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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

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. A liveried commissionaire welcomes guests to this landmark city-centre hotel, a substantial building on a corner site. It's as well known to television viewers as it is to locals, thanks to Inspector Morse, with his watering hole named in his honour (the Morse Bar). Conference and wedding facilities are all part of the package, with the restaurant like a baronial hall, its walls adorned with the crests of Oxford colleges and double-aspect full-length windows looking over Beaumont Street and the Ashmolean Museum. Service is on the formal side, which befits a Victorian institution with much oak panelling and vaulted ceilings. The cooking, though, is firmly in the 21st century, built on traditional British values, with some thrillingly stimulating ideas. Rabbit terrine, for instance, is partnered by grilled saddle and served with Puy lentils, parsnips, dressed sprout leaves, cider jelly, black pudding and pork crackling to make an imaginative and enjoyable starter, or there might be a more straightforward platter of smoked salmon with the traditional garnishes. Quality ingredients are carefully sourced, and a high degree of technical expertise is evident throughout. Witness main courses of fillet of monkfish and hand-picked crab, accompanied by compressed cucumber, gnocchi, charred broccoli and essence of crab, and the carnivore's delight of a tasting of Scottish beef (seared fillet, cheeks braised for 24 hours and a trencher of dry-aged beef) with green beans, wild mushrooms, onion rings, two sauces (b?arnaise and one of red wine) and not just truffled creamed potatoes but triple-fried chips as well. Anyone with room after that could go for the multi-layered flavours of poached rhubarb with chilled ginger rice pudding, pink champagne and honeycomb, or the selection of native cheeses with tomato chutney.

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Tel: 01865 256400
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Fri

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Traditional British
Number of seats: 90
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 3
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £23.95-£29.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford


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M40 junct 8, A40 towards Oxford, follow city centre signs, leads to St Giles, hotel on right
Nearest station: Oxford

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