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The Randolph Restaurant

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN +44 1865366405

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Main course: £24
Food spend: £46

We had afternoon tea at The Randolph, it had a lovely atmosphere. We received excellent service and were offered refills of tea, sandwiches and cakes.

Niki Taylor 21 January 2016
from Oxford

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With 2 AA Rosettes for its classic British food, The Randolph Restaurant 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 Randolph 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 Randolph favourites, while the dessert menu tempts with milk chocolate truffle, pistachio mousse and Cointreau Anglaise.

Art-lined walls and plush soft furnishings give the Randolph 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.

The Randolph Restaurant

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

Contact +44 1865256410
Reservations +44 1865366405

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Customer reviews for The Randolph Restaurant

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  • dinner (6)
  • romantic (6)
  • afternoon tea (5)
  • views (4)
  • child friendly (3)
  • lunch (3)
  • luxury (3)
  • business (2)
  • large parties (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • private dining (1)
  • value (1)
  • ((((( by from Oxford

    We had afternoon tea at The Randolph, it had a lovely atmosphere. We received excellent service and were offered refills of tea, sandwiches and cakes.

  • ((((* by from Dunstable

    The building was beautiful, especially the dining room. I enjoyed looking at all the shields from the different colleges, they were a nice feature. I had the pigeon to start which was tender and full of flavour, and the sole for my main which was nice, the only disappointment was that it came on the bone and I wasn't provided with a fish knife. The service was impeccable and the waiters really couldn't do enough for us.

  • ((((( by from London

    Excellent cream tea, good service and nice atmosphere.

  • (((** by from Porto Alegre

    Nice view
    Poor cuisine

  • ((((( by from Oxford

    A very fitting location for our wedding anniversary. Friendly service and excellent food chosen from a nicely balanced menu. Expensive but good value for that special occasion!

  • ((((* by from Oxford

    Great experience even though it was the most expensive champagne cream tea in Oxford!

  • ((((( by from Oxford

    good for a special occasion

  • ((((* by from Oxford

    You feel as though you are stepping back in time afternoon tea was served in the lounge comfortable armchairs and sofas with interesting pictures loved the touch of all the glass jars with the different teas in. Was impressed that we were offered iced water as we ordered it was an incredibly hot day The selection of sandwiches were nice and scones melted in the mouth wasn't sure about the option of lemon curd not something I've come across before and probably would ask to change and it did appear that you had either butter or cream for me the best part was the tiny little cakes the art and workmanship in those was amazing! We were offered refills which was good a throughly pleasant experience, had a quick look in the morse bar loved the molton brown in the loos would go again if in oxford

  • (((** by from Oxford

    The food was generally good, but with a little more attention paid to the details that matter, such as flavour, seasoning, and cooking, it would have been raised to something more special. For example, I has a guinea fowl terrine that was presented beautifully yet while the garnishes tasted good the terrine itself lacked an iota of seasoning.

    We both had a main of roast lamb which promised much but delivered little. The meat was supposed to be cooked pink but arrived well done. It was meant to have a wild garlic puree, which turned into a pea puree somewhere between the menu and the pass. The meat had a scattering of mushrooms on top that were rubbery and tasteless (rather like re-hydrated dried mushrooms) and did not seem to have a place on the plate. Perhaps the worst error were otherwise delicious rosemary fried potatoes being raw in the middle.

    Deserts were good with a flavoursome pannacotta and an exquisitely flavoured apple crumble rounding off the meal.

    The waiting staff were all friendly, competent, and attentive.

    So overall, this was a good meal out and I don't mean to sound too down on the experience. It is just frustrating when sloppiness stops a good meal becoming excellent.

  • ((((* by

    we celebrated our wedding anniversary and were not disappointed

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