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The Oxford Retreat

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, European
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1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, England
+44 1865 250309
12:00 - 03:00
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:59
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 03:00
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It looks as if this has just had a refurb. and how good it was. The chap behind the bar gave me a very generous taster of a beer I had not seen before. I took straight to it it and ordered a pint. We were there early on and bet that this is the place to be when it... More 

Thank Paul C
Abingdon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Oxford Retreat was a brilliant venue for my retirement party. Excellent having Imogen to liaise with, and she sorted out every detail very efficiently and pleasantly. The food was brought up to us on time, the only small hitch was that from the first to the last person getting served took a little while (including confusion over one meal).... More 

Thank Anne M
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Great atmosphere and staff could not have been more helpful or friendly having phoned and booked table so we could eat, drink and watch the match. Simple rugby menu but burgers were superb as was veggie sausage. Really eclectic crowd of happy punters. Just the ticket other than England lost!

Thank Tonttapir
Darlington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

I spent time here whilst staying at a local hostel and travelling between Oxford and London. Usually solo travellers wanting to sit and read is seen to put a dampener on an evening but I was always made to feel welcome to sit with my drink and read my book. Prices are reasonable for the class of the establishment. Cosy... More 

Thank TravellingPeakPixie
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We planned to go for a drink or two at the Oxford retreat this weekend. It has recently been closed for refurbishment so we were eager to see the results. We were disappointed. No atmosphere and furniture which would not look out of place in a village hall. Shame, we've always enjoyed it there in the past. A round of... More 

Thank MrsPBanbury
Hinckley, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Popped into The Retreat for a couple of pints whilst visiting Oxford. The building is very attractive on the outside and has clearly undergone a recent refurbishment inside, very clean and modern. Drinks served by welcoming staff and mine was served with a slice of lime, ice and serviette, important little extras not often available elsewhere.

Thank Marilyn S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Not the best pub in the area. The toilets were awful and dirty. The food was ok but nothing special. The location is good as it is next to a pay and display car park.

Thank ArtyOxford
Coventry, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

A good watering hole with a relaxed atmosphere comfortable seating and service with a smile along with a good selection of beer. We did not want a full meal but when we asked for a bowl of chips with cheese it was no problem. Will we return yes.

Thank RabbiBuckley
Newbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Popped in Here yesterday with My wife and friends.Thought what a lovely pub.Charming but a bit expensive for the drinks. One of our group popped to the Mens toilet.He came out and said they smell and best avoid if possible.I needed to go so went in.There was a distinct smell of Wee.Only 1 of the Hand basons was working.There was... More 

1 Thank eastiny
Stavanger, Norway
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64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

I've never had a worse pint of Heineken in my life or been in a pub with smellier toilets. Place has a pretentious air about it. Give it a miss would be my recommendation.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 32
Bar, British, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 250309

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