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Magdalen Arms

€€ - €€€, European, British
243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (44 reviews)
“pudding” (35 reviews)
“partridge” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
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1 - 10 of 637 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lovely homey, convivial atmosphere with fine dining & delicious wines for great value. Couldn't be better for a leisurely Sunday lunch; will be back....

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank CealsBaabdat
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were a very large group and they didn’t have enough staff, this meant we waited an age for drinks and had to keep chasing, the staff were friendly but struggled. The starters were not distributed evenly where I was sat we missed out on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BobBlogger
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 10 people so in many respects this pub was perfect. We had a big long table which allowed for a good social evening. The food was unfortunately a bit of a let down. It’s mainly involving large plates of meat...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Epicureously
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was meant to be a special meal, but we left sadly disappointed. Low lighting does not disguise mere scruffiness, a drunken din is not an atmosphere. We are easy to please, but the menu restricted the two of us to lamb for 8 (!),...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank shand694
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't expect to have a peaceful meal here....the noise levels are generally high and can get overpowering. The menu is characterised by lots of hearty meat dishes usually including game of some sort. Quality is variable. When we visited, the vegetarians enjoyed the pasta dish,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank robert p
Reviewed 12 November 2018

We have been regularly going to the Magdalen arms for several years and I have invariably come away satisfied. Unlike several other gastropubs in Oxford, the Magdalen arms is very consistent in producing good quality food and there's always decent variety on the menu.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Ben_D_1979
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Sunday lunch for 7. 2 ribs of beef to share for 5 of us. Beef was so so tasty and melt in the mouth. Big Yorkie and sweet vegetables. Lovely light coffee brulee to finish. Definitely will return. Staff there if needed. Lovely relaxing afternoon.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank garybrimson
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Menu is limited and some items are very overpriced. Although they try to cater for allergies this doesn't really flow through into great choices - replace the really tasty options with chips and salad seems to be their default option. Some of our party thought...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank avidtraveller57
Reviewed 20 October 2018

Arrived on a busy Sunday lunchtime - the place was absolutely heaving with ( presumably ) Students and families - Parents, Grandparents, Siblings ( young and old ! ) seated at polished tables ( no cloths ! ) tucking into sumptous and freshly cooked food...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Henry C
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

Great service even better food! Therestaurant itself is toward the back of the building but the bar appears to be quite chilled and relaxing as well. We booked for a Thursday night and had to go 1/2hr outside the time we wanted which was no...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jessiefless
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Response from OxonianTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do have this from what I remember seeing.
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Response from IP1957 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see a wheelchair ramp.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 243159
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