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Magdalen Arms

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243 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SJ, England
+44 1865 243159
11:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon 17:00 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Basel, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank thurlochdrmro
Oxford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank stavhel
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been meaning to try the food at this well know Iffley Road pub for some time having read good reviews and had personal recommendations. Finally made it last week. I was hoping to be blown away by a menu which was so promising, slightly quirky and hearty, which was nice to see as its not so fashionable. I think all... More 

Thank Duncaf31
Bishops Stortford UK
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169 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Sunday lunch here seems to be an institution. Our local friends had reserved a table which seemed to be a necessity as the place was packed. The atmosphere was tremendous - OK so it was very noisy but everyone was having a great time! The serving staff were great. They were incredibly busy but still gave us their time, and... More 

Thank Cavan R
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great place in Oxford for Sunday lunch. Sharing joints of meat, with Yorkshire roasties and veg all served on a serving dish. Everyone said that it was one of the best roast dinners they had ever had! Not eating meat I went for the monkfish with olive oil mash which was really nice. Unfortunately they had just sold out of... More 

1 Thank Alisonjwood

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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?