memory, mothers and land.

The Three Musketeers Monday 2nd September: Young Nicole D’Artagnan dresses up as a man and heads to Paris in the hope of joining the famous King’s Musketeers. But murky happenings plague the progress of our heroine and her new found trio of friends as they battle corruption, femme fatales and the cultural confusions brought on by a quest to England. Blackadder meets Gilbert & Sullivan in this hilarious and ingenious show. All for fun and fun for all!

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Guys And Dolls Wednesday 28th - Saturday 31st August: RicNic Oxford present Guys and Dolls, a favourite of American musicals for its score of fabulous songs set against the glamour of 1950s New York. Sky Masterson is a notorious gambler; as the scene shifts from the “Hotbox” nightclub to wild dancing in Havana, will Sky keep up his lucky streak when he’s betting on love? Tickets: £10, £8 concessions See website for times.

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Much Ado About Nothing Sunday 28th – Wednesday 31st August: Following its successful run of Sweeney Todd in 2005, RAFTA (the Royal Air Force Theatrical Association) returns to the Old Fire Station to present its 1920’s inspired version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Tickets: £15, Concessions £12 via www.qtix.info/rafta Time: 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee 2.30pm)

The North Wall Arts Centre South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN Booking: 01865 319450 Web: www.thenorthwall.org

Monkey Bars Tuesday 10th - Wednesday 11th September: Chris Goode asked 40 eight-to ten-year-olds talk about their lives. About being scared, getting lost, being brave, growing up, family, faith and their favourite sweets. The result is a funny and surprising verbatim show offering insight into what children are trying to tell us about themslves that we don’t always hear. Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent Thursday 12th September: Stand-up comedian Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best: mischief. Joyously bad behaviour with a purpose. Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

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Music Oxford Philomusica Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Egrove Park, Oxford OX1 5NY. Tel: 01865 305 305 Web: www.oxfordphil.com. E-mail: info@oxfordphil.com.

Participants Recital Sunday 4th August: Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival and Summer Academy welcomes every year many extraordinarily talented pianists from all over the world. In this recital by Festival Participants, you will witness exceptional playing by pianists on the verge of international careers. Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building Time: 8pm Tickets: £12

Piano Festival and Summer Academy Sunday 28th July - Tuesday 6th August: ‘Oxford’s masterclasses turn piano lessons into performance art’ New York Times. Daily masterclasses, piano recitals and orchestral concerts. Various venues around central Oxford. 2013 visiting artists: Federico Colli, Mahan Esfahani, Peter Frankl, Rustem Hayroudinoff, Russell Hirshfield, Niel Immelman, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Stephen Kovacevich, Tessa Nicholson, Marios Papadopoulos, Christoph Prégardien, Menahem Pressler, András Schiff , Hüseyin Sermet, Fanny Waterman

The JdP’s 2012-2013 concert season has now ended Details of our 2013-2014 programme will be released shortly Why not join our mailing list? You will be the first to hear about our next season and when tickets are released for sale www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY Tickets: Oxford Playhouse 01865 305 305 More Information: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

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Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival Thursday 1 August Sheldonian Theatre, 8pm Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Brahms Symphony No. 2

Federico Colli piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Friday 2 August Holywell Music Room, 8pm

Hüseyin Sermet Piano Recital Schumann Papillons, Op. 2, Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53, ‘Waldstein’, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday 3 August University Church of St Mary the Virgin, 8pm J. S. Bach Harpsichord Concertos in A major & D minor plus works by Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Goldberg

Mahan Esfahani harpsichord/director Monday 5 August Sheldonian Theatre, 8pm Schubert Winterreise

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Music Oxford Coffee Concerts One of the top ten things to do in the UK (Observer) Nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2012. Every Sunday Morning at 11:15am. In the Wonderful Holywell Music Room ( Oldest Concert Hall in Europe) Coffee Served before and after the concert at the Kings Arms and Vaults Cafe.

4 August: Heath String Quartet with Sam Haywood (piano), Mozart Adagio and Fugue, Schumann Piano Quintet 11 August: Viv Mclean, Chopin Recital 18 August: Wilhelm String Quartet, Beethoven String Quartet op.18 no.1, Britten 3 Divertimenti. 25 August: Fournier Piano Trio, Haydn Piano Trio Hob XV .29, Shostakovich Piano Trio no.2 1 September: Adderbury Ensemble, Rawsthorne Trust Concert Directed by David Lepage (violin) 8 September: Adderbury Ensemble With Fiona Cross (clarinet) Mozart Kegelstatt Trio K 498, Bruch 8 Pieces, Brahms Sonata in F minor £11 adults, £10 full time students, senior citizens and under 16s Free admission to children ages 5 -10 accompanied by an adult (under 5s not permitted entry) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865 305305 Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

Orchestra of St John’s Email: orchestra@osj.org.uk Web: www.osj.org.uk

OSJ Proms at the Ashmolean Sunday 11th August: Each Orchestra of St John's concert in the series takes inspiration from the Museum's collections and is introduced by members of the Ashmolean's curatorial team. Concert programme: Schumann: Kinderscenen, Op. 15 (orchestrated by John Lubbock) Debussy: Childrens Corner (orchestrated by John Lubbock) Mahler: Kindertotenlieder. Contralto – Christine Sjolander with the OSJ Ashmolean Voices Tickets: £25 (chair), £10 (cushion) Box Office: 0845 680 1926 or www.osj.org.uk or in person from Blackwells Music, 25 High Street, Oxford Venue: Ashmoelan Atrium, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH TIme: 7.30pm (Doors open: 7pm)

Cornerstone 25 Station Road, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 7NE Tel: 01235 515144 Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org

Beer and Music Festival Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th August: Didcot’s premium Beer and Music Festival takes centre stage inside and outside Cornerstone featuring three days of live music, DJ sets, a sumptuous barbeque and of course, star of show… 20 local beers and ciders! Kick back and relax with a glass or two of Oxfordshire’s finest ales. Presented in association with Loose Cannon Brewery. Admission Free

The Oxford Early Music Festival 8.00pm Exeter College Chapel, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP The Playhouse Box Office (a.k.a. Tickets Oxford): 01865-305305, or at the door. www.charivari.co.uk

The Charivari Agréable ‘Early Music by Candlelight’ Summer Festival 2013 August 2013: Friday 2nd August: Sweet Zephyr, Sunday 4th August: Stabat Mater & Salve Regina, Tuesday 6th August: O Dulcis Jesu, Friday 9th August: Eliza in Love, Sunday 11th August: Music for a Mad King, Tuesday 13th August: Singing in Secret, Wednesday 14th August: French Suites, Friday 16th August: O Dulcis Jesu.

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Cinema August Film Releases Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see inoxford.com for more details and trailers. Scan QR Codes on this page to view trailers now! Tweet us what you think of this months releases @inoxford

Elysium In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium.

Only God Forgives Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

The Lone Ranger A thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

Red 2 Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.

Kick-Ass 2 The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

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Art, Antiques & Museums Christ Church Picture Gallery Temptations to Devotion: Creating the Italian altarpiece in the Renaissance and Baroque 15 June -14 October 2013 Opening Times July - September (open every day) Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm. Sun: 2pm - 5pm. October - (closed Tuesdays) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm. Sun: 2pm - 4.30pm. Christ Church, Oxford. Entrance Via Oriel Square. Admission: £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

Rachel Ducker Wire Sculpture Tel: 01865 311418. M: 07855 751756. Web: www.rachelducker.co.uk. Rachel specialises in sculptured wire figures concentrating on the expressive & emotional dynamics of human nature. Handcrafted from annealed steel wire, galvanised & black. Coloured enamelled copper wire hair. From 30cm to lifesize. Price determined by size and complexity of the piece. Please call to find out more about viewing Rachel’s work.

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OXFORD’S ANTIQUES & CRAFT CENTRE Choose from a wide range of Antiques, Jewellery, Collectables & Books plus original works by local Craftspeople and Artists. Antiques on High, 85 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BG. Tel:01865-251075. Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am - 5pm.

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Angie Lewin August 2013 www.wisegal.com 40/41 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL. Tel: 01865 515123.

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Fallowfields Restaurant is located only 20 minutes from Oxford. This elegant country house is a small, independently owned, providing fine British dining. Head Chef Matt Weedon and his team use wonderful fresh produce, much of it grown or reared on its own farm. The restaurant faces south, overlooking a croquet lawn, and offers the perfect ambience at any time of day to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful and unrushed lunch or dinner. In the summer months, food and drinks can be taken on the terrace, with its uninterrupted view of the Ridgeway. The well-stocked bar, offers plenty of variety with a wide range of single malt whiskeys, five different gins and locally brewed bottled beer and ten different wines by the glass.

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Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices. On display in the gallery at the moment we have a fantastic collection of early maps of Oxford, Great Britain and the rest of the World alongside some stunning printed views of the University City. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Open: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm. Admission: FREE. R

Kieran Stiles Art Studios Folly Bridge, Oxford. Tel: 07967 075367. Web: www.artcoursesoxford.com. E-mail: kieran@artcoursesoxford.com. A range of beginner and advanced courses in painting, printmaking and life drawing with a professional artist and experienced, qualified teacher. Mid-week and weekend tuition in a friendly atmosphere. Group sessions, all day workshops and individual tutorials. Exhibition space available. All in the inspiring setting of Folly Bridge, Oxford.

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Black Drop & Venus Mirrors Monday 26th August: The New Scientist called Black Drop "an engaging documentary, in which Starling considers astronomers’ historic interest in the transit of Venus, and their endeavours to improve the accuracy of their observations, from the viewpoint of an artist interested in the history of the development of cinema." Following the off-site screenings of Black Drop earlier this year, Modern Art Oxford invites Starling back to the gallery with a new presentation of the film alongside a series of his recent sculptural works - Venus Mirrors.

Modern Artists Gallery High St.Whitchurch on Thames, Oxon, RG8 7EX Tel: 0118 984 5893 Web: www.modernartistsgallery.com

August at the Modern Artists Gallery Frances Goddard, Mark Hall, Sadie Brockbank, Dave Morris. Kate and Paul Kessling, Alice Cescatti, Paul Wright, Angela Smith. Please telephone first before setting out. Kathryn Thomas Paintings. Frances Goddard Sculpture. Photo: Rhiannon Williams.

Gallery at the Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980 Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Other Places Until Friday 16th August: Three dynamic young artists – Tom Howse, Lindsey Bull and Gabriella Boyd come together for a group exhibition that takes us in to a painterly world of uncertainty and other places. Let them take you to places where situations, scenes and characters float between the real and unreal, playful and disturbing, everyday and fantastic. Curated by High House Gallery, Caulfield. Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

RAJ 23rd August – 27th September: This photographic exhibition by Victor Dia focuses on allotment gardens in Poland in an objective yet, at times, lyrical approach. Behind an apparent typology of such dwellings lies the threat of a developing economy and the fight for survival of these urban patches of picturesque respite. Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

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106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com. The University of Oxford Shop is wholly owned by the University and offers a fantastic range of clothing, gifts and stationery for visitors and local residents alike. All of the profits are given back to the University, making a valuable contribution to the work and teaching of this world-famous establishment.

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12 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ. Tel: 01865 242187. E-mail: info@rowellofoxford.co.uk. Web: www.rowellofoxford.co.uk Since 1797. The county’s leading pearl specialist. We also have an extensive collection of antique and modern silverware and beautiful diamond and mixed gem set jewellery.

Shop at the Old Fire Station Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263980 Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk Drawing in creative talent from across the UK, with a particular focus on the ‘home grown’ artists of Oxfordshire and the South East, the shop sells original prints and illustrations, jewellery, accessories, cards, zines and more…On 14th June, 5.30-8pm they will be launching the online shop and all are welcome. There will be live music, tasty treats from a local food creator, a making station and exclusive discounts. Opening Times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Our Brewery Store is open 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday Come and browse the Hobgoblin’s selection of gifts and merchandise with exclusive in-store offers and promotions on bottled and cask beers. Brewery tours operate every Saturday and Sunday offering a two hour experience for those interested in seeing mischief in the making.

Come and see us if you dare but be warned… most things bite! Book online at www.wychwood.co.uk or call 01993 890 800* (*pre booking essential)Wychwood Brewery, Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxon OX28 4DP.

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Education Language Schools EF International Language Centre Pullens Lane, OX3 0DT, Headington, Oxford Tel: +44 (0) 1865 759 660 www.ef.co.uk – Facebook: EF Oxford – Twitter: @efoxford EF International Language centres, is a Modern campus with disabled friendly facilities. Situated in the prestigious area, Pullens Lane in Oxford. We offer English courses and University preparation to students from more than 50 countries. Our courses are flexible in length to suit you, from 2 weeks to 52 weeks a year. Our EF Efektatm learning system is widely known to be the most effective way to learn. You are guaranteed to learn faster with our experienced teachers, the latest language technology and interaction with the local culture plus we will help you prepare for and take official language proficiency exams for example, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL, being also an examination centre for the Cambridge exams. EF offers you a complete study experience, including free-time activities and excursions. We arrange accommodation, meals, visa guidance, medical insurance and anything else you can think of, so you are able to just focus on learning and enjoying your course and exciting experience.”

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Bocardo House, 24B St Michael’s Street, Oxford OX1 2EB. Tel: 01865 202238. Web: www.cie-oxford.com. The College of International Education (CIE) is a small college, located in the centre of Oxford, opposite the famous Oxford Union. We offer English Language, Academic, Foundation Year and Pre-Boarding courses. Tuition is in small classes (max 8), given by dedicated and well-qualified teachers.

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Bloxham School, Bloxham, Banbury OX15 4PE Tel 01295 720222 Web: www.bloxhamschool.com The school offers a supportive, caring and friendly environment that allows those with talent in any area of the school’s life to contribute and to succeed. The school, which is predominately boarding, is fully co-educational. Weekly boarding for the school’s Lower School (11 and 12 year olds) enjoys fantastic and homely facilities. Day pupils are thoroughly integrated within the school and a bus service from many local towns and villages operates for all pupils of the School. Bloxham attaches great importance to the academic quality of its education. It offers a wide range of GCSE and A / AS Level courses. 98% of pupils go to University, including Oxford and Cambridge.

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The Grumpiest Boy in the World Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September: Grumpy 7 year-old Zachary, is fed up with feeling average and journeys into a surreal and entrancing world to discover what makes him special. A host of hilarious characters combine with international award winning writer Finegan Kruckemeyer’s trademark sharp dialogue in this unique twist on an adventure tale. Show only: £8 adult, £5 child, Sunday show and workshop pacoage (1 adult +1 child) £16

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Millets Farm Centre

Kingston Road, Frilford, Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5HB. Tel: 01865 392200. Web: www.milletsfarmcentre.com Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and free car parking.

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Man Wednesday 21st August: Have fun decorating your very own gingerbread teddy. Dress them up with sweet treats and coloured icing to make the yummiest teddy around! All followed by a delicious juice and sweet treat. Tickets can be purchased online or from the customer service help desk within the Garden Centre This event will be located in the Garden Centre. Time: 10am - 4pm

Stagecoach Theatre Arts Oxford Tel: Maya Sprigg 01869 278600. Web: www.stagecoach.co.uk/oxford. Email: oxford@stagecoach.co.uk. We provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 418yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Oxford, stretching young imaginations and building confidence. We provide the right combination of learning and performing, with opportunities for all ages. Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!

Create Holiday Club at Oxford Montessori Schools Tel: 01865 358210 Web: www.oxfordmontessori.co.uk/create Email: create@oxfordmontessori.co.uk For children aged 3 to 16. Create Club is different from traditional activity holiday camps.  Active, great fun and full of adventure and the emphasis is on creative activities - arts, crafts, drama, dance, singing, music, sports and bush-craft and getting kids into the countryside.  It’s educative too with special ‘history alive’ days during most holidays. Also Create staff are trained and qualified teachers.  It’s a good mix and gives things a professionalism appreciated by many parents. Joining us for Create is also a great way to learn more about our Montessori schools, the nursery, primary and even senior school environments on offer.

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Sport Oxford University Rugby Football Club Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Tel: 01865 432000. Web: www.ourfc.org.uk. Fri 11th Oct

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Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk. Sat 3th Aug

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Clinic95 – Dental Practice 95 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY Tel: 01865 241662 Web: www.clinic95.com Our experienced dental professionals pride themselves on their gentle approach to dental care. Our aim is to improve your dental wellbeing in friendly, relaxed surroundings with a thorough and unhurried service that is second to none. We offer all the private treatments you would expect, including comprehensive health checks, white fillings and preventive hygiene therapy, as well as an extensive range of cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, implants, porcelain crowns & veneers and orthodontics for a great smile makeover. Nervous patients are particularly welcome at Clinic95 and our reassuring sedation techniques help aid relaxation.

Diamond House - Dental Practice 199 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7AR. Tel: 01865 559521. Web: www.diamondhouse.co.uk. It is our aim to provide the highest quality of Dental Care in a relaxed and friendly environment, with the most up to date methods and equipment available. The safety and comfort of our patients is always our primary concern.

TAO Beauty Salon 1st floor, Above The Globe Newsmarket, 99 St Aldates OX1 1BT. Tel: 01865 249347. Web: www.taobeautyoxford.co.uk Established in 1968, Tao offers a wide range of beauty treatments including Dermalogica, St Tropez Airport, Jessica Nail Care, Microdermabrasion, Non Surgical face lifts, and much more. Open: Monday to Saturday.

YogaVenue 2 Avenue Lane, Oxford, OX4 1YF Tel: 01865 245 754 Web: www.yogavenue.co.uk We are Oxford’s only purpose built yoga studio offering classes in Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga, situated at the beginning of Cowley Road. YogaVenue was created to provide a dedicated space for students to study and enjoy their Yoga practice. All our classes aim to enhance conscious living and greater fulfilment in life through the practice of Yoga. Qualified and experienced teachers and welcoming staff will support students during their classes and time at YogaVenue.

Spirit Health Club Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD Tel: 01865 888444 Web: www.spirithealthclubs.co.uk We’ll get you going with a free lifestyle consultation and personalised programme. That’s all wrapped up with complimentary towels, toiletries, and a host of great discounts. Feel comfortable and at ease here. With a great, social atmosphere and friendly staff as committed to your long term goals as you are. Whether it’s fitness, relaxation or wellbeing, we’ll help you find your true Spirit.

Bare UK Boars Hill, Oxford, with private parking. Tel: 07773 764817. Web: www.bareuk.co.uk Have you got unwanted hair, leaving you feeling distressed? Well you don’t need to panic any longer, here at Bare UK we specialise in the revolutionary hair reduction method ‘Intense Pulse Light’, a form of laser treatment, designed to remove unwanted hair, so you can now say goodbye to waxing, and hello to smooth skin. After a few treatments with our high grade IPL system you will begin to notice a difference. So visit us at Bare UK today and get rid of those unwanted hairs. Visit www.bareuk.co.uk for further information, or to find out about other treatments.

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Macdonald Randolph Hotel Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256400. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph.

Oxford's leading hotel - The AA Five star Macdonald Randolph - is situated in the heart of the city opposite the world famous Ashmolean Museum. Built in 1864 and recently refurbished, the hotel offers each guest the highest level of comfort and service in a traditional and welcoming environment. The location makes the Macdonald Randolph Hotel an ideal base for exploring the historic sights of Oxford or the thriving shopping centre just two minutes walk away.

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The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL Tel: 1869 350621 www.themanorweston.com The Manor at Weston-on-the-Green nestles in the heart of the Cotswolds. Proud of its 900-year-old history, the Manor is today a country house hotel, opening its doors to guests who seek a truly relaxed escape, with fine food, fine wine and beautiful, fascinating surroundings.We invite you to treat our hotel as your home: we do not stand on ceremony here. Explore our house and gardens, take a dip in the pool or a walk in the grounds. Our doors are open and we invite you in. Welcome to the Manor at Westonon-the-Green.

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Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0AA. Tel: (01865) 243475 Guests: 249756 Fax: 724306 Web: www.riverhotel.co.uk Email: reception@riverhotel.co.uk • Excellent City location by River Thames, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home, College owned property, On ‘Thames walk’ at Osney bridge. Lawn to riverbank. Residents bar. • 20 bedrooms with own bathroom, direct dial telephone, hot beverage tray, T.V. clock radio, hairdryer, free WiFi on site. • Car park/CCTV on site - free for residents. Sat Nav via Mill st. OX2 0AJ. 1 mile to A34 ring road west at Seacourt on A420. • 24-hour access for registered residents. Close-down by midnight. Airport arrival late check-in request only if pre-arranged. Daytime left luggage/car parking service available after 11am check-out. • VisitBritain ** Metro Hotel grading, breakfast service only. “Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly”

YHA 2a Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0AB. Tel: 01865 727275. Web: www.yha.org.uk. The best value budget accommodation in town. Centrally located with en-suite rooms, breakfast buffet, bar and Great British menu, YHA Oxford redefines what you can expect from a hostel. We offer 24 hr access, internet access, luggage store and private rooms all 5 minutes walk from the city centre.

The Beetle and Wedge Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF Tel: 01491 651381 Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk Set on the banks of the River Thames immortalised in 'The Wind in the Willows' and Jerome K Jerome's chronicled escapades of his friends' visits in 'Three Men in a Boat', the Boathouse Restaurant emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service. The older part of our beautiful old beamed Boathouse offers our famous open charcoal grill where delicacies are created before your very eyes. Join us and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

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Burlington House Hotel

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374 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7PP Tel: 01865 513 513 Web: www.burlington-hotel-oxford.co.uk Nestling in leafy Oxford, a short bus ride away from the bustling City Centre, Burlington House offers high quality and peaceful luxury bed & breakfast accommodation to Oxfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many visitors. Burlington Guest House has been consistently awarded the highest accommodation rating and is now Five Stars Highly Commended under the new AA scheme. Burlington House has been recommended by both the Which? Guide to Good Hotels and its sister publication, the Which? Guide to Good Bed & Breakfasts.

Royal Oxford Hotel

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Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR. Tel: 01865 248432 Web: www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk The Royal Oxford Hotel is a Non Smoking Property located 2 minutes walk to the bus and train stations and offers: * Air conditioned bedrooms * Free wireless network throughout the hotel * Spacious and well appointed accommodation * Complementary water and selection of fresh fruit in all bedrooms * Tourist Information Within easy reach of the train station and the centre of Oxford.

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Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, OX4 4DZ Tel: 01865 749988 Web: www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk If you are looking for a hotel near Oxford or a wedding venue in Oxfordshire, there are few better-placed than Hawkwell House Hotel, which offers comfortable rooms in Iffley Village. The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has something for everyone, including beautiful English villages, a wealth of National Trust stately homes and gardens, and for children, the Cotswolds Wildlife Park and Gardens.

Vanbrugh House Hotel 20-24 St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB T: 01865 244 622 W: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk Vanbrugh House Hotel offers a unique guest experience with 22 individual bedrooms and suites, each with their own style and character. The Vicarage suite and Nicholas Hawksmoor room benefit from their very own city garden and terrace area. Each room is named after its own distinctive history or location and there is a story behind each room.

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Accommodation Hope House Woodstock

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14 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1TS Tel: 01993 815990 Web: www.hopehousewoodstock.co.uk Three spacious suites (60-80sqm) have all been meticulously restored and magnificently furnished. Within 500 metres of our front door are 14 eateries. Some fine AA two rosette restaurants, lively brasseries and gastro pubs. No shortage of culinary options for your stay at Hope House. There are also 15 public houses within walking distance!

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Old Bank Hotel 92 - 94 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ Tel: 01865 799 599 Web: www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk

The independently owned Old Bank, situated on Oxford’s High Street, is a breathtaking statement in design and arguably one of the best locations in Oxford. Awarded the Best City Hotel 2011 by the Good Hotel Guide, it is surrounded by the famous colleges of Merton, All Souls, Christ Church and University and is directly opposite the Bodleian library and Radcliffe Camera

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Old Parsonage 1 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6NN Tel: 01865 310210 Web: www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk

The independently owned Old Parsonage Hotel, situated in St Giles, dates back to the 1660. The restaurant & bar with their Russian red walls is the perfect place for an informal lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Afternoon tea at the Old Parsonage is a very English affair to be enjoyed at this time of year on our sheltered terrace.

Vanburgh House Hotel

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20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 244 622 Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk To stay at Vanbrugh House Hotel is to live at the heart of Oxford, past and present. There are echoes of the hotel's own 18th century heritage in the combination of highly-polished service and homeliness. Each of our 22 rooms has its own fireplace and each of our guests is addressed by their name. Eclectic furnishings, bringing together Georgian with Arts and Crafts, matches our passion for accommodating unique individuals.

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The Feathers Hotel Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1SX Tel: 01993 812 291 Web: www.feathers.co.uk

The Feathers Hotel is an inviting country retreat that combines historic charm with a fun personality. Named Oxfordshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2012, it currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gin (167 varieties). “The Gin Experience” menu is £75 per person for seven courses.

Conifers Guest House 116 The Slade, Headington Oxford OX3 7DX Tel: 01865 763055 Web: www.conifersguesthouse.co.uk A 4 star Guest Accomodation located in Headington area of Oxford, Conifers offers en-suite bedrooms with free Wi- Fi internet access, flat screen multichannel TV’s and free parking.

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Restaurants Shanghai 30’s

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82 St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 242230. Web: www.shanghai30s.com. Situated in this 15th century building, Shanghai 30's cuisine is based on the both classic and contemporary dishes of Shanghai and the surrounding areas - Shaoxing and Yangchow, but also includes some of the most popular dishes from Sichuan, Peking and Canton. Shanghai 30’s is the perfect place for a romantic meal or a private function.

Rice Box

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178 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE. Tel: 01865 202138. Web: www.riceboxrestaurant.co.uk. Located perfectly in amongst the hustle and bustle of Cowley Road, Rice Box is the place to go to if you want quick service, delicious food and a welcoming smile. Rice Box has a wide selection of dishes, including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese and Thai.

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40-41 Parkend Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD. Tel: 01865 244 922 Web: www.4500miles.co.uk Not just another 'up market' Indian restaurant, quite literally 4500 Miles from Delhi, the restaurant offers diners an ingenious fusion of Asian herbs, spices, fresh meat and vegetables. Styled to suit the taste of the municipal connoisseurs, 4500 Miles from Delhi is the ideal spot from which to commence or complete the perfect evening. We have created a place that is relaxing and comfortable.

Jee Saheb

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15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX Tel: (01865) 513773 Web: www.jeesaheb.co.uk With our restaurant we have created an ambience that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed. Our key aim is to use fresh produce and source it from local suppliers where possible. We offer no fuss, just classic Asian cuisine. You can enjoy our food in a main dining room, with a party of friends in our function room with a capacity of 28, or if the weather permits in our garden.

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Majliss is run by veteran restauranteurs from the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. The decor is stunning and contemporary, and the food delicious. Lively and great for groups, but perfect for romantic nights out as well. Take advantage of our takeaway service, too.

110 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JE Tel: 01865 726728 Web: www.majliss.co.uk

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174 Oxford Road OX5 1EA Kidlington Tel: 01865 378180 / 01865 608572 Web: www.gurkhavillagekidlington.co.uk Gurkha Village is the modern Nepalese Restaurant and Bar with picturesque enclosed beer garden including children’s play area at the rear. Our Restaurant is fully fledged dining and drinking institution with first class reputation for gastronomy and hospitality. Our talented chefs mainly use locally sourced fresh quality ingredients to create a memorable authentic Nepalese and Indian food.

Annora Restaurant

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63 Church Way, Iffley Village, OX4 4EY Tel: 01865 775974 Web: www.treehotel.co.uk The Award-winning Annora Restaurant is a charming pub restaurant with specialist European and Indian head chefs, championing wonderful food from around the world using the freshest ingredients, with excellent service and a warm and welcoming atmosphere

Malikas

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218 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ. Tel: 01865 723 029 Web: www.malikasrestaurant.co.uk In the middle of the buzzing area of Cowley Road, you will find Malikas, which guarantees a superior Indian cuisine experience! Modern decor, which seats 70, but still the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing.

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Nuneham Courtenay Oxfordshire, OX44 9NX. Telephone: 01865 341 030. Web: www.cockadoo.co.uk. Cockadoo Bar & Restaurant invites you to experience sophisticated fine dining in a luxurious yet relaxing environment. The staff will ensure the highest levels of standard throughout your experience at Cockadoo. Far Eastern cuisine at its finest, why not visit soon?

Rosemary

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81 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9AA Tel: 01865 765 999 Web: www.rosemaryrestaurant.net At Rosemary Restaurant, we are committed to bring you the best of Pan-Asian cuisine. We offer a variety of Asian menu from traditional to fusion style including Japanese,Thai and Chinese.With a passion for creativity and fresh, unique tastes. We are committed to create a fun place where you can celebrate with great food and top-notch service at a reasonable price.

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Loch Fyne Bar and Grill 55 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AE Tel: 01865 292510 Web: www.lochfyne.com Loch Fyne started with one inspirational idea – to grow oysters in the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne – and has developed into a cluster of businesses whose success is built on an honest approach to superb quality food.

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The Bear & Ragged Staff

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28 Appleton Road, Cumnor OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com The Inn boasts a beautiful restaurant and 16th century bar restored to its stunning original glory. The dining menu features traditional English country cooking with a smattering of international dishes. The quintessential British love of game seems to be under-represented in Oxford, so The Bear is putting that right.

Pierre Victoire

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9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. Web: www.pierrevictoire.co.uk. Enjoy our authentically cooked, traditional dishes in an informal environment at reasonable prices, the way the French do… Choose from a variety of fixed price menus, which we change with the seasons, focusing on local, fresh produce! We offer a 3 course lunch or early Pre Theatre supper for £9.90 and an evening 3 course French Prix Fixe for £19.90! We love parties whether its Christenings,Birthdays,Graduations or even Retirements,offer an incredible £18.50 menu, and can cater for groups up to 60 ...! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service!

Al-Andalus 10 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 516688. Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk. Situated on vibrant, centrally located Little Clarendon Street, Al-Andalus is a stylish and bustling Spanish tapas bar. Independently - owned, it serves delicious, freshly- prepared and authentic Spanish tapas dishes. In addition to the high quality of its cuisine and friendly service, Al-Andalus offers a lively and informal atmosphere, further enhanced on Friday and Saturday evenings by live and exhilarating Sevillanas dance shows. Open: Mon to Thur 12am-3pm & 5pm till late, Fri-Sun 12pm till late.

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The Broad Face

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30-32 Bridge St, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3HR Tel: 01235 537775 Web: www.thebroadface.co.uk Recently refurbished to a high standard in the heart of Abingdon, The Broad Face serves freshly prepared, seasonal food using local produce, cooked to order. First class cuisine and an excellent selection of wines. Make sure you visit what is widely regarded as one of Oxfordshire’s finest restaurants.

Oxford Blue

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32 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1JU Tel: 01865 460215 Web: www.theoxfordblue.com We have just finished renovating this delightful building into a stylish pub offering an exciting food paired to beers and wines dining concept. Mark Bradbury has created an eclectic menu of authentic dishes using the very best of local and seasonal ingredients. Chris Murray has matched some really interesting beers and wines to go with the food to make it easier for you to choose.

The White Hart

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Main Road, Fyfield, Abingdon, Oxon, OX13 5LW Tel: 01865 390 585 Web: www.whitehart-fyfield.com Where you can enjoy award-winning food, fine wines and local real ales, under the soaring eaves of of a 15th Century Chantry House. The White Hart has held two rosettes for culinary excellence for 4 years running but is still somewhere you can stop and have a pint of real ale after a hard days work.

Old Swan & Minster Mill

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School Hill, Minster Lovell, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 0RN Tel: 01993 774 441 Web: www.oldswanandminstermill.com The Old Swan captures the charm of bygone years, throw in a good measure of modern convenience, add to it the laid-back atmosphere of the gastro-pub inspired dining room and log-fired bar and you’ll feel like there’s no place like it. The setting couldn’t be more romantic if it tried.

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92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BN. Tel: 01865 202505. Web: www.quod.co.uk. On Oxford’s famous High, Quod Brasserie with its terrace and bar forms the hub of The Old Bank Hotel. Formerly a banking hall, it was transformed by Jeremy Mogford to become Oxford’s largest and most successful restaurant. There is a huge outdoor terrace, and parking is not a problem. Open all day for breakfast, the famously good value two course set lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, this stylish, busy, bustling brasserie serves simply designed, unpretentious, robust food.

La Cucina

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39-40 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB Tel: 01865 793811 Web: www.lacucinaoxford.co.uk The open kitchen allows customers to see chefs at work, tossing pizza and preparing daily specials from 11am - 10.30pm. The menu changes seasonally and caters for all - families and those looking for an authentic italian dining experience in relaxed surroundings. Open front in Summer months.

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The Chequers at Burcot Abingdon Road, Burcot, Oxon. OX14 3DP. Tel: 01865-407771 Web: www.thechequers-burcot.co.uk A roaring fire and friendly staff welcome you to The Chequers and along with the opulent décor it is a perfect blend of contemporary and classic styles with a cosy and inviting atmosphere. The 400 year old Chequers at Burcot standing just off the A415 about 5 miles south of Oxford has come a long way since multi-awardwinning chef Steven Sanderson first took the reins in 2006.

The Beetle and Wedge

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Ferry Lane Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF Tel: 01491 651381 Web: www.beetleandwedge.co.uk The Restaurant offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and a magical combination of fabulous food, an idyllic location and great service - our mission is to ensure your time with us is as enjoyable as possible. Families are important to us at The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse and children are always welcome, we can adapt our menus to suit most tastes and provide highchairs where necessary. If you have any special requirements please contact us.

The Bear & Ragged Staff

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28 Appleton Road, Cumnor OX2 9QH. Tel: 01865 862329. Web: www.bearandraggedstaff.com The Inn boasts a beautiful restaurant and 16th century bar restored to its stunning original glory. The dining menu features traditional English country cooking with a smattering of international dishes. The quintessential British love of game seems to be under-represented in Oxford, so The Bear is putting that right.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

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Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN. Tel: 01865 256410. Web: www.macdonald-hotels.co.uk/randolph. The restaurant at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel has recently just won its second AA rosette for its cuisine and features contemporary menus in an unrivalled setting with fabulous views of the city. If a more relaxed atmosphere is desired for a quiet drink then the Morse Bar provides a peaceful environment in which you can relax and unwind in after a busy day - it was a firm favourite with the cast and crew of Inspector Lewis..

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Fallowfields Hotel & Restaurant Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Oxfordshire, OX13 5BH Tel: 01865 820 416 Web: www.fallowfields.com The restaurant at Fallowfields is renowned for serving excellent food prepared using only the finest fresh produce. Our Head Chef, Matt Weedon last year was number 45 in the Sunday Times top 100'Restaurants Awards and, previously gained a Michelin star at Glrnnap Castle and Lords of the Manor. Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel’s kitchen gardens and orchards and whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced from our own farm. The restaurant faces south to overlook the hotel’s croquet lawn and offers the perfect ambience.

Cherwell Boathouse

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Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST Tel: 01865 552746 Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk Beautifully located by the river Cherwell. Fine food and renowned wine list (2010 Fine Wine list of the Year) Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week Marquee and terrace available for private hire. Week day lunch menu available 2 courses from £13.50. Al fresco dining available.

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5-11 Woodstock Rd, Oxford, OX2 6HA Tel: 01865 511995 Web: www.browns-restaurants Browns in Oxford was the second of this famous group of restaurants to open in 1976. Standing proudly, and rightfully so, being one of the finest restaurants Oxfordshire has to offer, Browns cannot go unnoticed. Stylish branded awnings line the front of the restaurant while a tall stretch of windows beneath entices and invites walkers by to get a glimpse and taste of what Browns has to offer.

The Trout

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The Trout Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN. Tel: 01865 510 930. Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk The Trout in Lower Wolvercote is genuinely part of the rich tapestry that is Oxford life. With a large terrace looking out onto the river Thames, it is easy to see why The Trout is the pub of dreams; from Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis you can understand why so many people love to sit outside on a summers day with a lovely glass of wine or a chilled beer and watch the fast moving waters.

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The Big Bang 42 Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 249 413 Web: www.thebigbangrestaurants.co.uk The Big Bang is the true gastronomic experience of Great Britain; classic favourites done with a bit of style. We source almost everything from within 20 miles of the city and in doing so, we allow you to taste the authentic flavours of Oxford, not a chain restaurant version of it. We also throw in the best of our art, of local live music, all served up in the prettiest corner of town, the Oxford Castle Quarter.

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61 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PE. Tel: 01865 553540. Web: www.gees-restaurant.co.uk. Gee's, the Oxford restaurant where locals and visitors meet for lunch, dinner, or drinks, brings together simplicity, generosity and hospitality. We serve traditional British food in comfortable, contemporary surroundings. Gee's is a modern bistro offering diners value for money, satisfying seasonal food and a great choice of wines by the glass and carafe.

The Old Parsonage

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1 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN. Tel: 01865 292305. Web: www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk. Our philosophy at The Parsonage is simple: to serve the very best of British food using the very best produce to create superb traditional dishes. Our classic British menu includes seasonal food that will appeal to everyone, from roast partridge with bread sauce to scampi and chips with sauce gribiche, smoked haddock with buttered jersey royals and poached eggs and treacle tart. It is classic British fare prepared with skill and care using the finest ingredients.

The Red Lion

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The Red Lion 14 Gloucester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BN Tel: 01865 726 255 Web: www.redlionoxford.co.uk Our menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with some Mediterranean influences. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. There’s something for everyone and for all occasions too.

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Restaurants The Blacks Head Bletchington The Green, Bletchington, OX5 3DA Tel: 01869 350315 Web: www.blackshead.com The Blacks Head pub is a late 18th century public house full of charm and character. Here at the Blacks Head our cullinary focus is on locally sourced, freshly prepared produce. Our Fish and Chips are coated in our popular Ramsbury Flintknapper Bitter. Our Childrens Menu is carefully thought out combining choice and health and our chicken nuggets are made to order from freshly cut chicken breast. For younger diners we have a range of Organic Baby Food.

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Iffley Blue Church Way, Iffley Village, Oxford, OX4 4DZ Tel: 01865 749988 Web: www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk Situated just a couple of miles from the centre of Oxford, Iffley Blue is the new restaurant at Hawkwell House Hotel in the beautiful village of Iffley. There is an open style kitchen featuring a wood burning oven, as well as new furniture throughout. The emphasis is on delivering regularly changing seasonal menus with local provenance – as well as exceptional value.

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Modern Art Oxford Café Bar 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733 Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk/about-us/cafe-and-bar/ Modern Art Oxford’s new Café Bar has been designed to perk you up whatever the time of day. Our coffee is supplied and selected by the Monmouth Coffee Company and our wine list compiled by the Oxford Wine Company. We stock a range of local brews including our very own beer Plot 16, grown on our allotment in Rose Hill. Our changing seasonal menu and relaxing atmosphere make an ideal place to meet.

Cafe Loco

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The Old Palace, 85/87 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 200959. Web: www.goingloco.com. Just two minutes walk from Carfax Tower is Cafe Loco, with such delights as stunning coffee, sumptuous Eggs Benedict, Full English, homemade Specials, Scones, Teacakes and Full Afternoon Tea, it’s a wonder you haven’t been!!!!!!! Introducing NEW business lunch delivery service. For details info@goingloco.com.

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Crisis Skylight Cafe at The Old Fire Station 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ Tel: 01865 263 972 The Oxford Skylight Café is open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. It serves freshly ground coffees, teas and cakes as well as a range of home cooked food prepared from fresh, local produce. There are daily specials (including a vegetarian option) a range of sandwiches, hot pannini's, baked potatoes, fresh salads and the famous fireman's breakfast served all day!

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Greens Cafe 50 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU Tel: 01865 316 878 Web:www.greenscafe.co.uk At Greens everything is freshly made and we use Organic, Free Range and Fairtrade produce. We cater for everyone’s taste including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free foods. Greens Cafe has a friendly relaxed atmosphere with lots of seating available upstairs with free Wi-Fi also available.

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Angels Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS Tel: 01865 544244 Web: www.angelsbar.co.uk

Step into Angels and journey through cocktail history. Choose between the first vintage mixes or new trends perfected in the Angels laboratry, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

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209 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford. OX2 7HQ Tel: 01865 311 779Web: www.gatineau.uk.com Situated in the upmarket Summertown area of Oxford, Gatineau patisserie offers the finest artisan produce in the French/ European patisserie and boulangerie tradition: premium cakes, pastries, savouries and bread - all made with the highest quality ingredients, creative flair, taste combinations and attention to detail.

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Not only were we about to go review the latest ‘buzz’ around town, but it was also a beautiful, warm day in sunny Abingdon. As a local to Abingdon I’ve seen The Broad Face exchange hands a few times so was excited to see what the new owners had done with the place. Stepping in through the door we were greeted by the cheery staff and shown to our seats. It was clear to see The Broad Face had been given some tlc, the restaurant looked great with rustic furniture and décor throughout. We settled in straight away and moved on to the fantastic selection on the menu. With our orders taken we were served bread and some beautifully presented Gazpacho to cool us down. This made us anticipate our mains even more! While chatting with my partner all of a sudden her face lit up at what was coming to our table from behind me. Zoe had ordered the most amazing Fish and Chips we’d ever seen, and if you know Zoe you will know she’s quite a connoisseur of this British Classic. It’s easy to see The Broad Face believe presentation is key as my Carbonara looked incredible and, I kid you not, better than any Carbonara I’ve ever had in Italy. In every bite you could taste the freshness of the ingredients, the love and care that is taken with every dish really shines through. We sat defeated and we couldn’t have taken another bite. That was until our desert was placed on the table. We were presented with a creative Dark Belgian chocolate fondant that just screamed to be eaten. It was a real pleasure for Zoe to sink her spoon into the desert commenting on the love of warm gooey chocolate and silky smooth cold ice cream. The orange espuma really complemented the desert well. After lunch we got the chance to meet Dan and Bogdan Sminticiuc, the enthusiastic brothers that have taken The Broad Face and turned it into something rather special. You can tell they are excited for the future in the way they talk about their restaurant and being glad to be a part of Abingdon. As we left, Zoe and I both agreed that we had just experienced something quite special and with so many great choices on the menu, we will be back very soon. Review By Rob Scotcher 30-32 Bridge Street Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 3HR Tel: 01235 537775 Web: www.thebroadface.co.uk

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Just outside Dorchester-on-Thames, on the road to Abingdon, is The Chequers, a pub that you could quite easily miss. Don’t. The modest exterior hides a truly memorable pub dining experience. It is very difficult to strike the right balance between a pub where the locals can drop in for a pint, and a pub that needs, for its very existence, to provide good food at affordable prices. Throw in a very relaxed and convivial ambience and you have a winning combination. And what food! On his menu Chef Steven Sanderson has constructed a perfect balance between ‘pub classics’ (fishcakes, burgers, fish and chips) and high quality ‘mains’, albeit mainly meat-based. Critically, though, the whole menu is based on eclectically sourced ingredients – seafood from Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Scotland and Jersey; beef and venison from the West Country; Oxfordshire lamb, chicken and pork. On arrival we ordered drinks at the bar and then sat on comfortable sofas in front of an enormous fireplace to study the menu at leisure. When our order was ready we were shown to a table that could seat four, presumably because the pub was not completely full, though none of the tables are close to each other, which gave us both privacy and comfort. A complimentary bottle of water was already on the table - a nice touch. Place settings were attractive. To start with, we had Duck Salad and Wye Valley Asparagus. Both were full of flavour and very nicely presented. Pink ginger and coriander in the duck salad transformed what could have been an ordinary plate into a memorable one. The asparagus’ flavour was complemented with goat’s cheese and a slice or two of Parma ham, tastes that softly complemented each other. For the main course we chose Fillet of Pork, which came in a cider reduction with black pudding, sweet and sour apples, and a mustard mash, and Wild Mushroom Pancakes, again cleverly combined with the subtlety of a blue cheese crème. Pork is so easy to overcook and dry out – not here, mouth-wateringly moist yet firm and bursting with flavour. Throughout our meal the service was impeccable – knowledgeable, friendly, discrete and attentive. Not what one normally gets in a pub! The dessert menu is a tour de force - we had the chocolate brownie and could find no fault (we were sorely tempted to try the Strawberry Eton Mess and the Sticky Toffee Pudding but showed commendable restraint). The menu is accompanied by dessert wine suggestions, which is a nice, thoughtful touch. Which brings me to the wine list - I doubt many pubs have a wine list which includes Chateau Laffite or Chateau Haut Brion! - but apart from these monstrously expensive and brilliant wines there is also an excellent range of modestly priced vintages from other wineries all over the world (many family-owned). We settled for Portuguese wine from the Douro (very few pubs understand just how good Portuguese wine can be). The Chequers really is impressively good. Abingdon Road Burcot Oxon OX14 3DP Tel: 01865 407771 Web: www.thechequers-burcot.co.uk

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