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Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN +44 1865366405

((((* European
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
  •  - Oxfordshire
Main course: £24
Food spend: £46

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

Satu Pitkänen 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

Contact +44 1865256410
Reservations +44 1865366405

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Customer reviews for Acanthus Restaurant at Macdonald Randolph Hotel

4.1 ((((* (based on 34 reviews)
82% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (14)
  • dinner (14)
  • luxury (12)
  • romantic (9)
  • lunch (7)
  • views (6)
  • business (3)
  • child friendly (3)
  • large parties (3)
  • private dining (3)
  • value (3)
  • al fresco (1)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((( 16 June 2017 by Paul Weller from Oxford


  • ((((* 7 June 2017 by Kevin Richards 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 Walsh 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 Pitkänen from Vantaa

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

  • ((((( 12 March 2017 by Eleanor Sharp 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 Perrin 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 Layton 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.

  • ((*** 12 October 2016 by David Crofts from Loughborough

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

  • (((** 20 September 2016 by Balfour Smith 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.

  • (**** 2 September 2016 by Marie Mccarthy 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.

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