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The Cape of Good Hope

) #294 of 474 Restaurants in Oxford $$ - $$$ , British,
1 Iffley Road | OX4 1EA, Oxford OX4 1EA, England
+44 1865 262291
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good38%
  • Average20%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible9%
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Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
1 Iffley Road | OX4 1EA, Oxford OX4 1EA, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good selection of beers and food, pity about the smelly atmosphere. Large pub at the roundabout on the junction of Cowley Road and St Clements. Not sure why the place smelled, but it wasn't pleasant.

Thank jikoku
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Good choice of real ales represented by Thornbridge, Salopian and Rudgate (among others) on my recent visit. Plenty of tables inside and out but also some funky wooden booths out in the pleasant back yard. Food was very good - tried the fish and chips...More

Thank Mikey1664
General Manager A, Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Mikey1664, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Cape Of Good Hope! Thank you so much for your feedback! We hope you have a great day!

Reviewed 21 May 2017

Stumbled across this Pub wandering around Oxford looking for somewhere to eat. Ended up spending a great afternoon in the garden with super attentive staff and manager. Had supper there and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. Great garden with booths and heaters, a secret escape in...More

Thank Louise B
General Manager A, Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Hi Louise B, thanks for the awesome review, anytime you want to stumble back down we'd love to have you again!

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Not great food. Really fatty sirloin roast. Very dry. Carrots are genetically modified in appearance. Roast potatoes are really soggy and not slightly crispy at all. My friend's steak was really tough and chewy. Enough to give a jaw pain! Seriously poor quality. Would not...More

Thank Desiree R
General Manager A, Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Desiree, Thank you for taking the time to send us a review. We're super sorry to here that our food was not up to scratch when you visited us. We take pride in our food and have just launched a new menu, with considerable...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this evening with friends . Although friendly staff the place was really quiet and given its quite large meant a poor atmosphere . Shame as previously had some good nights hereMore

Thank coughandcath
General Manager A, Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Coughandcath, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're disappointed that you felt like the atmosphere wasn't up to scratch during your visit, Sunday evenings are traditionally an extremely quiet time of the week particularly around the Cowley area of...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Our Sunday roast left us disappointed today, the plates were cold, food temperature tepid, Yorkshire pudding cold, really not very goodMore

Thank AnnetteC58
General Manager A, Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Annettec58, we appreciate your honest review. We set a high standard for ourselves, so we are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not a positive one. If you could get in touch with us via email on enquiry@thecapeofgoodhopeoxford.co.uk we would love...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017

We visited on a Saturday afternoon looking for some food. There were quite a few people in, but still plenty of tables. The lunch menu looked pretty good and we ordered a couple of dishes. We were told there would be a 45 minute wait....More

Thank Jen7ify
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I booked a table for 6 for Mothers Day lunch two weeks in advance online. I indicated in the booking that there was a member of the party who is gluten intolerant and has a severe nut allergy. I called the day before to double...More

Thank BowensBandB
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Walked 20 mins in the cold to get here to find not 1 south African drink available. Don't think the bar staff even get the link!!!More

Thank Cristi G
TheCapeofGoodHope, General Manager at The Cape of Good Hope, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Hi Cristi, hope your enjoyed your time here minus the lack of South African drinks. Our name comes from the position of the pub on the peninsula of two of the main roads into Oxford which was likened to the Cape of Good Hope in...More

Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Really did enjoy the vegitarian roast. Full of flavour good portion sizes and nothing to complain there. Didn't get a good vibe from staff. When asking questions about the food the bar man wasn't enthusiastic about selling it or complimenting it generally lacking enthusiasm, which...More

Thank lorriekiwi
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Cherie M
1 May 2017|
Response from RobynBruce | Reviewed this property |
There's no car park and it's difficult to find parking in the city centre. The park and ride number 400 is your best bet or you could try to find a parking space in the streets surrounding the pub after 6.30pm and walk in.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 20
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Iffley Road | OX4 1EA, Oxford OX4 1EA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 262291
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Conveniently situated in the Plain area, just outside the city centre and within easy reach of Cowley, The Cape of Good Hope is a big pub with a larger than life personality. Sample our impeccable range of wines and speciality beers, and our equally exquisite taste in music, and join the locals and students who flock here to relax over a pint and some freshly cooked pub food. It's the ultimate antidote to a stressful day.
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