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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, OXFORD, OX1 2LN

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The Randolph is the city of Oxford's runner in the grand hotel stakes, an imposing stone-built edifice tucked in among the dreaming spires, readily familiar to viewers of ITV's detective drama Lewis. A commissionaire waits to bid you into the golden glow of the lobby, through which heads of state have sashayed over the years, and the Inspector Morse theme is acknowledged in a bar named after that indefatigable sleuth. An air of refined civility prevails in the dining room, where all is crisp napery, rose-coloured upholstery and sparkling glassware. Full-drop windows look out over Beaumont Street and the Ashmolean Museum, and the walls are adorned with the crests of Oxford's colleges. Simon Bradley arrived in 2013 with the intention of giving the menus here an adventurous uplift, and the results are plain to see. He draws resourcefully on modern techniques for a good-humoured starter called 'fish and chips', comprised of velvety cod mousse, wafers of beer batter, lemon sole tartare, dried tomatoes and capers, while seasonal game features strongly in openers such as partridge and ham hock terrine, or grouse with venison 'ham' in bread sauce. Those may be followed by an all-singing, all-dancing presentation of Highland lamb in the various forms of roast saddle, crisp breast, sweetbreads and a steamed kidney dumpling, a versatile and powerful dish that only needs a lighter hand with the mint. Fish is subjected to the sorts of robust treatments that can often be good for it, as when chargrilled turbot appears with pennybun mushrooms and Jerusalem artichokes in sherry and thyme. Exciting contrasts inform a dessert of apple mousse that comes with superlative hot apple fritters and blackberry ripple ice cream, or there may be classic crème brûlée garnished with strawberries and an almond biscuit.

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Tel: 0844 879 9132
& 01865 256400
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Open/closed

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

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Traditional British
Chef: Simon Bradley
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-£32.95
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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