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The Oxford Retreat

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1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, England
+44 1865 250309
16:00 - 23:59
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:59
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 03:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Not the best pub in the area. The toilets were awful and dirty. The food was ok but nothing special. The location is good as it is next to a pay and display car park.

Thank ArtyOxford
Coventry, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

A good watering hole with a relaxed atmosphere comfortable seating and service with a smile along with a good selection of beer. We did not want a full meal but when we asked for a bowl of chips with cheese it was no problem. Will we return yes.

Thank RabbiBuckley
Newbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Popped in Here yesterday with My wife and friends.Thought what a lovely pub.Charming but a bit expensive for the drinks. One of our group popped to the Mens toilet.He came out and said they smell and best avoid if possible.I needed to go so went in.There was a distinct smell of Wee.Only 1 of the Hand basons was working.There was... More 

1 Thank eastiny
Stavanger, Norway
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

I've never had a worse pint of Heineken in my life or been in a pub with smellier toilets. Place has a pretentious air about it. Give it a miss would be my recommendation.

1 Thank andrew w
Lot-et-Garonne, France
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493 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We popped in here for a quick drink on the way to the station. The service at the bar was grumpy and unimpressive and the ambience lack luster so we decided to sit in the garden. It's filthy! There is rubbish (like disused catering equipment, old pieces of wood and so on) around the place and then we saw the... More 

Thank francophileonthemove
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Terribly overpriced £5.50 for an ale! No atmosphere and no empathy from the bar staff. Avoid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank upton1989
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Overpriced and poor quality food. A number of the people in our group asked for their steak to be cooked rare. However it arrived in a state of cremation, and the waiters said they 'think it's rare'. In general, most disappointing steak I've ever been served. For the price paid, you wouldn't expect the mashed potato served with the salmon... More 

Thank OxfordPub
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Nice pub near the river, we sat outside in the sunshine on the deck. Great staff, very friendly and dog friendly too!

Thank rexy_85
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Hired the function room for a hen party on Saturday night. Staff were really helpful. Room was a good size to accommodate all 21 of us and our planned activities. Wasn't expecting much from the set menu at £22 but portions were really generous and food was really delicious.

Thank helen k
Vancouver, Canada
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016

Bartender - new in the field, tries to make a great impression, but unfortunately, lack of dexterity, lack of knowledge, limited customer service...poor man! Place is nice, great location, on the Thames, next to canal...inside is lovely, and clean. Beer - limited choices and quite expensive Glass - it was dirty(this was at 5.30, before the rush hours!!!), so I've... More 

1 Thank DeuxDenis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Bar, British, Pub, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
16:00 - 23:59
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 250309

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?