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December Welcome to the last ever In Oxford Magazine. After 12 years we are having a facelift and January 2014 will see the first issue of our new magazine, Living In Oxford. The number of reviews is also increasing, as is the profile of our reviewers. We have over 20 Official Living In Oxford reviewers now signed up and these are the people that will be bring you their experiences to the pages of Living In Oxford Magazine. We’re aiming to bring more of Oxfordshire life to you so when it comes to things to do, you’ve got absolutely no excuses! So that brings us to the final In Oxford Magazine, issue 143! We have The Feathers on the front cover, winner of the 2012 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards and one of the finest hotels and restaurants in Oxfordshire. If after reading Colin’s review you would like to stay or eat at The Feathers, you can do so for as little as £75 with Vouch – see www.vouchoffers.co.uk – with £20 restaurant vouchers for just £10. With Christmas nearly upon us, why not visit the website for a gift for someone special today? The Feathers is one of a number of great vouchers for sale. We also review one of Oxford’s newest hotels, The Vanbrugh, right in the heart of Oxford City Centre, plus The Chequers in Burcot and The Evenlode on the Witney Road. All that remains is to officially say goodbye to In Oxford Magazine and we look forward to Living In Oxford bringing you even more. Enjoy December! Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine

Contents Events

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Arts & Antiques

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Attractions

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Shopping

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Theatre

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Education

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Music

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Health, Sport & Leisure

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Cinema

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Accommodation

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Oxford City Map

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Restaurants, Cafés & Nightlife 56

Kids

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Services

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The Team Come say hello @inoxford

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Keith Simpson Lorna Dodson Colin Rosser Web Designer Office Manager Chairman

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The Feathers Hotel, Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed by Colin Rosser

12th November 2013

One of our favourite places has always been The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock. We have been to eat many times to celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries but we have never stayed the night there. So arriving on a crisp November evening we were welcomed with a real log fire and then shown to our very own sumptuous suite. This was the start of a very special evening. There is nothing better than going down to the bar for a pre dinner drink knowing that that’s it and you are not leaving until after breakfast! What’s more The Feathers boasts the foremost dedicated gin bar in the country. Testament to this is that they do serve Mahon Gin which is my favourite gin, and not to my knowledge to be found in any other bar in Oxfordshire. And boy! they certainly make a great g and t! which brought back happy memories of Menorca. Sue had her customary glass of champagne while we decided what to eat. Whilst deliberating we were introduced to Pete Saunders the Hotel Manager. We had a lively discussion and we congratulated him on his appointment and then Pete kindly gave us a run down of the menu that evening. After some debate, I decided on the native East Coast Lobster Ravioli with fennel and orange butter sauce and Sue went for the salad of Oxford Blue cheese with, walnuts and beetroot marshmallow. For main course we shared the Peg Top Farm Dexter Beef Double Rib with Autumn vegetables, gratin potatoes and red wine sauce. The beef was served and carved at the table by Magic (that was the name of our waiter by the way) who was extremely attentive throughout our meal. The bar manager is Nuno, who comes from Portugal and helped us choose a lovely bottle of Rioja Crianze, Conde de la Valdemar 2009. We also had a bottle of still Harrogate Water. For dessert Sue had the selection of farm house cheeses with dried fruit chutney and artisan biscuits whilst I went for the strawberry and lavender Eton Mess. The ingredients however weren’t at all messy as they were separated on a slate and were beautiful. So our special evening was really amazing, the atmosphere was wonderfully relaxed, cosy and convivial and to know that we just had to go upstairs was the icing on the cake. We laid in and got down for breakfast well before last orders at 10.00am and surprisingly devoured the salmon and scrambled eggs. We had had a very special stay and can’t speak highly enough of the whole experience. Market Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SX Tel: 01993 812291 Web: www.feathers.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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2014 Approved

Your guide to your City Our New Approved Reviews For the past 12 years In Oxford Magazine has been bringing your great listings and reviews, but from January 2014 the new Living In Oxford will bring you even more. Each month our team of official reviewers will be reviewing some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops, events, attractions and local services and these will all be included in our Living In Top 250 (all consumer facing businesses).

Look Out for our Seal of Approval

Each of the establishments reviewed will receive an attractive framed certificate of their review to display in their premises and a sticker for the front door (where possible!). We will constantly be promoting this group through the magazine, website and social media.

Our Top 250

We’re still working towards our Top250 as you can see on the next page. If you would like to be included or would like to suggest that your favourite Oxfordshire business is included, why not get in touch or pass them our number! Follow us on Twitter #livinoxtop250

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APPROVED REVIEWS FOR THE TOP 250 SO FAR... Accommodation

....................................................................... • The Bear & Ragged Staff • The Beetle & Wedge • Hope House • Macdonald Randolph Hotel • The Old Swan & Minster Mill • The Vanbrugh

Health & Beauty

Art

....................................................................... • Macdonald Randolph Hotel • Monica Franke Osteopath • Spirit Health Club • TAO / Bare UK • TLA Fitness • Wayne Bullock • Yoga Venue • Zumba Fitness

Attractions

....................................................................... • Stagecoach Oxford • The Bushcraft Company

....................................................................... • Modern Art Oxford • Sarah Wiseman Gallery

....................................................................... • Blenheim Palace • City Sightseeing • Cotswold Wildlife Park & Garden • Crocodiles of the World • Didcot Railway Centre • Modern Art Oxford • Oxford Castle • Oxford Castle Unlocked • Science Oxford • Wychwood Brewery

Bar & Pubs

....................................................................... • Angels • The Duke of Cambridge

Events

....................................................................... • Oxford Shakespeare • Oxford Town Hall

Golf

....................................................................... • Frilford Heath Golf Club • Magnolia Park • Studley Wood Golf Club

Kids

Leisure

....................................................................... • Thames Valley Orienteering Club • Willow and Pea

Music

....................................................................... • City of Oxford Orchestra • Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building • Music at Oxford • Orchestra of St John's • Oxford Philomusica

Restaurants

....................................................................... • 4500 Miles From Delhi • The Big Bang • The Broadface • Browns • Cafe Coco • Cafe Loco • Café Aloha • The Chequers • The Cherwell Boat House • The Feathers

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MEET SOME OF THE LIVING IN REVIEWERS Katy Dyer

Katy Dyer is an award-winning personal stylist and image consultant based in Thame, Oxfordshire. Following 15 years working as a technologist in the food industry, she retrained as a personal stylist and loves showing women and men how to make the most of themselves and feel fabulous every day.

Top 250: The Duke of Cambridge

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Dan Channer

Dan lives and works in Summertown. Weekend restaurant excursions tend to involve cleaning up after his young daughters. Without the kids, his favourite cuisines are Indian and Thai. Dan also aspires to become a real ale bore although currently pub visits are disappointingly infrequent.

Top 250: Old Parsonage

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Colin Rosser

Colin graduated from Southampton University with an honours degree in Engineering and has spent the last 25 years of his life in Print and Publishing. He lives in Headington with his fashion retailer wife Sue and has two children, Deborah and Richard.

Top 250: The Feathers

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Amanda Roberts

Amanda has spent 25 years in trade press publishing, starting as a reporter and moving on to editor and editorial director of her own business-to-business publishing company. She now edits websites, is a freelance writer and undertakes contract publishing for clients. She has also written her first novel, which will be published in spring 2014.

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APPROVED REVIEWS FOR THE TOP 250 SO FAR...

• Gee's Restaurant & Bar • Gurkha Village • Iffley Blue • Jee Saheb • Kazbar • La Cucina • Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons • The Living Room • Macdonald Randolph Hotel • Majliss Restaurant • Malikas • Mamaison • The Old Bank • Old Parsonage • Oxford Blue • Pierre Victoire • Quod • The Red Lion • The Rose • Rosemary Restaurant • Saffron • The Snooty Mehmaan • Spice Lounge • The Tree Iffley • The Trout • Yeti

Services

....................................................................... • Breckon & Breckon • City Audio Visual • Excel Dry Cleaners • Isis Creative Framing Ltd • London Oxford Airport • Savvy • Strutt & Parker

Shopping

....................................................................... • Bicester Village • Blackwells • Casa Rose Boudoir • Gatineau • University of Oxford Shop

Theatre

....................................................................... • Creation Theatre • The North Wall

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Events

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Famelab - Regional Final Thursday 12th December: The cream of the regional FameLab crop will be competing for a place in the FameLab National Final. Come along to see this group of talented communicators as they explain a concept in science, maths or engineering in just 3 minutes, and find out who makes it through to the National Final! Time: 7:30pm Cost: Free Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Waterperry Gardens Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England OX33 1JZ Tel: 01844 339254 Web: www.waterperrygardens.co.uk Open Times: 10am - 5.30pm

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Find Santa’s Reindeer! At Waterperry Gardens Saturday 16th November – Monday 30th December: Help Rudolph find his eight friends who are lost all around the gardens and then find your Christmas treat in the teashop. £2 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies. Time: 10 am– 5pm

Free James Wong Talk Tueday 10th December: James Wong will be at Waterperry to give an exciting free talk ‘Grow Your Own Way’ pushing the boundaries of allotment growing. To book email gwheeler@waterperrygardens.co.uk Time: 6pm

Christmas Week at Waterperry Gardens Friday 27th to Monday 30th December: Capture the amazing vision as the frosts adorn the gardens and enjoy a winter stroll along the Riverside walk. Warm up in the Teashop or browse around the Gift Barn, Gallery, Plant Centre and Museum. Closed 31st December – 2nd January. Time: 10am to 4pm

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Millets Farm Ice Skating & Santa’s Grotto December: Make this year’s Christmas magical; Experience the magic of ice skating outdoors with our REAL ice rink, and enjoy our Christmas wonderland Grotto. A visit to Millets Farm Centre promises to be a festive family experience to remember. Please visit our website for opening times, prices and booking: www.milletsfarmcentre.com

The Oxfordshire Museum Park Street, Woodstock OX20 1SN. Tel: 01993 811456 Web: www.tomocc.org.uk E: oxon.museum@oxfordshire.gov.uk

The Oxfordshire Craft Guilds Christmas Selling Exhibition Saturday 16th November – Sunday 5th January: Featuring many of the county’s leading contemporary craft designers and makers, this exhibition will include jewellery, pottery, textiles, keepsakes and treasures. Perfect for Christmas! Open: Tues – Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm

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

Late Night Shopping and Jewellery Showcase Thursday 7th Decemeber: Treat yourself to a night of enjoyable Christmas shopping! Peruse our usual stock of over 100 designers or be tempted by our jewellery showcase. For one night only, we present limited edition work by a select number of designers. It will be the perfect place to pick up one of a kind gifts. Time: 5.30-8pm

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The Sixteen at St John the Evangelist Saturday 7th December: A highlight of the year at St John the Evangelist is a capella Christmas concert by Harry Christophers and The Sixteen on 7th December. This world-famous choir, the voices of Classic FM will present a programme of medieval carols and works by Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. Venue: St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road, Oxford Web: www.sje-oxford.org

Hidden Spire at The Old Fire Station Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th December: Alternative Christmas entertainment, Hidden Spire, explores the theme of CHANCE. How lucky do you feel? Live music, Theatre and dance in a collaboration with Crisis Skylight Oxford. Veune: The Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford Web: www.oldfirestation.org.uk

Pinocchio Sunday 15th December: Following an evening of traditional Carols by Candlelight with folk ensemble on 13th December at 7.30pm, Cogges Manor Farm have invited M&M to return on 15th December with the infamous story of the wooden boy with two showings after selling out last year! Web: www.cogges.org.uk Time: 12.00 and 2.00pm Veune: Cogges Manor Farm Museum, Witney

Oxford Christmas Market Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd December: Oxford’s Christmas Market has a brand new central location in Broad Street this year. 40 festive stalls selling natural, handmade gifts including pottery, games, decorations, woollen garments, jewellery, candles, homeware and natural oils. Food and drink will range from German Christmas biscuits, German Bratwurst, Churros with hot chocolate sauce, hot soup and traditional Gluhwein and Apple Cider. Local choirs and bands will perform and there is a post box where children can post their letters directly to Santa. A Victorian carousel will also add to the festive atmosphere. Venue: Oxford Christmas Market, Broad Street, Oxford Web: www.oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk

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Try Orienteering at Cutteslowe Park Cutteslowe Park, Harbord Road, Oxford, OX2 8NW Email: publicity@tvoc.org.uk Web: www.tvoc.org.uk Saturday 7th December: Run the Oxford Parks! Run, jog or walk, this is an exciting introduction to orienteering, organised by Thames Valley Orienteering Club. There will be a choice of courses for runners, families and newcomers of all ages and abilities. You’ll receive a special orienteering map, consisting of a series of checkpoints. The challenge is choosing your route between each checkpoint around the park, registering each one with a small electronic chip, as quickly as you can! Come along any time between 10am and 11.30am. Just wear what you would for a run or jog. Cost: £5 adults / £2 under 21s.

Oxford Castle Unlocked 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY Tel: 01865 260 666 Web: www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk

Santa Vs. Scrooge Saturday 7th - Saturday 21st December: Explore the castle and encounter wellknown characters from the festive season including the much-loved Santa and the more daunting Scrooge. Can Santa change Scrooge’s stance and convince him to work together to celebrate Christmas? Time: 5.30pm, 6pm & 6.30pm Cost: £5 per child/adult

Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX201PP. Tel: 0800 849 6500 Web: www.blenheimpalace.com Open: Open Daily 10.30am-5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm). Park open daily 9am-4.45pm. A ‘Dickensian Christmas’ at Blenheim Palace 9th November – 13th December This year Christmas at Britain’s Greatest Palace will be more magical than ever with the Palace beautifully decorated for a traditional ‘Dickensian Christmas’. Step into a festive wonderland full of grand Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights and exquisite decorations. Dickensian scenes will be brought to life as you tour the Palace to transport you back in time.

Late night Christmas Shopping Thursday 5th December: Enjoy Christmas shopping in the wonderful East Courtyard Shop, whilst enjoying live carol singing, port and liqueur tastings, and interesting demonstrations. Mulled wine and Winter Pimms will be available from The Oxfordshire Pantry. Blenheim Estate Christmas trees will be on sale next to the Information Kiosk outside the Palace.

Winter Walks 7th - 8th December / 14th – 15th December: Wrap up warm and take in the beautiful winter scenery within the spectacular landscaped parkland of Blenheim Palace, where an unrivalled combination of unspoilt natural beauty and history awaits you. Walk along the lakeside and across the Vanbrugh Bridge, visit the Cascades and Column of Victory, and keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife including wild geese, swans and deer. Work up an appetite, then head over to the Oxfordshire Pantry and warm up with some of the delicious seasonal food on offer! Don’t miss Jazz Sundays, available on selected Sundays, with live jazz music from 10.30pm – 12pm.

Seasonal Delights Enjoy a range of locally sourced food to satisfy the taste buds, with a variety of hot and cold meals available at our restaurants and cafes, whether you want to grab a bite for the children or try our seasonal Christmas delights, we have it all. Treat yourself this Christmas and book a delicious Festive Afternoon Tea. To book call 01235 200 965 or visit www.blenheimpalace.com to book online.

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What's on in 2014 Opening Exhibition ‘A Great Estate at War – Land, Sea and Air’ 15th February – 21st April To celebrate the First World War centenary year Blenheim Palace will open with a fascinating WWI exhibition exploring the stories behind the family members and workers on the Blenheim Estate. The stories of the war across land, sea and air will be brought to life with a fascinating display of original props, scale models, trench, costumed characters, merchandise, video, and an incredible display of original paintings. It will bring to light a time in which many ordinary people did outstandingly courageous things, and will provide an incredible insight into life at war for all to enjoy. Events Calendar There is so much for all to enjoy throughout 2014 at Britain’s Greatest Palace, with our fantastic events calendar that includes; Easter Weekend Entertainment, May Bank Holiday Jousting Tournament, The Blenheim Palace Flower Show, CLA Game Fair and more! To book tickets or for further information visit www.blenheimpalace.com or call 0800 849 6500.

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

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

Carfax Tower Junction of St Aldates and High Street, Oxford OX1 4AZ. Tel: 01865 792653. Open: 10.00 to 3pm. Admission: £2.20, Children £1.10. In 1818 St Martin’s church was rebuilt complete with tower. However, the church, apart from its tower, was demolished in 1896. The tower is all that remains today. Two ‘quarter boys’ who hit the bells at every quarter hour adorn the east facade of the church clock. Climb up 99 steps to get a sweeping view of Oxford’s spires. Open 10.00-4.30, Admission £2.30, Children £1.20.

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

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

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

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

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We have some wonderful guests and winter treats throughout December for you, starting with our annual Christmas Family Day on the 7th. Please check our events page on the website: www.blackwell.co.uk Tickets are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623 We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Christmas Family Day Saturday 7th December 11am - 4pm Join us in the magical world of Narnia for a day of festive fun. Enjoy Facepainting, festive music and the chance to meet a few of the authors of our favourite picks of 2013. This is a free event and open to all the family

Mark Forsyth/ The Elements of Eloquence Monday 9th December at 7pm Tickets: ÂŁ3 In this ideal Christmas gift, Mark Forsyth, author of bestselling 'The Etymologicon' explains and shows us how it is not what you say but how you say it!

Jack and Michael Whitehall/ Him and Me Saturday 14th December at 1pm Please join us for what promises to be a hugely entertaining signing with comedian Jack Whitehall and father Michael. This is a free event, please arrive early to avoid disappointment!


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

Wychwood Brewery Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP Tel: 01993 890 800 Web: www.wychwood.co.uk Hand-crafted fine beers and organic ales from the famous Oxfordshire brewer. Wychwood Brewery is an English brewery founded by Paddy Glenny in 1983, and located in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is owned by Refresh UK, a subsidiary of Marstons plc.

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One of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets! Family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, together with the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d'art, known as the Faringdon Collection. Includes Burne-Jones's famous series, The legend of the Briar Rose.The enchanting gardens contain the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto in 1904 for the first Lord Faringdon. See website for more details www.buscotpark.com

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

Robin Hood Friday 29th November - Sunday 12th January: Robin Hood is riding into Oxford Playhouse for the very first time in this action-packed new panto. Expect non-stop thrills and spills as Robin and his Merry Men battle the evil Sherriff of Nottingham in this classic tale sure to delight all the family. With a superb cast of your favourite characters, sing-a-long tunes, stunning dancing, slapstick, silliness and lots of chances to join in, it’s going to be the perfect festive entertainment. Don’t delay secure a panto-tastic time for your family today!

Father Christmas and the Icicle Bicycle Thursday 12th - Tuesday 31st December: All the elves are busy working away, making bikes, trikes, scooters and toys for Christmas presents, but the snowmen are causing chaos, and Rudolph’s too poorly to pull the sleigh. How is Father Christmas going to deliver all the presents? He’s going to need your help! Come to the North Pole for stories, festive songs and decoration making. Meet Father Christmas and all his team in this interactive adventure for young children and their families.

Oxford Jazz Masters Series Saturday 4th January: OxJaMS returns to the BT for one night only with musicians Paul Dunmall (tenor, soprano saxes) and Tony Bianco (drums) paying tribute to the jazz giant John Coltrane. The evening is hosted by the OxJaMs Trio: George Haslam, Richard Leigh Harris and Steve Kershaw. With support from Jazz Services/PRS and SLAM.

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I’m An Aristocrat Get Me Out Of Here 6th December - 5th January: From the team that brought you the hit Christmas shows Grimm and Grimmer and What The Dickens? Paris, 1792. Revolution grips the city and the secret police march traitors to their deaths. No one is safe. Everyone is a suspect. Paris needs a hero, someone who can deliver it from this terror and restore freedom and justice. Will such a hero emerge? Yes. Tickets: £14, £9 concessions, £6 U18. See website for info www.pegasustheatre.org.uk

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

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Friday 6th December - Saturday 4th January: It’s been winter in Narnia for ever so long. Always winter and never Christmas, can you imagine? What if there was another world inside an old wardrobe? A world under the rule of a cruel queen, where everyone lived in fear and it never stopped snowing. This Christmas you can join the Pevensie children on the greatest adventure of their lives. We’ll return to The North Wall for our third magical and imaginative family Christmas show in the year that will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Oxford’s most famous sons, CS Lewis. With live music, comedy and plenty of 1940s charm, Mr Tumnus and Mr & Mrs Beaver can’t wait to meet you there. Tickets: £13.50 – £30 Special offers for groups of ten or more. Recommended for age 5+

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

Hidden Spire 2013: How Lucky Are You? 12th, 13th and 14th December: An extraordinary collaboration between Crisis Skylight Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station brings together professional artists and homeless people for a unique Christmas offering. Based on the theme of chance, audiences can laugh out loud one moment and shed a tear the next, on a journey explored through theatre, movement, and music. Tickets: £12, Concessions £10. (Dinner and Show: £20, Conc £18) Time: 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee, 2.30pm)

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Betrayal by Harold Pinter Saturday 30th November: The play centres on an affair and it’s consequences. Emma is married to Robert, a publisher. But for seven years, has been having an affair with Jerry, a literary agent, Robert's best friend. In a clever dramatic device which really works well for the audience, the play starts after the end of the affair and charts significant events in reverse. It draws out all sorts of betrayals, betrayals of others, and ourselves. It includes Pinter’s trademark economical dialogue, and he skilfully draws out the character’s self absorption, and deceptions. And it is funny too! Times: 7.30pm Tickets: £14.50, £13 (concs)

Christmas Time Friday 13th December: It’s a two man musical comedy – where our leads take us on an adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! They make themselves a very merry Christmas and us too. The premise is that Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody! Tickets: £14.50, £13 (concs), £50 (family ticket) Ages: 10+

The Night Before Christmas Saturday 14th - Tuesday 24th December: On the night before Christmas Emily stares out of her window, hugs her teddy bear and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a mouse called Eddie can't understand why humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, get directions froma robot and is given some unexpected advise from a magical fairy ontop of the tree. Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny shaped present under the tree??? See website for list of dates and for booking tickets.

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FESTIVE EVENTS

DANIEL TONG 05 December, 8pm

M@SH ADVENT WASSAIL 01 December, 8pm

MATTHEW TRUSCOTT ROBIN MICHAEL, DANIEL TONG 07 December, 7pm

CUSHION CONCERT Christmas Brass 15 December, 10am, 11am, 12pm

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY Tickets: Oxford Playhouse 01865 305 305 www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

Oxford Philomusica Saturday 14 December, Sheldonian Theatre, 7.30pm

BACH Christmas Oratorio Katherine Watson soprano, Jeremy Kenyon alto Gwilym Bowen tenor, Christopher Borrett bass Merton College Choir Benjamin Nicholas conductor 01865 980 980 www.oxfordphil.com

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Faculty of Music of Oxford University St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DB Tel: 01865 276133 Web: www.music.ac.uk/events

Balzan Workshop Monday 2nd December: Mongols Howling, Latins Barking: Voice and Song in Early Musical Encounters in Precolonial Eurasia. Convened by Dr Jason Stoessel, the workshop brings together international speakers to discuss intercultural and musical encounters during the middle ages and early modern period. Admission: Free – open to all, Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Venue: Faculty of Music

Phantasm, Consort in Residence at Magdalen College Monday 2nd December: Unusual consort music for 4 and 5 viols from England, France and Italy with works by Christopher Tye, Claude Le Jeune, Etienne Moulinié, and Tarquinio Merula. This is music that mixes flamboyance and depth of polyphonic construction with heady doses of reverence and spiritual devotion. Admission: £10 / £5 students / phantasmtickets@gmail.com or 07952 223218, Time: 8pm, Venue: Magdalen College

Research Colloquium with Juniper Hill (University of Cambridge) Tuesday 3rd December: ‘Social and Cultural Influences on Creative Potential’ The Colloquium is followed by discussion and a drinks reception. Students, staff and general public are warmly encouraged to attend. Admission: Free – open to all, Time: 5.15pm, Venue: Faculty of Music

Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music Thursday 5th December: Byzantine Chant and the Latin West: A Re-evaluation in the Light of Recent Research by Alexander Lingas (City University London and EHRC, Oxford) The speaker’s presentation is followed by a full hour of discussion during which wine is served. Admission: Free – open to all, Time: 5pm, Venue: Wharton Room, All Souls College

Music at Oxford Osney Lock Boathouse, Osney Lock, Bridge Street, Oxford OX2 0AX Box Office: 01865 244806 Email: info@musicatoxford.com

Elias String Quartet: The Beethoven Project Friday 6th December: Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op 18 No 1, String Quintet in C major Op 29 and String Quartet in A minor Op 132. We continue our journey through the complete and almost mythic Beethoven String Quartets with this outstanding group. Their in-depth study of these works results in a strong sense of overall architecture and acute awareness of the shape, meaning and interplay of every phrase. Immensely powerful and involving performances are the result. Follow the Elias String Quartet’s rehearsal and interpretation of these masterworks at www.thebeethovenproject.com, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. ‘Many think this young quartet will be the next Amadeus.’ The Sunday Telegraph Tickets £42 £28 £18 £10 (Students £5 off/Under 18s half price) Box Office 01865 244806, online www.musicatoxford.com

Christmas at Christ Church Christ Church Cathedral Choir & Stephen Darlington Friday 13th & Friday 20th December: Oxford’s perennial favourite Christmas event, Christmas at Christ Church is a simple celebration of words and music offering the essential flavour of Christmas whilst not being a religious service. Readings and carols, humour and warmth, the very best of Christmas writing is on offer. Stephen Darlington and the choir of Christ Church offer a stimulating and thoughtful selection of carols both ancient and modern whilst this year’s reader will present yuletide words from through the ages. Book early as this event is always popular. Tickets £42 £28 £18 £10 (no view) (Students £5 off/Under 18s half price) Box Office 01865 244806, online www.musicatoxford.com

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

CK Gospel Choir: Christmas Saturday 14th December: They are a unique 16 piece group from London and have headlined at venues and festivals across Europe including the Jazz café in London. They have supported acts such as Beverley Knight, Leona Lewis and Alfie Boe on various tours and tv promotional campaigns. CK Gospel Choir reached the Semi Final of Sky 1 talent show Must be the Music. One of our sopranos, Ruth Brown, was also a finalist on the The Voice UK UK on BBC1. So they are popular, they are appealing and they will lift our pre Christmas spirits. Time: 8pm Tickets: £14.50, £13 (concs)

4 Girls 4 Harps By Candlelight Thursday 19th December: They are a harp quartet of four female musicians and the show is a melee of beautiful Christmas tunes on the harp and some non festive favourites. The ladies break between pieces to talk a little with the audience about where the tunes came from and increase the festive feel. And – all ebign well – it’ll all be set to candlelight in our lovely auditorium. The quartet formed in 2000 at the Royal College of Music. They performed live on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night. Their most recent CD ‘Fireworks and Fables’ has been played regularly on Classic FM and Radios 2 and 3. Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £14.50, £13 (concs), £50 (family ticket)

Jacqueline du Pré Music Building St Hilda's College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY Tel: 01865 286660 Web: www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp

Jdp M@SH Series - Advent Wassail Sunday 1st December: An Oxford tradition in the making, the Advent Wassail is back by popular demand. M@SH takes a fresh look at traditional carols and wassail songs, exploring their roots in the rich heritage of British, Irish, and Appalachian folk music. This concert is an appealing and thoughtful take on the familiar Christmas repertoire, and is the perfect way to start Advent and get in the festive mood. Time: 8pm Tickets: £5 on the door

Jdp Piano Series - Daniel Tong Thursday 5th December: HAYDN Variations in F minor. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in F minor Op.2/1. HAYDN Fantasia in C major. HAYDN Piano Sonata no.52 in E flat major. A frequent visitor in recent years, Daniel Tong will doubtless be familiar to JdP audiences – and we look forward to his return, this time with music from the heart of the piano repertoire. Two pieces by Haydn, rooted in the witty and amiable genre of the divertimento (Fantasia in Cmaj & Variations in Fmin), are contrasted with two expansive and substantial works – Haydn’s grand and imposing final keyboard sonata, and Beethoven’s stormy first effort in the genre. Time: 8pm Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students

Jdp Chamber Music Series Saturday 7th December: MATTHEW TRUSCOTT (violin), ROBIN MICHAEL (cello), DANIEL TONG (piano) Piano Trios by HAYDN and BEETHOVEN. Haydn’s late piano trios contain some his most subtle, lyrical and witty music. Indeed, eminent pianist and writer Charles Rosen has called these pieces ‘the most brilliant piano works before Beethoven’ – so it is apt that this evening’s concert also features a piano trio from the latter composer. Full of typically Beethovenian energy and dynamism, the trio’s ‘Ghost’ nickname appears to refer to the eerie and mysterious middle movement. The ticket price includes entry to a pre-concert talk given by broadcaster and writer Richard Wigmore. Times: 7pm (pre-concert talk, 6.30pm) Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students

Jdp M@SH Series - Contemporary Music For All Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th January: Contemporary Music for All and AllComers Music come back to the JdP for their annual residential course. For the second year running, M@SH are delighted to be hosting open workshops of newly composed pieces by the Allcomers Music orchestra. 2.15pm-3.30pm. Admission is free. The course tutors Max Baillie (viola) Robin Michael (cello) and Darragh Morgan (violin) will give a concert of solo and chamber music on Saturday 4 January, 8.15pm. The Fidelio Trio will perform a programme of Schubert, Beethoven and Deane on Sunday 5 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door (£10 stalls/ £5 students).

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Oxford Coffee Concerts

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

Oxford Coffee Concerts

1 December: Doric String Quartet Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.2. Puccini Crisantemi. Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.4 8 December: Lawrence Power (violin/viola) and Simon Crawford-Philips (piano) Brahms Sonatas 15 December: Adderbury Ensemble - Directed by David Lepage Christmas Concert to include. Corelli Christmas Concerto. Vivaldi Seasons (Winter)

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8 December: St Marys Church, Adderbury Adderbury Ensemble, Christmas Candlelit Concert

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4 December: Directed by David Le Page. St John the Evangelist Church, Oxford Candelit Christmas Concert, Corelli Christmas Concerto, Handel Concerto Grosso Pachelbel Canon, Vivaldi Autumn and Winter £11 adults, £10 full time students, senior citizens and under 16s Free admission to children ages 5 -10 accompanied by an adult (under 5s not permitted entry) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865 305305 Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

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

Maxim Vengerov Sunday 1st December: Franck, Violin Sonata in A major. Saint-Saëns, Havanaise in E major, Op. 83. Tchaikovsky, Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op. 34. Maxim Vengerov - violin Marios Papadopoulos - piano Following his breathtaking appearance with the Orchestra earlier this year, violin legend Maxim Vengerov will join with Marios Papadopoulos for a very special recital to launch his residency with Oxford Philomusica. His dazzling talent will shine through three of the finest works written for violin and piano: Franck’s emotionally-charged Sonata in A, Saint-Saëns’ sultry, latin-infused Havanaise and Tchaikovsky’s glittering Valse-Scherzo. Tickets: £50 £35 £25 £1 Please note there is no interval in this recital and only a limited number of tickets available. Early booking is recommended. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre Time: 3pm

Anne-Sophie Mutter Wednesday 4th December: Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, ‘Fingal’s Cave’. Schubert, Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D. 485. Dvořák, Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53. Anne-Sophie Mutter violin, Marios Papadopoulos conductor. ‘In the galaxy of international violin stars Anne-Sophie Mutter represents a rare comet. The opportunity to see her play locally is something like a celestial event’ exclaims the LA Times. And so we are thrilled that she is joining Oxford Philomusica to perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto – a rarely heard yet brilliant and beguiling work that often falls into the shadow of its companion for cello. Mendelssohn’s ever-popular overture and Schubert’s gloriously radiant Mozartian symphony will open the concert, setting the tone for what promises to be a dazzling evening. Tickets £50 £35 £25 £15, Venue: Sheldonian Theatre,Time: 8pm

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Christmas Carol Concert

Sunday 15th December at 7pm SHELDONIAN THEATRE

HANDEL

Zadok the Priest

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Oxford’s Professional Orchestra

Sleigh Ride

BERLIOZ

Shepherds’ Farewell

RAVEL

Mother Goose Suite

Onyx Brass, Oxford City Choir and St. Helen’s Chapel Choir. Jacques Cohen Conductor

Tickets £10 - £31 01865 744457 / 305305

City Of Oxford Orchestra Tel: 01865 744457. Web: www.cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk. E-mail: info@cityofoxfordorchestra.co.uk.

Christmas Carol Concert Sunday 15th December: HANDEL Zadok the Priest, BERLIOZ The Shepherds’ Farewell, LEROY ANDERSON Sleigh Ride, RAVEL Mother Goose Suite, DARKE In the Bleak Midwinter and Carols for Choir and Audience. Onyx Brass, Oxford City Choir and Joint Chamber Choir of Abingdon School and the School of St Helen and St Katharine add their own special magic to the evening. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £10-31.

Concerto by Candlelight Sunday 22nd December: CORELLI Christmas Concerto, BACH Air on the G string, MARCELLO Oboe Concerto, VIVALDI Winter, PACHELBEL Canon, BACH in Dulci Jubilo and MORRICONE Gabriel’s Oboe. Tim Watts Oboe and Roland Roberts Director/Violin ‘The perfect way to start Christmas: sublime music in an enchanting chapel and the magic of Candlelight Cantabile.’ Venue: Exeter College. Times: 5pm and 8pm. Tickets: £23.

Christmas by Candlelight Exeter College Chapel, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP

Round me falls the night Saturday 21st December: Baroque to Modern Anthems & Carols for SATB + chamber organ. Felice Anerio: Angelus autem Domini descendit de caelo. A. Caldara: Regina caeli laetare for four voices in canon. J.C. Bach: Magnificat for four voices & organ. W.H.C. Romanis/A. Dresde: Round me falls the night. P. Warlock: Benedicamus Domino. J. Joubert: There is no rose of such virtue. M. Williamson: This Christmas night. £17 (OAP £16, students £10) at the door or from the Oxford Playhouse's Tickets Oxford. Time: 7:30pm Venue: Exeter College Chapel

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

47 Ronin After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai - a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues With the 70's behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to the news desk. Also back for more are Ron's co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone, weather man Brick Tamland, man on the street Brian Fantana and sports guy Champ Kind - All of whom won't make it easy to stay classy…while taking the nation's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Based on the Jack Ryan character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, the film is a contemporary action thriller set in the present day. The original story, written by David Koepp, follows a young Jack as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all — a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself — the Dragon Smaug.

Oldboy "Oldboy" is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.

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Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE. Tel: 01865 812150 Booking: 01865 812150 Web: www.pegasustheatre.org.uk

Family Cushion Concerts at JdP Sunday 15th December: Book at Pegasus for the family cushion concerts at Jacqueline du Pre Music Building! These regular Cushion Concerts on Sundays introduce children and their families to different instruments and music. The informal, up-close concerts last 45 minutes and are led by Rozzy, with Mr Cello with specialist performers. Bring your own cushions! Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm (for over 5s) Cost: Family Cushion Concerts: £5 (babies under 1 year free).

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

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

Cornerstone Arts 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE Tel: 01235 515 144 Web: www.cornerstone-arts.org.

Aladdin, The Children's Pantomime! Saturday 21st December: Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to ride the magic carpet with Aladdin and his lamp as he lands at Wantage Civic Hall on 21st December for some festive family fun. Boo and hiss along with this fabulous pantomime especially for all little (and not-so-little) Genie-uses! Tickets: £8.50 each Family tickets for 4 people including a minimum of one child are available for £30. Please contact the Box Office for details. Time: 2pm

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

Santa's Grotto Until 24th December : Santa's Grotto opens Saturday 9th November at 11.30am This unique family experience lasts just over 45 minutes and is the ultimate way to visit Santa. Enter our magic wonderland and meet with our bashful elves, make reindeer food and learn a special song taught by our head elf! The adventure continues into Santa's living room where you will listen to a magical story told by the big man himself- a truly wonderful experiance for all the family to enjoy. Child Ticket £8.99 Adult Ticket £3.49 Pre-booking online recommended. Tickets can also be purchased in advance from the Garden Customer Service Desk.

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Art, Antiques & Museums Christ Church Picture Gallery The Florentine Innocenti: Vincenzo Borghini and the artists of the Foundling Hospital in Florence Until 24 February 2014

Opening Times December - May (closed Tuesdays) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm Sun: 2 - 4.30pm Christ Church, Oxford. Entrance Via Oriel Square. Admission: £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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

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University of Oxford Shop 106 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 247414. Web: www.oushop.com.

Watercolour, Acrylic, Photography and Prints of views around the City. Artists displayed include Valerie Petts, Ken Messer, David Langford, John Bastin and many more. On sale year round, commissions accepted.

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

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

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

Open Mon-Sun noon- 2.30pm, 7pm-10pm

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, OX13 5BH stay@fallowfields.com www.fallowfields.com Tel: 01865 820416


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Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps

Sanders is ready for Christmas, with our wide selection of 17th to 20th century maps and prints, there’s something for everyone and every budget. New stock for Christmas includes: Japanese woodblocks, regional and world maps, fauna and flora prints and caricatures, alongside a wide selection of beautiful and unusual Oxford prints and photographs. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find a unique and personal gift this Christmas.

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

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30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP Tel: 01865 722 733 Web: www.modernartoxford.org.uk

After/Hours/Drop/Box Thursday 5th December: To coincide with the exhibition After/Hours/Drop/Box, writer, broadcaster and musician Morgan Quaintance chairs a panel discussion exploring the relevance and use of popular music within contemporary art. Tickets: £4/£3 Booking essential Time: 7pm

Late Night Christmas Shopping Thursday 5th & Thursday 12th December: Stuck for ideas for alternative oneoff Christmas presents? Don't panic - we have some creative solutions for you. High quality fine art prints, stunning jewellery and gifts to ignite your children's creativity. From unique stocking fillers to stylish design-led products that have featured in The Observer and Stylist Magazine. Alternatively if you are the armchair shopper or are squeezed for time then you can order via our online shop. Why not make your Christmas shopping the full Modern Art Oxford experience and come and have lunch in our cafe before browsing in the shop.

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

Winter Exhibition Featured artists: Stuart Buchanan, Sonia Rollo, Mark Hall, Frank To, Kate Kessling, John Bauer, Sadie Brockbank, Paul Kessling, Sue Bartlett, Fletcher Prentice. Image: Mark Hall ‘Perfect Delivery’ Bronze 2/24, W135 x D105 x H280mm

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

Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas Exhibition Tuesday 3rd – Monday 23rd December: The Oxfordshire Craft Guild is returning to the Old Fire Station for a Christmas selling exhibition featuring a range of crafts including ceramics, jewellery, glass, papier mache and wood turning. A must visit for people who love skilfully made and designed pieces or are looking for a unique Christmas present. Opening Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm

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Shopping University of Oxford Shop

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

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

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

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Store & Tours

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

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

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

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14 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JQ Tel: +44 (0) 1865 724312 Email: carmel@englishinoxford.com Web: www.englishinoxford.com In the centre of Oxford, the Lake School of English offers a professional, dynamic approach to teaching and a supportive environment for learning with intensive courses delivered by well-qualified and experienced teachers. Our students enjoy personal attention, inclusive social activities, comfortable accommodation and lovely self-study facilities. The Lake School is British Council accredited, a Centre of Excellence 2010 - 2012, and a member of Quality English.

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

Independent Schools Bloxham School

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

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Sport Oxford University Rugby Football Club Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Tel: 01865 432000. Web: www.ourfc.org.uk. Mon 2nd Dec

Blues v Esher

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Whippets v Cambridge University Under 21A's

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Greyhounds v Cambridge LX Club

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Under 21s v Oxford Harlequins

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All matches take place at the Iffley Road Stadium. For further details please visit our website, www.ourfc.org or email ourfc@sport.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 432000

Oxford United Football Club The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP. Tel: 01865 337533. Web: www.oufc.co.uk. (A)

Sat 14th Dec

Oxford United v Dag & Red

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Oxford United v York

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Oxford United v Plymouth

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Oxford United v Scunthorpe

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Oxford United v Newport County

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Oxford United v Bury

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Health & Beauty Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates

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Tel: 07970 119721. E-mail: mfranke.osteo@googlemail.com. Web: www.monicafranke.com. With clinics in Bletchingdon, Abingdon and central Oxford, Monica Franke offers expertise in general osteopathy, sports osteopathy and Pilates, emphasising high standards of communication, diagnosis and treatment. She is recently joined by two associates, Ben Ousey and Angela Power who also offer particular areas of expertise, including sports injuries, cranial osteopathy and mom’s and babies. Franke Osteopathy practitioners enjoy helping people to understand the origin of their aches and strains, and helping them to more pain-free function and improved performance. Visit our website or blog (frankeosteopathy.tumblr.com) to find out more.

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

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

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

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

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

The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit Movement Science Group Oxford Brookes University Gipsy Lane, Headington Oxford, OX3 0BP Tel: 01865 483839 The Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Unit is a specialist fitness studio designed exclusively for people recovering from illness or who have mobility issues. It is run by experienced clinical exercise scientists at Oxford Brookes University and is a non-profit making unit supported by the University and charitable donations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Burlington House Hotel

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

Royal Oxford Hotel

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

Hawkwell House

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

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3 New Rd, Oxford OX1 1AY Tel: 0844 693 0659 Web: www.malmaison.com/locations/oxford Tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels? Well, this time you're going to the slammer in style, at the former gaol now known as Malmaison Oxford. You're not going to be behind bars though: you're going to be sipping the coolest cocktails in the free world at MALBAR. And don't worry about doing porridge. Mal Brasserie serves an eclectic mix of classic dishes with a twist, from freshly caught fish to the famous Mal Burger.

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Hope House Woodstock 14 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1TS Tel: 01993 815990 Web: www.hopehousewoodstock.co.uk

Three spacious suites (60-80sqm) have all been meticulously restored and magnificently furnished. Within 500 metres of our front door are 14 eateries. Some fine AA two rosette restaurants, lively brasseries and gastro pubs. No shortage of culinary options for your stay at Hope House. There are also 15 public houses within walking distance!

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

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

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

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

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Vanburgh House Hotel 20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 244 622 Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk

Vanbrugh House Hotel gives a unique guest experience. With 22 individual bedrooms and suites of contemporary design, it offers comfort and style. Featuring English hand crafted furniture, eclectic fixtures and fittings, whilst being set in an historic building. There are echoes of the hotels own 18th century heritage in the combination of highly-polished service and homeliness. To stay in Vanbrugh House is to live in the heart of Oxford past and present.

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

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

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

Fallowfields Country House Hotel Faringdon Rd, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5BH Tel: 01865 820416 Web: www.fallowfields.com Fallowfields is one of the leading boutique hotels in Oxfordshire. Our fine dining restaurant is outstanding. Guests come here for wonderful food, bedrooms and calm, tranquil surroundings. “Boutique hotels in Oxfordshire don’t get much better than this”

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Ham hock terrine, homemade beetroot chutney £5.25. Crab, chilli & rocket salad £6.25 8oz Rob eye steak, hand cut chips, watercress & Béarnaise £17.50 Free range chicken breast, Savoy cabbage, baby onions, Pancetta, peas £10.95 Combined Chocolate pot, Lemon pousset and Cherry bakewell.

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✓ Beautiful décor – an Alice in Wonderland feel ✓ Welcoming and very friendly staff ✓ Excellent food

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✓ Home from home feel in the centre of the city

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Hotel Review:

A great home from home feeling

Reviewed by Richard Rosser

5th November 2014

On a pleasant November 5th, we took the short taxi ride from Headington to the exquisite Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford’s newest hotel and restaurant in St Michael’s Street. Oxford was busy. Not only was it Firework’s Night, but The Oxford Union was a hive of activity, - the hotel is located directly opposite this Oxford institution. The hotel has a welcoming lounge area which doubles up as a reception with no unnecessary fanfare. With just 22 individual bedrooms and suites, checking in and out is more of a laidback affair in boutique hotels, and within minutes we were being show to majestic Vicarage Suite. As the pictures show, not only is the room good enough to stay in for an eternity, the bathroom leaves you spoilt for choice – bathe in one of two baths or shower AND watch the TV?!?!? Options, options! Our attentive host, Michaela, showed us on to the gorgeous private terrace, which must be heaven in the summer for breakfast or a drink before dinner, and, no doubt, after! The room is superb, quite possibly one of the best we’ve ever stayed in. We made our way to the restaurant located in the basement of the hotel. The restaurant is perfect for the hotel and it’s a perfect hotel restaurant. Tina and I were really impressed. The food was excellent and the service second to none. We enjoyed our starters and mains but had little room for dessert until we were offered a special treat from the chef, a trio of desserts on one plate. How we could go from struggling to accommodate one dessert to finishing off three is beyond me, but we did it in style! Although it was barely past 10pm when we finished, we decided on an early night – well, it was a week night – and fell asleep watching the TV in that fabulous four poster. I seem to remember telling you it was a week night, but best laid plans and all that and we were up at 8.30am – oh dear! A good hour after we were supposed to get up. Never mind, work could wait. Getting ready in that bathroom was a Disneyland experience! I had a bath but had to at least sample the incredible freestanding shower as well. And then it was off for the final scene. Breakfast in the restaurant. Fresh fruit, naughty pastries, cereal, fresh juice and an even naughtier Eggs Royale – poached egg with salmon for me and Eggs Benedicte for Tina. The perfect start to the day. We said our goodbyes and thank you’s and wondered how on earth we could justify going back. I’m sure we’ll think of something. If you need to recommend a hotel in Oxford, then The Vanbrugh ticks all of the boxes, BUT, I strongly recommend you try it out for yourself first, just to be sure! 20 - 24 St Michael's Street, Oxford OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 244622 Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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Restaurants Shanghai 30’s

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

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Rice Box 178 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE. Tel: 01865 202138. Web: www.riceboxrestaurant.co.uk.

Located perfectly in amongst the hustle and bustle of Cowley Road, Rice Box is the place to go to if you want quick service, delicious food and a welcoming smile. Rice Box has a wide selection of dishes, including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese and Thai.

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

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Jee Saheb 15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX Tel: (01865) 513773 Web: www.jeesaheb.co.uk

With our restaurant we have created an ambience that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed. Our key aim is to use fresh produce and source it from local suppliers where possible. We offer no fuss, just classic Asian cuisine. You can enjoy our food in a main dining room, with a party of friends in our function room with a capacity of 28, or if the weather permits in our garden.

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

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

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

Annora Restaurant

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

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

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

Rosemary

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

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

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

Pierre Victoire

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

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

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

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

The White Hart

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

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

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Quod Brasserie & Bar

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

La Cucina

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

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

The Beetle and Wedge

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

The Bear & Ragged Staff

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

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

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

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

Cherwell Boathouse

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

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

The Trout

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

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

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

The Old Parsonage

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

The Red Lion

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

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

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

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

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Cafe Loco The Old Palace, 85/87 St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1RA. Tel: 01865 200959. Web: www.goingloco.com.

Just two minutes walk from Carfax Tower is Cafe Loco, with such delights as stunning coffee, sumptuous Eggs Benedict, Full English, homemade Specials, Scones, Teacakes and Full Afternoon Tea, it’s a wonder you haven’t been!!!!!!! Introducing NEW business lunch delivery service. For details info@goingloco.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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A new dining experience will arrive in Iffley village...

Make sure you’re ready for it!

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3 course set menu £20: Sweetcorn & crab risotto / Pork Belly / Popcorn Pannacotta. 3 course set menu £20: Wild mushrooms / Fish Pie / Blackberry & Almond Tart. Pinot Grigio Miolo Campanha, Brazil £6.75. Chardonnay Reserve, Parkville, Nugan Estate, Aus £5.75. Rioja Crianza, Juan de Alzate, Spain

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✓ Lovely roaring fire with red leather settees ✓ Good selection draught beer & lager

✓ Nice tables - roomy, sturdy, no wobbles

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Restaurant Review:

The Chequers at Burcot

Reviewed by Matt Wright

9th November 2013

As the rain sheeted down outside, the lure of the roaring log fire was hypnotic. Like rather bedraggled moths to a flame, we dragged ourselves onto the comfy red leather settees, and warmed ourselves before the dancing flames. The Silver Fox & I were early for lunch, so we investigated the extensive draught beer selection, working our way along the generous bar, from left to right. We were about to reset left, when our impersonation of a human typewriter was thwarted, and we were shown to our table, tastefully decorated in black & cream, reflecting the Chequers motif. Purely in the course of due diligence, we chose our wines by the glass - 16 of them, kept under vacuum in a Verre de Vin, not to mention the champagne and sparkling wines, catering for both the familiar and the adventurous. So armed with an adventurous Brazilian Pinot Grigio and a familiar Australian Reserve Chardonnay, we tucked into our sublime starters crab risotto for me and mushrooms in truffle oil for the Silver Fox. A hulking fish pie then materialised, peeking out from beneath a duvet of fluffy mash, whilst my pork belly came delicately presented on a wooden platter, with triple-cooked chips nestling alongside in their own basket. I had been hoping for some leftovers, but the Fox had made a clean kill, and was now busy polishing the edges of his bowl, pronouncing himself extremely satisfied. Meanwhile, the Rioja had mysteriously evaporated, so we moved on down the wine list, to an organic Sangiovese, pleasurably dry, with soft tannins. It was still distinctly bandit weather outside, so rather than take any chances, we decided to stay put, and collect our just desserts. My popcorn pannacotta was attractively presented on a black slate slab, the creamy hinterland juxtaposed against the salted caramel outskirts. For somebody who ‘never eats dessert’, the Fox had done a surprisingly efficient job, only a few crumbs providing a clue to the deep purple blackberry and almond slice that had sat there a few moments previously. As we lingered over coffee, conversation turned to the blackboard story of the Secret Highwayman behind us, whose harness was evidently discovered last century, hidden in the pub’s chimney breast. We decided that as smash and grab raids went, he could have done worse than to have simply stayed inside at The Chequers - cooking of this quality, really is a steal. Abingdon Road, Burcot, OX14 3DP Tel: 01865 407771 Web: www.thechequers-burcot.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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✓ Staff – friendly, helpful and great service

✓ Atmosphere – a restaurant, local, and stylish bar all in one

✓ Food – good ingredients, well cooked and well presented

✓ Décor – had an authentic touch, without going over the top

✓ Menu – good range of options, but not intimidating in length

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Restaurant Review:

The Kazbar on Cowley Road

Reviewed by John Hobart

10th November

What made dinner at Kazbar on the Cowley Road so enjoyable was the atmosphere –great live music, authentic décor and, best of all, really friendly staff. From reserving a table to ordering food the Kazbar staff were helpful – advising me that there was live flamenco music on Thursday evenings and there would be a good crowd (they weren’t kidding!), and helping make selections from the menu. We arrived at 7.30 while the restaurant was still quiet, were warmly welcomed, shown straight to a table and began to soak in our Moroccan/Spanish surroundings. The restaurant has a range of small and medium tables with Moroccan textile cushions and metal lamps, providing intimate spaces for couples and larger spaces for groups. The drinks menu offers a range of imported beers and medium priced mostly Spanish wines (£15-£25 per bottle), as well as cocktails with a Moroccan twist - we tried an excellent Moroccan Ice Tea and Golden Margarita as well as a couple of glasses of a very tasty Malbec. The food menu, using specialist imported ingredients, continues the authentic Spanish feel with a range of tapas, divided into sections of dips and mezze, cheese, meat, fish, vegetarian and specials, with six to eight options on each. This choice, while not intimidating, made selecting fun but tricky, with advice from the waitress we ordered a range of dishes. They arrived beautifully presented in their terracotta bowls and every one of them was delicious – the Babaganoush (aubergine dip), Harrisa Potatoes, and Chorizo with Prawns were particularly good! As we enjoyed our food the restaurant filled up with a mix of students, couples, groups and music fans there to enjoy the flamenco band. The music was excellent, the atmosphere buzzing and the food delicious. The food was only part of the experience as Kazbar welcomes a range of guests by offering half-price tapas before 6pm to suit the student budget; live Spanish music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, draws in the local Spanish crowd; while in the summer tables on the street and opening the roof turn this bit of the Cowley Road into a piece of the Med! Overall Kazbar pressed all the right buttons, combining great atmosphere, good food and drinks, excellent staff, and good prices. It’s a great venue on the Cowley road either as a local or as a change, but once visited you’ll certainly be back again!

25-27 Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1HP Tel: 01865 202920 Web: www.kazbar.co.uk www.inoxford.com

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We visited The Evenlode on a wintery Monday night, so the sight of a big burning open fire in the restaurant was a welcome one. David, the owner, was very passionate and knowledgeable about food and wine and explained that his wish was to create a fine dining experience for his more discerning guests, sectioning off a certain area of the restaurant next to the fire where guests could enjoy their meal in privacy. Our meal began with starters of crab & lobster lasagne (£8.95) which had a good flavour of both. The mushroom and black truffle ravioli (£8.95) had generous shavings of black truffle and very enjoyable. The palate cleanser of lemon and champagne sorbet was a nice touch. Onto our mains. The pan fried skate wing with capers (£24.95) was a delicious and enjoyable dish.  My guest had the Welsh rack of lamb with minted butter (£25.95) which had a more dramatic appearance served pink and juicy with paper frills on the bones no less.  We enjoyed a generous selection of potatoes and vegetables. There is a good choice of fine wines on the wine menu.  David recommended a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape (£49.95), served in large glass goblets - this was certainly a welcome addition to the meal. Leaving little space for desserts I had the chocolate fudge cake whereas my guest had the cheese board with a dizzying array of great English cheeses to choose from. The service was very attentive and friendly throughout.  A leisurely amount of time was left between courses so the whole meal was a relaxed affair.  The restaurant welcomes children and has an area where you can take dogs inside. They also have a huge garden that comes to life with a bouncy castle in the summer. The Evenlode’s specialty is a carvery which you can enjoy throughout the week, especially popular at the weekend. Review by Julie Drayford Old Witney Road Eynsham Witney OX29 4PS Web: www.adcevenlode.co.uk

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