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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hadn't eaten at this restaurant for a few years, so decided it was time to give it another try. Quite a large restaurant, a bit quirky, all te tables are bare wood, no tablecloths, and all the tables are different shapes and sizes. We managed to get there early enough to try the daily set menu, which was great value... More 

Thank OxfordTim
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heading for Oxford's #2 restaurant according to TA (almost certainly over-rated), we found it closed, so headed the nearby Magdalen Arms, which proved hugely under-rated. Cosy & welcoming, with attentive staff, we opted for various veggie options & sides, including a filling & mouth-watering tart. After a day exploring the city, it was precisely what we needed & totally unexpected... More 

Thank Graham J
Virginia, USA
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guesthouse owner recommended this place for dinner and it was spot on. The front is a pub with plenty of seating. Just order at the bar. If you prefer a table with wait staff there that is available towards the rear. I had the rare steak and was not disappointed. Good food and good atmosphere.

Thank travel007_8
Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of quid cheaper, bigger bottles of coke, a couple of minutes quicker... We had a great time, and the food was very tasty but it just missed the mark in some key places.

Thank Nick S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for a lunch for 2 this afternoon. Ham hock to start with and rare rump, rosti and salad for me. Both of which were amazing. The atmosphere is great, service was informal and friendly. and for 2 of us for 2 courses, including wine and tip it was £70. You could spend nearly that in any chain you... More 

Thank Thomas D
Taunton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I enjoyed a wonderful meal here in February with friends whilst staying with a friend locally. The place was packed which is usually a good sign - and the hosting was friendly and relaxed. We ordered the rib of beef to share, and the waitress advised us it takes a while to cook, so we ordered some starters to see... More 

Thank char-m-123
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Great atmosphere. Food was okay but predominantly meat and very over priced. The vegetarian offering was meagre with unimpressive dishes. It is a convenient location for us but we will avoid going here in future.

1 Thank Mo0o0o
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Fantastic food and service...consistently! Great variety in the menu...the pie is pretty unique and seriously filling. Plus, really welcoming to my wife's guide dog too :-)

Thank Andy_0XF
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Today was the best family meal out we've had in years. The team couldn't have done enough to make us feel welcome, happy & genuinely engaged with our children. It was the first time we didn't feel on edge in case our children were a bit 'noisy'. We all relaxed & had a wonderful time & consequently the kids were... More 

Thank w080907
London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Was here for dinner last night. The atmosphere was great, the staff were friendly and we had the Rib of Beef for 2 people which was delicious! It came with fries and a large salad. The desserts were also excellent - the Chocolate Pot was amazing! Highly recommended for a great evenings either as a couple of with a group... More 

Thank Freddie K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 243159

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?