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The Oxford Kitchen

The Oxford Kitchen

Now recognised as one of the most exciting dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking.

We offer you a contemporary, intimate setting and friendly, attentive service – ideal for savouring the exquisite flavour combinations of our à la carte and set menus.

Choose from our carefully compiled wine list or start your meal with one of our signature cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients.

  • Address 215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7HQ

2 reviews of “The Oxford Kitchen”

    Dan Channer

    26th September 2017

    Oxford has never been over-endowed with ‘fine dining‘ restaurants. The saying goes that people spend their money in Oxford on education and houses but less so on high-end eating and retail. However, tucked into the south end of Summertown, The Oxford Kitchen is striding out with its own modern take on fine dining and letting its food do the talking. Based on our experience it certainly has the wind in its sails.

    We were quickly relaxed by the kind of attention you imagine the Queen gets on foreign state visits – charming, punctual, friendly. We made the joke that we were getting ‘American service’ (the waiter was American, you can see how sharp we are) and by that we mean a superior level of restaurant service that you find in the US.

    The menu is progressive and complex with ingredients we had not heard of (yuzus anyone?). Each dish comes with a variety of flavours, for example the burrata (buffalo mozzarella) was delicious, topped with razor thin shavings of black truffle, small pieces of artichoke and a subtle lemon puree. The Cornish crab salad was so good that my wife ate it in under a minute. Dressed with a lemon verbena mayonnaise, the crab was the best thing we tasted all night. Bravo. For mains we had the lamb and the beef, which means a few small but perfectly formed cuts of meat surrounded by care, love and the intricate presentation of the supporting elements. The steak was indeed that ‘melt in the mouth’ experience you read (dream?) about.

    You can tell from the menu that flair and creativity lives here. It seems to work – The restaurant did 60 covers and the chef said wisely, ‘It’s been a busy old evening’. And a very good one too.

    Emma Gascoigne

    25th January 2017

    During lazy weekends meandering around Summertown, I had never noticed The Oxford Kitchen. If that had continued to be the case, I would never have experienced this culinary gem, which would have been a real shame!

    From the moment I walked into The Oxford Kitchen, it felt like a place that I wanted to be on a Friday night. It was relaxed and elegant yet did not stray into being pretentious with friendly and charming staff. With the addition of the amazing food being served, it felt like we’d finally found Oxford’s fine dining secret.

    The menu provides a lot of choice for any foodie. They also had a tasting menu with matching wines. This might be something I would come back and try sometime for a special occasion as it sounded and looked amazing.

    It was a hot day (hard to believe as I write this with rain pouring down) so I went for the tomato gazpacho; the flavours were out of this world. My main followed of beef and pork belly and this was again well presented and delicious. The chef here knows exactly what food works together and delivers constantly on flavour. The presentation of the main was also worthy of hanging in a gallery, it looked that amazing. With all the dishes there was an element of theatre in the delivery and I rather enjoy that as it made the evening even more special.

    This has to be one of the best restaurants in Oxford at the moment. At the end of the night, we were asked if we had enjoyed our experience. We really had and I can’t wait to find an excuse to go back again soon. I’m turning 30 soon, so here’s hoping!

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