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Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN +44 1865366405

((((* European
Main course: £24
Food spend: £46

The staff were very good and provided a personal touch for my partners birthday making it very special.

Moses Batwala 15 August 2016
from Oxford

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With 2 AA Rosettes for its classic British food, The Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel boasts baronial surroundings in this 5-star Oxford hotel, dating back to circa 1864.The stately dining room is suitably elegant, reflecting the history of the university city, while the finest British meat and vintage wines are hallmarks of the seasonal Randolph menu.

Right in the centre of Oxford, The Acanthus Restaurant offers excellent pre-theatre dining. Try slow-roasted pork belly with puy lentil stew, or pan-fried black sea bream.

Luxuriant mains include loin of venison and pan-fried pheasant supreme. 21-day aged Scottish rib steaks and the finest smoked salmon are among Acanthus favourites, while the dessert menu tempts with milk chocolate truffle, pistachio mousse and Cointreau Anglaise.

Art-lined walls and plush soft furnishings give the Acanthus dining room a sophisticated feel, with the wood-panelled Morse Bar, warmed by a roaring open fire, hosting events including whisky tasting nights. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel is a 7-minute walk from Oxford Train Station.

Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

Contact +44 1865256410
Reservations +44 1865366405

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Customer reviews for Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

4.1 ((((* (based on 27 reviews)
81% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (10)
  • afternoon tea (9)
  • luxury (8)
  • romantic (8)
  • lunch (5)
  • views (5)
  • child friendly (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • private dining (3)
  • value (3)
  • business (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((*** by from Loughborough

    It was good but expensive: I had Dover sole which was very good, but that's all there was, no veg!

  • (((** by from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

    The staff were good: pleasant and helpful; though near the end of the meal, a large group apparently came in and service suffered (or so it was explained to us). The starters were great; the main courses, good. The coffee leaves a lot to be desired for a restaurant of this reputation.

  • (**** by from Oxford

    My husband and I arrived at the restaurant for 7:00p.m. Our first impression considering this was our first time eating at this particular restaurant was how beautiful the actual room was. We were shown to our table. The tables were well spaced out so one didn't feel 'cramped' which was good. A chap whom I assume was the restaurant manager came to our table at which point I asked him about a particular college's 'crest'. My comment fell on 'deaf ears' as he didn't answer!!! He provided the menu's and drinks list. Eventually we were asked would we like a drink. We both asked for water. When the waitress eventually came over with the water we informed her we were ready to order our food. She said she couldn't take the order but would send the manager over. We gave him our order which was just a main course. I had a steak dish and my husband had a lamb dish. Unfortunately both our dishes although they tasted O.K. the food was 'luke warm'. I had fries with my dish and unfortunately they were cold. I asked for sauces which did take a while to arrive and considering the food wasn't warm, I couldn't really wait too long for the requested sauces. When the sauce and balsamic vinegar did arrive, we noticed that small flies were on the balsamic vinegar!!! We ate our main course, paid and then left. So to sum up our evening, the atmosphere in the restaurant can only be described as 'cold' and unwelcoming. The manager and staff didn't appear particularly happy. We waited what we thought was a considerable length of time for anything we asked for. We only had one glass of water each as were not offered any more water. As previously stated, our food although tasted O.K. wasn't warm enough. To make matters worse, we then requested the bill which had a 12.5% service charge added to it!!! I don't mind paying a service charge but I do feel this has to be earned, it shouldn't be an expectation considering we didn't receive a good service or good food.

  • ((((( by from Oxford

    The staff were very good and provided a personal touch for my partners birthday making it very special.

  • ((((( by from Reading

    We had a group of 10 people dinning at the restaurant and we had the private area which was under a large skylight and windows looking into the kitchen. We all really enjoyed the food. There was a great selection of drinks including several non-alcoholic cocktails so there was something for everyone. Great atmosphere. Lovely staff.

  • ((((* by from Oslo

    We enjoyed the meal. We had the £15 for 3 courses lunch menu. The food was good but not amazing.

  • ((((( by from Fleet

    Lovely quality food, good menu choices. Great ambience.

  • ((((( by from Oxford

    Staff was very friendly, food was amazing although main dish was a very small portion, and great atmosphere overall it was excellent

  • (((** by from Oxford

    Great location for afternoon tea with foreign friends. Service was poor, waited half an hour for first pot of tea for two then another 10 minutes for the rest to appear with the food. Food was good but overall it was about £5 too expensive for what we had.

  • ((((* by from Oxford

    The Drawing Room setting was clean, airy and at a perfect temperature. The seating was comfortable and relaxing, as well as functional for the height of the table. The décor was uncluttered with interesting art work. The food was lovely and light and the waiting staff were knowledgeable, attentive and presented themselves admirably.

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