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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Perth, Australia
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113 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a dinner with colleagues who held the plates 'for 3 or 4 people' in high regard, and they did not disappoint. The menu is seasonal and is therefore constantly changing, but our table had a slow cooked lamb and a rib of beef, as well as some individual mains. A tip if you're planning on the larger shared mains... More 

Thank Jetsetter_AU
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vibrant and busy, buzzing with atmosphere. Food was served incredibly fast, service were extremely attentive. Really cannot fault a thing.

Thank ChantelleC1992
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place international travellers head for to eat "traditional English". Roast legs of lamb for 8, proper steaks, superb fish dishes and top ales to accompany. Great venue

1 Thank William B
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a lunch during the Summer, we returned for evening meal, to celebrate daughter's "handing in". Excellent rabbit and pheasant with very good service in unpretentious spacious rooms. Reasonable price and range of wines. Highly recommend.

1 Thank RobinHood024
Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were introduced to this rugged gem by friends for Sunday lunch. Wow! Excellent, great shared lamb with fantastic veg and roasties all put on the table'family' style. With fun staff and a really interesting menu on offer as well we will definitely be back, really excited , keep up the good work.

1 Thank His Lordship I
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know it is rated by many and was the choice of family member for a birthday dinner so I was there with no preconceptions. The bar area has that awful stale beer smell, on entering the resturant our table was pointed out to us rather than being shown to it.After 30 mins we had still not been asked if... More 

3 Thank simon3610
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm always drawn back to the Magdalen Arms especially for an informal quality supper with friends. I can't fault the food - top end gastro pub nosh with no pretensions. Portions are well sized especially deserts. Very meaty menu but always fish and veggie options available which is a must for me. One of the best in Oxford.

1 Thank Brus5hy
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91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner at this pub recently, it was lovely. The atmosphere and the decor were nice, staff very friendly and the food was also good! Had the lamb, which was very tender and juicy, with amazing dophinoise potato! Im actually quite surprised to read the other reviews here which aren't very positive!

1 Thank Chiara C
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Complained about the teaspoon of meat in the enormous amount of thick, white fat offered as Sunday lunch. Very impatient and later downright aggressive waiter took it to the kitchen and brought it back saying the chef thought it was fine. When invited to come and prove that by eating it himself, he wisely declined. very rude staff- awful food.... More 

2 Thank JKwashere
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely, busy, bustling pub and they have an excellent reputation. The staff are all very helpful and the food on our menu looked delicious. So I ordered. Mackerel pate to start and a lovely pie to share. My friends made their orders too. Then another waitress came back and apologised and said that my starter had finished... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?