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Brasserie and Bar at Malmaison - Oxford

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3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 268400
Tue 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked for Sunday lunch, table not ready on arrival so sent to bar to wait, bottle of prosecco cost £40, eventually showed to table. Starters were self service from buffet, had to ask for plates but buffet ok but all swimming in olive oil. Ordered roast beef for mains and kids wanted burger, over an hour later beef with Yorkshire... More 

Thank Nancy L
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If available I would have rated this as overall good. This was an afternoon tea for a special occasion. This is an amazing location to visit and well designed to preserve some of the old prison design. The overall tea itself was surprisingly filling and well presented and favoured more sweet than savoury. Staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive.... More 

Thank MKEL09
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes very nice food...But so different to eat in a corridor next to cells.. Great service... Lovely lady in charge....A little on the pricey sides.

Thank kemnayladdie1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a late table so thought it would be quiet but it was packed out, hence they were very busy. Staff very attentive but slow and got order a bit mixed up. Will still go back.

Thank Dops
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The usual Mal Sunday lunch is done well here. A good soup which you serve yourself and nice crusty bread is followed by an excellent buffet. Plenty of choice and good for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Some nice fish available too. Mains are chosen from a menu and served to the table, again a plentiful selection and should suit... More 

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Bize-Minervois, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We ate here twice while we were staying in the hotel. The restaurant is down in the basement, where I imagine the prisoners might have been fed. The food was perfectly enjoyable, but it did depend on who was managing the restaurant. On our second occasion it was chaotic, and service was not good at all, especially compared to the... More 

Thank Sue_Ac_10
South Coast UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

We had a private dinning room for a party of 14. To be fair, the food quality wasn't bad and worthy of a good review, however every other element of the experience was awful! The service was haphazard and uncoordinated resulting in 14 meals arriving at different times. Any questions you had to go and search somebody out. The staff... More 

Thank r.parker99
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

The Malmaison Brasserie and Bar has a wonderful slightly, eerie ambiance, however the quality of service and product did not live up to the standards of the rest of the hotel. We had a Sunday night room and dinner deal which meant we had 75 pounds to use up for our meal or the unused portion would be added to... More 

Thank ashell
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

The brasserie itself is in the basement of an old prison so is atmospheric and fun. We were greeted by two lovely staff who made us feel right at home. Sadly from that moment on things didn't go as well. The service wasn't good in the brasserie itself; firstly there was a problem with language with some of the staff... More 

Thank elizaecclestone
Cotswolds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

My colleagues and I visited The Mal Maison Hotel Oxford whilst staying in the local area. The initial thoughts are that the hotel occupies an impressive position in the castle site, within what used to be an old prison. When arriving at the Brasserie our seats weren’t quite ready so we were asked if we wanted to have a pre-drink... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 69
Bar, British, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 268400
Malmaison Brasserie in Oxford ��� once people were plotting to get out. Now they���re paying to get in. Set in a one-time prison where bad guys were detained at Her Maj���s pleasure, Malmaison Brasserie (part of the supersexy, supercool Malmaison hotel group) is now dedicated to your pleasure instead. The Brasserie has its own unique atmosphere that���s a bit gothic and funky, very much stylish and modern. The menu boasts simple favourites prepared with consummate skill, like signature dishes.

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