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Vaults & Garden Cafe

Radcliffe Square | High Street, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
+44 1865 279112
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“scones” (74 reviews)
“rarebit” (19 reviews)
“beef stew” (8 reviews)
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Cafe, British, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Radcliffe Square | High Street, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A beautiful little cafe with faulted ceilings with patio tables looking out on the Radcliffe Camera that gets super crowded for lunch, but is easier to grab a table at during the afternoon for tea or a great cup of coffee. The menu rotates and...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I love the food here! The menu is constantly changing and portions are very generous for the price. Sit outside and eat in the shadow of the Radcliffe Camera if the weather permits!

Thank Emily R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely friendly atmosphere; good sized pot of tea; yummy cream, jam and scone - a regular port of call whether with friends or on my own.

Thank OxfordHolly
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited for a quick bite to eat after punting and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely the food was! I had the cheese rarebit, soup and salad and it was lovely. The outdoor garden area is perfect for sunny days, too.

Thank daisytinker
Reviewed 1 week ago

this was not the cream tea in which we have had ,tea very weak and homemade jam was rubbish and running and cream not clotted cream and but scone are ok goodMore

Thank ollieelsadandy
William P, Owner at Vaults & Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I'm surprised and very sorry you had a poor experience of our afternoon tea. All our leaf teas are large loose leaf and on occasion there is an error of too much water of leaf tea ratio, easily solved...ask any of our staff team for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful place with a great view, we soaked up the sun enjoying a delicious pistachio and blueberry Chelsea bun that was soft and moist and full of fruit and nuts, and an almond croissant which was buttery and had a generous amount of almond...More

Thank Clearshell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had coffee and a bun during the morning and enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to explore Oxford and then return to the Vaults for lunch. I saw smashed avocado on sourdough on the menu but, by the time we returned, the...More

Thank Claire C
William P, Owner at Vaults & Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

That you so much for your kind words I have shared your comments with our FOH team so they can see how making a special effort can make someone's day Will

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Set in the heart of Oxford within the grounds of the church and opposite the Radcliffe camera, you couldn't want for a better location. We went fir breakfast. Once you figure out the queuing system, service is quick and efficient. Went for the full English,...More

Thank Tayfun F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

5 visits - meals and tea/coffee - at this lovely cafe during my 3-day research at Bodleian library - just enjoy it that much. Convenience plays a role too. It's inside the Oxford Uni first congregation house dating back to 1320. Comfortable inside and outside;...More

Thank Irene E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a group of 6 friends we ate here. Unfortunately it was very chaotic and seemed unhelpful as the menu was not obvious and staff were not approachable. While 2 of our group ate soup which was ok the other 4 could not make sense...More

Thank carolie3355
William P, Owner at Vaults & Garden Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for being this experience to our attention and that we failed to meet your expectations Since we won most sustainable restaurant of the year, many people do indeed arrive expecting a restaurant....we are only a humble cafe (a busy one) The menu is...More

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Are dogs allowed?
21 April 2017|
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Response from William P | Property representative |
Sorry for the delay The answer is.....YES as long as they are well-behaved
Helen W
Hi ,as one of Oxfords TOP TEN Cafe's on trip advisor. I wonder if I could ask you for a little charity? I am starting a project to give all the Oxford Homeless Street Sleepers( we have often over 20 each night that cant get a hostel or indoor place to sleep ) a hot water bottle. Would your staff be willing to give someone facing a dangerously cold night sleeping on oxford's pavements some hot water? I envisage giving you a spare bottle so you could just exhange an empty one each time? Any kindly supporting businesses will be featured on my new FB page Heat on the street ( Oxford) Kindest Regards Helen
30 December 2016|
Response from William P | Property representative |
Yes we should be able to arrange supporting you My main concern would be to only have a short time window when we could offer this service, which would be at closing time for example 6-7pm this would also allow them to... More
What is the access for a buggy like? Thanks
11 December 2016|
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Response from William P | Property representative |
Hi buggy acces is fine it's just a question of space inside as we get very busy at peak times Peak times are after 12/12.30 -3pm monday-fri After 11 SAturday all day After 10 sunday all day However there is plenty of secure... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Radcliffe Square | High Street, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 279112
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