Beaumont Street, OXFORD, OX1 2LN
The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. The Randolph is a honey-stoned magnificence on a corner of St Giles overlooking the Ashmolean Museum, its Gothic-arched windows and flags in Oxford dark blue making it a true landmark of the university city. The interiors retain a feel of olden times, with grandfather clocks, misty landscapes in oils, and stone fireplaces adorning the public rooms. Following a fire, the dining room reopened as Acanthus in April 2016, and has now taken on a more informal aspect, although there are still some fine still-lifes on the deep green walls. Unclothed tables and banquette seating are the setting for a kitchen production that has jettisoned the old fine-dining tag in favour of a less stuffy, all-day modern bistro approach. Sandwiches, savouries, burgers and croques are available in the daylight hours, while dinner offers the likes of deep-fried cod cheeks with samphire in sauce ravigote to kick off, before loin, neck and kidney of Scottish lamb with artichokes in truffled jus, or else seared halibut with pickled shiitakes and spinach, sauced in port. Fig tart served with pistachio ice cream makes for a sumptuous finale, and even the sultanas that garnish a crème caramel have been considerately soaked in Sauternes.
Tel: 01865 256400
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Cooking type: Traditional British
Number of seats: 90
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 3
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £10.00
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