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Editor’s Welcome Oxford Essentials Oxford Facts & Figures Official Walking Tours

12 Attractions 26 Oxford Colleges 32 Shopping

38 Activities 48 Entertainment 54 The Arts Editor: Lorna Dodson. Design: Blink Design and Print 01865 742211. Whilst every attempt has been made to ensure that the content of this publication is accurate and correct in every way, the publishers cannot be held responsible or liable for any inaccuracies or errors within the publication. Information reproduced from this publication is permitted with the permission of the publisher and advertiser, where relevant. All information is correct at time of going to press.


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Restaurants Accommodation Bars & Pubs Sport Hair & Beauty Education

INFORMATION 122 Information 124 Maps

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EDITOR’S

WELCOME

Welcome to Oxfordshire and the city of Oxford, visitors and locals alike. Thank you for choosing The Best in Oxfordshire.

With this guide we hope to provide a deeper look into some of the gems (both hidden and thoroughly uncovered) that Oxford and its surrounding areas have to offer. Featuring 100 of the top must-see attractions, shops, restaurants and more, you will undoubtedly find the spark of motivation to explore this wondrous slice of English heritage. Listings are in no particular order; just how the reviews and listings have come together in their relevant sections. Having only lived in Oxford for five years myself, a compilation such as this one is fascinating, and extremely handy in its pocket format, and I find myself wanting to visit each and every one of the establishments represented. There is a perfect suggestion for any trip you might be planning, whether it is to a theatre, or off for a round of golf on a Summer’s day (English weather permitting, of course). Visitors like myself aside, even those native to Oxford will surely discover their new favourite place within these pages. Oxford is one of the oldest cities in the United Kingdom, and it feels almost soaked in history – from the architecture, to the traditions still upheld today (head to Magdalen Bridge early May Day morning for an almost surreal experience). With Oxford Castle and the city’s stone perimeter, Blenheim Palace and the rolling green countryside of Oxfordshire, and the subtle joining of modernity with legacy seen in High

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Street shops nestled into Tudor houses, it is easy to fall in love with this place.

Oxford is home to more writers, artists, and musicians per square mile than anywhere else in England, as if the city itself promotes creativity in those who dwell here and understandably so. Being the home of The University of Oxford, and birthplace of The University of Cambridge, Oxford also boasts a very large percentage of students and scholars, promoting a peaceful and cultured atmosphere. Some of the greatest minds of our generation and countless generations before were moulded right here.

But Oxford, and Oxfordshire, is not just an elegant, scholastic place; it is lively and chic, bohemian and underground – from the mixing pot of cultures found on the buzzing and colourful Cowley Rd to the stylish and independent Jericho, you can and will find whatever you are looking for and The Best in Oxfordshire is here to help. Our selection of independent reviews and listings will serve you well in your deliberations. I feel as if I could ramble on forever about all that Oxfordshire has to offer, but I’ll let the guide do the talking. Happy reading. Lorna Dodson Editor

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ESSENTIALS

Oxford will surprise and enchant you with its magnificent architecture, impressive yet intimate colleges, romantic rivers and hidden nooks and crannies. Explore and experience the sights and sounds of this gorgeous city with our handpicked selection of highlights that cannot be missed.

Take a tour of

Christ Church

The largest and most famous of all the Oxford Colleges. Founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, it is the only College in the world that has a cathedral within its walls. It was home to Lewis Carroll for almost fifty years and was the inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter novels. See page 26.

Punt

Down the Cherwell

There is nothing more enjoyable than hiring a punt to feel like you are truly a part of the Oxford scene. From March-October, visit the Cherwell Boathouse and pick up your punt. Here you will find traditional punts, built on the premises, available to rent. See page 38.

Explore the Bodleian

Library

The Bodleian contains an unrivalled 400 year record of British Literature and every book ever published in the UK is stored under the town of Oxford in tunnels, making up an underground books railway. Visitors can also see such treasures as the world’s largest copy of the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio. See page 12. 6


Enjoy a pint at

The Eagle and Child

A good old fashioned boozer that is definitely worth a visit. It is one of the oldest in the country and the most famous in Oxford having been the meeting place for literary gods C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien. They hung out here back in the day and it is believed that Lewis even distributed the proofs of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in this very building. Pleasant pub with a great novelty feature – all pubs should be like this.

Book an

Official Guided Walking Tour

Go see

Oxford Shakespeare Company

Take an Oxford Guided Walking Tour and discover the stories that make up this great city. Oxford has an exciting heritage just waiting to be explored and the best way to discover it is on foot. Let the friendly and knowledgeable guides introduce you to this wonderful city and help you unearth all its hidden glories. See page 46.

Witness Shakespearian drama as you’ve never seen it before: Out in the open. Amongst the nature beauty of the city, the Oxford Shakespeare company creates stunning modern-day adaptations of the classics that we all know and love. Their performances are flawless, imaginative and full of energy. See page 53.

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FACTS&FIGURES

Oxford has a population of

150,000,

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42,000 are students.

During the English Civil War (1642 - 1651) Oxford became the base for Charles I, who stayed at Christ Church and held his court here. Oxford escaped bombing during the Blitz because Hitler was intending to use the city as his capital if he conquered England. Oxford has

1,500 listed buildings and

18% of the city is devoted to conservation areas.

Oxford has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

Oxford is home to the creators of Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Inspector Morse and the His Dark Materials trilogy as well as providing a filming location for Harry Potter.

The Ashmolean is Britain's oldest museum and has recently undergone a transformation.

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The first book was printed here in and now the Oxford University Press is one of the largest publishers in the world.

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Oxford attracts approximately

9.3 million visitors per year

Oxford University is the oldest English speaking university in the world, dating back to the end of the century.

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The College with the longest official name is Oriel College: ‘The Provost and Scholars of the House of the Blessed Mary the Virgin in Oxford, commonly called Oriel College, the foundation of Edward the Second of famous memory, sometime King of England.’ The University of Cambridge, was actually founded by Oxford scholars who were fleeing Oxford following riots that erupted in 1209 between students and townspeople

Bodleian Library is almost five centuries old and currently houses more than

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8,000,000 documents

190km (120 miles) of shelves.

Oxford University has educated British Prime Ministers including Sir Robert Peel, Harold Macmillan, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

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OFFICIAL GUIDED WALKING TOURS

Welcome...

to the beautiful City of Oxford

The City of Oxford is one of the loveliest places in England. Architecturally beautiful, steeped in history and one of the most intellectually vibrant university cities in the world, it is nevertheless small enough to be enjoyed on foot!

Join one of our Blue Badge or Green Badge city guides for an unforgettable introduction to this extraordinary place in one of our small, friendly groups (no more than 19 people!). Alternatively, if you already know Oxford, take one of our specialised ‘themed’ tours and get a completely new perspective on the city you thought you knew.

See: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours for full details.

Whatever tour you take and whatever else you do in Oxford, we hope you will go away with your expectations exceeded, having had a marvellous time! Joanne Butler Oxford Tourist Information Centre

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Oxford Guild of Guides The members of the Oxford Guild of Guides will be delighted to show you around the City of Oxford!

With the Lord Mayor of Oxford as its patron, the Oxford Guild of Guides is the officially recognised tour guiding organisation for the City of Oxford. In addition, it is a member of the UK Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, the national professional organisation which guarantees a high standard of guiding throughout the UK. All its members have passed professional guiding examinations: Some guides hold the Institute of Tourist Guiding Green Badge qualification, whilst others are Blue Badge guides; all of which means that you can expect a professional standard of guided tour if you choose to let us take you round Oxford. Come with us to discover the wonderful City of Oxford, together with Oxford University and its colleges and be assured of an entertaining and informative day out! Terry Bremble President of the Oxford Guild of Guides

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OXFORDSHIREATTRACTIONS Bodleian Library

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Discover the history of Oxford University and explore the incredible architecture that houses the Bodleian Library, the Old School’s Quadrangle and the Exhibition Room. The second largest library in Britain, the Bodleian has approximately 11 million volumes. Open Monday to Sunday all year round, tours available daily. Old Schools Quad, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG. Tel: 01865 277000. www.bodley.ox.ac.uk

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Housing a diverse and inspirational collection of plants, the Botanic Gardens consist of a Walled Garden, Glasshouse and Water Garden, and is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant. Admission charges apply, check opening times before you visit. Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ Tel: 01865 286690 www.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

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Museum of Oxford

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Hertford ‘Bridge of Sighs’

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Carfax Tower

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St Michael at the North Gate

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Explore the history of Oxford and learn about the earliest residents, famous literary connections and the growth of the modern city. See original artefacts, College treasures, room settings and a film narrated by Tony Robinson. Admission by donation, check opening times before you visit, tours available. St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX Tel: 01865 252351 www.museumofoxford.org.uk A covered bridge over New College Lane, it is so called the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ as it resembles the Venetian bridge of the same name, although it was never intended to be a replica. Completed in 1914, it links the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College and was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson. New College Lane, Oxford. Located in the centre of Oxford at the junction of Queen Street, Cornmarket, St Aldates and High Street, Carfax Tower is the last remaining structure of St Martin’s Church. It stands at 23m (74 ft) and no other building in the centre can exceed that height. Climb the 99 steps for an unforgettable view of the Dreaming Spires. Admission charges apply, open all year, check times. Queen Street, Oxford OX1 Tel: 01865 790522 www.citysightseeingoxford.com/carfax_tower.html Originally the North Gate to the city 1000 years ago, the tower formed part of the city walls. Step inside and discover a display of silver dated as early as 1562, the clock mechanism and church bells, and enjoy a panoramic view of Oxford from the roof of the tower. Open all year round, check times before you visit. Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY Tel: 01865 240940 www.smng.org.uk 13


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Home to a collection of historic scientific instruments, it is also situated in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building. Housing approximately 10,000 objects, particular strengths include early mathematical and optical equipment. Free entry, closed Mondays, audio guided tour available. Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ Tel: 01865 277280 www.mhs.ox.ac.uk

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Located in the centre of Oxford, St Mary the Virgin Church is an inclusive establishment welcoming people from all backgrounds and opinions. Due to maintenance in 2012 only the Nave is open. Small entrance fee, open all year. High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ Tel: 01865 279111 www.university-church.ox.ac.uk

Sheldonian Theatre

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Opened in 1668 and built from a design by Sir Christopher Wren, the Sheldonian theatre is a place of historical, architectural and contemporary interest. Holds a seating capacity of 1000 for conferences and 800 for concerts. Tickets for events can be bought from the Oxford Playhouse. Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ Tel: 01865 277299 www.sheldon.ox.ac.uk

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Exhibits the University’s collection of zoological, entomological and geological specimens and is famous for housing Oxfordshire’s dinosaurs, the dodo and the swifts in the tower. The impressive Grade 1 listed building boasts incredible neo-Gothic architecture. Free entry and open 7 days a week, events throughout the year. Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW Tel: 01865 272950 www.oum.ox.ac.uk

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Oxford Castle - Unlocked

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The popular interactive tour of the Castle and Prison provides a fascinating insight into Oxford's hidden history; one that's rich with tales of great escapes, betrayal and even romance! Take a tour with a costumed character guide and explore the prison Dwing, the 900 year old underground crypt and climb the Saxon St George's Tower. Open daily from 10am (last tour 4.20pm). Admission charges apply. 44-46 Oxford Castle, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260666 www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

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A comprehensive collection of over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions. The Collection has a lively programme of public events including performances of historical music. Open weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings during University term. Closed Christmas and Easter. St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB Tel: 01865 276139 www.bate.ox.ac.uk

Pitt Rivers Museum

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Famous for its world-class collections and leading role in contemporary research, visit the Pitt Rivers museum for an informative and fascinating experience. Family friendly and open Monday to Friday with events happening throughout the year. South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PP Tel: 01865 270927. Admission free. www.prm.ox.ac.uk

The Oxfordshire Museum

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The Oxfordshire Museum regails the story of Oxfordshire's past through 11 unique galleries and historical exhibitions. Events take place monthly, and there are exciting activities for children daily. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2pm -5pm. Admission free. Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN Tel: 01993 811456 www.tomocc.org.uk

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e visited Blenheim Palace on the Jubilee weekend when the Bunbury’s Celebrity cricket match was the event of the day.

First we toured the State Rooms of the main house and found every room filled with history, from the 1st Duke of Marlborough’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, up to Sir Winston Churchill’s incredible achievements during the Second World War. The current Duke still lives in the private apartments in the palace, and the grand dining room that is used once a year at Christmas is on display to the public and was very impressive. Afterwards we made our way to the South Lawn where crowds were enjoying the cricket and a glass of Pimm’s with their picnics. The lawns and gardens are immaculate. We had been invited to have Afternoon Tea in the marquee on the South Lawn and it was fantastic! There are other places to eat; the Water Terrace restaurant overlooking the fountains was very popular. And if you are celebrating an event, there is a new Champagne Bar.

On the way out there is a well-stocked gift shop and café. Many people were glad for a sit down and relaxed with a coffee. Throughout the tour we found the staff very helpful. Before making plans to visit Blenheim Palace, I suggest you look at their special events information to make the most of your day out. I have thoughts of visiting again to the classic car show in August.

The tickets are flexible: Palace, Park and Gardens are £20.00 for adults, £11.00 for children, or for the Park and Gardens only: £11.50 for adults and £6.00 with reductions for family tickets, OAP and students. There is an excellent value ticket offer of a free Annual Pass when you purchase a ticket to the Palace. All in all, a superb day out.

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Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP. Tel: 0800 8496500 www.blenheimpalace.com

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njoy a relaxing day out in beautiful surroundings at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with over 260 animal species in 160 acres of spacious Parkland.

Stroll up our New Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Creep into the Tropical house and see if you can spot the sleepy Sloths or leap about with the Lemurs in their walkthrough enclosure. Take shelter inside our Reptile House (if you dare) and peak at the snakes and crocodiles or hide away in the dark Bat House. Don’t forget to watch our daily Penguin feeding at 11am. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. Picnic on our spacious lawns, whilst watching Rhinos and Zebras grazing. There’s something for the whole family and the Park is wheelchair and pushchair friendly!

We have developed a wide range of planting styles, many of which link with the animal exhibits. With the Victorian Manor House at the hub, a large walled garden and a wonderful collection of mature trees form the backbone of our landscape. The planting in and around the animal exhibits is an important part of our work and of course presents its own interesting challenges!

The Oak Tree Restaurant is situated at the back of the Manor House and serves hot meals, drinks, sandwiches and cakes, as well as a wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Children are well catered for with all adult meals offered in child-sized portions. Lunchbox packs complete with a souvenir toy can also be purchased in the restaurant or as part of a picnic in the Park, where there are many places to picnic (some under cover).

After exploring the Park, there is a gift shop situated next to the main car park, which sells a wide selection of gifts, toys and souvenirs. The Park is open daily from 10am, with the exception of Christmas Day.

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Photography by Jason Brown

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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Burford, Oxon, OX18 4JP Tel: 01993 823006 Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

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ounded in 1683, the Ashmolean is Britain’s oldest public museum and possibly the oldest museum in the world. Its collections span 5000 years, from Prehistoric Europe, Classical Greece and Rome, ancient China, India and Japan, to the Renaissance, right up to the present day. Amongst the Museum’s treasures are the greatest collection of Predynastic Egyptian material outside Cairo; the world’s finest group of drawings by Raphael; the famous Arundel Marbles; Islamic textiles and ceramics; the Pissarro family archive; and the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the west. Following a historic redevelopment, the Museum opened, in 2009, a new 100,000 square foot building with 39 new galleries and a major exhibition centre which hosts two blockbuster shows and smaller displays throughout the year. The £61 million project, designed by award-winning architect Rick Mather, has created an Education Centre, state-of-the-art conservation studios, and Oxford’s first roof-top restaurant. The Museum completed a further phase of redevelopment in 2011 with the opening of six new galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia.

While in the Museum, visit the shop, which offers a wide range of gifts for the home, the family, jewellery and books. Enjoy the spectacular setting of Oxford’s rooftop restaurant, The Ashmolean Dining Room. Open for breakfast, lunch and traditional afternoon tea.

The Ashmolean is now the most visited museum in the country outside London. Admission is free.

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Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH Tel: 01865 278000 Web: www.ashmolean.org

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xford Castle Quarter was once home to the Norman Oxford Castle, then the infamous Oxford Prison. Parts of these historic buildings remain, and have shaped the development of Oxford Castle Quarter as it stands today, including St George’s Tower and the Castle Mound. The secrets of the site’s history are unlocked in the exciting visitor attraction Oxford Castle – Unlocked, where you can explore some of the oldest and most remarkable buildings on the site, and indeed in the city of Oxford.

Bearing the hallmark of this majestic city Oxford Castle was established by William the Conqueror in 1071, and later royally re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006 after substantial redevelopment. The excavation of archaeological artefacts during the redevelopment on site produced evidence that St George’s Tower is the oldest remaining building in Oxford, whilst Castle Mound dates back to 1071, and there is even a Saxon Wall located within Oxford Castle Quarter close to Paradise Street.

The rest of Oxford Castle Quarter is now home to a vibrant hub of bars and restaurants, including the brasserie at Malmaison, the Visitor’s Room Bar in Malmaison, Café 1071, Prezzo, La Tasca, The Real China, Pizza Express, Krispy Kreme, The Swan & Castle, and The Living Room. Oxford Castle Quarter also boasts O3 Gallery, with a dynamic programme of exhibitions, gifts and cards available all year round, not forgetting the gorgeous Malmaison Boutique Hotel in the heart of this handsome heritage development that nestles peacefully in the heart of Oxford City Centre.

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Oxford Castle Quarter

44-46 New Road Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 201657 Web: www.oxfordcastlequarter.com

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ancy swinging through the trees? For those who are seeking some outdoor adventure! – we have the perfect venue. Just outside of Oxford City, is a hidden treasure - High Ropes Oxford is Oxfordshire's New and only, High Ropes Tree - Top High Ropes adventure centre, with Rope Bridges, Tarzan Swings, Zip Slides, set high in the trees in our beautiful 50 acre woodland, located on Culham Adventure Park, 6 miles from Oxford City. Our High Ropes tree top course is 2.5-3 hours of tree top adventure with 43+ crossings to negotiate. Unlike other tree top courses, we use a unique smart belay safety system to allowing the participant to experience the thrill of the forest without the risk of falling.

Parents can supervise from the ground or the trees, so for parents who want to enjoy watching their children swinging through the trees whilst their feet are firmly on the ground, this is prefect! Of course for those adventurers out there, we encourage you to join the kids in the trees for lots of fun on our zip slides and parachute jump simulator which is a real leap of faith!

We offer sessions starting from 10am – 9.30pm, for adults, children, social groups, schools, colleges, companies and we offer recreational sessions and also exclusive instructor led sessions. Culham Adventure Park also provides excellent outdoor adventure activities for young people and adults such as Outdoor Lasergaming, a live combat gaming experience, High Ropes, tree climbing, crate stacking, Archery, orienteering, and also offers excellent adventure activity programmes for schools and colleges, birthday parties, Adventure days for young people during the school holidays, corporate days for organisations and stag and hen celebrations.

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High Ropes Oxford

Culham Adventure Park, Station Road, Oxford, OX14 3DA Tel: 01865 727378/07999579583 Web: www.highropesoxford.com

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OXFORDCOLLEGES The University of Oxford comprises of 39 Colleges and 6 religious Permanent Private Halls. The following is a brief guide to the Univeristy of Oxford Colleges. Many are open to the public and offer guided tours at certain times of the day.

All Souls College

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Founded to pray for all the souls of men who died in the wars against France. Today it is an establishment for Research Fellows only. 27 High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL Tel: 01865 279379. www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk Open: Year round 2pm-4pm.

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Holds a large collection of medieval manuscripts. Former alumni include John Wycliffe, a Master in around 1360, who inspired the first translations of the Latin Bible into English. Broad Street, Oxford. Tel: 01865 277777 www.balliol.ox.ac.uk Open: Daily 2pm-5pm.

Founded in 1509 and overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful squares, Brasenose is a friendly and informal community with a strong tradition of academic excellence. The College prides itself on the quality of its teaching and its wide range of cultural, social and sporting activities. Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ Tel: 01865 277830 www.bnc.ox.ac.uk Guided groups by appointment. Entrance charge applies. Oxford’s largest College with a Cathedral within its walls. The home of Alice in Wonderland, the College is also a major set in the Harry Potter films. St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DP Tel: 01865 276150 www.chch.ox.ac.uk Open: Mon-Sat: 9am-4.30pm and Sun: 12noon-5.30pm.

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Corpus is one of the smaller undergraduate Colleges, but not the least important. Home of the annual tortoise racing. Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF Tel: 01865 276700 www.ccc.ox.ac.uk Open: 1.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Christmas and Easter.

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Founded in 1314 by the Bishop of Exeter. The Chapel in the front quad is open to visitors. Old members include Phillip Pullman and Imogen Stubbs. Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP Tel: 01865 279600 www.exeter.ox.ac.uk Open: Summer: 2pm-5pm, Winter: 2pm-Dusk.

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Established as a Hall around 1282. One of the first Oxford colleges to admit women and has approximately 500 students. The College’s so-called Bridge of Sighs connects the Old and New Quads. Catte Street, Oxford OX1 3BW Tel: 01865 279400 www.hertford.ox.ac.uk Open: Prior appointment only.

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One of the largest Colleges, Keble was founded in 1870 with the purpose of making an Oxford education more widely available. Look out for ‘holy zebra style’ architecture. Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG Tel: 01865 272727 www.keble.ox.ac.uk Open: Year round 2pm-5pm. Groups to contact lodge prior to visit.

Lady Margaret Hall

Set in 10 acres of tranquil grounds extending to the River Cherwell and the first to admit women to the University. Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA Tel: 01865 274300 www.lmh.ox.ac.uk Open: Grounds & Garden daily out of term.

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Established in 1427, Lincoln Church is one of Oxford’s oldest Colleges with an attractive medieval atmosphere. The College libraries in converted All Saints Church and Medieval Hall are striking features. Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DR Tel: 01865 279800 www.linc.ox.ac.uk Open: Mon-Sat 2-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.

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Famous deer park, water meadow, Chapel, Hall and Great Tower. Choral services as advertised at entrance. Light lunches and teas available Jul-Sep in the Riverside Terrace. High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU Tel: 01865 276000 www.magd.ox.ac.uk Open: 1pm (12 noon in summer)-6pm/dusk.

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Mansfield College’s buildings, designed by important Victorian architect Basil Champneys, date from 1886. The College is one of the youngest and smallest. Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TF Tel: 01865 270999 www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.

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Nuffield specialises in Social Sciences and contributes to major research developments. The College was founded in 1937 and currently has approximately 75 students. New Road, Oxford, OX1 1NF Tel: 01865 278500. www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk Open: Prior appointment only.

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Founded in 1624, Pembroke College’s main site comprises of buildings from as early as the 16th century, with modern facilities situated throughout the city.

St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DW Tel: 01865 276444 www.pmb.ox.ac.uk Open: Prior appointment only.

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The College’s striking buildings of glass and concrete were designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in the 1960s. One of the largest Colleges, it is distinguished by its modernity and openness. Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ. Tel: 01865 271 700 www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk Open: Mon-Fri 2-4pm Sat-Sun 10-4pm.

Founded in 1965, St Cross is a graduate College for students studying all subjects. St Cross is not open to the public. St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ Tel: 01865 278490 www.stx.ox.ac.uk Open: prior appointment only. Small but beautifully formed, the history of the Hall goes back to the 13th century and is named after St Edmund of Abingdon, a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Known affectionately as “Teddy Hall”, the College is well known for its sporting achievements. Queen’s Lane, Oxford OX1 4BH Tel: 01865 279000 www.seh.ox.ac.uk Open: During daylight hours.

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St Hilda’s College is situated in four acres of gardens on the River Cherwell and enjoys registered charitable status.

Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY Tel: 01865 276 884 www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk Open: Prior appointment only.

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In 1886 Elizabeth Wordsworth founded St Hugh’s to enable women to gain an Oxford education. It is one of the few Colleges where students are permitted to walk on the grass. St Margaret's Road, Oxford, OX2 6LE Tel: 01865 274900 www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk Open: Prior appointment only.

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The College’s site has been a place of study since 1286. Founded in 1555, its fine Chapel, dining hall, quads, beautiful gardens and grounds are open for public viewing. Openings subject to private functions. Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BH Tel: 01865 279900 www.trinity.ox.ac.uk Open: 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm.

Situated in the city centre, University College was founded in 1249 by William of Durham, who died in the same year. One of the oldest Colleges in Oxford or Cambridge. High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH Tel: 01865 276602 www.univ.ox.ac.uk Not open to visitors.

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Founded in 1610 by Dorothy Wadham, the College is one of the largest in the University and celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2010. Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN Tel: 01865 277900 www.wadham.ox.ac.uk Open: Term time: 1pm to 4.15pm; Out of term: 10.30am to 11.45am, and 1pm to 4.15pm.

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Wolfson is the largest graduate College within the University of Oxford. Its diverse student body has a wide spread of disciplines and nationalities. Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD Tel: 01865 274100 www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk Open to visitors.

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Worcester College buildings are a beautiful combination of old and new architecture, with 15th century monks’ cottages and award winning contemporary apartments. Walton Street, Oxford, OX1 2HB Tel: 01865 278300 www.worc.ox.ac.uk Open to visitors.

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he Beautiful Group, owned by the enigmatic Chris Clinkard, covers three areas of expertise:

Beautiful Creases - Providing a full laundry service, from collection, washing, drying, pressing and delivery back to your door.

Beautiful Linen - Providing a wide range of, predominantly, commercial clients with a huge stock of linen to choose from. Beautiful Chair Covers - Essentially venue styling; anything from chair covers to table decorations, spectacular flower arrangements to napkins.

The customer base served by The Beautiful Group is diverse, particularly with Beautiful Creases - from large country houses to the single guy that’s working in Oxford and hasn’t got the time to do his own laundry. A unique selling point of Beautiful Creases is the fact that all customer clothing is washed individually. This ensures that your washing is not mixed or lost! Beautiful Creases operates a track and trace system like nothing else – it is bespoke laundry, essentially.

Customers use them just for suits, while others will require everything from shirts and underwear to suits and bedding. All laundry is sent back to the customer’s specific requirements – on hangers, folded, buttons done up, whatever you want.

Think of the time invested and the physiological aspect of doing huge piles of laundry, ironing, and the cost of washing powder for a family of four – now imagine all those chores vanish! That’s what Beautiful Creases will provide for you, and that’s why they are getting lots of new faces coming through the door, knowing that whether it’s just shirts or bedding, it’s lightening the load and, let’s face it, we could all do with some of that!

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rog Orange Party opened its doors in Jericho on the old Partymania site in February this year. Partners Rebecca and Lucy Lee-Allen bought Partymania from Jessica Dove and have stamped their Frog Orange ‘look’ in the heart of Jericho. Partymania had been Oxford’s Premier Party shop and was trading for 31 years. What made the Frog Orange girls decide to invest? “It was too good an opportunity to turn down. It was a fabulous shop but it needed new energy, something we’ve got lots of ! Also our existing shop (Frog Orange in Headington) and balloon business (www.frogorangeballoons.co.uk) was bursting at the seams and we needed more space. The shop looks so fresh now and the feedback we’ve had has been amazing”.

Aside from the drastic change of image what else has changed? Well they still have a huge array of partyware, tableware, make up and fancy dress to buy or hire, but they also now sell stunning cards and giftware. Perhaps the biggest difference though is the balloons. I’ve never seen such amazing helium balloons. They put lots of little balloons inside bigger ones to create what they call ‘gumballs‘, and they personalise their foil balloons with beautiful handwritten glitter. These balloon bouquets are delivered all over Oxfordshire in their very own balloon wagon! “We also provide professional balloon decor at events all over Oxfordshire and beyond, we’ve even provided 20 foot balloon columns for The Odeon in Leicester Square. Balloon-wise there is nothing we can’t do. Just ask, we’ll find a way!” Lucy is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) and has had much of her work shown in bridal and trade magazines.

Fireworks are sold all year round (they hold a special licence for this) which is handy especially for weddings or for this year’s Jubilee and Olympic celebrations. Oxford’s Premier Party shop’s name may have changed and the ownership transferred but there is no doubt it remains the best place in Oxfordshire for all things Party. Long live Frog Orange Party!

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Frog Orange Party 179 Kingston Road, Jericho, Oxford OX2 6EG Tel: 01865 311266 Web: www.frogorange.co.uk

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he University of Oxford Shop is ideally located on the High Street, in the heart of the Dreaming Spires of Oxford. Established in 1990, the shop is the University’s official retail store, specialising in a wide range of clothing and gifts bearing the University of Oxford crest. Inside the shop, I found cabinets, shelves and baskets full of quality products, leaving me spoilt for choice! Displayed at the front of the shop, college enamel cufflinks, lapel pins, tie slides and photo frames are perfect for those who have a favourite college and wish to show their allegiance or connection to it. The clothing section situated at the rear of the shop includes hoodies, t-shirts and polo shirts in a variety of sizes to suit all ages and tastes. Owned by the University, the shop likes to commission items that have a direct link to Oxford. For instance, the fritillary collection of jewellery, cushions, ceramics and stationery features the small delicate flower that blooms in Christ Church meadows in Spring. Alternatively, Oxford’s famous architectural landmarks provide the theme for the popular Oxford Cityscape collection by UK artist Lizzie Prestt, my favourite items being the cotton shopper bag and mug. The Oxford Collection of leather bags and accessories also caught my eye, particularly the Oxford stripe fabric that lines their interiors, based on the different colours of Oxford college scarves. In all, the shop is a treasure trove of beautiful and quality products, just waiting to be discovered, and unlike all other souvenir shops in Oxford, all profits are returned to and benefit the University. If like me you wish you’d bought more, don’t despair, as the majority of items are also available online at www.oushop.com.

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106 High St, Oxford, OX1 4BW Tel: 01865 247414 Web: www.oushop.com

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or those who seek to experience Oxford in all its stereotypical glory, pick up a punt and travel the Cherwell. It is truly timeless and the quintessential Oxford pastime. Sit back and relax. Set off downstream past exquisite water meadows and willow trees and soak up the sights as you drift through this city.

We sailed leisurely up and downstream all day long and stopped off for a drink along the way. I read a book, enjoyed a bottle of wine, posed for some photographs and then picnicked on the river bank.

Being on the water is theraputic in many ways. With a gentle breeze, shrills of laughter and even the odd splash as a novice punter takes a tumble (don’t worry, it’s easy once you get the hang of it), time stands still and you float into a world of your own, totally at one with nature.

For a romantic couple or a group of friends, a family outing or even going solo to get some great exercise, punting is a joy for everyone, but if it’s a hot day, make sure you’re at the head of the queue - it can get very busy by the river and even busier on it! From 10am until dusk, March until October, you can visit The Cherwell Boathouse and rent a traditional hand-crafted punt, built on the premises. There are also rowing boats and canoes for hire. For the ultimate in relaxation, try a ‘chauffeur’ punter, available on request.

Life jackets are available if required. Maximum of 6 people per punt. No bookings required. Rent by the hour or by the day.

Following your punt, try the well-known restaurant for a bite to eat. Open all year round with an al fresco terrace in the summer, The Cherwell Boathouse has an extensive menu with an award-winning wine list, and boasts a beautiful setting.

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Bardwell Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 515978 www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

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ity Sightseeing offers a very informative account of the history of Oxford and provides a unique view of the city. This really is the only way to see Oxford! The views are amazing and on a clear day an open double-decker bus is an invigorating place to be!

This tour will take you on a smooth and steady trip around the main streets of Oxford, giving you a glimpse over the city walls as well as providing a comprehensive commentary throughout. For an elevated view of the city, you can take in the history of the Colleges, some interesting facts about local landmarks and famous names linked to the city. Being able to peek in to all of the private colleges and see their lovely quadrangles and immaculate lawns for free and for the first time was a real treat! There are two types of buses to choose from; one that has a taped commentary and one with a live guide. We opted for the guide and the live commentary really brought the cityscape alive for me. The recorded commentary does come in very useful, though, especially since City Sightseeing offer commentaries in German, French, Spanish and Japanese. All seats have headphone sockets and headphones are provided so you can digest the tour at your own pace and tune in at your chosen volume. One full tour lasts one hour and you are free to hop on and off to your heart’s content. Spending the day as a tourist in the city in which you live is liberating. It was great to do the tourist thing and see people from all over the world enjoying our beautiful city. It made me very proud to be a resident and compelled me to re-evaluate and appreciate the architecture that I take for granted on a daily basis.

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Tel: 01865 790522 Web: www.citysightseeingoxford.com

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xford Ice Rink is great fun for all ages and abilities. There are school holiday courses for the children, family skating sessions, disco sessions and sessions for the over 50’s. Entrance to public sessions includes skate hire and there are public sessions every morning, afternoon and evening; full details and times can be found on the website. In addition to the public skating sessions there are times for skate training and ice hockey. Please contact the rink for details.

Admission starts from just £3.20 for the lunchtime skate. If you fancy more than just skating you can enjoy a great range of activities this summer with the Summer Leisure Pass – For just £11 per week this entitles you to entry at Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool, Skating at Oxford Ice Rink (including skate hire), 4 indoor heated pools, 4 great gyms with the latest equipment, and over 200 group exercise classes a week including Zumba, indoor cycling and Open Air Active. If you are visiting the city this summer and want to keep fit and have fun then this is the perfect deal for you!

Why not consider a Big Day Party and celebrate your child’s next birthday in style? Oxford Ice Rink offers great Big Day Skate Parties which are great value. Enjoy a wonderful day on the ice with a varied timetable, with time allocated for the public, skate training, and ice hockey. Full details of times and prices can be found on their website.

Oxford Ice Rink is well signposted and is right in the heart of Oxford, just a 10 minute walk from Oxford City centre and railway station and there is plenty of parking nearby.

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Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1RX Tel: 0844 893 3222 Web: www.oxford.gov.uk/leisure

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utdoor pools and lidos are becoming fashionable once again, however this heated outdoor pool close to Oxford city centre has always been a big hit with the family. Open during the warmer months from May to September, Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool is both a pool for fitness swimmers and a fun pool for all the family to enjoy. The swimming pool has a shallow end and is 1.5 metres at its deepest. The large pool is located in Hinksey Park and easy to get to by foot, bike, bus or car. The pool is open daily to the public and in addition to the pool there is a large area for relaxing (lounges and parasols are available) and a café serving tea, coffee, drinks and food. There are also outdoor exercise classes at the pool including Bootcamp and Aqua Zumba

Daily entrance starts at £4.30 for adults and £10.50 for a family of 2 adults and 3 children. Season tickets are also available. If you enjoy other activities as well then ask at reception for the Summer Leisure Pass – For just £11 per week this entitles you to entry at Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool, Skating at Oxford Ice Rink (including skate hire), 4 indoor heated pools, 4 great gyms with the latest equipment, and over 200 group exercise classes a week including Zumba, indoor cycling and Open Air Active. If you are visiting the city this summer and want to keep fit and have fun then this is the perfect deal for you!

A targeted Free Swimming Programme is offered to City Residents aged 16 and under. Please check the pool timetable for details of the targeted free swimming sessions.

This pool is brought to you by Oxford City Council, in partnership with Fusion, a highly experienced sports and leisure organisation. As a registered charity, fusion continually reinvests to improve and develop what’s on offer in your community.

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Hinksey Heated Outdoor Pool Lake Street, Off Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4RP Tel: 0844 893 3222 Web: www.oxford.gov.uk/leisure

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he City of Oxford is one of the loveliest places in England. Architecturally beautiful, steeped in history and one of the most intellectually vibrant university cities in the world, it is nevertheless small enough to be enjoyed on foot! Our Official Guided Walking Tours are an enjoyable and interesting way to explore our beautiful city, its history, University, famous people and fascinating traditions.

Join one of our Blue Badge or Green Badge city guides for an unforgettable introduction to this extraordinary place in one of our small, friendly groups (no more than 19 people). Alternatively, if you already know Oxford, take one of our specialised ‘themed’ tours and get a completely new perspective on the city you thought you knew.

We have a wonderful selection of tours. If this is your first visit to Oxford, we suggest you start with the University and City Tour, which is an excellent introduction to Oxford. This is our most popular introductory tour, taken by the majority of visitors. The guide will lead you through the heart of the historic city centre, illustrating the history of Oxford and its University and describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions.

If you live locally or have visited before, you may already know a lot about the University and student life. We invite you to discover more about our fascinating city on one of our Themed Tours. There is a tour for everyone, from Stained Glass to Gardens: from Magic, Murder and Mayhem to Science: from Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps to Oxford Children’s Stories.

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15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 252200 Web: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours

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he New Theatre is one of 39 regional and West End venues owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

There has been a theatre on this corner of George Street since 1836, however recent refurbishment work means that, while retaining its history and charm, the venue boasts new bar facilities, improved seating, a VIP Club Lounge area and improved front of house spaces. Situated in the heart of Oxford City Centre, the theatre is easily accessible by public transport and close to local attractions, shops, bars and restaurants.

The theatre welcomes the best in touring entertainment to Oxford, including musicals, opera, ballet, stand up comedy, concerts and family shows. Recent highlights included the Barbican production of South Pacific, English National Ballet, Welsh National Opera, alongside Michael McIntyre, Ricky Gervais, Will Young, Katherine Jenkins, The Wiggles and the Chinese State Circus.

Full listings are available on the theatre website.

Make sure you include a visit to the New Theatre when you next come to Oxford.

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George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG Tel: 01865 320 760 (Information) / 0844 871 3020 (ticket sales) Web: www.atgtickets.com/oxford

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xford Philomusica, based at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, is the city’s professional symphony orchestra. It enjoys formal partnerships with both the City and County Councils, and is also the Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. Under the leadership of its Music Director Marios Papadopoulos the Orchestra offers an annual programme of symphony concerts from the full range of the classical repertoire. It regularly attracts acclaimed visiting soloists to Oxford: in their 2011/12 season alone the Philomusica is collaborating with musicians such as András Schiff, Hélène Grimaud, John Lill, Stephen Kovacevich, Julian Lloyd Webber, Natalie Clein, Craig Ogden, Benjamin Grosvenor, Mahan Esfahani, Menahem Pressler and Lang Lang.

Oxford Philomusica also plays regularly in London and the Thames Valley region, and has developed an international presence. The excellence of the Oxford Philomusica’s playing has earned it a national reputation and the orchestra is recognised as the UK’s fastest growing professional symphony orchestra.

In addition, the Orchestra offers an extensive programme of community and education work, including regular FUNomusica family concerts at Oxford Town Hall.

An important aspect of the Oxford Philomusica’s work is its acclaimed annual International Piano Festival and Summer Academy which this year features, among others, internationally renowned pianists John Lill, Menahem Pressler, Sergei Babayan and Andreas Haefliger.

For further information and details of upcoming concerts please visit www.oxfordphil.com or call 01865 980 980.

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Sa誰d Business School, University of Oxford, Egrove Park, Oxford OX1 5NY Tel: 01865 980 980 www.oxfordphil.com

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Internationally renowned as a vibrant centre of musical teaching and research, the Faculty offers a stimulating and inspiring environment for composers, performers and musicologists. Alongside formal programmes are concerts and workshops open to the public. Contact directly for details of events. St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB Tel: General: 01865 276125 Events: 01865 276141 www.music.ox.ac.uk

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One of the largest galleries in the South East devoted to modern and contemporary art with an international reputation for the quality of its exhibitions. A great line up of events, including talks and tours, discussions, contemporary music and film nights. 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP Tel: 01865 722733 www.modernartoxford.org.uk

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The City of Oxford Orchestra was founded in 1965 with a firm commitment to provide live, classical music of the highest quality to the widest possible audience. The Orchestra has played to acclaim in most of the capital cities of Europe, whilst also providing all year-round concerts in Oxford’s beautiful, historical buildings. Its summer festival of Baroque Music has become a particular magnet for tourists, and its Christmas Concerto by Candlelight is a highlight of the musical year. Tel: 01865 744457 www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk

Recently built as a cutting edge centre for the Arts, there is a varied programme of theatre, music, dance, comedy and art. Praised for the ingenuity of its versatile theatre and providing high quality performances that add to Oxford’s cultural strength. South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN Tel: 01865 319450 www.thenorthwall.org

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Renowned for producing highly acclaimed open air performances in Oxford and London, the OSC chooses spectacular sites that enhance the experience. These highly imaginative yet accessible productions cover works by Shakespeare and other classic texts. www.oxfordshakespearecompany.co.uk Tel: 07775946062

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The Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading theatres, with a repertoire for hosting a rich and varied programme of drama, music, dance and musical theatre. Conveniently located near the centre of the city close to bars and to restaurants. Contact directly for a list of upcoming events. 11 - 12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW Tel: 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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The Oxford Coffee Concerts began in 1986 and have since established themselves as one of the most successful chamber music series in the country. The Concerts are held nearly every Sunday morning throughout the year and feature performances by the best musicians and ensembles from this country and abroad. Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3BN Tel: 07518 479062 www.coffeeconcerts.com

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The O3 Gallery is a high quality, contemporary commercial art space that offers the public affordable, original artwork and provides selling opportunities for regional artists. The gallery is open to the public throughout the year and has no admission fee. Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 246131 www.o3gallery.co.uk

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ntiques on High, Oxford, is a destination for anyone who loves antiques. Twenty five friendly dealers offer a wonderful selection of quality antiques and collectables. With pieces dating from antiquity to vintage and prices from £1 to £500 plus, visitors are encouraged to browse and take their time to choose from the items on offer. There are thousands of pieces including a great selection of silver and silver plate, fine and costume jewellery, ceramics, glass, pictures, maps and prints, postcards, coins, antiquities, militaria, oriental, textiles, toys, treen, books, music and other curious and quirky items. A member of the Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association, Antiques on High has been established for more than 15 years buying and selling antiques in Oxford.

You will be surprised and delighted to find that the Centre’s small traditional shop front hides a large and interesting selling space. There are two specialist book shops within with lots of general stock including antiquarian, children’s books, modern first editions (some by Oxford authors) travel, poetry, cookery, classics and a good selection of foreign language titles plus a music section with scores and sheet music.

Antiques on High also boasts a thriving contemporary gallery – Crafts on High- which displays the work of local artists and makers, including members of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild. Here you will find useful and beautiful things made of wood, ceramics and glass, original artwork for your wall space and a range of delightful greeting cards. There are textiles as art and to wear, plus unique jewellery including traditional silver, enamel and beads. Many of the items have an Oxford theme so make perfect gifts. The centre opens daily, 10am – 5pm weekdays and Saturdays, 11am – 5pm Sundays and bank holidays.

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85 High St, Oxford, OX1 4BG Tel: 01865 251075 Web: www.antiquesonhigh.co.uk

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rt in Action is one of the longest running festivals of fine art and master craftsmanship in the UK. Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work, visitors get the rare opportunity to witness the creative process at first hand. Founded in 1977, it takes place in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire. Artists come from many disciplines including painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, calligraphy, illustration, glass, metalwork, jewellery, textiles and woodwork. In 2012 it celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a one-off collection of Commonwealth artists from the far flung corners of the globe and as it champions art in all forms, so you can find everything from traditional crafts to contemporary art.

In addition visitors can enjoy live music and performing arts from around the world, hear lectures on a variety of subjects and learn from the teachers in the practical classes - one of the most popular activities at Art in Action. Classes for adults and children are offered in many art forms including mosaics, glass engraving, jewellery making, sculpture, painting and more; and half of them are run by some of the UK’s most prestigious colleges and institutions; The Guild of Glass Engravers, City and Guilds of London Art School, and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. Following a class, enthusiasts can purchase art materials and publications and there is also the Craft Market where more than 100 designer-makers sell quality goods. Art in Action is a celebration of creativity and a great day out for families and art lovers. People come year after year – often, they say, as much for the atmosphere as for the works on show.

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Waterperry House, Waterperry, nr Wheatley, Oxon, OX33 1JZ Tel: 020 7381 3192 Web: www.artinaction.org.uk

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he outstanding collections at the Christ Church Picture Gallery include works dating from 1300 to 1750. They span from the golden splendour and serenity of the early Italian panels to the drama of Sir Anthony van Dyck’s historical paintings. Since 1968 the collection has been housed in an award-winning building by the architects Powell and Moya; many believe it to be one of the most exciting spaces of modern architecture in Oxford.

The building and its collection are somewhat hidden within Christ Church and like in Alice in Wonderland (in whose garden the gallery is situated) only reveal themselves from within. To enter the gallery is almost like going through the ‘rabbit hole’; one has to pass through a corridor under a Georgian building to resurface into a different world – one of light, art and tranquillity.

The international fame of the gallery is also due to its exceptional collection of almost 2000 old master drawings (including such celebrated artists as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rubens). However, due to conservational reasons, only a selection of the drawings can be on display at any one time. The drawings exhibitions are changed every few months; please refer to the website for information on current and forthcoming shows.

Some of the paintings are quite unusual, for example Annibale Carracci’s The Butcher’s Shop. This painting has an historical significance: this was the first time that an artist treated a modest genre-subject, in this case the interior of a Butcher’s Shop, on a monumental scale. Overall, a visit to the gallery is an exceptional experience and can only be highly recommended to locals and tourists alike.

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Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP Tel: 01865 276172 Web: www.chch.ox.ac.uk

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stablished in the mid-19th century, Sanders is one of the largest and longest running print sellers in Britain. Featuring a varied and wide ranging stock, the shop has been a landmark on the High Street, continuing a tradition in antique prints, antique maps and drawings. Browse the shop and delight over the fascinating wealth of the collection. The range of prints and maps varies from British to foreign Topography, and the shop carries Mezzotint Portraits, maritime history, national history, literary and Fine Art Prints. With a collection as varied as this, you cannot help but be impressed (and wonderfully overwhelmed) by the place. It is a tribute to timelessness. Steeped in history, and situated in an old Salutation Inn, with the hallmark idiosyncratic proportions expected of a 16th century building. Its four walls are as charming as its collections and the nostalgia of the place will instantly hit you.

It is one of only four antique print sellers outside the capital and offers a fascinating collection of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and illustrations. Don’t leave without having looked at the beautiful range of Oxford prints, showing images of the Colleges, Oxford University Press and views of the Thames. Whether you’re an avid art lover or just an inquisitive passer-by, this shop will charm the socks off you. Quaint, untainted and worldly – it is a little treasure trove! Go on, time-travel with Sanders.

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Sanders of Oxford

104 High St, Oxford, OX1 4BW Tel: 01865 242590 Web: www.sandersofoxford.com

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arah Wiseman opened her gallery in 1998 in Summertown, the thriving cosmopolitan area of north Oxford. The gallery quickly established itself as the leading space for contemporary art in Oxford and has been driven forward by Sarah’s commitment, energy and keen eye. The collections reflect the gallery’s innate passion and love for contemporary art. They work directly with all their artists and have an in-depth knowledge of their ideas and working practices. Their ethos is clear: to discover new talent, represent established artists and give people in Oxford a view of the amazing artists working in the UK today.

Summertown, just one mile from the city centre, is easy to reach either by a charming walk or by local bus and the gallery you will discover is light, airy and relaxing. The staff are very welcoming and are keen to chat about the artists’ work on display and you will quickly discover they are friendly, unassuming and happy to guide people through the exhibitions. The gallery has a vibrant exhibition programme so there is always something new and interesting to see and they also have an extensive collection of ceramics, jewellery and glass made by leading UK designer/makers. Visit Oxford’s leading contemporary art gallery and you won’t be disappointed.

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

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alfway down Oxford's busy and eclectic Little Clarendon Street nestles Al Andalus - an oasis of delicious Spanish cuisine served with a smile. My friend and I ate there on a balmy summer evening: just the kind of day that suits Mediterranean-style dining. Although, that said, I can imagine that the warm, atmospheric interior of Al Andalus would be just the thing to brighten a winter evening as well. The environment is convivial, with larger tables to offer a perfect setting for groups of friends to share together, but also more secluded areas ideal for couples looking for a quiet evening out.

Then there's the food. With an impressive list of tapas (including a number of changing daily specials), there are far too many delicioussounding dishes to sample in one sitting. Which - of course - just means you'll have to keep coming back until you've tried them all!

We decided to confine ourselves to the tapas menu, though the restaurant also serves a tempting selection of paellas (again, just one more reason to come back again and try them!)

Piquant patatas bravas - fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce - were definitely a highlight, served with generous lashings of garlicky aioli. Then there were crisp, lemony whitebait, and moreish mussels cooked in a subtly flavoured white wine sauce.

We also ate skewers of marinated pork and lamb, which had been grilled to perfection, leaving the outside lightly charred and the inside mouth-wateringly juicy and tender.

Altogether, it was a lovely meal. And now that I know of this little pocket of Spain practically on my doorstep, I'm certain I shall return.

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10 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 516688 Web: www.tapasoxford.co.uk

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ith summer approaching, a rooftop terrace and a new Head Chef at the Ashmolean Dining Room, there seems to be no better place in Oxford to have lunch or afternoon tea. The Dining Room is full of light and a very modern room. It was busy with people of all ages, tables with only two guest, and bigger tables that hosted family lunches – altogether a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The menu is great and we took quite a while to decide what we wanted to eat, as sadly, we could not eat all of what’s on the menu. Alun Roberts, the new Head Chef has made his introduction into the restaurant with this fantastic new menu, which continues with the theme of hearty British cooking with a European twist.

In the end, we went for the butcher’s cut of the day, which was roast pork belly and risotto and the corn fed chicken breast with poppy seeds in parmesan cream sauce. Both were very nicely presented and tasted fantastic. We both finished it all and struggled when it came to a decision about desert. When we couldn’t make up our minds, the friendly and attentive waiter suggested we order one and he will bring two spoons, so we shared the pressed dark chocolate cake with lavender cream, accompanied by tea and cappuccino.

Located right in the city centre, a visit at the Ashmolean Dining Room perfectly fits in with any plans you might have. Try the lunch or afternoon tea, book the private dining room for your event (up to 18 people), or visit the Dining Room for one of their events listed on the website.

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Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH Tel: 01865 278000 Web: www.ashmolean.org

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xford has historically strived to maintain high standards across the range of cuisine that exists in this multicultural city. With a host of restaurants offering edible delights from the sub-continent, you are hard pressed to find one that genuinely ticks all the boxes- that is until you have eaten at the Aziz. It is the only Oxfordshire Indian restaurant voted Best Curry Restaurant in the South East, three times in the last seven years by the British Curry Awards. The Aziz having passed their second decade of business, ably led by proprietor and restaurateur Aziz-ur Rahman, it is able to effortlessly provide an excellent quality of food, service, atmosphere and a positive customer service attitude. Upon arrival you soak up the traditional yet cosy, authentic yet classy dĂŠcor, whilst being greeted by the ever gracious front of house team.

The staff are extremely adept at providing recommendations based on your personal preference when it comes to spicing levels, favourite meats or styles of cooking. There are more than enough options to concoct a veritable banquet of authentic Bangladeshi/Indian dishes or you can simply choose from one of the well thought out set menus.

Located in the student friendly Cowley area, the Aziz operates in a symbiotic manner with its cost conscious locals, with its delicious offerings being extremely well priced. Our indulgent meal for two comprising starters, main dishes and three rounds of drinks came in at just shy of ÂŁ40.

You cannot help but appreciate all the subtle touches that abound at the Aziz. Upon completing your meal you are presented with own brand chocolates and a heavenly after dinner fragrant spice mix to cleanse your palate. Aziz manages to provide the complete dining experience at an extremely palatable price. Any lover of curry simply has to visit this gem of an eatery.

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228-230 Cowley Rd, Oxford, OX4 1UH Tel: 01865 794945 Web: www.aziz.uk.com

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aving served generations in Oxford since 1904, The Cherwell Boathouse is long renowned as a place to enjoy fine wine and dining in an idyllic water meadow setting. This is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant situated right on the river; the location is nothing short of superb and makes for a truly scenic spot. The Verdin family set up shop here almost fourty years ago and their riverside restaurant continues to go from strength to strength. With a brightly lit conservatory now tacked onto the original premises and a glorious terrace to match, The Cherwell Boathouse is a year round treat: icy white in winter and leafy green in summer.

I visited on a lovely spring evening, probably the first spring evening of the year. The restaurant looked delightful in this light and had a very lovely feel to it. The walls are dressed in a fresh minty green, fairy lights trail the timber-oaked beams and people were nestled in the corners of each bay window, giving the place a most welcoming ambience. I instantly warmed to this well-run charming restaurant.

If you can take your eyes off the water and the punters passing by, pick your way through a lovely looking menu. Expect a concise menu that specialises in imaginative and intriguing combinations, as well as being able to deliver the wonderful signature dishes so well. Fresh, modern, French in feel but with a British base – this menu has been designed to delight! Simple but seriously impressive: the chef and his team have obviously gone to great lengths to create a brilliantly balanced menu that stays true to locally sourced, specialised, seasonal produce. The spring set menu I experienced was elegant; the French and English allegiance playfully toyed with each other throughout. Also be sure to check out their award-winning wine list.

So push the boat out with this delightful restaurant. It really is rather stunning and is provides the perfect setting for supper outside on a summer evening. An excellent meal in an exquisite setting. Enjoy! 70


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50 Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST Tel: 01865 552746 Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

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ust a short drive from Oxford at Nuneham Courtenay is a bar and restaurant definitely worth a visit on a regular occasion, if not to eat then to sit and drink in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the bar area, perfect for meeting friends and family. We were there to eat and we ended up choosing the satay chicken and beef and the soft shelled crab with salt chilli and garlic. Both dishes were elegantly presented with such detail including carved vegetables in the shapes of flowers, making the dish both appealing to the eye and stomach. The crab was light with beautiful flavours, with a slight kick from the chilli. The beef and chicken satay consisted of tender meat with a crispy coating, a side salad and a dressing which was light and an excellent accompaniment to the dish. Our mains, too, were presented to such a high visual standard you knew the quality of the food was going to match. Nothing is done by halves in this restaurant and desserts also fell into the pure indulgence category. Although feeling a little full from the mains it was hard not to resist the dessert menu, compromising ice creams and a range of cakes and tarts so wonderfully described. The food and the atmosphere combined, left us wanting to return again, not only to sample from the extensive menu but to allow ourselves to feel the pure luxury and high class fine dining that anyone will experience on a visit to Cockadoo. If you are looking to taste the very best of East Asian cuisine in a modern luxurious setting, Cockadoo is the place to go.

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Nuneham Courtenay, Oxon OX44 9NX Tel: 01865 341030 Web: www.cockadoo.co.uk

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ituated in the heart of Oxford’s prominent George Street sits a restaurant that caters for the needs and wants of a plethora of customers, unlike many of the tailored eateries that surround it. Giraffe restaurant has a diversely delicious range of food stretching from most continents of the world to create a menu that is both mouth-watering and very reasonably priced.

As well as being well priced and situated, just a short walk from Oxford rail station, it also offers a kids menu for its younger diners and is set out in a child friendly manner to keep them entertained through their meal. They also have many favourable deals available throughout the week; Lunch for Less deal runs Monday to Friday from noon until 5pm and offers any main course for a mere £5.95. There is also a wonderful, fresh Feel Good menu available daily from 5pm which includes a starter and main for only £9.95. The deal which caught my eye the most was the 50% off selected cocktails Monday to Wednesday after 5pm, Thursday and Friday 5-7pm and Sunday after 6pm, if you fancy seeing off your day with a bang! These sumptuous deals and menus just serve to show Giraffe’s attention to cater for all customers and provide a level of hospitality that will leave you wanting to return for more. Giraffe simply has it all to offer, from dishes that cross continents to cocktails that will leave you wanting more. It is certainly one of George Streets hotspots and will definitely be getting another visit from myself. I implore everyone to make a visit there soon.

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71 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ Tel: 01865 201 030 Web: www.giraffe.net Twitter: @giraffetweet

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ajliss, found on Cowley Road, brings a new feel to Indian cuisine with a modern interior and the scent of fresh lilies filling the restaurant. Run by four brothers, Majliss continues to succeed in maintaining the traditional Indian experience, providing a calm welcoming environment for all to enjoy. On arrival, we received a warm smile from Loylu, the owner of this award-winning Indian restaurant. Once seated, we were presented with poppadoms served with a variety of dips, including mango chutney, cucumber and mint, and spicy tomato. Moving onto our starters we went for vegetable samosas, shami kebab, and onion bhaji, all of which were fantastically presented.

By now we had nothing but high hopes for our main courses. I went with the chicken korma, a coconut based curry described as the “one of a kind curry.” My guest selected a chicken and spinach madras, a curry hot enough to challenge anyone’s taste buds. Alongside this we had egg fried rice which was perfectly prepared, and of course a naan bread to share. The portion sizes were generous to say the least - you most certainly won’t be leaving this restaurant with room to breathe.

My guest then insisted on washing it all down with Kingfisher, a strong Indian beer, while I went with a refreshing Magners with a glass of lemonade on the side.

The menu features the finest, freshest ingredients and it definitely shows. With each course, the steaming dishes arrived promptly and with friendly, efficient service. The food can be made as spicy, or nonspicy, as you like – and the extensive menu means there is plenty of choice for meat eaters, fish eaters, and vegetarians alike. Our food, which covered all of these groups, had just the right balance and variety of flavours, and was spicy enough without being overwhelmingly so. This is most definitely an Indian restaurant not to be missed, so visit Majliss today! 76


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

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n the middle of the buzzing area of Cowley Road, you will find Malikas, which guarantees a superior Indian cuisine experience! The restaurant has just been refurbished and the new look is very modern. There are seats for 70, which is an extension to the space before the refurbishment, but still the atmosphere is cosy and relaxing. The restaurant is home to one of the UK’s finest Indian chefs and offers starters and mains that will undoubtedly get your taste buds sizzling! The attentive staff cater for all of their customers’ needs to create a fantastic all round dining experience.

We received a very warm and friendly welcome and our table was ready for us when we arrived. Of course, we started out with poppadoms, which dipped in the chutneys and sauces were already a delicious experience – and we could not resist asking for a second portion! We shared a good bottle of house wine to accompany our tasty intro to Malikas.

When it came to ordering our mains, not being curry aficionados ourselves, we got great advice from our waiter, who was very patient, explaining the differences of the many different dishes to us. Based on this knowledgeable advice, even my guest who normally always stays on the safe side by ordering a chicken korma went for something new.

Whether you like them hot enough to tickle your taste buds or you prefer mild and creamy, there’s a curry dish for everyone.

Malikas is friendly, elegant and very relaxed and so if you’re looking for a new Indian restaurant to try out Malikas is definitely the place for you.

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218 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ Tel: 01865 723029 Web: www.malikasrestaurant.co.uk

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ituated within the Oxford Castle Complex, Malmaison Brasserie is a short trip down from the reception staircase and is laid out stylishly within the dungeon like surroundings. We arrived on a terribly wet night and were warmly greeted by the restaurant manager. The restaurant itself is an impressive space; a narrow but long strip of tables, with cosy side rooms flanking the main Brasserie. Being underground gives it a great feel too. The furnishings are top notch and there are empty bottles of wine, corkscrews and candles scattered around the place, giving it that very old, very rustic French feel. After being escorted to our table, we began to get the sense that we were in for a treat. The menu was varied, and the head chef has made a point of only offering the best local produce available. The wine list had an accomplished range to suit the choice of food on offer.

To start I had the scotch quail egg & bacon salad and my partner had the Tuna fillet Carpaccio. Both of which were excellently presented and set the tone for a great meal. For main I had the Côte de boeuf, accompanied with Béarnaise sauce and Charlotte potatoes. The steak was cooked to perfection and again the immaculate presentation was matched by the superb taste. Dessert was equally as good – whilst my partner chose something sweet, I opted for an Artisan cheese board served with crackers and chutney, delivered on a slither of slate. A perfect way to end a meal. Overall, the Malmaison Brasserie is a great asset to an excellent hotel. I cannot stress enough that the food was immaculately presented and tasted fabulous. The waiters and waitresses were also a credit to the establishment; attentive, pleasant and professional at all times. It just goes to show, this place is a master of fine dining, perfectly capable of accommodating an intimate dinner for two as well as a full on private party. Great food, special setting and faultless service.

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3 New Rd, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 268400 Web: www.malmaison-oxford.com

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fter hearing about how amazing the food is, how reasonable the prices, how pleasant and relaxed the atmosphere at Pierre Victoire is, we just had to go check it out for ourselves. We were not disappointed, and spent a lovely evening enjoying all that this jewel of a French bistro has to offer. We ordered a bottle of the house red, a light and fruity wine. We chose as our starters the sautéed smoked bacon, chorizo & red pepper on mixed leaves with a balsamic reduction and the moules mariniéres la créme. The salad was flavourful and colourful, and the moules were fragrant and fresh. I followed with a duck magret sliced and pink on to a leek and potato rosti with a red wine and winterberry sauce, while my guest chose a smoked fillet of haddock on creamed spinach with a soft poached egg and a wholegrain mustard sauce. The duck was perfection, each bite a delight with the juicy sauce and cripsy rosti. The haddock, I was assured, was equally delicious. We shared a dessert of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, with espressos to accompany. Pierre Victoire absolutely keeps up the quality to the last! And very importantly, too, Pierre Victoire offers many ways to partake without putting a large dent in the pocketbook. The prix fixe menu offers three courses for £21.00, and the pre-theatre menu of two courses and a coffee is £10.50. For groups and parties of up to 60 wanting to celebrate a birthday or graduation, they offer several 2 and 3 course menus starting at £17.50. Allez-vous au Pierre Victoire, and have a bon soir (or tarde).

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9 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP. Tel: 01865 316616. www.pierrevictoire.co.uk

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he modern decor and fantastically dimmed mood lighting creates a tasteful and stylish atmosphere which makes Qumins one of Oxford’s finest Indian restaurants. It is apparent, Ali, the owner, takes great pride in the appearance of this fine establishment, with the neatly fanned serviettes and pristine wine glasses delicately placed. The menu is extensive and well-rounded, and we were quite overwhelmed by the choice; Ali stepped in to offer a few kind suggestions. Whilst contemplating this decision, a bowl of Popadums was offered to us, accompanied by an amazingly diverse and colourful selection of sauces, made from original recipes and created on the premises using specialist skills and ingredients. To start I had the Meat Samosas, and my guest opted for the King Prawns, cooked in spices, herbs and served with Puri bread. Our mains soon followed, everything was so well presented, I couldn’t wait to dive in. My partner had the Chicken Rogan, a curry cooked in tomato purée, garlic and special Kashmiri Masata - very well spiced and topped with sautéed tomato. I, on the other hand, avoided the spicy curries and opted for the milder Chicken Korma, cooked in rich almond coconut gravy and finished with fresh cream, definitely for the more delicate of pallets.

To finish Ali brought over Indian tea consisting of cinnamon, and plant extracts. For those Milky tea drinkers out there this isn’t the drink for you; however, for the more adventurous this is a must try; with the perfect concoction of ingredients, this is the perfect way to finish a meal.

I highly recommend visiting Qumins. It is the perfect destination, whether you’re celebrating a special event or just looking for an upmarket dining experience. There’s a lovely atmosphere, the prices are reasonable, the service is fantastic. I am already planning my next visit, what about you? 84


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86 St. Clements Street Oxford OX4 1AR Tel: 01865 247093 Web: www.qumins.co.uk

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xford can now boast the best in premium pub dining with an emphasis on top quality food served in a stunning city location. A team of entrepreneurs have transformed The Red Lion on the high street in Oxford into a premium dining experience, giving the pub a stylish, modern feel whilst promising to keep its traditional roots alive. It’s obvious they have put a lot of thought into every facet of this pub, from the food and the surroundings to the welcome from the team. Its menu changes with the seasons and is modern British, comfortably interwoven with elements from the Mediterranean, ranging from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas, pastas and daily chef ’s specials. The outdoor patio is really something to encounter, and is best enjoyed with a glass of their marvelous wine, cask ale, super-chilled draft or whatever your favourite beverage may be.

The Red Lion is a favourite throughout the year, with a cosy, comforting atmosphere in the winter and a vibrant, refreshing ambiance in the summer. The team strives to use only the freshest, most seasonal ingredients in all of their cooking, so that their guests can enjoy the best dining experience they could possibly offer. But you don’t have to go for the full works if you don’t want to, just grab a light bite and your drink of choice at the bar if you prefer – there is simply something for everyone, whatever the occasion. Expect only the best in this brilliant venue, and service with a smile every time.

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14 Gloucester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BN Tel: 01865 726 255 Web: www.redlionoxford.co.uk

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part from decent food of course, a dining experience is made all the more enjoyable by meeting owners who have a real passion for their business. None more so than Ali Amzed. Almost single-handedly, without doubt backed up by attentive and well informed colleagues, Ali has made this part of Summertown his own, imprinting a stamp of excellence and great service. If you need a good meal and a general lift, look no further than Ali. Not only will you leave Saffron replete, you’ll also leave with a smile on your face. And whereas many restaurants will add annoying charges for this and that, Ali will add value, add dishes and add to your overall experience. You really can’t go wrong at Saffron. We were served dutifully throughout and the attention we received was remarkable given this was a busy Friday night, just before Christmas. Saffron is a lively, contemporarily designed restaurant, with a beautiful flow and a couple of individual eating areas aside from the main room. This enables you to almost enjoy your own private enclave, akin to having your own dinner party in public. The wonderful all round Saffron dining experience has been recognised with a number of awards, including the Top 30 Best in Britain (BIBA) and a Gold Award from Quality Food Online Ltd, all of which are fully deserved. The restaurant frequently hosts charity events, supporting charities such as Child Reach International and Helen and Douglas House. Over twelve years, Saffron has become a firm favourite for the inhabitants of Summertown and beyond. Why not join in the fun?

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204-206 Banbury Rd, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY Tel: 01865 512211 Web: www.saffronrestaurantoxford.co.uk

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f you have been searching for the Great British Burrito, look no further because this is the ultimate burrito bar. Made to order, Mission Burrito serves fast, fresh Mexican food with the burrito at the heart of its menu.

Having started life in San Francisco, you too can experience authentic Californian-Mexican cuisine in three simple steps right here in Oxford. Firstly, choose from burritos, tacos or salads then select from a mouthwatering array of fillings: chickens, steak, pork or just vegetables, which are all freshly prepared daily. Add black beans, pinto beans, cheese, sour cream, rice peppers and salad to your taste, then select the salsa. These are displayed on the counter for you to try first and range from guacamole to varying degrees of hot chilli sauce. Beware the superhot habanero salsa as the chef has to wear a mask to prepare it. You have been warned. The weighty burrito must be carefully unwrapped due to its sheer size and you have full permission to unceremoniously dig in as there really is no polite way of eating these monstrous servings. Add a Mexican beer for the full experience! Offering relaxed and informal dining in an intimate space, this eatery provides great value food created from the original recipe. The portions are hearty and the food is fresh and tasty. Sometimes the queue is out the door and down the street but they can’t be blamed for being popular and it is definitely worth the wait. It is probably one of the best burrito bars I have been to and beats many of its competitors by offering an authentic selection. Fast, fresh, wholesome food – this place has everything your salivating heart could desire. 90


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2 King Edward St, Oxford OX1 4HS. Tel: 01865 722 020. 8 St Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2DU Tel: 01865 202 016 www.missionburritos.co.uk

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he 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. With visitors from Lewis Carroll to CS Lewis, you can understand why so many people love to sit outside on a summer’s day with a lovely glass of wine or a chilled beer and watch the fast moving waters.

Step inside and you’ll find an exquisite country pub with a great atmosphere, which has been tastefully restored to incorporate its historic values with stylish modern aspects. The Trout, famous long before it was immortalised in Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, is a pub that rolls with the seasons; warm and cosy in the winter, cool and colourful in the summer, it’s the perfect place to be for any occasion surrounding good food and wine.

With a menu that changes with the seasons, guests can rest assured that they’re getting the very best the place can offer. Described as modern British with elements from the Mediterranean harmoniously woven in, the house dining style is generous, comforting and exciting. And with such a range to choose from there’s really something for everyone; from pub classics such as fish and chips to freshly made pizzas, pastas and daily chef ’s specials. So whether you’re just stopping by for a pint of ale and to read the papers, or would like to book a table for the whole family; enjoy simple, high quality food and drink prepared with care.

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Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN Tel: 01865 510930 Web: www.thetroutoxford.co.uk

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ituated on the peaceful Turl Street in Oxford City Centre, as one might guess from the name, is Turl Street Kitchen: a dining establishment with a difference. On the first floor of Turl Street Kitchen lies the Oxford Hub. The Hub is a focal point for charitable activity, linking students with their community through social action and volunteering. The Hub's meeting rooms, offices, event space, living room and library are available freely to charity groups and anyone else to hire for parties, meetings and other events.

Down on the ground floor is the grand rustic dining room. The whole area is decorated with a pale, farmhouse look in white and olive green which lends a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. From the quiet bustle of the open kitchen in the distance, the high Victorian ceilings with contemporary low-hanging lamps, to the regularly changing – and regularly stunning – local artwork on the walls; Turl Street Kitchen is unique in not only its kind-hearted vocation. After presentation with a thin slip of paper for a menu, the staff explained that because of the focus on local ingredients, the menu changes twice daily depending on what’s available. Menus are available on their website or twitter shortly before mealtimes. Typical dishes include a range of fresh salads, hearty braises or whole fish from sustainable sources. Turl Street Kitchen also produces an array of exciting terrines and classic British puddings. In terms of drinks, TSK offers a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – from rose lemonade and independent colas to fresh juices and a well chosen selection of wines. As with the food, the drinks focus on independent and British producers, such as the local Cotswold lagers and specially produced stout.

The bar stays open until midnight weekdays and past 1am on Fridays and Saturdays and can become quite lively on busy nights. They also play host to regular live music events and more. Turl Street Kitchen really is bringing something new to Oxford's dining scene, and cannot be recommended enough.

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16-17 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DA Tel: 01865 264171 Web: www.turlstreetkitchen.co.uk

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rowns achieved ‘Oxford institution’ status many years ago. Located conveniently in the centre of Oxford, but just far enough away from the busiest shopping streets to give it a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, the restaurant attracts a wide range of customers from families to businessmen, students to tourists. In the summer tables spill out onto the pavement emphasising the French brassiere feel, while in the colder winter months the restaurant always looks friendly, warm and enticing.

The menu is broad, offering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with a la carte appetizers and starters through to fish and meat courses, and dangerously tempting desserts. This wealth of choice includes the timeless Browns classics such as Fish Pie and the Browns Burger. Plus their own version of Eton Mess, as well as daily chef ’s specials and a fish of the day. A wide range of wines, by the glass or bottle, complements the food menu. Browns doesn't rest on its long-standing reputation. They also look to tempt you in with specials: Valentine’s brunch, lunch or dinner; discount cocktails Sunday to Wednesday; become a ‘Browns Friend’ and receive vouchers by email; or their delicious daily specials. On top of all these recent changes to the layout have brought the bar into the main body of the restaurant. Thus creating both a ‘new’ dining area in its old location as well as a more central location to sit and have a pre-dinner cocktail or after work drink.

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he food here is first class. Imaginative appetisers like mixed olives, a glass of Kir Royale or just one Loch Fyne Oyster show real thought, followed by some mouth-watering starters. We had a range, including the Duck Liver Parfait with spiced plum chutney and a chunk of crusty bloomer, Tempura Battered Squid with Chilli jam, a platter of Bradan Rost (kiln roasted salmon fillet), Kinglas Fillet (sashimi style) and Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon, and finally trusted Moules Marinières. The starter was a meal in itself, the conversation was flowing and although, by our own admission, we had all been struggling on the back of a busy week, Loch Fyne was a real pick up and had revitalised all of us – there was even talk of a few drinks after the meal, but we resisted this as soon as we opened the door to the fresh air!

The mains were beautifully presented and articulately introduced, showing the staff had not only a passion for what they were serving but that they actually had a detailed knowledge of what they were serving, and, sad to say, that’s rare these days, from my own experience.

We enjoyed line-caught North Atlantic haddock, twice-cooked chips, mushy peas, home-made tartare sauce, Seared King Scallops in the Shell, Whole Grilled South Coast Plaice and pan-fried Breast of Gressingham Duck (served pink) Sautéed potatoes, fricassée of pancetta & baby leeks and white wine.

Why not opt for the ‘FISH YOUR WAY’ option where you choose your favourite fillet, ask for it to be cooked as you wish, and then choose an accompanying sauce to go with it. You can even choose two sides as well - the pan-fried Samphire in Garlic Butter is wonderful! Don’t wait as long as I did to try it – Loch Fyne, Walton Street, Oxford. Book it now! 98


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55 Walton St, Oxford, OX2 6AE Tel: 01865 292510 Web: www.lochfyne.com

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fortified castle, then a Victorian prison - Malmaison Oxford is Fairstdifferent kind of boutique hotel. The unusual mix of old meets very new makes for a spectacular setting. Like its sister hotels, the décor is dramatic; dark but dreamy, with candles flickering in hurricane lamps all day long. The unique architecture, together with the soft lighting really works and transports you back to a more primitive, more medieval time. There is a very secluded feel to this hotel too, despite sitting in the very heart of the city centre.

It has retained much of its original features such as the bars on some of the windows, original cell doors and the stunning prison atrium – a look that is gloriously complementary to Malmaison’s Gothic style.

Our room was situated within an original cell, where the prison atrium, with its meta staircases and uniform walkways, remains splendidly intact. Nowadays, the rooms are built within the footprint of cells, rather than just one, although brick walls and vaulted ceilings remain.

Having opened our cell door, we were greeted by an enormous queen sized bed, elevated from the floor, and taking centre stage, adorned with a very memorable tartan shawl and a pile of pillows. The room had four lovely windows with views overlooking the castle grounds.

It had all the luxury amenities you could wish for – quiet airconditioning, black-out shutters, flat screen television with digital channels, free internet access and a nice selection of glossy magazines on the side table. The bathroom had to be the highlight for me – with its very own Victorian style roll top bath, complete with slate underfloor heating, a walk in power shower and over-sized Malmaison toiletries that even tell you to take them home with you.

Full of character, history, style and sophistication, this is a top notch hotel that makes for an exquisite experience. 100


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Oxford Castle, 3 New Road, Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 268400 Web: www.malmaison-oxford.com

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t’s not every day you get the opportunity to review a stunning fivestar restaurant of this calibre and is an experience both my plus one and I will never forget. From having walked past this place a thousand times before and peeked through its windows religiously for a glimpse of the good life, I must admit I was sold on the place from the outset. This has to be one of the finest and most refined dinning destinations in this city, and delivered everything I dreamed it would! Built in 1864, The Randolph Restaurant is situated directly opposite the worldfamous Ashmolean Museum, very much aware of its place in the order of things at Oxford. Typically Oxfordian, complete with views of the city’s infamous spires, The Randolph is a traditional restaurant with majestic mouldings, gilt framed portraits and roaring fireplaces all reminiscent of a grand baronial hall.

The entrance (as we all know) is impressive, with flags adorning the frontage and an impeccably dressed concierge there to greet visitors on arrival. Inside, the hotel is vast, lavish, stupendous and stunning. The decor is flamboyant but traditional: quite gothic in its intent with sweeping staircases and plush ostentatious furnishings swathed in bread and butter heritage cloth.

Its many accolades include two AA Rosettes, alongside a wealth of other distinctions from those in the know, all earned not only due to its surroundings but also for the exacting service and triumphant allBritish cuisine. The menu itself is seasonal but a typical meal here might include a starter of scallops with pork belly and pear puree, Highland venison with chestnuts and sprouts and a selection of delectable desserts. This is elegant food served in elegant surroundings.

Oxford's world-famous afternoon tea is served in the Drawing Room, which is also the perfect setting for champagne teas and light snacks. For a truly iconic Oxford experience, head for the Morse Bar and sip cocktails amidst its wood-panelled splendour. 102


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Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN Tel: 0844 879 9132 Web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph

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The WCH is a beautiful Edwardian County House Hotel located just two miles from the city centre. It is a privately owned luxurious retreat set amongst 400 acres of ancient woodland and makes for an idyllic setting. Also voted Britain’s Best Hotel by AA in 2008. “Join us for a drink in our wonderful bar”.

Hinksey, Hill Top, Near Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5BG. Tel: 01865 735408. www.westwoodhotel.co.uk

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One of the oldest pubs in the city, this is a cosy never-ending skittle alley of a pub, most famous for being the meeting place of C.S Lewis and Tolkien. Boasts very nice pub grub and many guest ales. If you’re lucky, grab one of the nooks in the front of the pub and enjoy the privacy, perfect for a quiet pint and a chat. 49 Saint Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU. Tel: 01865 302925

A lovely old school pub that dates back to 1242, making it one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Notable not merely for its timeless, cosy charm but its dizzying array of ties which adorn the walls, given long ago by customers in exchange for a pint. With a good range of ales and great food, The Bear continues to do the simple things well. A great little find if you’re new to Oxford, and well worth returning to it if you’re a local. 6 Alfred Street, Oxford, OX1 4EH. Tel: 01865 728164 www.bearoxford.co.uk

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Knee deep in history, the Turf Tavern is something of an Oxford institution. Solidly English with lots of olde world charm, it is a warren of small oddly shaped rooms, connected by narrow passages and small staircases. Known for serving real ales, great food and hardcore quizzes. 4-5 Bath Place, Oxford, OX1 3SU. Tel: 01865 243235

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n an area that is acclaimed for its cocktail bars, Angels does well to maintain a strong presence in the infinitely cool Jericho community. The retro theme that permeates this venue is evident in the art nouveau festooned across the walls, complimented by a cocktail menu with a distinctly 20’s feel about it. The two floors are different in essence but complimentary in nature. The upstairs has a bustling and busy feel to it as it welcomes new arrivals and allows existing patrons to watch the world go by on the ever cultural Little Clarendon Street. The downstairs, with a number of floor to ceiling mirrors in place, has a much more intimate feel to it with slimline furniture allowing for easy movement between tables and booths.

As any cocktail bar worth its salt crusted martini glass should, the Angels spirits display is nothing short of mesmerising. With the two bars mirroring each other, they hold an exotic array of spirits to craft all manner of cocktails- ranging from the historically warming sidecar, the after dinner friendly black star liner and the vodka lovers Black Bison. The bar staff are clearly trained to a high standard, equally at ease making recommendations or subtle tweaks to the existing menu.

For the straight spirit purists out there, Angels will surely have the beverage to tempt even the most discerning of palettes. Patron XO, Wray & Nephew Overproof and Suntory Yamazaki 10yr are just some of the more global choices on offer, in conjunction with all the usual suspects.

Angels is available for private hire and are able to comfortably cater for parties in excess of 100 guests. In an area so richly known for its cocktail bars, Angels manages to strongly differentiate themselves by offering an excellent standard of drinks (priced around the ÂŁ6 mark) in conjunction with their visually bold themes and retro but flexible approach to service the ever judicious Jericho locals. 106


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55 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HS Tel: 01865 554224 Web: www.angelsbar.co.uk

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nter into a world of sandstone Gothic arches, limestone floors, mullioned windows and portcullis-styled shelving with this great cocktail bar situated in the most offbeat location. Long live the Malmaison! With a penchant for the unusual and the quirky, this is yet another example of the hotel’s ability to take the traditional and give it a new and interesting twist. Located on the first floor, this spacious and sophisticated bar serves a wonderful collection of cocktails in what used to be the old visitors room of the prison. With its hypnotically dark and beguiling interior, the whole place has this forbidding feel to it: light walls, dark fabrics, clever lighting and heavy curtains. Even the drinks menu is mesmerizingly without end and strangely bewitching!

In fact, the menu is a small novel with pages and pages dedicated to cocktails, whiskeys, vodkas, gins and even more besides. The wines are good too (a pretty padded collection) so every taste should be catered for. Do as we did and try the aptly named ‘Locked Up’ and ‘Great Escape’ cocktail – they really hit the spot! If you really can’t decide, the bar staff will rustle something up for you based on your individual preferences!

The Malmaison Hotel Bar really has perfected the skill and showmanship of Mixology, and the comprehensive menu is sure to take you on a long voyage of discovery! Sit back and enjoy the ride in one of their cavernous sofas. The staff are consistently attentive to the needs and wants of its clients, ensuring your glass is filled with the finest of liquors and spirits all night long.

They have achieved a great combination of style and substance, proving that both can be achieved in a very neat and attractive package. A great top class service, excellent hospitality and good quality drinks. Lock me up and throw away the key!

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3 New Rd, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 268400 Web: www.malmaison-oxford.com

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he Duke of Cambridge has been an Oxford institution for as long T as anyone can remember, so after more than 30 successful years we revisited 'The Duke' in search of their secret ingredient. Nestled beneath the starry lights of picturesque Little Clarendon Street, between the bohemian eateries of Jericho and the city's coolest clubs this atmospheric bar is perfectly located to serve up cocktails with serious style. Thanks to a clever refit the bar is now a moodily lit space of dark wood, rich colours, worn leather and quirky art, with a mix of low hanging vintage lights creating comfortable nooks and deco touches injecting understated glamour.

The cocktails here are an experience too, and even in the middle of a busy Friday night we only had to wait a few minutes before our very knowledgeable barman was helping us navigate the extensive drinks list. As well as perfectly executed classics you'll find innovative concoctions such as the Lemon Meringue and a Black Forest Martini! Here, reclined on a curved sofa with a perfectly dry martini in hand you can admire the sumptuous surroundings as the throng mill around the bar, searching for that perfect mix. Now that's cool.

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Duke of Cambridge 5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP Tel: 01865 558173 Web: www.dukebar.com

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his hard to find stylish bar, tucked away down a narrow cobbled T alley is just minutes from the throng of the high street but a world away from the ubiquitous chain pubs. The House was created by Julian Rosser owner of the legendary Duke of Cambridge and this, it’s sister bar shares the exclusive look and feel of a members club but with none of the pretensions or annual fees.

On entering through the low lit lobby you are immediately greeted by glossy parquet floors, luminous globe lighting, plush leather sofas and super attentive staff. The cocktail list here has a few carefully chosen classics plus some more contemporary cocktails, like the Lemon and Thyme Sour or the Mango and Peach Collins. Outside, the terrace with its uber cool Philippe Starck sofas is a star attraction all year round. Thanks to the tall box hedge boarder, generous heaters and a huge parasol you can enjoy your Martini and Montecristo Cigar late into the chilliest of nights.

We grabbed a couple of Strawberry Mojitos and headed up stairs to check out the Games Room. This is a room dedicated to play of the grown up variety; with its pool table, battered chesterfield, and clever hidden bar which folds down from the wood panelling, it's well known for hosting gloriously debauched private functions. Tucked into the bay window seat sipping our fruity concoctions we could only imagine what these walls have seen!

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Blue Boar Street, Oxford, OX1 4EE Tel: 01865 724433 Web: www.housebar.co.uk

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OXFORDSHIRESPORT Oxford’s sporting strength derives from the University, which has traditionally produced high-quality cricket, football, and rugby. Gym facilities can be found at leisure facilities and individual establishments throughout the city. If you’re fond of running, why not visit Iffley Road and use the same track as did Roger Bannister to break the one minute mile record. Hire a bike, play golf - just enjoy!

Studley Wood Golf Club

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Studley Wood Golf Club offers a comprehensive 18 hole course with lush fairways and brilliant greens. It boasts excellent practice facilities, a driving range and sumptuous clubhouse. The perfect venue for golf weekends, charity events and tournaments. Horton-cum-Studley, Oxford OX33 1BF Tel: 01865 351144 www.studleywoodgolfclub.co.uk

North Oxford Golf Club

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A private members club where visitors and societies are made to feel welcome. Founded in 1907 and set in approximately 80 acres of parkland just three miles from the city centre. It is an 18 hole course and an excellent test of golf for the club golfer and professional alike. A lively, solid social calendar with a wide range of competitions, tournaments and sporting dinners. Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 8EZ. Tel: 01865 554924 www.nogc.co.uk

Oxford Golf Club

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Set within three miles of Oxford City Centre, amongst beautiful surroundings and views, is a golf course of the finest pedigree. There are many memorable holes, including the extremely challenging third hole which has been coined by Henry Longhurst as “one of the best par 3 holes in the country”. Recently refurbished clubhouse, with PGA professional offering a complete range of tuition and coaching, this golf club caters for all aspects of leisure golf. Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PF. Tel: 01865 242158 www.oxfordgolfclub.net 114


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OXFORDSHIREHAIR & BEAUTY The Philosophy Hairdressing Group is doing for hairdressing what Oxford University has done for academia. Rarely has a hairdressing group achieved such accolades and been held in such high esteem outside of London.

So what makes Philosophy a centre of hairdressing excellence? A Technical Director who is the colourist of choice of hair giants, L’Oreal. The charming and talented Mark Creed has been at the top of his game for over 25 years and is, quite literally, a colouring genius as his current title of the President of the Fellowship of British Hairdressing verifies. He regularly travels the globe imparting his knowledge in educational seminars and photo shoots and what he doesn’t know about colouring, quite frankly is not worth knowing.

Philosophy is at the cutting edge of style, whether it’s a classic look or the more avant-garde. You know you’re in good hands when you’re in the company of a unique award winning style team who have learnt the art of knowing when to suggest and when to listen. They take fashion as their cue but never lose sight of you.

Philosophy’s three state-of-the-art luxury salons (Oxford, Abingdon and Witney) scattered conveniently throughout the county, make the whole hairdressing experience a treat – the non-pressured ambience leaves you feeling pampered and special.

Little wonder then that Philosophy Hairdressing is the envy of many a London fashionista who regularly makes the trek out of the capital to visit Oxford’s jewel in the crown.

With regular mentions in Vogue, Sunday Times Style and Marie Claire you can sample the very best that British hairdressing has to offer, right here on your doorstep, but at affordable prices. Telephone 01865 553553 to make an appointment. www.philosophyhair.co.uk

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19-21 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA Tel: 01865 553553 Web: www.philosophyhair.co.uk

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hen Bloxham School pupils begin a new school year in September they will see some exciting new changes to the school’s delightful and well planned campus. The Wilberforce lawn, bordered by the Vallance Library, Sam Kahn Music School, Wilberforce House and Great Hall, will have been landscaped using a variety of hard and soft surfaces to create a piazza area right in the heart of the school. This will be an attractive, flexible and traffic free area where outdoor performances may be staged and somewhere that the pupils can mingle in their social time making it a hugely beneficial addition to the school.

Bloxham’s thriving lower school is also having a makeover and will be re-branded as ‘Exham House’, a tribute to former Headmaster, David Exham, whose brainchild it was in the early 1990’s. Mr Exham will be returning to unveil the plaque commemorating the occasion on 6th September, the first day of the new school year. A new subject and new teaching facility will also be rolled out with the introduction of Food and Nutrition to the syllabus from Form 1 to A Level. Healthy eating and the ability to create a nutritional meal on a budget will be great life skills to learn while at school and is sure to be a big hit with boys and girls alike.

For further details of Bloxham School please visit our website and interactive e-Prospectus via www.bloxhamschool.com.

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Bloxham, nr Banbury, Oxon OX15 4PE Tel: 01295 724301 Web: www.bloxhamschool.com

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t. Clare’s is a sixth-form, residential college which specialises in teaching the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford and was the first school in England to teach the qualification in 1977. According to the Performance Tables released in January 2012, St. Clare’s was ranked as having the best performing sixth form in Oxfordshire and the 11th best in England. The tables look at how secondary schools performed in the IB and in A Levels and calculate the average points scored per student.

St Clare’s Principal, Paula Holloway, was understandably overjoyed with the results. “A crucial combination of small class sizes, students who are serious about their work, the IB curriculum, excellent teachers and a supportive pastoral environment help nurture our students and give them an undoubted edge when it comes to performing in the examinations.”

The St Clare’s campus is located in North Oxford. Students live in stylish houses close to shops, cafés, restaurants, sports facilities, libraries and riverside parks. St. Clare’s successfully combines a modern, forward-looking approach to education with the traditions which have made Oxford one of the intellectual capitals of the world.

Particular emphasis is placed on fulfilling the College mission. "To advance International Education and Understanding." St. Clare's is home to students from 47 different countries and students are encouraged to pursue their education in a spirit of enquiry, openmindedness and tolerance.

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139 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AL Tel: 01865 552031 Web: www.stclares.ac.uk

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OXFORDINFORMATION Transport

Akin to other historic cities around the world, Oxford was not built with motor transport in mind. Park and Ride Take the stress out of driving and make the most of one of five Park and Ride facilities located within the Ring Road. This is a convenient and inexpensive way of getting to and from Oxford. Pear Tree: North of Oxford at A34/A44. Bus number 300, journey time 12 minutes, departs every 8 to 10 minutes during the day, service stops at 8pm. No service on Saturdays from 9.30am to 6pm. Water Eaton: North of Oxford at A4260. Bus number 500, journey time 12 minutes, departs every 20 minutes. No service on Sundays. Seacourt: West of Oxford at A420. Bus number 400, journey time 10 minutes, departs every 10 to 15 minutes. Redbridge: South of Oxford at A4144. Bus number 300, journey time 10 minutes. Thornhill: East of Oxford at A40/M40. Bus number 400, journey time 15 minutes, departs every 10 to 15 minutes.

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Free parking. For more information call Oxford Park and Ride 01865 785400 or visit www.parkandride.net/oxford Oxford City Buses The Oxford Bus Company (red) and Stagecoach (blue and orange) are the two main bus companies that operate around the city offering a comprehensive network of routes. Fares are reasonable. Expect to pay around ÂŁ2.90 for a return ticket within Zone A. Oxford City Buses offer a Freedom Travel Card which can be purchased from the driver at ÂŁ3.70 for unlimited travel. Stagecoach also offers a Megarider ticket for unlimited travel for up to a year. The services are frequent and generally reliable, with plenty of stops conveniently located throughout the city. For more information contact: Oxford Bus Company Tel: 01865 785400 www.oxfordbus.co.uk Stagecoach Tel: 01865 772250 www.stagecoachbus.com


Oxford to London Coach There are two direct, 24hr, high frequency coach services to the capital. The journey takes approximately 100 minutes and takes you from city centre to city centre. Both buses depart from Gloucester Green coach station and leave Oxford via the High Street, St. Clements and Headington. There are regular pick up and drop off stops along this route. Oxford X90: Information: 01865 785 400 www.oxfordbus.co.uk Oxford Tube: Information: 01865 772 250. www.oxfordtube.com Trains A frequent direct train service operates from London Paddington and Oxford (approximately 30 minutes) and between Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. For details see the National Rail Enquiries website. Oxford Train Station is located on Park End Street. There are frequent train services to all major UK destinations from Oxford. Getting to London takes roughly an hour and there are direct and indirect services running throughout the day. A frequent, direct train service operates between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. For information call: National Rail Enquiries: 0845 7 484950 24hr information line or visit: www.nationalrail.co.uk

Car Hire Budget: 01865 724 884 Avis Cars: 08445 446087 EuropCar: 01865 246373 Taxis Hackney Cabs can be picked up from taxi ranks at St.Giles, Gloucester Green, or the railway station, or you can hail them in the street. 001 Taxis: 01865 240 000 ABC Taxis: 01865 775 577 Royal Cars: 01865 777 333

Useful Numbers

A selection of numbers and locations for useful services in the central Oxford area. Crime Emergency: 999 Thames Valley Police: 0845 8505 505 Hospitals John Radcliffe: Headley Way, Headington 01865 741166 Churchill Hospital Old Road, headington 01865 741841 Tourist Information Oxford Information Centre: 15/16 Broad Street Post Offices 102 - 110 St Aldates, Oxford.

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Cherwell Boathouse Bodleian Library Botanic Gardens Museum of Oxford Bridge of Sighs Carfax Tower Church of St Michael Ashmolean Museum

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