Places to eat in Oxford

Hi, I’m Alex, and I’m a foodie. I’ve been hooked ever since I can remember and most likely before that. I doubt I’m going to recover because it is awesome!

If you are a foodie too. This week’s blog is going to be a blend of suggestions around independently Oxford-based food stores. Having lived in Oxford for over ten years, I’ve hunted down some of the best places to eat in Oxford. I have selected them based on visiting multiple times, loving the food and am yet to have a bad experience.

Oxford has a plethora of choice and maintains very high standards across the city.  I’ve found places that specialise in what they sell and most offer vegetarian and vegan options. However, I’m on a budget and so I’ve dug out some of the best choices based on prices as low as £1 to £20. If you want to keep yourself out of the rain and other wintery elements four are all based in the Covered Market. There is a recent and extra treat for entry into this old market. If you are an Alice in Wonderland fan, you will see giant 3D character’s hanging from the rafters inside the Market.

Alpha bar

Prices £4 -6

A small and delightful deli can be found in the covered market. Started 20 years ago and still going strong. For the extinction rebellion in you and person priding themselves on Britain, the company sources everything locally. So, it goes someway to nourishing your belly and soul. They sell delicious, healthy and affordable fast food. You go up to the store and just pick what looks good. If you are struggling you can just ask the staff at the counter, ‘What’s best?’

The Covered Market,

OX1 3DZ.

Open:

Mon-Sat 10:30 – 15:30

Sunday closed

https://www.alphabar.co.uk

 

Georgina’s

Prices £4 -8

A small quaint Greek food sheikh styled cafe. Posters cover the wall from a bygone cinema era. Delicious baguettes, scrambled eggs and Greek salads with lashings of cups of tea all in an unpretentious background.

The Covered Market,

OX1 3DZ.

Open:

Mon-Sat 8 – 17:00

Sunday closed

https://m.facebook.com/GeorginasCafeOxford/

David John

Prices £1 -4

A traditional butcher and pie maker that has been in the covered market for over a hundred years. The pies are a perfect autumn to spring treat and come in all shapes and flavours.

They make one of the best Cornish pasties I’ve ever had and for a low cost of £2.75 and the size of half a human head.

The Covered Market,

OX1 3DZ.

Open:

Mon-Sat 8 – 17:00

Sunday closed

http://oxford-coveredmarket.co.uk/trader/david-john-pies/

Ben’s cookies

Prices £1 – 2

Places to eat in Oxford
Places to eat in Oxford

These cookies are so delightful I must have mentioned them on at least four posts.

All I can say is try the triple chocolate cookie if you’re there after they’ve just come out of the oven prepare to be wowed by the melted chocolate that waits inside.

The Covered Market,

OX1 3DZ.

Open:

Mon-Sat 9:15 – 5:30

Sunday closed

https://www.benscookies.com/mobile/

Everest

Prices £10 -17

The most amazing Nepalese food I’ve ever had. A long way from Nepal but definitely top of my food choices. Low cost, tasty and you can bring your own booze.

This is the only restaurant outside of the city centre but it’s such a hidden delight I had to include it. Based inside an old pub and half the building is still run as a pub. It’s spacious with relaxing decor and comfortable high back chairs. The service is excellent and came out quickly. There is a large amount of choice on the menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters. The food is fresh and in large portions. The worst part is that you see everyone else’s food coming out and the smells are so distracting you become tempted to order what they are having as well.

147-151 Howard Street, Oxford

OX4 3AZ

Open:

Mon-Sat 10:30 – 15:30

Sunday closed

https://www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-everestnepalese?ppc=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqaaq1pK15QIVyNDeCh1RvQnoEAAYAiAAEgLRsfD_BwE

Edamame

Prices £6 – 12

A small restaurant tucked away on Holywell Street and opposite New College. Serving home-cooked Japanese style food and since 2017 is the only Japanese restaurant in Oxford endorsed by the Japanese government. The restaurant’s signature dish is its namesake, green and juicy Edamame. It has a variety of dishes to choose from. For the omnivore, there is meat and fish. The salmon is delicious as is the teriyaki sauce. For vegetarians and vegan’s, I would recommend the Tofu, it melts in your mouth. Just make sure to ask what stock they are using as they use both fish and vegetarian stock.

The restaurant does not take bookings and due to its size and atmosphere, you will most likely share a table with someone.

15 Holywell Street, Oxford

OX1 3SA

Open:

Mon & Tue:  closed
Wed:  11.30-14.30
Thurs, Fri, Sat:  11.30-14.30 & 17.00-20.30
Sun:  12.00-15.30

https://www.edamame.co.uk

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What to do in Oxford. Six free things to do in Oxford.

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