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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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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many time from meeting friends over drinks or have a date. It is an excellent cosy pub, giving you and your party enough space to chat. The food is very nice and moreover staff are very helpful. It is located on Iffley Road and it takes around 25mins to walk from city centre.

Thank Cognesence
Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here several times, mainly for a drink and it's a lovely pub for that. We went for lunch today though and it was poor: Menu is very generously-priced, pasta at £15.80? Cod at £18? That's expensive for London! The only main dish under £15 was the burger, which was chewy and greasy, with greasy chips. Really disappointing. To... More 

1 Thank Ed S
Catonsville, Maryland
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We actually ate at the Magdalen Arms twice while in Oxford. Both meals were excellent with not your typical pub food. I had a warm winter salad which was excellent and a delicious pork stew. Our entire family enjoyed it and the drinks-- especially the special prosecco drinks-- were delicious. Lots of cozy seating arrangements too.

Thank Mutanu
Basel, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I firstt ate there 2 weeks ago. And it was so good I wondered could they reach that standard consistently. I've been back twice since then, and each time it was absolutely superb. This is good food in simple surroundings. Tonight I had the cheese souffle salad starter, pheasant pie for main course, and a melange dessert, washed down with... More 

1 Thank thurlochdrmro
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Pros: Nice Staff Nice Decoration Nice Atmnospere Cons: OVERoverpriced food.(not value for mney) poor menu selection. (many mains need to be shared by 2,3 or even 4 ppl,If I wanted to eat the same food as the others, I would ask my mum to cook like in a family meal) Poor to terrible beer selection Poor to terrible whiskey selection

1 Thank stavhel
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I adore everything about this pub. The food is delicious and we love the daily change of menu. Gorgeous soups, soufflés, homemade bread, sharing suet crust pies, fish....The atmosphere is fantastic, quirky, with vintage stuff to buy. Love it, love it, love it!!!!

Thank maylarch
Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Food is excellent, although they often they sell-out of most tempting dishes surprisingly early. It's losing it's 'charming pub' feeling and is becoming a restaurant. Beer is warm and soapy, poor. Go to the Maggie for red meat and red wine and you'll be happy.

Thank Gnarloo
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Menu so restricted by sharing dishes we all ordered the rolled pork as we were only three and wanted a Sunday lunch or something near. Staff excellent and cheerful. Food dreadful and way over priced. We were served 3 plates of extremely fatty pork placed on a bed of what looked like food bin leftovers wet and horrid plus poorly... More 

1 Thank ChrisEWales
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I visited for Sunday lunch as not many places in the city area of Oxford serve Sunday lunches. Perhaps it was my own fault having read the menu for not spotting the type of meals offered here but we felt really let down. The menu at 10pm online the night before did not match the menu on the day- leading... More 

1 Thank Kyle B
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A very busy place - really popular among the locals. An interesting traditional English menu. We dropped in fairly early in the evening and were happy to get a table, but a number of the dishes we chose were sold out. Food was fine, as was service.

Thank Wesley S

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?