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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Crowd-pleasing food in the old prison canteen

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Oxford's old slammer is now leading a reformed life as a classy hotel, with seductive bedrooms in the cells and a moodily-lit brasserie in the former basement canteen. The cooking is a little bit French, a little bit British, and a little bit global. The feel-good results are starters like ahi (yellowfin) tuna tartare with avocado, pickled ginger, soy and lime dressing and wasabi, alongside chicken liver parfait and classic prawn cocktail. Moules marinière will sort out the Francophiles, while steaks and burgers seared on the grill, or pan-fried sea bass with chorizo, black olives, new potatoes and mussel vinaigrette please everyone. And for dessert, perhaps a Valrhona chocolate soufflé.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Ainsroy Bennett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 10
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: Must pre book £28.50, Worcester Street

Additional information

  • Seats: 120
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35

Getting here

M40 junction 9 (signed Oxford/A34). Follow A34 south to Botley Interchange, then A420 to city centre

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