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November Well it’s raining, seemingly non stop, but we’re not letting that dampen our spirits because we have some great news! Starting from January, we will have a new name – Living In Oxford! The new name marks the end of 12 years of In Oxford Magazine. Sad to see it go but we’ve got some great plans for Living In Oxford, bringing you lots more approved reviews and great things to do in our fabulous county! So keep an eye out in January and if you fancy yourself as one of our new official reviewers, why not get in touch with us in the office to tell us why you need to be on the review team. Our penultimate cover for In Oxford Magazine sees one of our favourite Asian restaurants, Spice Lounge in Summertown. Owner Ali Aktar is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet and he will be pleased to welcome you to his wonderful restaurant – and his smile is even bigger these days as not only has he just come second in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, but he has become a Dad again! Well done Mr and Mrs Aktar! We’ve got another issue packed full of reviews and listings, and if you think you’ll be stuck for something to buy for that awkward relative or friend, why not visit www.vouchoffers.co.uk where we have launched giftVOUCH for vouchers you can buy for a wide range of Oxfordshire businesses. Enjoy November! Richard Rosser Editor, In Oxford Magazine

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On a recent rainy October Sunday evening I stepped into the Spice Lounge with my youngest daughter Noelle. The decor is minimalist and uncomplicated with some modern art, thereby allowing us to focus on the food. The very chatty and informative owner, Ali Aktar, suggested that we allow him to make the choices, having told him that we like a bit of heat! The Lime Pickle with the popadoms hit the spot, not just pungent and sour, but spicy too. Our starters consisted of Chingri Poori (Prawn wrap), Maachli Borah (Crispy Fishcakes), Paani Poori (Chick Pea in Crispy Poori) and Jhall Tikka (Spicy BBQ’d lamb). The stand outs were the Lamb, nice and spicy, and the Fishcake, which was spiced just enough not to destroy the delicate fish. In the meantime, to drink, Noelle had ordered the Mango Lassi (a treat, she reported) and I tried the Indian Sauvignon Blanc. I have rarely tried Indian wine before, and though it did not blow me away, it stood up to the spices in the food well as did the tried and tested Cobra Beer. On to mains consisting of Lamb Korai (ginger and spices), Chicken Naga Torkari (spicy and hot!) and Maachli Tenga (Fish in Broth with Ginger and Lemon Peel). These were accompanied by Sag Aloo (Spinach and Potato Fry) and Bhadda Gobi (Fried Cabbage). No Indian meal is complete without Bread and Rice. We ordered Pilau Rice, Lemon Rice and three breads, Poori, Roti and Chapatti. The Korai was nicely spiced though we thought could have done with a bit more heat and ginger. As to the Naga Torkari, this is a dish that I had never had before. Quite a dry curry, we were told this had a kick, and it did, those wicked Naga Chillies kicked in big time!! For those wanting to benchmark heat, Vindaloo+ is about right. This curry shows just a touch of citrussy sourness. The big surprise was the Fish Broth. When you go to an Indian Restaurant and you are faced with fish in a light, clear broth with carrots peppers and herbs you tend to do a double take. However, sub-continental food is not just about curries and kebabs. Its about much more to those who know. Carrots and Ginger are a great match, Ginger and Fish go superbly well together. Lemon with fish is heavenly too. All together it really works! The dish also challenges our stereotypes as to what this kind of food is all about. The lemon rice complemented it perfectly. All in all, I think we will be going back to see Ali at his “Nicely Spiced Lounge” that asks us to think out of the box! Six Good Points: • Brave enough to list an Indian wine • Enjoyed the art in the restaurant • Spice Lounge thinks outside of the box • Sensible and not outrageous use of spice • Extraordinarily good lime pickle Room For Improvement: • More homemade desserts would be great Review by Mark Greenwood 193 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7AR Tel: 01865 510071 Web: www.spiceloungeoxford.co.uk

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The search for the best restaurants in Oxfordshire is over. The winners of the 2013 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, established by In Oxford & Oxfordshire Magazine and organised by TERA Events, were announced at a glittering Awards ceremony on the evening of 1 October at The Manor Hotel. A simply stunning marquee, the inspiration of TERA Events, provided the backdrop for a Laurent Perrier champagne reception, three course meal and the Awards, hosted by JACK fm’s Trevor Marshall. The overall Restaurant of the Year title was awarded to The Star Inn, Sparsholt. The Star only opened in July last year when owner Caron Williams bought it to save the local pub. Caron said, “As a new business it is fantastic to be rewarded for all those difficult days when we were setting up.” Chef at The Star, Dave Watts, is already the winner of The Good Food Guide Chef to Watch, 2013.

2013 WINNERS & FINALISTS Restaurant of the Year. Winner: The Star Inn at Sparsholt Gastronomic Restaurant. Winner: The Lamb Inn, Burford Gastro Pub / Brasserie. Winner: The Star Inn at Sparsholt

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The Awards celebrated the best dining in Oxfordshire from gourmet restaurant, won by The Lamb Inn Burford, to the traditional pub, won by The James Figg in Thame, best Asian, won by Yeti on Cowley Road, and best café, won by Burford Garden Centre. The Head Chef Sean Ducie of The Lamb Inn, Burford said he was “over the moon” a winner of the Gastronomic Restaurant category. The beautiful 17-room Gastro pub and brasserie dates back to 1402 and has held two rosettes for over 9 years. For the second year running, the award for Outstanding Service was made to Oxford Brookes Restaurant. Afterwards, the team said, “The team are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for the 2nd year, and among such great competition.” The winner of the coveted Public Vote was Reg’s Café in Banbury. Individual contributions were recognised for outstanding achievement including Tony Verdin of The Cherwell Boathouse, Max Mason of The Big Bang for the creativity he

Traditional Pub Restaurant. Winner: The James Figg, Thame Asian. Winner: Yeti, Cowley Road, Oxford Express, Deli, Café. Winner: Burford Garden Centre


showed, amongst other things, in building a beach in Oxford, and Patrick Greenberg of La Cucina who won HIT Training Apprentice of the Year. Presenting Max with his award, David Gambier, MD of Great Experience Travel Group, said “The standard is rising all the time.” A new Award was also made by In Oxford Magazine, with The Editor’s Choice Award going to The Quince Tree in Stonor. A special award was also made to Browns, an Oxford Institution for 40 years. Why not enter for 2014? Download an entry form at www.oxfordshirerestaurantawards.co.uk The trophies for this year’s Awards were once again designed and produced by NSF (National School of Furniture) based at Oxford Cherwell Valley College (OCVC). The theme this year was ‘onwards and upwards’ reflecting the post-Olympic spirit and a positive outlook for the future.

One of the event sponsors, Stuart Crook from Wellers Accountants said, “All of our partners, guests and associated friends had a fantastic time. I thought the event built on last year’s success and improved yet again thanks to the good quality nominees in the room.” Sarah-Jayne Beasley, Sales Manager at Eynsham Hall commented, “The room looked amazing and everyone had a wonderful time.” Isabelle Barber, Business Development Manager at Rhodes House said, the event was “A great tribute not only to you, The In Oxford Group’s energies in promoting Oxfordshire businesses, but also to the restaurant business community that you have so successfully nurtured over the last three years. Everybody likes winners and there were certainly a goodly handful of them around last night – congratulations to you and all your team who did such a grand job. Take it from one who knows how much work is involved in pulling such things off!” See page 27 to see how you can enter 2014’s Awards.

Outstanding Service Award. Winner: Oxford Brookes Restaurant

Recognition of Service: Anthony Verdin, The Cherwell Boathouse

Public Vote Winner: Reg’s Café, Banbury

The HIT Training Apprentice of the Year: Winner: Patrick Greenberg, La Cucina

Award for Creativity: Max Mason, The Big Bang.

The In Oxford & Oxfordshire Magazine Editor’s Choice Award Winner: The Quince Tree, Stonor

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Explore Your Universe Friday 1st November: Join Science Oxford at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory for a trip across our solar system. Book onto a science show looking at planets, moons, stars and the difference between them. Learn why we have day and night and find out how old you are in Martian years! Design your own constellation and try space themed activities. This day is out of this world! Space show suitable for ages 8+. Booking is essential. Call 01235 445959 Cost: Free Venue: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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

Waterperry’s Christmas Shop Now Open - Full of Christmas decorations and festive treats!

Christmas Craft Market Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November: There’ll be artists and craftspeople with gorgeous gift ideas and festive food and drink, as well as the chance to buy your Waterperry-grown Christmas trees and hand made decorations. Entrance to the Christmas Market is free. Time: 10.30am – 4pm

Christmas Food & Gift Market Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November: Fantastic Christmas treats with our festive food and gift market, for that unusual gift this Christmas. Waterperry-grown Christmas trees and hand made decorations. Enjoy a festive menu in the Teashop, Miss H’s too. Entrance to the Christmas Market is free. Time: 10.30 – 4pm

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

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

Pitt Rivers Museum Access through the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW. Tel: 01865 270927. Web: www.prm.ox.ac.uk.

Puppets at the Circus Until Sunday 17th November: A case installation from Giffords Circus exploring different themes of puppetry that influenced this years’ summer show “Lucky 13".

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

Fireflow on Gloucester Green Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November: Oxford’s first Christmas fire festival in Gloucester Green. Activities throughout the evening include a 4m high pillar of fire, toasting something warm on an open fire with the Earth Trust, the chance to make your own pizza in a wood burning stove with the Pizza Midwife, soak up the atmosphere to mellow tunes with Euton Daley on decks. Supported by Mini Plant Oxford and Oxford City Council. Time: 6.3010pm on 22nd, 5.30pm – 9pm on 23rd November.

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Art in Woodstock exhibition Saturday 19th October – Saturday 9th November: During this annual art festival 30 artists will be exhibiting in venues all around town. Last year the Museum hosted a very poplar exhibition of album art. Portraiture is the theme for this and invited artists include John Wonnacott. During the week there will be the opportunity to take part in art activities for all ages. For more information visit: www.artinwoodstock.com

Oxfordshire Craft Guild – Christmas selling exhibition 16th November – 5th January: Featuring many of the county’s leading contemporary craft designers and makers, this exhibition will display jewellery, textiles, pottery, keepsakes and treasures. Perfect for Christmas!

Autumn Saturday Talks at the Museum Saturday 9th November: War Artists – Paint, People and Propaganda. Merion Harries is the author of The War Artists – the first comprehensive study of Britain’s official war art schemes. The book goes behind the scenes to explore the personalities, propaganda and pressures the produced this extraordinary record of conflicts from the First World War to the Falklands. Saturday 23rd November: J.M.W. Turner and Oxford Dr Jon Whiteley, senior keeper of Western Art at The Ashmolean discusses the development of J.M.W. Turner as seen through the many views he painted of Oxford from the 1790s to the 1840s. Talks will be held in The Coach House at 3pm. Refreshments available. Tickets £7, available in advance from the museum

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

GHOST FEST 2013 Until Thursday 28 November: Ghost Fest at Oxford Castle Unlocked is back for its eighth year! This October and November will be filled with vigils, experiments and séances, spooky tours of the castle and family fun events. By night the 1,000 year old castle will become Oxford’s only scare attraction, and with the addition of Terror Tuesday and Murder Mystery Evenings, this year is set to be scarier than ever. Are you brave enough to join us?

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

A Dickensian Christmas 9th November to 13th December:The Great Hall will be adorned with grand Christmas trees decorated in candles, baubles, lanterns in traditional reds, greens and golds associated with a Victorian Christmas. Dickensian scenes will be brought to life with ‘Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe' windows for Victorian passers-by to peer into from the blistering winter outside. Lanterns and street lamps will lead the way past the Victorian shop windows; a grocers, a candle makers and glove shop, all set within the archways of the Great Hall, decked with swathes of holly and ivy.

Living Crafts for Christmas Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November: Enjoy Christmas shopping in style this year at Living Crafts for Christmas, 15th - 17th November, a highlight of the festive season at Blenheim Palace. Over 130 British designer-makers will be showcasing high quality, contemporary craft, so come and choose perfect presents for all the family, from individual gifts and special commissions to simple stocking fillers; ceramics, millinery, toys, fashions, designer jewellery, hand-made soaps, studio glass, decorations, wreaths and many more. Opening Times: Living Crafts for Christmas is open from 10.00am until 5.30pm daily.

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Living Crafts for Christmas Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PX Time: 10.00am – 5.30pm Web: www.livingcrafts.co.uk Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November:This is a unique Christmas shopping experience in the majestic surroundings of Blenheim Palace which will inspire you for the festive season. Choose original presents, simple stocking fillers and special commissions from a huge range of high quality contemporary craft and festive foodie treats from the specialist food and drink producers in ‘Tastes of Christmas’. With Blenheim Palace dressed to celebrate a ‘Dickensian Christmas’ and the Great Court adorned with twinkling Christmas trees, this is a perfect seasonal day out for all the family.

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

Live Friday Friday 29th November: On the last Friday of each month, the Museum will open its doors from 7.00–10.30 pm. Interactive events, creative workshops and lively talks will be on offer, with drinks and tapas in the rooftop Dining Room and a bar in the vaulted Café. Visit www.ashmolean.org/livefriday to read about this month's event.

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Oxford Inspires 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS Tel: 01865 252885 Web: www.oxfordinspires.org Oxford Inspires is working with Visit Oxfordshire to promote the many wonderful events, shows, exhibitions and festivals that take place across the county. In November, we are putting a spotlight on the wide variety of unique international and local contemporary art on display in Oxford plus a very special Christmas celebration. Info: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.org/whats-on

Flesh and Bone: Francis Bacon and Henry Moore Until Sunday 5th January 2014: This major exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum brings together works by two giants of 20th-century western art. Carefully chosen to highlight the important influences and experiences which they shared, the show aims to bring a fresh perspective to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. www.ashmolean.org

OVADA OPEN exhibition Until Friday 8th November: Don’t miss the last week of the OVADA OPEN exhibition in this atmospheric semi-industrial warehouse in Osney Lane in the centre of Oxford. The exhibition showcases the best of local contemporary artwork in a variety of media. www.ovada.org.uk

Friedrich Kunath with Raymond Moody's Blues Until Sunday 17th November: Modern Art Oxford presents Friedrich Kunath with Raymond Moody's Blues. Dreamer, jester, melancholic and optimist, Friedrich Kunath is an enigmatic presence in the work he creates. With his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery he showcases four new paintings and a number of new sculptures shown alongside recent works, including the film You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Crazy (2012). www.modernartoxford.org.uk

Christmas Light Festival Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th November: Christmas Light Festival: Come and celebrate the arrival of the Christmas Season in Oxford with a buzzing festival of processions, lights, dance, art, live music and performance. www.oxfordschristmas.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We have lots going on for you throughout November, including an event with the wonderful Simon Schama, and David Crystal. This and so much more coming up over the next few months. Find out more on our events page at our website: www.blackwell.co.uk. Tickets are available from our Customer Service Department, Blackwell's Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Telephone: 01865 333623. We hope to see you at an event very soon! David Crystal and Hilary Crystal/ Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-language Tourists Guide to Britain Wednesday 6th November at 7pm Wordsmiths and Warriors explores the heritage of English through the places in Britain that shaped it. It unites the warriors, whose invasions transformed the language, with the poets, scholars, reformers, and others who helped create its character.

Simon Schama/ The Story of the Jews Wednesday 20th November at 7pm The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford. Tickets: ÂŁ5 Blackwell's is delighted to announce a very special event with Simon Schama, who will be talking about his new book, 'The Story of the Jews'. It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

Blackwell's Christmas Walking Tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am From Tuesday 12th November until Saturday 21st December 2013 Tickets: ÂŁ9 (includes mulled wine, coffee or tea). To book telephone 01865 333602 or email oxford@blackwell.co.uk. Experience the beautiful city of Oxford at its festive best with our experienced local guide. See the world famous 'Adoration of the Magi' tapestry, and visit the first coffee house in England.


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

Ciphers Wednesday 6th - Saturday 9th November: Justine is found dead. Her sister Kerry sets out to uncover what happened and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge. She becomes ever surer that she is being foiled and followed at every turn, and everything she discovers makes her question who Justine really was. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? Dawn King’s debut play Foxfinder was “thrillingly original” (Time Out) and “a contender for new play of the year” (Guardian). Now, in Ciphers, she has written a stunning thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul.

To Sir With Love Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 November: To Sir, With Love tells the story of Ricky Braithwaite, a Cambridge graduate and ex-RAF fighter pilot, who experiences what it means to be black in post-war England.Unable to secure a job in his chosen profession as an electronic engineer, Ricky turns to teaching in a tough but progressive East End school. Supported by an enlightened headmaster, the determined teacher turns pupils’ rebelliousness into self-respect, contempt into consideration and hate into love.

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

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Monday 11th – Saturday 16th November: Oxford Operatic Society returns to the Oxford Playhouse with one of Stephen Sondheim’s most critically acclaimed scores; guaranteed to have you laughing one moment and recoiling in shock the next. This black comedy follows the infamous barber who returns to London seeking revenge against a lecherous judge. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with dark humour. Tickets: £10-£20. Time: 7.30pm, 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

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Twelve Miles From Nowhere Saturday 9th November: Since Michael and Emily’s mother left, time has stood still.Their father James is struggling and can’t see a way forward.The farm is in a bad way and going under…Then Craig arrives with enough charisma and ambition to charm the birds from the trees. But is he really the answer to their dreams?Twelve Miles from Nowhere is a stunning new play about life on the edge, set against an unexpectedly gritty rural backdrop. Tickets: £12, £8 concessions, £6 U18s

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

Dracula Tuesday 5th – Wednesday 6th November: Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count, whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. Presented by Mark Bruce Company, Bram Stoker's haunting, erotic tale is brought to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production, with an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith. Tickets: £13.00 Concession: £11.00 Time: 8pm.

Beats by Kieran Hurley Wednesday 27th November: A coming-of-age story exploring rebellion, apathy and the irresistible power of gathered youth. With techno. Lots of techno. Beats tells the story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenager living in a small suburban Scottish town at the time of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act – a new piece of legislation which effectively outlawed raves, or “public gatherings around amplified music characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”. Tickets: £13.00 Concession £11.00 Time: 8pm.

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The Compleat Female Stage Beauty Saturday 2nd November: It’s London 1661. The reign of Charles II, womanising, dashing merry monarch. After decades of Puritan austerity the playhouses have opened their doors again and crowds flock to see the sensation of the age: an actress of exquisite beauty and charm as well as fine talent – Edward Kynaston – for yes he is a man! Set in the courts, brothels and theatres of restoration London this will be a visual, aural and mental treat. 16+ Time: 8pm Tickets: £16, £14.50 (concs)

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

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The Clerks Friday 8th November: Edward Wickham (Director): Having trouble holding a conversation at a party? Most of us would have to say ‘yes’. This theme is explored in The Clerks’ new, richly entertaining programme through music from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Admission: £14 / £10 (01865 305 305/www.ticketsoxford.com), Time: 8pm, Venue: Holywell Room

The Faculty of Music marks Composition Professor Robert Saxton’s 60th birthday

Robert Saxton in Conversation Monday 11th November: Professor Saxton discusses his life and work with Dr Martyn Harry. Admission: Free, Time: 5pm, Venue: Holywell Room

Ensemble ISIS: The Music of Robert Saxton Monday 11th November: Dr John Traill (Music Director) & Simon Desbruslais (Trumpet) A celebratory concert in the presence of the composer. Programme to include Psalm–A Song of Ascents (1992), Shakespeare Scenes for Solo Trumpet and String Orchestra (2013), and a new work by John and past/present Oxford composers that have worked with Robert, built upon his Little Prelude, written for Ensemble ISIS in 2003. Admission: Free – for enquiries contact new.music@music.ox.ac.uk Time: 8pm, Venue: Holywell Room

Clare Hammond Piano Recital: Saxton’s Hortus Musicae Tuesday 12th November: Clare Hammond performs the Oxford premiere of Saxton’s piano cycle, Hortus Musicae (2013), alongside works by Britten and Bach’s Chaconne in D minor arranged by Brahms for left hand alone. Admission: Free, Time: 12.30pm, Venue: Holywell Room

Conway Scholars Recital Wednesday 27th November: Conway Scholars perform in this annual recital. Admission: Free - Open to the public, Time: 1pm, Venue: Holywell Room

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

Armonico Consort Friday 1st November : Vivaldi Concerto Grosso RV156 in G minor. Handel Eternal Source of Light Divine HWV 74. Handel Music for Vauxhall Gardens. Scarlatti Su le Sponde del Tebro. Handel ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ from Samson HWV 57. Bach Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen - Cantata No 51. Gillian Keith's glittering career takes her to the world's premiere opera houses, festivals and recital venues. Brilliant in repertoire from Bach, through Strauss to compelling interpretation of contemporary works, she is especially noted for her engaging and pristine performances of baroque masterworks of the kind programmed this evening. Her style and panache is well-matched by that of one of the world's foremost trumpeters and longtime Oxford favourite, Crispian Steele-Perkins. Tickets £42 £28 £18 £10 (Students £5 off/Under 18s half price) Box Office 01865 244806, online www.musicatoxford.com Time:7.30pm Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Contrapunctus Thursday 14th November: The Treaty of Utrecht - Handel and Croft’s Oxford Odes (1713) This year is the tercentenary of the Treaty of Utrecht, which marked the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. This momentous event for the whole of Europe was celebrated in England at thanksgiving services in St Paul’s Cathedral and in Oxford where the peace was marked by the performance on 10 July – at the ‘Oxford Act’ in the Sheldonian Theatre. This concert provides the opportunity to be able to hear Croft’s splendid works in the space in which they were first performed three hundred years ago. The concert includes Handel’s famous Utrecht Te Deum and the Ode on the Birthday of Queen Anne (‘Eternal source of light divine’), which likewise celebrates the achievement of peace. Tickets £42 £28 £18 £10 (Students £5 off/Under 18s half price) Box Office 01865 244806, online www.musicatoxford.com Time: 7.30pm (pre-concert talk at 6.30pm) Venue: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

Britten Birthday Concert Friday 22nd November: English Chamber Orchestra, Sophie Bevan soprano. Purcell (arr. Britten) Chacony in G minor. Mozart Divertimento in D 136. Britten Les Illuminations. Mahler Adagietto from Symphony 5. Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. The English Chamber Orchestra was Britten's "house" orchestra. This Concert, on the centenary of his birth, offers two of his most engaging works, illustrating his mastery of word setting and brilliance of string writing, coupled with his own arrangement of his beloved Purcell's Chacony. His debt to other composers is represented by a childhood favourite by Mahler and a youthful Mozart Divertimento. Tickets £45 £28 £18 £10 (Students £5 off/Under 18s half price) Box Office 01865 244806, online www.musicatoxford.com Time: 7.30pm Venue: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

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An Afternoon with the Anita Harris Jazz Trio Saturday 9th November: Anita Harris has had a breathtaking career spanning over fifty years. She has been a film star, television star, graced the top of the pop charts, become a pantomime legend as Peter Pan, starred in Cats in the West End and featured in 7 Royal Command Performances. Time: 2pm Tickets: £10 plus a free hot drink

Tiffin Concert: Violin and Piano Sunday 10th November : In a change to the original published line up, violinist Violeta Barrena now comes to us in a brand new musical collaboration with Nafis Umerkulova on piano. They are both young musicians and recent graduate of the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music. They join together for a programme of music inspired by folk tunes along side Beethoven's lyrical Spring Sonata. Time: 2pm Tickets: £10 plus a free hot drink

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

Jdp Piano Series - Jonathan Powell Saturday 2nd November: JdP Featured Artist Jonathan Powell offers us another substantial, as yet un-heard piece from the virtuoso piano repertoire – Sorabji’s Piano Symphony no.6. Khaikhosru Sorabji was one of the 20th century's most prolific and enigmatic composers, drawing on a highly chromatic and perfumed musical language influenced by Liszt and Godowsky. This piece – arguably a culmination of the Romantic ideal of piano writing, and lasting over four hours – has never before been performed in public. Times: 3pm (pre-concert talk, 2.30pm) Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students

Jdp Chamber Music Series - Piatti Quartet Friday 8th November: After their fantastic JdP debut in April we had many requests to invite this young ensemble back - so we're delighted that the Piatti Quartet is returning to Oxford, with a programme of substantial works from the heart of the repertoire: BEETHOVEN Quartet no.3, BRITTEN Quartet no.2, SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden. Times: 8pm (pre-concert talk, 7.30pm) Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students

Jdp Piano Series - Zoe Rahman Friday 15th November: We are delighted to expand our piano series this year to welcome jazz pianist Zoe Rahman. Winner of the Best Jazz Act at the 2012 MOBO awards, Rahman has been described as ‘a total star’ (Independent on Sunday) and ‘formidably talented’ (Telegraph). Together with her band, Zoe will be bringing her imaginative and powerful performance style to the JdP, playing music that draws on her combined English, Irish, and Bengali heritage. This concert is a co-promotion with The Spin Jazz Club. Time: 8pm Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students

Steven Isserlis (cello) & Connie Shih (piano) Saturday 23rd November: JdP Patron Steven Isserlis returns this season with a stunning programme of British cello music. BRIDGE Cello Sonata in D minor, BRITTEN Solo Cello Suite no.3 & Sonata in C major, PROKOFIEV Adagio from Cinderella & Ballade Op.11. Marking the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth on 22 November 1913, this programme features two works written by him – and dedicated to the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich – alongside music from Prokofiev and Bridge. The ticket price includes entry to a pre-concert interview of Steven Isserlis by Dr Martyn Harry, the JdP’s Artistic Director. Times: 8pm (preconcert interview, 7.15pm) Tickets: £30 gallery/ £25 stalls/ £20 students

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A Time To Remember

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A Time To Remember Monday 11th November: Tom Poster won the hearts of his local Oxford audiences many years ago and is now internationally recognised for his outstanding artistry and versatility. Jennifer Pike has been hailed as one of the most gifted of the younger generation of British artists. As a duo, they are currently playing to universal acclaim all over Great Britain. They present tonight's enchanting programme in honour of Remembrance Day and to support Help for Heroes ‘Lest we forget’ Venue: CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST. Time: 7:30pm Tickets: £10-£22 Orchestra: 01865 744457 Playhouse: 01865 305305

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Gig in the Gallery: Tandem Saturday 16th November: Tandem’s contemporary, yet traditionally informed sound, newly complete with electronic injection, is hard to ignore. Their theatrical and virtuosic performances have gained them recognition as a live band, constantly pushing the boundaries of a traditionally inspired sound. Time: 8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Geoffery Hopkins Piano Recital Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College Tickets Oxford 01865 305305 Friday 22nd November: GEOFFREY HOPKINS: Short introductory talk. Programme: Bach – Busoni: Chaconne Rachmaninoff – 7 Preludes from Op 23 & Op 32 Szymanowski – Étude in B flat minor Op 4 Hopkins – Two pieces – ‘On the Wing’, ‘Daydream’ Prokovieff – 7th Sonata Tickets: £15 (£12) from Tickets Oxford 01865 305305

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

3 November : Gina McCormack (violin) and Nigel Clayton (piano) Schumann A minor sonata. Szymanowski Romance Op 23. Strauss Sonata, Op 18. 10 November : Carducci String Quartet. Haydn String Quartet op.33 no.6 Shostakovich String Quartet no.4 17 November : Robert Thompson (piano). Mozart Fantasia in C minor, K.475 Schumann Papillons, Op.2. Rachmaninov Sonata No.2. Op.36 (revised version 1931). 24 November: Schubert Ensemble Mahler Piano Quartet. Brahms Piano Quartet no.2 in A 1 December: Doric String Quartet. Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.2. Puccini Crisantemi. Haydn String Quartet op.20 no.4 £11 adults, £10 full time students, senior citizens and under 16s Free admission to children ages 5 -10 accompanied by an adult (under 5s not permitted entry) Tickets Available at the door or from Oxford Playhouse Tel: 01865 305305 Web: www.coffeeconcerts.com

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

Beethoven III Saturday 10th November: Beethoven. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor. Although it displays a flavour of the spirit of Mozart and his classical contemporaries, Beethoven’s passionate and somewhat fiery Piano Concerto No. 3 offers glimpses of a new musical era. The pairing of this piece with a more mature work, the brilliantly luminous Symphony No. 7, highlights just how far his style developed during his career. Pre-concert Recital, 7pm Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 Shlomy Dobrinsky violin Sam Armstrong piano Available to concert ticket holders Time: 8pm Tickets £40 £28 £18 £10 Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Beethoven IV Saturday 16th November: Beethoven. Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19. Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, ‘Pastoral’. Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor. Beethoven’s description of his ‘little’ 8th Symphony belies its considerable power and energy, but distinguishes it from the more spacious and tranquil ‘Pastoral’ Symphony which gently brings the concert to a close. Between symphonies Marios Papadopoulos plays the brilliant and compelling B flat Concerto. Pre-concert Recital, 7pm Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12 No. 3 Yuri Zhislin violin Sergei Podobedov piano Available to concert ticket holders. Time: 8pm Tickets £40 £28 £18 £10 Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Beethoven V Saturday 23rd November: Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73, ‘Emperor’ Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor. Sandwiched between Beethoven’s mighty 3rd and 5th symphonies, the 4th has a prevailingly sunny disposition that serves as a foil to its neighbours’ forbidding power. The last piano concerto in his set imparts a unique blend of physical and spiritual energy that perfectly complements the relaxed symphony, whilst epitomising humanity’s capacity to triumph over adversity. Preconcert Recital, 7pm Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3 Anna-Liisa Bezrodny violin Roope Gröndahl piano Available to concert ticket holders Time: 8pmTickets £40 £28 £18 £10 Venue: Sheldonian Theatre

Beethoven VI Saturday 30th November: Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, ‘Choral’. Julia Kogan soprano Diana Moore mezzo soprano James Edwards tenor Darren Jeffery baritone Beethoven Festival Chorus Marios Papadopoulos conductor. The Philomusica’s 15th Anniversary Beethoven Festival ends with a symphonic double bill. The energetic 2nd Symphony provides a robust prelude to the great Choral Symphony – a work of awesome grandeur whose message of hope for a future of universal brotherhood remains relevant to this day. Venue: Sheldonian Theatre Time: 8pm

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Pegasus Funday Sunday: Baby Boogie Sunday 3rd November: Pegasus in partnership with Dancin’ Oxford present a unique and fun event for children under 5 years old and their families. Come along and boogie with your baby! There’s an optional workshops to learn all the moves you need before a chance to get creative with your toddler at the disco. Why not make it a family day out and join in the craft workshops making wrist or head bands plus face-painting fun! Tickets: £7 adults, £3 children (50% off for anyone receiving benefit)

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

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

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

Arthurs Dream Boat Sunday 3rd November: One night Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. And then the vessel starts growing out of his head and Arthur is bouncing along the waves in his own dream boat. Beautiful puppetry, original music by Tom Gray of Gomez, presented by the company who delighted us with Shoe Baby and Penguin. Why not do the workshop before the show? Times: 2pm Tickets: £8, £6 (concs) Ages 3-8 years and adults

The Grumpiest Boy In The World Sunday 24th November: Zachary Briddling is awfully middling. Or so he thinks, until his mum reminds him of places where there are giants, miniatures, hairy things and flying things, where Zachary would not be middling at all. So our fearless hero sets out to find the place where he stands out. A lovely show with three in the cast and live music. Contains great jokes for both young and old! Times: 2pm Tickets: 8, £6 (concs) Ages 4+

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

Homefront A former DEA agent (Jason Statham) heads to the hills with his daughter to get away from the dangers of the job only to find a small town terrorized by a methhead gang leader (James Franco) in this action thriller written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder. Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder co-star

Carrie A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (ChloĂŤ Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, "Carrie" is directed by Kimberly Peirce with a screenplay by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Gravity Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone--tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour' of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Don Jon Jon Martello is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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Art, Antiques & Museums Christ Church Picture Gallery Beauty, Grace and Power: The horse in drawings of the Renaissance and Baroque 2nd October - 23rd December Opening Times July - September (open every day) Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm. Sun: 2pm - 5pm. October - (closed Tuesdays) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 1pm & 2 - 4.30pm. Sun: 2pm - 4.30pm. Christ Church, Oxford. Entrance Via Oriel Square. Admission: £3/£2 Tel: 01865 276172 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Sanders of Oxford Rare Prints & Maps

Sanders is getting ready for Christmas, with our wide selection of 17th to 20th century maps and prints, there’s something for everyone and every budget. New stock for Christmas includes: Japanese woodblocks, regional and world maps, fauna and flora prints and caricatures, alongside a wide selection of beautiful and unusual Oxford prints and photographs. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff help you find a unique and personal gift this Christmas. 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. Tel: 01865 242590. E-mail: info@sandersofoxford.com. Web: www.sandersofoxford.com. Open: Mon to Sat 10am-6pm. Admission: FREE. R

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

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

Friedrich Kunath Raymond Moody’s Blues Until Sunday 17th November: Dreamer, jester, melan-cholic and optimist, artist Friedrich Kunath’s work will take over the Upper Galleries of Modern Art Oxford this September. Kunath’s playful discourse between joy and melancholy asserts the triumph of life over death through his paintings, sculpture and film. Making references to Renaissance woodcuts landscape engravings, still lifes, slapstick cartoons, and music iconography from the 1960’s and 70s this exhibition also features a tennis court that takes centre stage with a cast of sculptural characters in connected pairs. Photo credit: Friedrich Kunath, You Owe Me A Feeling Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe. Photographs: Michael Schmelling

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

October at the Modern Artists Gallery Stuart Buchanan, Recent Paintings  until  19th Oct. Sonia Rollo, Etchings & Prints 9th  Nov - 7th Dec. Image shown:  Stuart Buchanan  The Flying Scotsman  Oil on board  12 x 30ins. OWNART Live with the art you love…. It’s easy and affordable  to buy and  collect contemporary art and craft, contact the gallery for details.

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

Pop Up Print Shop Friday 1st November – Friday 29th November: This November the Pop-Up Print Shop returns to the Gallery for the second year running. Even bigger and better than last year, the exhibition will play host to a variety of work by 10 up and coming, local and regional contemporary print-makers.

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

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

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

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Store & Tours

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

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

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

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

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

Independent Schools Bloxham School

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

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Sport Oxford University Rugby Football Club Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SR. Tel: 01865 432000. Web: www.ourfc.org.uk. Sun 3rd Nov

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

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

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Health & Beauty Monica Franke Osteopathy & Pilates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Burlington House Hotel

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

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Royal Oxford Hotel Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HR. Tel: 01865 248432 Web: www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk

The Royal Oxford Hotel is a Non Smoking Property located 2 minutes walk to the bus and train stations and offers: * Air conditioned bedrooms * Free wireless network throughout the hotel * Spacious and well appointed accommodation * Complementary water and selection of fresh fruit in all bedrooms * Tourist Information Within easy reach of the train station and the centre of Oxford.

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

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Accommodation Hope House Woodstock

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

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

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

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

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

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20-24 St Michael’s Street, Oxford, OX1 2EB Tel: 01865 244 622 Web: www.vanbrughhousehotel.co.uk Vanbrugh House Hotel gives a unique guest experience. With 22 individual bedrooms and suites of contemporary design, it offers comfort and style. Featuring English hand crafted furniture, eclectic fixtures and fittings, whilst being set in an historic building. There are echoes of the hotels own 18th century heritage in the combination of highly-polished service and homeliness. To stay in Vanbrugh House is to live in the heart of Oxford past and present.

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

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

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

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

Rice Box

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

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

Jee Saheb

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

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

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

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

Annora Restaurant

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

Malikas

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

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

Rosemary

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

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

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The Bear & Ragged Staff

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

Pierre Victoire

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

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

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The Broad Face

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

Oxford Blue

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

The White Hart

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

Old Swan & Minster Mill

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

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

La Cucina

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

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

The Beetle and Wedge

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

The Bear & Ragged Staff

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

Macdonald Randolph Hotel

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

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

Cherwell Boathouse

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

Browns

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

The Trout

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

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

Gee’s Restaurant & Bar

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

The Old Parsonage

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

The Red Lion

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

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

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

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

Cafe Loco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quod boasts a large bar, a beautiful terrace & a huge restaurant housing an amazing collection of young British art with a rare city centre car park to the rear. Open all day this stylish, busy, bustling Mediterranean influenced brasserie serves simply designed, unpretentious, robust food. Locals, students and tourists enjoy views from tall windows onto the High Street and Radcliffe Square. I have always been charmed by the buzz of Quod, and was looking forward to my visit with my wife on a Friday. It was pretty heaving but we were told this was usual for Quod and the place seemed to run seamlessly, clearly this brasserie is used to accommodating large numbers. I chose a simple favourite of mine, Jersey crab mayonnaise, Jane had the cider and onion soup to start, the cider added a subtle hint of tang to the sweetness of the onions. As always the hand picked crab had a wonderful flavour. Jane followed with baked brill, fennel, rosemary & lemon and I opted for the ‘Rofford Farm’ slow braised beef in red wine with button onions, lardons and mushrooms. The waitor explained that most of the meat on the menu is from the owner’s Oxfordshire Farm, so not so many food miles there then. We followed his wine recommendations, Viognier from Versant to go with the fish and for me the Bordeaux Claret from Vintners – Quod’s main wine supplier. This was a wonderful match for the perfectly braised and seasoned beef with well balanced flavours. The brill was cooked to perfection. Jane was delighted with the way the kitchen had managed to retain the delicate flavour of the brill. We even managed a classic tarte tatin with ice cream and a crema Catalana, a silky smooth custard with burnt sugar topping. Even with a couple of side dishes and decent wine the bill was pretty affordable. I hear they do a great set lunch menu served from midday until 7pm, £12.95 for two courses. The large bar serves coffee and cocktails and an impressive wine list and imaginative bar snacks. Three is a choice of three private dining rooms. Try and catch a roast and complimentary Jazz every Sunday evening 5 – 7pm. The waiter told us they are taking Christmas party bookings at the moment, £30 per person. Quod is imaginative, it is fun, but it is also a great dining experience. You can’t honestly ask for much more. Reviewed by Charlie Clarke Open every day from 7.00am - 11pm, 10.30pm Sunday. Mon to Sun 11.30am – 11.00pm 92-94 High St Oxford OX1 4BJ Tel: 01865 202505 Web: www.quod.co.uk

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We really enjoyed the dining experience at Malikas and found its more subdued and intimate atmosphere a pleasant change from other Indian restaurants. No bright lights and no plush wallpaper, this is an elegant but friendly ambiance with soft lighting, starched white table linen and the feel of a dining experience rather than a cheerful curry meal. Partly the low ceiling, partly the shape of the restaurant – it is quite long and thin – contribute to the feeling of intimacy. The lighting and décor contribute too so that it is a place where you want to linger and we noticed that the other diners certainly did, obviously comfortable and enjoying the food without rushing. Evidently students like the place too and the calming atmosphere makes them behave well! And now on to the food. I chose a wonderful starter of Salmon Tikka and my husband had the quaintly sounding Chad Poti. I haven’t had Salmon in an Indian restaurant before so this was an experiment but the salmon was perfectly cooked, moist and pink in its dark tikka coating and the salad was fresh, delicious and crunchy, not a mere garnish. Really that would have been enough for the meal, considering the large basket of freshly cooked poppadams we had eaten but we went for a second course. For our main course, we considered the more traditional Podina section which are all cooked with mint leaves, and also the Rezalla which Mohammed explained was introduced to the UK by Oxford restaurant Aziz, his neighbour and well-known in the Cowley Road. Rezalla quickly became so popular that it was copied by all the Indian restaurants in Oxford and beyond. But in the end we chose two dishes we hadn’t had before - Chicken Chili Bhuna which was wonderful but crazy hot, full of fresh vegetables as well as fresh green chillis, and a Maach Biran Bhuna. This was a fish curry dish, not something I would normally go for but it was delicious, no bones in the fish and a mild but subtle sauce. We spent some time chatting to Mohammed the owner, a chef himself and with 15 years’ experience in the restaurant trade before he opened this establishment. He was both charming and chatty, telling us how important it is to adapt Indian dishes to the local taste here and how different that then makes them from the dishes his family eats at home. He has obviously chosen to include newer dishes from Madras and Bangladesh alongside more traditional recipes and he is hoping to gradually introduce some home style dishes to the menu too – they even might be cooked at home. Malikas calls itself a contemporary Indian restaurant and I’d say this is apt. I can thoroughly recommend you try it yourself for delicious food and a new experience. Reviewed by Alison Haill 218 Cowley Rd Oxford, OX4 1UQ Tel: 01865 723029 Web: www.malikasrestaurant.co.uk

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