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Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN

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  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  • Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
Main course: £24
Food spend: £46

Very good afternoon Tea.Lovely,beutiful place.Staff really nice.

Satu 13 March 2017
from Vantaa

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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

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3.9 ((((* (based on 37 reviews)
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  • afternoon tea (15)
  • dinner (15)
  • luxury (12)
  • romantic (9)
  • lunch (7)
  • views (7)
  • business (3)
  • child friendly (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • private dining (3)
  • value (3)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • (**** 13 July 2018 by Robert from London

    Restaurant was understaffed.Sevice was slow despite not many diners.First course was good but main courses we had to send back.

  • (**** 28 November 2017 by Gordon from Oxford

    Price at hotel higher than quoted - nice staff and very, very quiet - too old fashioned for our liking ....

    An odour mentioned in Trip Advisor several months ago still in the air .... it unpleasant but not nice !!

  • ((((* 11 August 2017 by Sarah from Oxford

    We had a very enjoyable meal at The Randolf. We have been a number of times for tea there, and so we know the piano lounge,but have not recently been for dinner.
    I thought it had been updated quite nicely and the way the seating had been arranged, was smart and contemporary; but not too severe. The tables were nice distances apart, and overall, it looked appealing. We were in the main dining room. The one thing that I think lets it down and makes it look more old fashioned, is the carpets. They look a bit tired and worn. I think it would make a huge difference for them to be changed. I know this would be a great expense mind you!
    The staff were very nice but not over the top. The food was very good and we enjoyed both courses. it was a fun evening, but the hotel does have a slightly stuffy feel to it;though with its heritage, I know is what a lot of people like about it. It has a good reputation of course, and I can see it appeals to many people.
    I think the new restaurant competes better than before with the many smart restaurants in town. A clever menu too we thought that means one can have good wholesome dishes and then also have more a la carte with the set menu.

  • ((((( 16 June 2017 by Paul from Oxford


  • ((((* 7 June 2017 by Kevin from Marlborough

    Excellent starters and puddings. Apple and Cinnamon Crumble and Smoked haddock fishcake with spinach and poached egg were exceptional. Steak could have had a sauce. We drank water from a jug-there only seemed to be one jug for the restaurant so we had to keep asking to be topped up-a jug for the table would have been appreciated. Service formal and professional. I didn't realise a service charge was compulsory, before any tips. The hotel wall of fame and lounge area were very interesting-worth a detour.

  • (**** 30 March 2017 by Rachel from Oxford

    I brought my mother for lunch for mothers' day along with my baby on Tuesday 28th March and was disappointed with the lunch which was small and over-priced.

    The salad was tiny (crumbled cheese and pear) despite being described as a main meal and being £11.50.

    We then asked for cakes to take away as the baby was a bit unsettled (nothing too bad but the room was absolutely silent with no background music or conversation on other tables so we felt a bit paranoid even though we'd been told you were baby friendly.

    I paid £5.50 for a scone (gluten free which is why I'd chosen the Randolph). I found in the box one tiny scone which had no condiments and no offer for me to spread butter and jam on it before I left. I had to go back in and ask for something to accompany it. My mum's lemon drizzle cake was equally uninspiring.

    We left hungry and disappointed, particularly since the food had been so expensive.

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Satu from Vantaa

    Very good afternoon Tea.Lovely,beutiful place.Staff really nice.

  • ((((( 12 March 2017 by Eleanor from Oxford

    Fabulous restaurant, anyone who is a tourist it is must! It is quite expensive but if you manage to get the pre-theatre menu offer we did 3 courses for £19 it is totally worth it. The food was exquisite!

  • (((** 7 March 2017 by Michael from Oxford

    I had read many reviews before going talking about the slow service, and thought I'd utilise that time to make conversation with my dining partner. But I went on a Monday, and the service was timed perfectly. The food was brilliant and the staff were professional. The shrimp cocktail was cool and had taste without being overpowering. The fish pie was piping hot and succulent. The service charge is 12%, but I would have tipped at least that anyway. They really do need to deal with the drainage/sewerage smell that ruins everything, though. I have rhinitis, yet the smell was still strong. First get rid of that smell and then the restaurant can start earning stars.

  • ((((( 21 January 2017 by Henry from Oxford

    The ambience in the restaurant was fairly quiet. The food was excellent. Slight drainage problem which is causing a bad smell floating around. Other than that it was excellent.

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