Acanthus & Cartoon Bar at the Randolph

(57 Reviews)
Beaumont Street, Oxford, South East England, OX1 2LN
European, Afternoon Tea
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Main course: £24
Food spend: £46

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 19:00 - 21:00.

Restaurant description

Steeped in over 150 years of fabulous service and renowned for its historic surroundings, The Randolph stands proud in the heat of the city. The Acanthus restaurant remains one of the most significant Grade II-listed restaurants in Oxford. The Summer menu comprises of light bites & Quality Butchery. High vaulted ceilings and original historic art adorn the walls complimented by classically displayed dishes.

The Acanthus menu is accompanied by carefully sourced and responsibly produced, British seasonal ingredients. The opulent high ceilings and dark oak floor of the dining room set the scene for comfort and indulgence in the heart of Oxford.

Before dining in the Acanthus, It is always a pleasure to enjoy a beverage in the Traditional Morse Bar or the Relaxing Drawing Room.

Find Acanthus and Morse Bar on the corner of Beaumont and Magdalen street, just a 15-minute walk from Oxford Train Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Acanthus & Cartoon Bar at the Randolph
(based on 57 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (18)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (2)
  • business (4)
  • child friendly (4)
  • dinner (24)
  • large parties (5)
  • lunch (14)
  • luxury (19)
  • private dining (5)
  • romantic (11)
  • value (6)
  • views (12)
  • By Lauren B from Oxford
    22 February 2020


  • By Alison H from Wales
    15 February 2020

    Beautiful , classic & an all round fabulous experience. Stunning hotel & staff can’t do enough for you. Food was amazing.

  • By Alison Clarke C from Nice
    8 February 2020

    Beautiful room The food was ok but the wait from the moment we ordered to being served was far too long (3/4 hour). This rather ruined our experience.

  • By Stephen E from Oxford
    2 February 2020

    Lovely decor with its history, Sunday lunch was exceptional, service very good

  • By Elizabeth S from Hampshire
    2 January 2020

    Food and service very good. The wine - a Spanish white, £40 - was enjoyable but overpriced I thought. The room is very appealing. The table top was chipped and looked as though it should be replaced. I would rather not have been able to hear the music from the bar.

  • By Henk L from Deal
    11 December 2019

    The overall experience was not great The head waiter never asked once if everything was ok Got as starter stonecold bread instead of toast with my pate Just a few green leaved plonked on plate Instead of getting little caraf with tap water a glass This is 5 star hotel!,, Only good thing was didnt had to pay for starter as i made a complaint to waitress Opinion never again

  • By Cynthia B from Banbury
    13 November 2019

    Tired, stuck in the 1970s as far as I could tell with a pretty unimaginative menu. Virtually empty restaurant. Slow service with a 30 minute wait for a calf's liver main (takes minutes) and a salad niciose. The salad didn't have any anchovies or olives and the dressing, if there was any, was totally without taste. My friend said the liver was acceptable. Coffee was not hot, stewed and undrinkable. Will never return.

  • By Nick P from Oxford
    5 November 2019

    Food was not to a standard I would have expected from a high end restaurant, I actually think they have lost their way on who to cater for. The ambience and character is so good, their food should be marked according. So unfortunately I was taking my wife out for a fantastic dining evening and was left disappointed...

  • By Chris T from Newbury
    12 October 2019

    Nice airy restaurant in great location. Chateaubriand was very good. Staff very friendly

  • By Joanne R from New York, NY
    8 October 2019

    Do not miss an opportunity to dine at the Acanthus restaurant at the Randolph Hotel. The food, the service, the dining room itself - all are perfect. I would say it is the most beautiful and atmospheric dining room in Oxford. We had the shepherds pie, which we highly recommend, and one of the best salads of our trip. Thank you to everyone at the restaurant for making our meal so special.

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Acanthus & Cartoon Bar at the Randolph
Beaumont Street, Oxford, South East England, OX1 2LN