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WIN 2 TICKETS! To the Old Fire Station’s Christmas show! See page 19.







Bobbi Brown Cosmetics are offering an immersive shopping experience at Westgate Oxford. See page 4.

Oxford Castle Unlocked


Our official reviewer Ruth Hawkins visits Oxford’s 1000 year old castle on pages 8-9.

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WELC ME Welcome to the November edition of In Oxford Magazine. The temperature and the leaves are both dropping, but there’s no need to feel down. In this issue we have a plethora of great (and warm) things for you to do this month. Brighten your day and your look with some great cosmetics from Bobbi Brown on page 4 or Smashbox on page 35. Or how about something a little more theatrical with one of the Old Fire Station’s upcoming shows, “People of the Eye” and “Working Christmas”, on pages 19 and 17. Or perhaps you want to embrace this chilly month with some bonechilling stories from Oxford Castle Unlocked on one of their spooky prison tours on page 8. We’ve also reviewed some wonderful cafes and restaurants which get a big thumbs up from us and our readers.

6 City Sightseeing Bus Tours   8 Oxford Castle Unlocked Reviewed by Ruth Hawkins

EVENTS 13 Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra 18 The Oxfordshire Museum   19 People of the Eye At The Old Fire Station

Happy reading! Lorna Dodson, Assistant Editor

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LEARN 20 EF Oxford Language School 20  Lake School of English

FILM 25 Paddington 2


25  Justice League

 37 Jazz-molean

25 Murder On The Orient Express

 39 Aston Pottery Country Cafe  42 Rigoletto  47 The Ben Jonson

ART 26 Sanders of Oxford 28 Antiques at Heritage

 49 The Rose  50 The Duke of Cambridge  54 The House  58 The Bear & Ragged Staff

STAY 30 The Feathers Hotel 31 Holiday Inn Oxford

WELL 60 Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford 61  Diamond House



34 Wychwood Brewery

62 Wellers

  35 Smashbox Cosmetics Opens its doors in westgate

64  Cotswold Tailor  66 The Lady Nuffield Home

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BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS Bobbi Brown Cosmetics are offering an immersive and personalised shopping experience for consumers at the heart of Oxford’s new retail centre, Westgate.

Built with brides-to-be in mind, the store is taking its bridal services to the next level and brings experience to life with this new opening. The new opening will offer the perfect way to discover a wide range of colour cosmetics, brushes, skincare, and expert services. Customers will be able to encounter a range of knowledge and experiences, be it through the exchange of tips and ideas at the artistry table, informative videos of seasonal inspirations and how-to’s, or from the expansive specialist services. Specific to the Oxford store, customers will be provided with the chance to discover their best-suited foundation with an area dedicated to all foundation offerings in varying textures, finishes and shades. “We are excited to open Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in the new Westgate Oxford, which is set to become the town’s shopping destination. Oxford is a town filled with dynamic women and students, who we know will fall in love with the Bobbi Brown range of high-quality, cult beauty products,” said Quita Davis, VP & General Manager, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. The Design Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ clean and modern aesthetic is reflected in architectural details like industrial steel cabinetry and Carrara marble, while an abundance of natural light make for the perfect beauty ambiance. At the heart and center of the space is a communal artistry table, which creates a warm and welcoming environment to try products at their own leisure, or if preferred, with the help of a makeup artist.


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“WE ARE EXCITED TO OPEN BOBBI BROWN COSMETICS IN THE NEW WESTGATE OXFORD, WHICH IS SET TO BECOME THE TOWN’S SHOPPING DESTINATION.” Private Makeup Area Part makeup studio, part learning centre. This space is ideal for customers who want a more intimate setting for their one-on-one makeup lessons or bridal makeup trial. It can also be used for small events and private makeup parties. Complete with a Brow Chair, the Makeup Room is perfect for anyone wanting to experience the recently launched Brow Service in private. The service incorporates all you need to create your ideal brow shape, with products that cater for a multitude of brow finishes. The Brow Shape service can be booked for RRP: £17.00, redeemable against products on the day of the service. The Services Bobbi Brown Cosmetics offers personalised and complimentary makeup services designed to empower women with the tools, knowledge and confidence they need to become their own makeup artists and skincare experts. Bridal makeup services will also be available.

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ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS The must-see buildings and landmarks around Oxford & Oxfordshire for locals and visitors alike.

Cherwell Boathouse - Punting  Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST  01865 515978  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.

Carfax Tower  Junction of St Aldates & High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ  01865 686442 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 10am - 5.30pm, Apr - Oct (4.30pm in October), Admission £2.20, Children £1.10.

Oxford Visitor Information Centre  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686430  The Oxford Visitor 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 Oxford Official Walking Tours, the best way to explore Oxford on foot. See in store or get in contact with us by tel or email:

City Sightseeing Bus Tours  Oxford Railway Station, Park End Street, OX1 1HS  01865 790522  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.

St Michael at the North Gate  Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY  01865 240940  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. Open: 10.30am - 5pm (10.30am - 4pm in Winter). Admission: Adults £3, Children £1.80, Family ticket £8.50, Groups of 10 or more £2.50 per person.


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The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience   0845 116 8899  The James Sadler Oxford Balloon Experience, a World class attraction to commemorate James Sadler, a working-class hero who made history in 1784 by becoming the first Englishman to fly, as well as many other remarkable achievements. The Centre will offer 120 metre high balloon rides in a tethered balloon, alongside a complementary information and education centre, educating visitors about Sadler’s extraordinary achievements. Education is key: interactive scientific concepts will be designed with children in mind.

Oxford Official Walking Tours  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686442  What better way to discover our beautiful city than on foot? The Oxford Official Walking Tours are a fascinating and entertaining way to explore and learn about this unique city, its history, University, famous people and odd traditions. Oxford Official Walking Tours cover a wide range of topics from an introduction to the city and its University to Inspector Morse, Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien and more.

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin  High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ  01865 279111  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 127 steps to make it to the top to enjoy fine uninterrupted views across Oxford and the surrounding countryside. Open: 9am to 5pm (July and August 9am-6pm). Tower Admission: Adult £4 (Concs £2.50)

Oxford Castle Unlocked  44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY  01865 260666  Discover 1,000 years of Oxford’s history. Oxford Castle Unlocked is a visitor attraction with a past stretching far beyond your imagination. Led by a costumed character guide, the rich history of the castle will be revealed. Climb the Saxon St George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the Crypt, explore the Prison D-Wing and scale the Mound of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle. Opening Times: 10am - 5pm.

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Reviewed by Ruth Hawkins

Normally for us, Sundays are a day of homework and chores, but last Sunday for a change, we had a family ticket for the Oxford Castle Unlocked.

So, my husband and I, and our 10 year old daughter and her friend Isabella all traipsed off and spent a fascinating hour or so in Oxford Castle. It was great travelling through Oxford on the top of the Park and Ride bus seeing sights I don’t normally see when I’m commuting in on the same buses for work, as I never go upstairs. But children are fascinated by the bus top floor, so up we went. It gave me an opportunity to see Oxford as I don’t very often see it, on a lovely sunny Sunday morning. And also to see the runners and volunteers for the Oxford Half Marathon which was taking place that day. We were booked on the 12.20 pm tour of the Castle, and when we were arrived it was confirmed the tour would start at 12.30. Not a problem, as it gave us the opportunity to look around the museum shop. At 12.30 prompt, the locked iron door to St George’s Tower was opened by ‘Roland Jenks’, our guide, and a group of about 20 were ushered into the base of the tower to start our tour. Roland was a prisoner in Oxford Castle during the reign of Elizabeth I, who proceeded to tell us that he had been imprisoned for is allegiances to the Pope, and that he had a “foul and saucy mouth” and was sentenced to lose his ears! We climbed the 101 stone steps to the top of the tower and admired the wonderful views from the top. Coming back down, we entered St George’s


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Crypt, and the girls commented that it smelt. Roland heard them and commented with a laugh that it “smells of history”! He’s right of course. We heard about, and saw the history right through from medieval days until 1996, when the prison was decommissioned. We heard about Mary Blandy, the Black Panther, and all sorts of gruesome history. Roland was a brilliant guide, injecting just the right amount of information and humour. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and would have stayed longer, to climb the Castle Mound, but due to commitments couldn’t. We did manage to grab some lovely fresh sandwiches from the Castleyard Café however. All in all, well worth a visit, and definitely not just for tourists! Cost of a family ticket £35 Adult £10.95 Child £7.75 Senior citizens £9.25 Student £9.25

44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY 01865 260666



EVENTS CALENDAR 2017 A quick overview of events to look forward to. For a full list of what’s going on in Oxford and Oxfordshire, see the website!

Oxford 50th Annual Fireworks Display  Saturday 4th November: Oxford Round Table’s 50th Annual Charity Fireworks Display takes place on Saturday 4th November 2017 at South Park, Headington Hill, Oxford. The event is organised and run for free by volunteers from Oxford Round Table and all profits from the event are donated to local charities, with more than £1m raised since our first display in 1967.

OUP Philosophy Festival  Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th November: Blackwell’s Bookshop is delighted to host the annual OUP Philosophy Festival. This year the festival includes a range of free events, featuring an evening to celebrate the publication of Clare Chambers latest publication ‘Against Marriage’, the insightful Very Short Introduction Speeddating event and a whole weekend of talks and discussions.

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival  Friday 17th - Sunday 19th November: Oxford’s festive season has a dazzling start with the annual Christmas Light Festival weekend, one of the most exciting events held in the city centre. There are lots of fun events for everyone, as well as a festive market and food stalls. The festival will be ablaze with lanterns, street artists, outdoor exhibitions, seasonal markets, music and dance.

Mozart at the Manor  Friday 24th November: World-class music in the beautiful setting of Weston Manor Hotel performed by Fiori Musicali – one of the main providers of classical and early music concerts outside London. Reception champagne, concert of music including Mozart, Salieri and Boccherini, followed by fine dining, and the opportunity to stay overnight in this idyllic place in Oxfordshire.

Christmas at Blenheim  Friday 24th November - Monday 1st January: Following a spectacular first event, our Formal Gardens will light up once again for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of lights. Follow the trail along winding paths, beside tranquil waters and through extraordinary Parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown. Explore the scented Fire Garden and discover Christmas trees that sing!


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From festivals to intimate orchestra performances, world-famous Shakespeare troups to the annual Christmas pantomime.

Experience Oxfordshire  15-16 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS  01865 686430  Experience Oxfordshire is pleased to promote the many wonderful cultural events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the city and county. There’s always something going on in Oxfordshire, for all interests and ages. Check our calendar to see what events are on tonight, this weekend, or during your future visit.

50th Oxford Round Table Fireworks Saturday 4th November: This year Oxford’s Round Table Fireworks celebrates its 50th anniversary. Join the dazzling crowds in their celebrations; enjoy Oxford’s biggest firework, gather around the enormous bonfire, or partake in one of the various charity events in South Park. Oxford’s Hidden Histories by Prof Steven Gunn at the Museum of Oxford Friday 10th November: Join Prof Steven Gunn as he takes us on a fascinating journey through some of the Hidden Histories of Oxford and Oxfordshire with local Tudor Accidents! Heard about the bear attack in north Oxford? Or the bowls on ice incident on the Cherwell? Interesting and comical, the evening will also involve object handling and the historical ‘How did they die?’ game. Spiders, Creepers and Cobwebs at Turrill Sculpture Garden Until Saturday 11th November: This Autumnal themed exhibition at the Turrill will run until 11th November. Creepy offerings vie with very beautiful sculpture, glass and weavings by Andrew Thompson, Barrie Darling, Jezella Piggott and Wendy Stafford with something to appeal to many garden lovers as well as the children. James Lisney, piano – Schubert Series IV at SJE Arts Friday 17th November: James Lisney has been performing his Schubert Series, an exploration of Schubert’s eleven completed piano sonatas, through the year. This will be the final concert. Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog at the Old Fire Station Thursday 23rd November: Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talkedabout comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015. This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand-new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Illuminated Weekends at Fairytale Farm November to Sunday 24th December: Don’t miss Fairytale Farm’s Illuminated Evenings when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will delight children and adults!




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MUSIC Music at Oxford   01865 244806  I Fagiolini: The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble Friday 17th November: Robert Hollingworth Director. Monteverdi Vespers of 1640. In 1640 Monteverdi published a collection of his other  church music that hadn’t been contained in the ‘1610 Vespers’ so familiar today.  From this later, no less sonorous or virtuosic collection, I Fagiolini and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble offer a Vespers for a Venetian event with which we know Monteverdi to have been involved towards the end of his life – a magnificent celebration of the Feast of St John the Baptist.  ‘…a style that is at once true to the period but communicative to today’s listener.’ - Daily Telegraph. Time: 7.30pm - 8.45pm. Tickets: £42 - £10, Students £5 off & Under 18s 50% off, Box Office 01865 244806, Online Venue: Sheldonian Theatre. Villiers Quartet Friday 24th November: Haydn Quartet in D minor no. 2 op. 76 Fifths. Peter Racine Fricker Strong Quartet no. 2 op. 20. Dvorák Strong Quartet in A flat major no. 14 op. 105. Music at Oxford invites you to join us in witnessing the Villiers Quartet’s final year of residency at the Faculty of Music. They have programmed two engaging evening concerts for our 2017-18 season. Their November evening concert opens with Haydn’s famous  Fifths  quartet, so called because a motif based around falling fifths dominates the opening movement, and continues with Fricker’s taut and emotionally intense second quartet. ‘... marvellously sympathetic, well-prepared performances from the Villiers Quartet…’ - Gramophone Magazine. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £15, Students £5, Music students: free by emailing events@music., Box Office 01865 244806, Online www.musicatoxford. com. Venue: Holywell Music Room.


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Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra  29a Teignmouth Road, London  01865 980980/01865 305305  15 Years at Oxford Thursday 2nd November: Celebrating the 15th Anniversary as Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. In 2002 the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra was appointed Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford, in a partnership unique amongst British orchestras. This partnership marries the prestige of one of the world’s most revered academic institutions with a vibrant programme of performance and education initiatives by the city’s professional orchestra. Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm, Marios Papadopoulos & Edward Seckerson, Free admission. Supported by Prof Raymond & Sandra Dwek. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre. Tickets: £10 - £42. Time: 7.30pm. Metamorphosen Saturday 11th November: The string players of the Oxford Philharmonic come together for an evening of impassioned music spanning the close of the Romantic era to the mid-20th century. Brahms’s String Sextet features exotic and unusual chord structures and innovative contrasts. This is followed by Webern’s charged and emotive Langsamer Satz, inspired by a hiking holiday and rooted in post-Brahmsian tonality. To conclude, a condensed version of Strauss’s Metamorphosen, originally scored for 23 strings, and composed during the closing months of the Second World War. Venue: Holywell Music Room. Tickets: £25 (students £5). Time: 7.30pm. Pirates, Ahoy! - FUNomusica Family Concert Sunday 12th November: Most suitable for ages 4-8. Alasdair Malloy  presenter. Welcome aboard our swashbuckling pirate ship – be prepared to be taken on a musical adventure across the seven seas! Pre-concert craft activities at 2pm. Supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Venue: Oxford Town Hall. Tickets: Adults £20, Children £4. Time: 3pm - 4pm.

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NOVEMBER 3 - Ensemble Isis Concert with Judith Weir

Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College. Time: 6pm. Admission: FREE

NOVEMBER 15 - The Prince Regent’s Band Concert

Venue: Holywell Music Room. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: £12/£6 concessions

NOVEMBER 24 - The Villiers Quartet

Venue: Holywell Music Room. Time: 7.30pm. Admission: £15/Students £5

NOVEMBER 30 - Andrew Scheps

Venue: Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music. Time: 6pm. Admission: FREE

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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.

5th November: Castalian String Quartet with Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe) 12th November: Viv McLean 19th November: Carducci String Quartet 26th November: Tim Horton (piano) and Benjamin Nabarro (violin) For full concert details visit £12 Adults, £6 Children ages 11 -17. Admission is free of charge to children aged of 5-10 accompanied by an adult. (Please note: we do not allow children under the age of 5.) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse. Tel: 01865 305305. Web:

THEATRE Creation Theatre  The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury  01865 766266  The Wind in the Willows Saturday 2nd - Saturday 30th December: “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” The weasels have taken over Toad Hall! This Christmas, the Mill will be transformed into a wooded riverbank as we collaborate with Cherwell Theatre Company to create this mad-cap, fun, heartwarming and generally bonkers adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the beauty of friendship and nature. Tickets: £16.50. (Children: £14, Wheelchair: £10) Online at or call 01865 766266.


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Old Fire Station  40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ  01865 263980  People Of The Eye Friday 24th November: Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Tickets: £12, Conc £8 Doubt: A Parable Tuesday 28th November - Saturday 2nd December: St Nicholas Catholic School, New York, 1964. Head nun and Principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, welcomes Donald Muller, the first black child ever to attend the school. But when Father Flynn seems to be having an intimate relationship with the boy, her faith is tested to its limits. Tickets: £14, Conc £12

New Theatre Oxford  George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG  0844 871 3020  MAMMA MIA! Tuesday 14th - Saturday 25th November: Join the ultimate feel-good party at MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. WNO - Eugene Onegin Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th November: Tchaikovsky’s best loved opera, is based on the Alexander Pushkin’s novel by the same name. Simple and classic countryside settings are contrasted with beautiful ballroom scenes and rich costumes reflecting high society at the time. This poignant story showcases the battle between the yearnings of the heart and social convention.

Oxford Playhouse  11 - 12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW  01865 305305  Candide Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th November: In the fairy-tale town of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, Candide is taught that all is for the best. However, after being cast out into the harsh realities of the world, our hero is exposed to a comic array of injustice and misfortune, calling into question his optimistic philosophy. God of Carnage Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th November: A huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Yasmina Reza’s Olivier and Tony award-winning play is brilliantly caustic and scorchingly entertaining. Two children, Ferdinand and Bruno, have a fight. Ferdinand knocks out two of Bruno’s teeth. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the “savage” matter.

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SPORTS Oxford United Football Club  The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP  01865 337533  Oxford United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Oxford. Get the latest news straight from Oxford United. Official team updates, match previews & reviews, transfer information and more at our website Tuesday 7th November, 19:45: MK Dons (H) Saturday 11th November, 15:00: Northampton Town (H) Saturday 18th November, 15:00: Plymouth Argyle (A) Tuesday 21st November, 19:45: Blackburn Rovers (H) Saturday 25th November, 15:00: Southend United (A)



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EDUCATIONAL Pitt Rivers Museum  South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PP  01865 270927  A Future for Graffiti? Wednesday 15th November: Jeremy MacClancy, Professor of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes, asks what status is left for graffiti now that street art is a career choice for budding artists. Threatened by urban gentrification strategies and the rise of the net, can it still pack a political punch? Time: 6.30pm Kayapó Body Art Until Sunday 26th November: A case display of Kayapó (Brazil) children’s drawn designs for elaborate body art decoration, from the archive of the noted ethnobiologist Darrell Posey. The display also includes a number of original photographs taken by Posey among the Kayapo.

The Oxfordshire Museum  Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN  01993 811456  Exhibition: Nick Schlee Until Sunday 12th November: From drawing to painting, discover how artists transfer what they first see to paper and then to oils. Exhibition: The Oxfordshire Craft Guild Saturday 18th November – Saturday 30th December: Christmas Selling Exhibition, featuring many of the county’s leading contemporary craft designers and makers. Lecture: Annie Byard Wednesday 1st November: Recent discoveries from The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire. Time: 7.30pm - 9pm. Tickets: £4 Decades of Change in Archaeological Data Day School Saturday 25th November: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oxfordshire Sites and Monuments Record. Time: 10am - 5pm. Tickets: £12 from the museum 01993 814106.

Soldiers of Oxford  1 Market Place, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1SY  01993 815888  There’s so much at SOFO for everyone! Walk through a recreated Great War trench, sit inside a section of a D-Day Horsa Glider or try your hand at some war-time code breaking! More than just a regimental history museum, SOFO focuses on the connection between conflict and county, letting you explore military history through the stories of the people of Oxfordshire involved in conflict throughout time. Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 (Part II) Tuesday 21st November 2017 - Saturday 2nd December 2018: Visit us from November 21st 2017 to December 2nd 2018 for Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 (Part II), a WW1 Centenary Exhibition which focuses on the latter half of the Great War. See for ticket prices and opening times.


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PEOPLE OF THE EYE AT THE OLD FIRE STATION OXFORD Friday 24th November 2017, 7:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets: £12/£8. Duration: 1 hour. Ages: 12+. “Of course, you shouldn’t use sign language.”

Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. “I often tell people the story of how a doctor told my parents not to learn sign language when my sister was diagnosed as Deaf,” says writer/ performer Erin Hutching. “They always find that shocking and fascinating. Sign language is so performative and beautiful but I’d never used it in performance before. It occurred to me that I had the ingredients for a really impactful piece of theatre. I started working with the Deaf & Hearing Ensemble, and we named the show after a quote from a famous Deaf man: “(The deaf) are first, last, and all the time the people of the eye.”” This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.  ‘Extraordinary and visceral. The kind that leaves a mark’ - Edinburgh Reporter ‘A beautiful, tightly choreographed spectacle. Very special indeed.’ - A Younger Theatre Book online here: or call 01865 263990. Win 2 tickets to our Christmas show “Working Christmas” by e-mailing with the subject “Working Christmas Tickets” The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ 01865 263990




Oxford is known across the globe as being a leader in education. From the world-famous colleges of the University of Oxford, to local private and public schools.

EF Oxford Language School  Pullens Lane, Oxford, OX3 0DT  01865 759660  Experience centuries of academic excellence and a tourist destination complete with stunning architecture, markets and world class museums. Our modern language school features a glass roofed cafeteria, fitness room, sports court, multimedia lecture hall & bright classrooms.

Lake School of English Oxford  14 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JQ  01865 724312  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 wellqualified and experienced teachers.

Our Lady’s Abingdon  Abingdon on Thames, Oxfordshire, OX14 3PS  01235 524658  OLA is a member of The Society of Heads, the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) and the Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference (CISC). It is a thriving and highly-regarded independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18 years.


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Christmas Gift Fair 25th - 26th November 2017

The Sobell Christmas Gift Fair at Radley College, Abingdon. With over 60 stalls, unique gift ideas & refreshments. Sat 25th November 10am - 5pm Sun 26th November 10am - 4.30pm Entry is just ÂŁ5.00 with concessions at ÂŁ2.50.

Registered Charity Number: 1118646

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Oxford City Centre Map Accommodation 1 Randolph Hotel 2 River Hotel 3 Malmaison


Attractions 1 Oxford Castle Quarter 2 Carfax Tower 3 St Michael at the North Gate



4 Modern Art Oxford 5 Uni Church of St. Mary the Virgin 6 Ashmolean Museum

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County Map 1 Didcot Railway Centre 2 Wychwood Brewery


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Select highlights of films on in Oxford and Oxfordshire over this month. Please see for more details and trailers.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas We reunite with Amy, Kiki and Carla for ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’, which finds them sick of the challenges of the holiday and keen to actually enjoy it for once. But as if creating the perfect Christmas wasn’t hard enough already, they have a new problem to deal with this year: their own mothers are coming to visit. And with the stress becoming even more ridiculous, they’re more determined.

Paddington 2 ‘Paddington 2’ continues the adventures of the little bear from darkest Peru, now that he’s a permanent member of the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. His Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday is coming up, and he’s trying to find the perfect present for her.

Murder On The Orient Express A lavish, luxurious train journey through Europe turns deadly in ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, forcing legendary detective Hercule Poirot to solve the case and find out whodunit. The motive is mysterious, and practically everyone on the train is a suspect. It’s a fiendishly difficult puzzle to solve, and Poirot’s now in a race against time to catch the killer before they can make their escape.

Justice League Inspired by Superman’s selfless sacrifice, Batman has regained his faith in humanity and been inspired to build a team. To counter the threat that’s coming, he creates the ‘Justice League’. With a devastating enemy on the way and Earth’s greatest hero fallen, he and the immortal Amazon warrior Wonder Woman track down their recruits.

Battle Of The Sexes The 1973 ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ tennis match became one of the most watched sports events of all time, as Billie Jean King answered the challenge set by Bobby Riggs. She was the most successful female tennis player in the world. He was a chauvinist who thought women had no business playing tennis. And their rivalry would be decided in this ultimate grudge match.

Daddy’s Home 2 The sequel to the 2015 hit, ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ picks up the story after Brad and Dusty have made amends and become friends – until their own fathers make an appearance. The conflict between dad and step-dad may have been resolved, but with the older generation coming to visit over the holidays, it’s time for a whole new battle of wills to begin: now, it’s father versus grandfather!

COMING SOON Wonder ‘Wonder’ is the heartwarming story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity who’s spent his life in and out of hospitals, as he joins a new school. He’s determined to fit in and show everyone there that he’s just an ordinary kid. His parents are worried, of course, but they know he needs to make friends with other children – and that’s just what Auggie’s going to do.



ART & ANTIQUES IN OXFORD Oxford cultivates a rich art society, from fine artists to illustrators, we even have our fair share of comicbook artists.

Sanders of Oxford  104 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW  01865 242590  Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, has long been a landmark on the High Street. Our selection of prints and maps, dating from 16th – 20th Centuries, is extensive and encompasses a wide range of subjects, engravers and prices.

Modern Art Oxford  30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP  01865 722733  Founded in 1966, Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s most exciting and influential contemporary art spaces with an international reputation for ambitious and innovative projects. The gallery is open to all and all our exhibitions and events are completely free of charge, unless stated. We aim to make contemporary art accessible and engaging to the widest audience through presentation and participation.

Christ Church Picture Gallery Drawing in Rome

16 September – 22 December 2017 Opening Times:

Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm; Sun: 2pm - 4.30pm (Closed Tuesdays) Christ Church, Oxford Entrance via Oriel Square Admission: £4/£2 Tel: 01865 276172

Mychael Barratt MAPS, MYTHS AND MUSES 4TH - 18TH NOVEMBER 2017 Tel: 01865 515 123 40-41 South Parade Summertown Oxford OX2 7JL


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Sanders of Oxford Antique Prints & Maps

Sanders are getting ready for Christmas, with our wide selection of 16th to 20th century prints and maps, there’s something for everyone and every pocket. New stock for Christmas includes: Japanese woodblocks, regional and world maps, caricatures and new work by contemporary printmakers, alongside a wide selection of beautiful and unusual Oxford prints and photographs. Exhibition of Japanese prints: In the run up to Christmas we will be exhibiting a collection of exquisite, seasonal, Japanese woodblock prints in our upstairs gallery. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: Web: Admission: FREE. Open: Mon to Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 5pm

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ART & ANTIQUES IN OXFORD Oxford cultivates a rich art society, from fine artists to illustrators, we even have our fair share of comicbook artists.

Antiques at Heritage  Market Place, Woodstock, OX20 1TA  01993 811332  Antiques at Heritage is the home of 12 established and experienced antique dealers located in a 15thc building in the heart of Woodstock just seven miles north of Oxford. A wide and ever changing range of antiques mainly pre-1940 can be found within the gallery. Stock includes English furniture country, formal and arts and crafts, silver, fine art, porcelain, pottery, jewellery, glass, mirrors, rugs, clocks, garden antiques, books, vintage luggage and accessories.

Dantzig  1 Market Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SU  01993 812000  Starting down the Passage de Dantzig, our story begins in Paris, 1902 with the opening of La Ruche, a beehive humming with artistic activity. Sustained by its collaborative efforts, sense of creative identity and colourful names in the 20th movement – we’ve taken the heart of this culture, believing in the thriving spirit of modernity, its descendants and the power of expression. Dantzig provides a space for the exchange of total art, with our gallery in Woodstock celebrating processes and exploring Modern and Contemporary works.

Kieran Stiles Art Studios  Folly Bridge, Oxford  07967 075367 


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. Email:

Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HR +44 (0)1865 248432



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Looking for a break in the shire, or visiting Oxford city? Oxfordshire has a wide selection of wonderful accommodation available to you, from short and cheap to luxurious.

Righton  14 Oakthorpe Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BE  01865 318594  Righton specialises in high quality serviced accommodation in Oxford for both short stay and longer term let. Our properties are carefully selected to be close to local amenities, transport links and key businesses and can be rented for as little as three nights through to a year or more. Our services include weekly linen and towel changes, weekly freshen-up cleans, internet access, telephone and tariffs inclusive of utilities.

The Feathers Hotel  Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX  01993 812291  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.

Malmaison Oxford  3 New Road, Oxford, OX1 1AY  0330 016 0380  It’s never a hard day’s night at our Oxford hotel, which is surely one of our most unique buildings around. Located in a converted prison in a medieval castle, this boutique hotel is in Oxford Castle Quarter, one of the oldest, busiest and trendiest spots in the city. So, if you’re tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels, check into this extraordinary slammer where the only hardship is having to go home!

The Manor Country House Hotel  Weston-on-the-Green, Oxfordshire, OX25 3QL  01869 350621  Discover your haven of luxury at The Manor. You are invited to linger awhile in the stunning luxury bedrooms, your very own sanctuary of peace and opulence. Pause for a moment and enjoy the smoothest of white cotton linens and the most sumptuous of handpicked beds. Savour the contrasts of the 11th Century history with the modern must-have conveniences.

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


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Holiday Inn Oxford  Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD  0871 942 9086  The Holiday Inn Oxford hotel is beside the A34 and with ample free parking, it’s easy to travel into Oxford - just hop on the Park and Ride bus adjacent to the hotel. It’s also close to the M40, M4, Blenheim Palace and Silverstone.The 154 bedroom purpose-built hotel offers Wi-Fi internet access and excellent hotel family rooms for up to 2 adults and 2 children. And because Kids Eat & Stay Free, it’s a fantastic value for families. While you’re here, enjoy the large gym, pool and beauty therapists in the Spirit health club.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256400  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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Looking for a break in the shire, or visiting Oxford city? Oxfordshire has a wide selection of wonderful accommodation available to you, from short and cheap to luxurious.

The Beetle and Wedge ď Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF ď‚• 01491 651381  We have three beautiful rooms overlooking the River Thames, with king-size beds and lovely roll-top baths, one of our ground floor rooms offers a spacious en suite shower room. Breakfast is served in the Boathouse and on fine weather mornings we can also serve outside on the jetty. Set on the banks of the River Thames the Boathouse Restaurant emphasis is on quality of food, wines and service. Join us and enjoy the tranquillity and peace of a beautiful riverside setting for relaxed dining.

Bear & Ragged Staff ď 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, Oxfordshire, OX2 9QH ď‚• 01865 862329  The Bear is just 2 miles away from the A34, 4 miles West of Oxford and without all the city centre parking issues and outside rush hour, is a mere 12 minute drive away. Guests have full access to the bars, decking, log fires and the main restaurant. Perfect for that special romantic weekend or for the busy travelling businessperson. Although the Inn closes for business at around midnight to 1am our staff are available 24 hours a day. For detailed descriptions of rooms and prices visit our website.

River Hotel ď Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0AA ď‚• 01865 243475  Long established local business Excellent City location overlooking the river, by ‘Thames Walk’ towpath; Oxford College owned property, originally an 1870’s Master-builder’s home; 18 bedrooms with own bathroom, all with expected in-room facilities; 24-hr access for registered residents, free on-site car-park and wi-fi; SatNav, via Mill Street, take immediate first lane on right OX2 0AJ; On A420, 1 mile to A34 ring road, west exit at Botley/Seacourt interchange; Easy walk to City, Colleges, Venues, Conferences, near Said Business School; VisitEngland **metro grading, breakfast table service, residents bar; ‘Large enough to be comfortable, small enough to be friendly’

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From the chic designer shopping outlets at Bicester Village, to the fresh and local produce available at Farmers’ Markets, to handmade souvenirs and clothing in Oxford’s Covered Market.

Wychwood Brewery  Eagle Maltings, The Crofts, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4DP  01993 890800  The Wychwood Brewery is tucked away behind the main street of the market town of Witney, in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Discover the brewing process of Wychwood & Brakspear Beers, from seeing the raw ingredients to the finished product during one of our 45 minute guided tours. After the tour you are invited to sample our flagship Legendary Hobgoblin and our range of Wychwood and Brakspear bottled beers.

University of Oxford Shop  106 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW  01865 247414  Established in 1991, the University of Oxford Shop has been welcoming visitors and residents of Oxford for 25 years. Our ranges of official merchandise, clothing and gifts feature exclusive Oxford designs and where possible are made in the UK. We are wholly owned by the University and profits from every purchase help to support teaching and research.

Fairtrade at St Michaels  Cornmarket Street, Oxford, OX1 3EY  01865 722505  Oxford’s Fairtrade at St Michaels is an Aladdin’s cave of goods. 76 different suppliers from around the world provide our diverse range of products – from quirky ornaments to functional homeware, stationery to skincare, artisan jewellery to children’s toys and clothing, plus an extensive range of delicious food. Fairtrade at St Michaels is a member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) and Cooperatives UK.

Bicester Village  50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD  01869 366266  Discover a relaxed shopping haven in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Quality, attention to detail and five-star service are hallmarks of the Bicester Village shopping experience.


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SMASHBOX COSMETICS OPENS ITS DOORS IN WESTGATE Launching in all its glory on Tuesday 24th October, Smashbox Cosmetics will be offering customers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Smashbox Cosmetics...

Launching in all its glory on Tuesday 24th October, Smashbox Cosmetics will be offering customers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Smashbox Cosmetics with a new stand-alone UK store in Westgate, Oxford. The brand will be bringing to life the full photographic heritage and L.A. vibe that inspires the studio and product line every day from its spiritual home, California. With eventing at the centre of the Store, Smashbox Cosmetics will have all the tips and tricks for camera ready looks in a snap, including a comprehensive menu of exclusive events and masterclasses. A ring-flash selfie booth will help to capture the perfect light on your phone for the ultimate Smashbox selfie to showcase your latest look on social media and with friends. Led by dedicated Smashbox Crew, complimentary Studio Services on offer every day include: FLAWLESS IN A FLASH (15 MIN, FREE) Get a complimentary touch-up & expert help choosing products that take your look to the next level. FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (30 MIN, £20*) Choose the eye makeup look you want to master. We’ll apply & teach you the secrets for your eye shape. CAMERA-READY SKIN (30 MIN, £20*) Get matched to your ideal primer, foundation shade, concealer & powder, all applied by a pro. Includes contour & highlighting for you face shape. GOING OUT TONIGHT (30 MIN, £20*) Treat yourself! Our pros will get you ready fast and enhance you favourite features including eyes, lips and cheeks. GOING ALL OUT TONIGHT (60 MIN, £30*) Get high-drama makeup application including fierce eyes, defined lips, contoured cheeks & more. *All service payments are redeemable against product. As well as these bookable services, the brand will be hosting pop-up events and activities including guest artists on site, spotlight events, studio masterclasses and special appearances from brand friends, ongoing. Smashbox U38, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford, OX1 1NZ 0370 192 5805




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

ASIAN Jee Saheb  15 North Parade Avenue, Oxford, OX2 6LX  01865 513773  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 in our garden.

COSMO  Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 3AD  01865 297575  At COSMO Oxford, our chefs prepare over 150 authentic dishes from around the world every day and each dish is expertly created in small amounts to ensure they are always fresh. Its Live Cooking Stations provide the entertainment, sounds, aromas but above all, dishes cooked in front customers.

Malikas  218 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UQ  01865 723029  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.

Aziz  Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Oxford, OX3 8JN  01865 763321  Aziz is now located at The Chequers Inn, Headington Quarry Oxford! Same food, with better facilities, free onsite parking and a beer garden. With our restaurant we have created and ambiance that will make you feel relaxed and welcomed and with our award winning team from the front of house staff to our award winning chefs who will offer you a great dinning experience.

Qumins  86 St. Clements Street, Oxford, OX4 1AR  01865 247093  At Qumins we aim to provide an exciting new experience in fine Indian cuisine, blending traditional techniques with a modern twist. All of our products are made using the freshest, finest ingredients, and most importantly are cooked with love and passion for the Indian cuisine. With our unique menu we can guarantee that some of our specialities can only be tried and tested here at Qumins!

Cockadoo  Nuneham Courtenay, Oxford, OX44 9NX  01865 341030  The atmosphere at Cockadoo is relaxed, friendly and informal and our attention to detail and high level of service ensures your dining experience exceeds your expectations. Our skilled chefs use only the finest ingredients to create masterful oriental dishes.


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JAZZ-MOLEAN “The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683.” Fast forward over 300 years, and it’s somewhat fitting that art is still being... Reviewed by Matthew Wright

“The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683.” Fast forward over 300 years, and it’s somewhat fitting that art is still being practised here, live every Thursday, in the form of The Ashmolean’s jazz evenings. Coming in off St.Giles, you take the lift to the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant, and instantly, Oxford is laid out before you, like a jewelled carpet gently glowing against the nightime sky. By day, this is a bustling venue full of museum-goers, but by night, it takes on a cooler, more intimate vibe, as the bright lights are turned down and the mood lighting is turned up. It’s so easy to get carried away by the music and the venue, but the food is arguably the main event here. In keeping with the atmosphere, I’d categorise the food as ’sophisticated yet understated’ - everything is done exceptionally well, but with a minimum of fuss and none of that ‘blowing your own trumpet’ stuff (if you’ll forgive the jazz pun). After filling ourselves with the most delicious of foods, the jazz drew to a close around 9pm and the restaurant slowly started to empty. We lingered a while over our carafe of white wine, gazing out of the rooftop windows. The words of the poet Phillip Larkin came to mind, a music aficionado himself, who wrote about jazz….”On me your voice falls as they say love should, Like an enormous yes”. It seemed somehow appropriate. Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH 01865 553823




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

Daba  36 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TT  01993 815824  Daba is an Indian restaurant, located in Woodstock, that serves a selection of stunning Indian dishes. Our chefs use the finest ingredients and more than 17 years of experience to make sure that every meal is of the highest quality. What’s more, we take great pride in maintaining competitive prices, with every dish offering excellent value for money.

FRENCH Pierre Victoire  9 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP  01865 316616  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 £11.50 and an evening 3 course Prix Fixe for £23.50! Rustic and friendly, with lots of candles, providing great food, value and service!

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ASTON POTTERY CAFÉ There was good reason for the Café at Aston Pottery to win the coveted award of Best Café at the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards for two years in a row. Reviewed by Isabelle Barber

Anna Gregory the Café Manager is proud to say that they offer a wide selection of homemade fare from local suppliers – and that is exactly what they do! We tasted seasonally filled Poacher’s Roll, with sausage meat, cranberry, rosemary and stilton at £6.95 and the delicious Leek and Stilton Quiche £8.95 followed by Chocolate Cake (£2.75) and Cranberry & Pistachio Cake (£3.00) all made for comforting autumnal food, preparing us for the coming season of cold and damp. However the view from the Café should also inspire the most reticent of gardeners as the displays in the gardens were so fantastic that we just had to take a turn amongst the high coloured borders in order to salve our conscience for having finished our lunch with a tasting from the array of cakes of offer. Obviously a winning formula which Jane and Stephen Baughan are justifiably proud of even as they continue to develop the business, expand the offering and find new passions and interests to add to the package. Kingsway Farm, Aston, Bampton, Oxfordshire, OX18 2BT 01993 850960




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

CONTEMPORARY Acanthus  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256410  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.

Cherwell Boathouse  Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST  01865 552746  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.

Bear & Ragged Staff  28 Appleton Rd, Cumnor, Oxford, OX2 9QH  01865 862329  Whether you are looking for a simple sandwich or businessman’s lunch, a romantic dinner for two or a full on three course meal with wine, port liqueurs and coffee, we have the solution. If you want to hold that special family gathering or a sit down banquet for 80, we can accommodate and tailor our offering to your requirements.

The Feathers  Market Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1SX  01993 812291  Eating and drinking is at the heart of The Feathers experience. The award-winning Restaurant serves the best of modern English cuisine and locally sourced ingredients – light and fresh in summer, rich and robust in winter. A more informal Bar is open all day for coffee, lunch, cream tea and supper.

Cuttlefish  36 St Clement’s Street, Oxford, OX4 1AB  01865 243003  Cuttlefish is the new fish restaurant on the block, bringing the best seasonal, sustainable fish to Oxford from the shore at the fairest of prices. The extensive menu includes the Cuttlefish seafood platter, mixed fish grill and possibly Oxford’s best fish and chips. Non fish eaters and vegetarians have an eclectic choice too. A takeaway service is also available.

Rooftop Restaurant at Ashmolean  Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH  01865 553823  Rooftop Restaurant at Ashmolean is bright, airy and contemporary, where the best of European cuisine meets the best of British tradition. The ethos and ambience reflects the museum itself, fine art in a classical English setting.


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Classic bangladeshi and indian cuisine ◆ Beautiful location with on-site car parking ◆ Lovely garden for dining and private functions ◆ Small and large parties catered for ◆ Superb sunday buffet with over 30 selections to choose from ◆ Take away and home delivery service available ◆ Free WIFI

Visit our website or call us on 01865 763321 Aziz Restaurant, Chequers 17A, Beaumont Road, Headington Quarry, Oxford, OX3 8JN

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The Oxford Kitchen  215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7HQ  01865 511149  The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking. Dishes on our à la carte and set menus have been carefully designed for their sensory appeal and exquisite flavour combinations. Recognised as a leader among the best dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen provides a full café service in a contemporary, intimate setting, offering breakfasts, morning coffees, specialty teas & snacks.




Reviewed by Amy Gault

There is an English saying: “All Shell and No Substance” – The opposite couldn’t be more true for this little Italian gem.

Not far from Oxford and on the edge of the beautiful and quaint village of Middleton Stoney you will find Rigoletto – A slice of old fashioned Italy. We received the warmest of welcomes from Proprietor Giorgio DelliCompagni who showed us to our table and served us for the entire evening. Oh my is the food good...! I was advised that the bresaola with a home made fig syrup was the starter to choose, and it was well advised! Sticky sweet fig syrup was poured with a flourish liberally over the tender slices of mozzarella and bresaola. Not to be outdone, my husband Marcus chose the grilled sardines, simple, honest food – You can’t go wrong. For mains, Marcus went for the veal in a lemon butter as a main course, a controversial choice for many but he said it really was sumptuous. My choice of slow cooked pork wrapped in spec ham with a Morello cherry sauce was equally worthy of good comments. Again, simple ingredients but used expertly and too many to befuddle and confuse the palate; just a “lick the plate clean” course and a hope that you have enough room for


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5 THINGS I LOVED  Located in the beautiful and quaint village Middleton Stoney  The bresaola with a home made fig syrup  The dessert trolley!  The pork wrapped in spec ham with a Morello cherry sauce  The old fashioned Italian atmosphere

the dessert trolley… Yes, trolley! A vast array of beautifully heart-clogging, deliciously blood-clotting, and magnificently weight-gaining deserts to choose from. I went for a passion fruit panna cotta with delicate slices of oranges in syrup and it was truly mouth watering. It melted in your mouth and was hands down the most delicious panna cotta I have ever tried. I told this to Giorgio and he wasn’t surprised… He made it, you see! Giorgio wanted to show me that he could also make the best zabaglione right here at the table, but unfortunately I’ll have to wait for that show until the next time I venture into this little slice of Italy... Perhaps after I’ve dieted for a few days beforehand!

Bicester Road, Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire, OX25 4TD 01869 343216




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

BARS Angels  Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS  01865 544244  Step into Angels and journey through cocktail history. Choose between the first vintage mixes or new trends perfected in the Angels laboratory, all carefully crafted by our expert bartenders.

Pint Shop  25-27 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AU  01865 251194  Pint Shop is all about creating a place that embraces eating and drinking equally. A place where you feel equally at home having a few beers, a light lunch or a full blown feast. A place where people from all walks of life, rub shoulders with each other.

The Duke of Cambridge  5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP  01865 558173  The Duke of Cambridge has been mixing great drinks in Oxford since 1981. Located in the bohemian district of Jericho, the bar is always bursting with atmosphere at the weekends with a more chilled vibe during the week. Fresh ingredients, cool interiors and friendly staff give The Duke genuine character and style.

The House  The House, Blue Boar St, Oxford, OX1 4EE  01865 724433  A buzzing young bar in central Oxford with its own games room, private terrace with Philippe Starck sofas and a seriously well thought out cocktail list. The House is an intimate yet lively venue. The bar has attracted plenty of attention since it opened in early 2009, gracing the pages of Vogue, as a fashion shoot location and featuring in Elle magazine’s Top 25 Bars 2010.

Turtle Bay  12 Friars Entry, Magdalen Street, Oxford, OX1 2BY  01865 242141  Eating and drinking is at the heart and soul of the Caribbean Island culture and we, here at Turtle Bay, aim to capture the essence of this way of life and the great food that evolves here!

SPANISH Al-Andalus Tapas Bar  Little Clarendon Street, Oxford. OX1 2HS  01865 516688  Our menus are bursting with Spanish flavours and cooked in a traditional style, a great way to enjoy the true taste of Spain! So forget the traditional way of ordering meals with starters and main courses and treat yourself to a Spanish banquet.


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THE BEN JONSON Our recent visit to the Ben Jonson at Weston on the Green, just 5 mins from Bicester Village and close to Oxford, was on a dark and misty October evening. Reviewed by Ash Sharma and Lisa Atherstone

Our table was booked for 7:30pm and we arrived a little early, on arrival we were greeted to a warm and friendly welcome by the bar staff. We were provided with a comprehensive list of beers, wines and soft drinks and opted for a large glass of pinot grigio and pint of Morretti. We had been offered to sit in the bar which was full of ambience and charm with a roaring log burner at one end of the bar and an open fire at the other, we decided to make our way to the dining area which we shown to by our lovely waiter Mugu. We were provided with our menus (which were clearly marked with all the potential allergen ingredients) and Mugu proceeded to explain the menu and the available soup and pie of the day options. We decided to opt for the soup of the day (mushroom with truffle oil) and the Black Pudding Scotched Hens Egg, the soup came with warm ciabatta and the Black Pudding with a salad garnish and house chutney. The starters were fresh and full of flavour, the portion sizes were more than ample for even the hungrier pallet. For the main course we had the Homemade chicken Kiev with potato mash, creamy mushroom sauce and side of seasonal vegetables, and the Homemade Pie of the day (Chicken, mushroom with a white wine sauce) with potato mash, seasonal vegetables and a rich and smooth gravy. As per the starters the main courses were delicious, the portions are plentiful so we opted to share a desert which was the exquisite Lemon Posset with pink peppercorn shortbread. Looking out the window from the dining room we saw an extensive garden area with a number of tables spread across a patio through to a lawned area, ideal for the summer or for anyone that would be brave enough for October alfresco dining! I cannot fault the Ben Jonson the current owners have invested a lot of time and money refurbishing the premises and the money has been well spent. We had a super meal with great service and value. We recommend you visit soon you will not be disappointed. Weston on The Green, Bicester, OX25 3RA 01869 814340




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

CAFE Greens Café  50 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LU  01865 316878  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. We have a great choice of drinks, breakfasts, and lunches.

The Vaults & Garden Café  University Church, 1 Radcliffe, Square, Oxford, OX1 4AH  01865 279112  Housed in Oxford University’s Old Congregation House of 1320, the Vaults Cafe offers a delicious and healthy seasonal menu. When the weather is nice, our garden is one of the finest spots in Oxford to sit in, surrounded by architectural treasures, flowers and aromatic herbs. Hot water bottles & blankets are provided during the winter!

Aston Pottery Country Café  The Stables, Kingsway Farm, Aston, Oxfordshire, OX18 2BT  01993 852031  Built in 2008 our Country Café provides a light and airy space in which people can meet friends and family whilst enjoying a wide selection of homemade fare from local suppliers. Each morning fresh batches of scones, cakes and biscuits are baked and placed on their own individual cake stands - a perfect complement for a hot tea or coffee.

The Rose  51 High St, Oxford, OX1 4AS  01865 244429  The Rose is a small restaurant and tea room which serves first class, freshly prepared food. From our breakfasts to our afternoon teas, we take great care in choosing the best ingredients available.


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THE ROSE Although not difficult to find an OK breakfast to start the day in Oxford, it is hard to find an excellent one. Most places in Oxford seem to either be hugely overpriced... Reviewed by Rob Scotcher

Most places in Oxford seem to either be hugely overpriced or with a poor selection and not always the greatest quality of food. To me, the team at The Rose on Oxford’s High Street seem to be aware of this and they work hard to be different, and it shows! I’ve been to The Rose many times before, having first visited for a photoshoot for this very magazine many years ago, and one thing I’ve always appreciated with The Rose is its consistency. It hasn’t faltered once in all the years I’ve visited. This visit was no exception. It was raining pretty heavily at the time so I was glad to get inside, it was lovely and warm and didn’t take me long to make my way to a table. I ordered the House Tea with a Rose Light breakfast, probably my favourite option on the menu. As always the tea came with everything you’d need and was a great way to warm up. It wasn’t long until my breakfast arrived and I personally think it’s the best English Breakfast you can get in the city. The quality of the produce is unmatched and it’s what clearly helps The Rose stand out from all the disguised Greasy Spoons in the area. So I highly recommend The Rose, excellent food, friendly service and a warm hospitable atmosphere.

51 High St, Oxford, OX1 4AS 01865 244429




Reviewed by Martyn Brittain

The Duke of Cambridge, in my eyes, is a real hidden gem within the heart of Oxford.

It’s situated down one of the side streets off of St Giles so we hadn’t even realised it was there, but having spoken to friends about it since, they all had great things to say about it from their past experiences. As you walk in, you are greeted with the feeling of a relaxed, classy yet fun atmosphere with a nice mix of clientele; the smartly uniformed staff had their cocktail shakers going, preparing someone’s martini and really giving it that authentic feel. It is exactly what you want and expect of an authentic cocktail establishment. When we sat down to peruse the drinks list, we had a choice of 61 different cocktails, so you are definitely spoilt for choice; with long drinks, short drinks; sharers and even something non-alcoholic but still exciting for the designated drivers, there is something for everyone. We started with a couple of new drinks as we both wanted to try something different; the first was called a ‘Stimulant’ which had that coffee shot to wake us up after a long day in the office, and a ‘Dublin Sling’ which appealed as it has an interesting mix of ingredients. Next, we went for a ‘Rue Bourbon’ as I was intrigued having never had egg white in a drink before, and a classic ‘Apple and Elderflower Martini’: the attention to detail was excellent, with an intricate sliced apple decoration


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5 THINGS I LOVED  Relaxed, classy yet fun atmosphere  The drinks menu with a choice of 61 different cocktails  The apple and elderflower martini  The tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa dips  The staff; both attentive and knowledgeable

on the side that definitely became a real talking point as it appeared to be balanced on air! We decided to order a snack to share, to keep the cravings at bay, and settled on the tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa dips. I expected a small bowl for the price of £4.95, but was surprisingly impressed when a large bowl was delivered to our table with a good helping of both dips. The staff were very attentive, which certainly added to the experience; when we finished a drink they were there to clear our glasses and prepare our next choice. They had excellent knowledge, even taking the time to talk about what you like in a drink and offer suggestions to help make the right choice just for you. All in all it’s definitely a place to go for an enjoyable evening and somewhere I will certainly go again when out in Oxford either with my wife or to meet friends. 5-6 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HP 01865 558173




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

TRADITIONAL The Crown  31 High Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TE  01993 813339  The Crown Inn is a grade 2 listed 18th century boutique hotel b&b and restaurant set in the heart of historic Woodstock, Oxfordshire. We have 5 ensuite bedrooms with free wifi, bose sound docks, and luxury toiletries. Blenheim Palace is 5 minutes’ walk away and you’re just 15km from Oxford for easy day trips on the bus.

The Ben Jonson  Weston on The Green, Bicester, OX25 3RA  01869 814340  Always a warm welcome at the newly refurbished Ben Jonson at Weston on the Green, just 5 mins from Bicester Village. The Ben Jonson is a traditional Oxfordshire thatched village pub. We have a bar area, and restaurant and large beer garden. The food is of a high quality and served from the menu and daily specials.

The White Horse, Kings Sutton  2 The Square, Kings Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3RF  01295 812440  A warm welcome awaits at The White Horse, Kings Sutton! We are a friendly country pub at the heart of the village, offering the perfect pint and Great British pub classics freshly prepared with local ingredients. The White Horse is a picturesque stone building, set in perfect surroundings, overlooking the village green.

The Maytime Inn  Asthall, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4HW  01993 822068  The Maytime Inn is independent and fiercely so, because of this we can offer you a range of excellently conditioned, regularly changing local ales, ciders and a wide selection of fine wines by the glass. Our Award Winning Chef and his team will set out to delight whether you choose from the a la carte menu, pub classics or even a sandwich.

The Anchor  2 Hayfield Road, Oxford, OX2 6TT  01865 510282  The Anchor is a pub and dining room in the heart of Oxford’s Jericho serving simple, honest food. We have daily changing seasonal specials, Wadworth beers and a great wine selection. We have two private dining rooms: The Green Room seats up to 16 people and The Blue Room seats up to 14. We offer a choice of four feasting/sharing menus.

The Baskerville  7 Station Rd, Lower Shiplake, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3NY  01189 403332  2016 Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year, The Baskerville, offers a memorable experience in a marvellous location with a perfect blend of traditional village pub, first class restaurant, where food really does matter and superb accommodation.


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The Beetle and Wedge  Ferry Lane, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 9JF  01491 651381  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 & provide highchairs where necessary.



THE HOUSE Two is usually company, and three might occasionally be considered a crowd, but four is definitely the ideal number for cocktails! Reviewed by Matthew Wright

Two is usually company, and three might occasionally be considered a crowd, but four is definitely the ideal number for cocktails! So it was that we turned up at The House on a busy Friday evening, all prepped and ready to go. We were a diverse group - a writer, a business coach, an entrepreneur and a designer - so we thought, for a bit of fun, we’d choose each other’s cocktails, to match our respective moods and personalities. ‘The House’ does actually feel like home, only a cooler, more designerclad variation. Cosy banquettes and small mood-lit tables line the long room which leads through to a black granite-topped altar (I mean bar!) - impressive but not overly obtrusive. It feels like a chef’s counter, where you can sit and watch the bartenders knock up one of the 50 or so cocktails from the menu (staff receive up to 4 weeks of training and have to prove to the managers that they know any cocktail off by heart) whilst nibbling on bar snacks such as nachos or hummus. The drinks are definitely the main event here though. Being fourstrong, we were able to mix and match from across the menu which is helpfully broken down into categories: ‘Sparkling’ (all the fizzy cocktails, such as the Bellini), ‘Long’ (Raspado), ‘Short ‘(Bloody Mary), ‘Straight up’ (Cosmpolitan), and ‘Non-Alcoholic’ (Beach House). There is also a category named ‘Top Shelf’, containing classics such as the Mojito, Martini and Margharita (no, not just the cocktails beginning with ‘M’!) which unfortunately do not receive the ‘Happy Hour’ treatment but, rest assured, there’s still plenty to choose from!


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5 THINGS I LOVED  A designer-clad bar with a homely atmosphere  The Breakfast Martini  The Gran Bretagna  The Strawberry Colada (for the non-drinkers)  Happy hour all week!

We started off outside. It was a chill October evening, but the heat lamps burned brightly on the attractively canopied terrace, attracting us like thirsty fire-flies. What better than a spot of people watching along the busy Blue Boar Passage whilst enjoying table cocktail service? Alan (the oh-so-helpful Spanish manager) came out to talk us through the list and advised us of his favourites (a Manhattan…ah yes, that was in the ‘Top Shelf’ category as well come to think of it!). Over the course of the evening, and much deliberation, we narrowed down our favourites the Breakfast Martini (Gin, triple sec and Oxford marmalade), the Gran Bretagna (a special apricot liquor-based cocktail from the board behind the bar) and the Strawberry Colada for the non-drinkers amongst us (Strawberry, coconut and lime). Happy hour runs up until 9pm Sunday-Thursday (8pm on Friday and Saturday), and there is an upstairs room which can hold 70 people, complete with pool table and fantastic views, all available for a reasonable minimum spend. However, if you’re a student it’s even better news cocktails are discounted all evening’s almost worth going back to studying again!

The House, Blue Boar St, Oxford, OX1 4EE 01865 724433




From historic taverns frequented by writers and scholars of days gone by to contemporary award-winning restaurants, you will find something to suit all tastes in Oxfordshire.

ITALIAN Marco’s New York Italian Oxford  73 High St, Oxford, OX1 4BE  01865 256410  This stunning Marco Pierre White restaurant is located at number 73 on High Street in the centre of Oxford. Serving an array of mouthwatering dishes from Italian sharing platters, fresh fish, home-made pizza and pasta to New York favourites such as succulent steaks, burgers & Marco’s tasty BBQ ribs and lazy fries.

La Cucina  39-40 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AB  01865 793811  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.

Rigoletto  Bicester Road, Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire, OX25 4TD  01869 343216  Rigoletto is a family run Italian restaurant, situated on the Bicester Road close to Middleton Stoney. We are also only a 5-10 minute drive from Bicester Village. The restaurant is set in idyllic surroundings with ample car parking. Serving a varied menu of Italian dishes and an excellent selection of wines.

PATISSERIE Gatineau  209 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford. OX2 7HQ  01865 311779  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, taste combinations and attention to detail.

Our menus are bursting with Spanish flavours and cooked in a traditional style, a great way to enjoy the true taste of Spain! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 LITTLE CLARENDON STREET | OXFORD | OX1 2HP 01865 516 688 | TAPASOXFORD.CO.UK


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The first French Revolution started in 1789, by which time The Bear had already been going for over 200 years.

Fast forward another 200 years or so, and a second French Revolution is just about to get underway, although fortunately the chopping here is of a culinary rather than a bodily nature! The Head Chef, Flavien, arrived at The Bear & Ragged Staff in August 2017. Flavien was previously the Pastry Sous-Chef at Hartwell House, and prior to that, worked as Sous Chef at The Feathers in Woodstock and at Silky Oaks Lodge in Australia . Flavien’s new menu, launched in late September, is his first attempt to bring his style of cooking and personality to this part of Oxfordshire. First things first though, a visit to The Bear & Ragged Staff wouldn’t be complete without an initial detour to the bar to take in the atmosphere (and a couple of drinks); the crooked beams and sloping floors date back to the early 1600’s when it served as a pub and provide a real sense of occasion for any evening out. The restaurant annexe is rather more recent; a modern wing stretching out from the bar, seamlessly transitioning linking the old and the new. Talking of ‘new’, we kicked off with Cornish Scallops and a Rabbit, Orange & Green Peppercorn Terrine. Both were fresh and inventive - I particularly liked the little pot of homemade chutney on the side for dipping alongside the cream cheese scone, both combining attractively on the black slate plates. All the food here is locally-sourced wherever possible; well, the seafood is obviously from slightly further afield, but the duck comes from


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5 THINGS I LOVED  Locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible  Deconstructed lemon meringue  The dishes were well presented and served with a smile  Mouth-wateringly delicious duck  The mix of old and new décor

Aylesbury, the pork hails from Witney, get the picture, right?! Ah, the duck, the duck! After debating at length whether we should sample different mains for ‘review purposes’, we couldn’t decide who would retain ‘ownership’ of the duck…so we both had it. Good job too, as it was mouth-wateringly delicious and definitely not for sharing; two large pink tranches flanked by a central stack of sweet potatoes dauphinoise, surrounded by a rich meaty jus. Flavien informed us afterwards that the dauphinoise was a particular speciality from the restaurant in Girona he had worked in, whilst the jus was inspired from the kitchens of Joel Robuchon. Dessert (not usually taken, but again for ‘review purposes’ only!) revealed the delightful ‘deconstructed lemon meringue’, whereby the component parts were taken apart and re-layered in an ice cream cone – an absolute winner! The menus are set to change here every 10 weeks, so if you do want to sample any of these dishes, best get along here quickly before the Dec/ Jan menu comes into force... wow, Christmas isn’t all that far away after all! 28 Appleton Road, Cumnor, OX2 9QH 01865 862329




Looking to keep fit, or after a day’s pampering at the spa? It’s easy to get caught up in the busy lifestyle of the city, so remember to let yourself unwind every now and then.

Leisure Club and Spa at Macdonald Randolph Hotel  Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN  01865 256400  At Macdonald Randolph Hotel and Spa, we provide you with the perfect oasis to unwind and relax. Our calm and tranquil spa provides the most luxurious of retreats from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Voted amongst the top 50 best spas in the world, our facilities provide you with the perfect environment for a workout and Oxford’s golf courses, parks and rivers offer hours of leisure-time activities.

Clinic 95  95 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY  01865 241662  Our experienced dental professionals pride themselves on their gentle approach to dental care. Our aim is to improve your dental wellbeing in friendly, relaxed surroundings with a thorough and unhurried service that is second to none. We offer all the private treatments you would expect, including comprehensive health checks, white fillings and preventive hygiene therapy, as well as an extensive range of cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening, implants, porcelain crowns & veneers and orthodontics for a great smile makeover.

Spa at Jurys Inn Oxford  Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL  01865 489988  Relax, unwind and let us pamper you in the tranquil surroundings of the beauty rooms at Jurys Inn Hotel, or get fit at The Health & Leisure Club at Jurys Inn (open to hotel guests and members). Facilities: 2 beauty rooms with a range of treatments, Fitness suite, Splash pool, Sauna, Steam room, Squash courts.

Spirit Health Club  Holiday Inn Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 8JD  01865 888444  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. See more at our website www.spirithealthclubs.

Tara Tripp Hearing  Sandford Gate, Oxford OX4 6LB  01865 910202  We are an independent family run private healthcare practice covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. Our hearing healthcare practice has earned an excellent reputation in Oxford and the surrounding areas for providing a wide range of digital hearing aids and also for our unique microsuction ear wax removal clinic.


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Diamond House - Dental Practice  199 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AR  01865 559521  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.

WITH HEARPLAN YOU HAVE PEACE OF MIND Normally when you buy hearing aids you are also paying for all your initial assessments, fitting fees and ongoing hearing tests and care, but we realise that paying for all this in one go

can sometimes be prohibitive and not all hearing aid users require the same level of aftercare and end up paying for something they do not use. So we have introduced HearPlan.

For a monthly subscription you will receive: ● All of the care and support you need to improve your hearing ● £200.00 off the cost of each hearing instrument ● Preferential pricing on new technology if you choose to upgrade your hearing aid ● Offers on accessories that you may need to help you hear in every e nvironment 01865 910 202 | | Clarendon Business Centre, Sandford Gate, East Point Business Park Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

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H.I.M  66 St. Clements, Oxford, OX4 1AH  01865 249740  H.I.M is all about quality hairdressing in a relaxed and friendly environment. The H.I.M team is young and friendly with many years experince in the trade. We focus on our clients as individuals and deliver a high quality service at a reasonable price. New customers are always welcome in the H.I.M salon.

ADVICE Hedges Law  16 Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0AE  01865 594265  Hedges has been delivering legal solutions to our clients for over 200 years. Our highly skilled team of lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to resolve even the most complex legal issues that you bring to us. At Hedges, however, we recognise you aren’t just looking for history, an impressive CV and an ability to recite the law.

Greens Funeral Services  21 High Street, Eynsham, Oxford, OX29 4HE  01865 880837  Established in 1866, we are an independent family business with five generations of experience, offering a dignified 24 hour service with our personal attention to detail. Our private chapels of rest are available for visitings and prayer if required. Golden Charter pre-paid plans also available.

Wellers  8 King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HL  01865 723131  Wellers is a firm of accountants who work with entrepreneurs, business owners and private individuals to deliver quality advice and solutions that help them fulfil their aspirations. Passionate about helping people and their organisations, Wellers can draw upon 70 years experience to support and advise clients on growing their businesses and protecting their wealth.




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Studio 8  8 Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AA  01865 842525  Studio8 was started by Clark and Brooke Wiseman in 2003 and has grown to become one of Oxfordshire’s best known creative studios. We provide a collection of services for both businesses and families. We work throughout the UK on many shoots and also throughout the world. Please get in touch to speak to us about your next project.




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CLOTHING Cotswold Tailor  21B Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH  01993 358284  The Cotswold Tailor is an award winning tailor, that takes traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist. This results in unique, elegant designs, that stand out from the usual mass produced clothing on the high street. We emphasise the use of British manufacturers. Please take this opportunity to view our products online or alternatively if you would like to visit us, we are located in the bustling market town of Woodstock on the high street as well as our new shop located on Church Street in Shipston On Stour.

Excel Dry Cleaners  274 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7DY  01865 310300  Dry cleaning and laundry services in Oxford. With over 17 years of dry cleaning and laundry experience all of our customers are assured of a first class and affordable service. For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

REMOVALS Headington Carriers  The Straight Mile, Woodstock, Oxford, OX20 1PW  01993 811276/01865 300111  Headington Carriers Limited has been providing a first class commercial, house and office removal service throughout Oxfordshire and the UK for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on providing a personalised removal service for all our customers.

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THE LADY NUFFIELD HOME The Lady Nuffield Home is a small residential home for elderly men and women...

The Lady Nuffield Home is a small residential home for elderly men and women and aims to provide a high standard of care, based on the individual needs of the resident whilst enabling them to remain as independent as possible. The Lady Nuffield Home is situated in Summertown with easy access to Oxford and with good transport links to nearby towns. A range of local amenities are within walking distance, including shops, restaurants and doctors’ surgeries. The Home is Victorian in origin with modern purpose built extensions added over recent years giving an air of light, spacious accommodation. Rooms are comfortable and furnished to a high standard. Communal areas have a warm welcoming feel generating a sense that an older person wishing to live at the Home would be in an environment where they feel safe and well cared for. We provide care for 30 older people, and we place the rights, wellbeing and health of our residents at the forefront of our philosophy of care, treating each resident as a valued individual. We are supported in doing so by the local GP Practices and District Nursing Team. Social interaction is encouraged through a full and varied programme of activities to enable residents to realise their full potential and enhance their quality of life in older age. A typical week of activities may consist of


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“WE PLACE THE RIGHTS, WELLBEING AND HEALTH OF OUR RESIDENTS AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR PHILOSOPHY OF CARE, TREATING EACH RESIDENT AS A VALUED INDIVIDUAL” exercise, art, craft, poetry, crossword and entertainers. A regular church service is taken by the local clergy twice a month. Trips and outings are arranged according to residents’ preferences. We consider every resident’s life history, interests, likes and dislikes when planning an activity programme. It is important to us that wellbeing is maintained through an active and healthy lifestyle. Person-centered care through activities in a dignified manner is part of the Home’s ethos. Our Activity Coordinator creates a suitable activity plan for each resident. We encourage our residents to maintain their independence, whilst experienced care assistants provide assistance with daily living activities in accordance with their needs. Rated 9.6/10 by

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TRAVEL Chiltern Railways  08456 005 165  You can now travel with Chiltern Railways from the heart of Oxford. Trains leave twice an hour from Oxford station for London Marylebone, with journey times from just over an hour. You can also travel with us from Oxford Parkway, Chiltern’s new park and ride station in north Oxford, just by the A34 and A44. With Chiltern enjoy free Wi-Fi and spacious carriages with plenty of tables and power points. Lovely London Marylebone is on the Bakerloo line with a choice of four more tube lines within a fiveminute walk at Baker Street.

CARE HOMES Oxford Beaumont Care Community  Bayworth Lane, Boars Hill, Oxford, OX1 5DF  01865 730990  Oxford Beaumont provides a happy and relaxed lifestyle in the heart of Boars Hill, with its scenic surroundings. Oxford city is close-by for shops, cafes and The New Theatre. Nonetheless our extensive gardens are quiet and peaceful, giving the home a feeling of space and tranquility. We offer a homely environment and the support of first class 24-hour nursing care, helping to manage disabilities such as Parkinson’s disease and sensory impairment.

CHARITIES Bloodwise   020 7504 2200  We are Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), your UK blood cancer charity. Every year we stop more people dying of blood cancer and our researchers are even working to stop people developing blood cancer in the first place. We improve the lives of blood cancer patients with cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma because we believe everyone should be able to live their life to the full.

Thinking of Oscar   Thinking of Oscar was set up in memory of Oscar Cole, who died suddenly in June 2014 aged just 16 months. Thinking of Oscar supports children and their families whilst in hospital care by funding projects and innovation over and above that supplied by the NHS. To date Thinking of Oscar has raised in excess of £150,000 and has funded innovative vein finding devices into the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


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PROPERTY & BUILDING Savvy  253 London Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9EH  01865 920020 / 01865 920040  The driving force behind some of the most prestigious construction and renovation projects in the oxfordshire area and beyond.  Providing exceptional quality homes and properties  on time and on budget. We work with landlords, property owners, developers and key stake holders across commercial, industry, education, healthcare, sport and leisure and private homes.

Finders Keepers  226 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7BY  01865 311011  Finders Keepers is a letting and property management agency covering Oxfordshire and the surrounding area. We deliver a comprehensive service from search and acquisition through furnishing and refurbishment to letting and property management. Since our foundation in 1972, we’ve built a reputation for professionalism, rigorous processes and responsiveness.

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In Oxford Magazine November 2017  
In Oxford Magazine November 2017