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Food and restaurants in Headington

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Pub
“Check out the flea market outside the Magdalen Arms pub on Iffley Road - it takes place on the first Saturday of each month (except some winter months) from 9.30am until lunchtime. There are interesting objects for sale and details can be found on the pub website. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“A friendly smile, beautifully hand made food, and delicious cocktails are waiting for you at Oxford’s best tapas bar. So come on in, sit back, and soak up the atmosphere. We will be here waiting to make you a drink.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Thai restaurant with a small daily changing menu. Highly rated, and tends to be booked up several months in advance. But there are rumours of a couple of unreservable tables, so patrons turning up early on the night they wish to dine may be lucky.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Café
“Situated on the cosmopolitan Cowley Road along with a vast array of restaurants of all cuisines, something for everyone. Short walk from bus stop at St Clements. Lively nights and busy days. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
“The Turf Tavern (or just "the Turf") is a popular but well-hidden historic pub in central Oxford, England. Its foundations and use as a malt house and drinking tavern date back to 1381. The low-beamed front bar area was put in place sometime in the 17th century. It was originally called the Spotted Cow but the name was changed in 1842, likely as part of an effort to extinguish its reputation as a venue for illegal gambling activities. The pub is frequented primarily by university students (of both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University). It is located at the end of a narrow winding alley, St Helens Passage (originally Hell's passage), between Holywell Street and New College Lane, near the Bridge of Sighs. Running along one side of the pub is one of the remaining sections of the old city wall. Due to the illegal activities of many of its original patrons, the Turf sprang up in an area just outside the city wall in order to escape the jurisdiction of the governing bodies of the local colleges. The Turf Tavern is also where former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a Guinness World Record for consuming a yard glass of ale in 11 seconds in 1963. Local legend also has it that former U.S. president Bill Clinton, while attending Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, infamously "did not inhale" during an evening of carousing at the pub. Additional celebrities and public figures who have dined or drunk at the tavern include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Blair, CS Lewis, Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher. It also served as a hangout for the cast and crew of the Harry Potter movies while the nearby colleges were used as locations throughout the filming of the series. It was also featured in the show Inspector Morse. The pub inspired The Lamb and Flag, a fictional drinking establishment featured in Jude the Obscure, author Thomas Hardy's final novel. It is also reportedly haunted by "Old Rosie," the ghost of a young woman who allegedly drowned herself in a nearby moat after her lover failed to return from the English Civil War. The Turf is still a frequent gathering place for the Rhodes community in Oxford as the site of Turf Tuesday every week during term.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Pub
“This is a lovely little chilled out pub with the best steak platter in the world. It is a sharing plate but boy is it delicious, I'm salivating just thinking about it. They don't do them every day so call to check before going there. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Nestled on the High Street in Oxford, this is one of my favourite places to eat. Formerly was the ‘Old Bank’. Either serving breakfast, lunch and dinner . Ideal if you are sightseeing in Oxford and want to have a nice lunch or whatever you fancy.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We like to do things a bit differently here, so let's get the boring bit out of the way first Mmmm Burger Do we source the highest quality meat for our burgers? Yes Do we make our burgers by hand every day? Yes Do we cook food to order? Yes Do we have a secret recipe? Yes Do we use local suppliers? Yes BUT SO WHAT? Because, to be honest, any burger joint worth their pickle should be doing that anyway. Great Burgers ain't rocket science! Of we don't bring you a juicy, lip-smacking, belly filling burger than satisfies your soul we aren't doing our job properly. But Atomic Burger is about more than great foot We want to make you smile. We want to take you back to that time as a child when burgers could be as big as your head, summers lasted forever and simple things made you smile. So sit back and enjoy the music, look at the toys you always wante, argue about who the best superhero is and slurp milkshakes until you get a brain freeze. Enjoy life the Atomic Way and HAVE FUN!”
  • 20 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Situated on the cosmopolitan Cowley Road along with a vast array of restaurants of all cuisines, something for everyone. Short walk from bus stop at St Clements. Lively nights and busy days. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“Laid-back cafe/bar with leather sofas and terrace garden, plus a blackboard menu and cocktails.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“This is a drive away but on route to the M40 London bound. Located in headington, this serves an excellent brunch with locally sourced ingredients. its sister pub (also serving brunch) is located in Wolvercote - a 15/20 min drive in the other direction.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Café
“A super friendly, laid back vegan and vegetarian cafe serving delicious breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices for great sized portions. Take away options available. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“If you take the time to look through the history books, you will find that The Grand Café as it is now, stands on the precise site that housed the very first Coffee House in England. According to a number of trustworthy sources, including Samuel Pepys, a Jewish entrepreneur named Jacob established the first English coffee house in 1650. A direct quote from ‘The Life and Times of Anthony Wood, Antiquary of Oxford 1632-1695″:- “This year [1651] Jacob the Jew opened a coffey house at the Angel in the parish of S. Peter, in the East Oxon ; and there it was by some, who delighted in noveltie, drank. When he left Oxon, he sold it in Old Southampton buildings in Holborne neare London, and was living in 1671.” I’m sure that if Jacob returned today, he would be proud to see what has become of the place. From humble beginnings, The Grand Café is now regarded by many as a true Oxford institution and above all – a purveyor of a darn good cup of coffee.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bakery
“Its friendly, with locally sourced food and a lovely conservatory out back. Great place to meet and/or chill”
  • 11 locals recommend
Store
“A local ice cream parlour another Oxford Institution it has some sister parlours around Oxford, George and Danvers and George and Davis. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Make an amazing coffee and an even more amazing avocado on toast. Grab it fully loaded with avocado, feta and chilli”
  • 8 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Its friendly, with locally sourced food and a lovely conservatory out back. Great place to meet and/or chill”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bakery
“Hamblin Bread is a brilliant (if pricey) bakery. It also does really good pizzas, and super-expensive but brilliant cheese. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“We like all of our guests to know where the nearest bacon sandwich and great coffee can be found. Dont forget to try there VEGAN sausage rolls they are awesome!”
  • 1 local recommends
Supermarket
“Open 6 am to 10 pm, this is the nearest and nicest food (and staff!), newspapers, and an ATM to get cash; it is close by - at the back of the Shell Petrol Station just up the hill a little on the London Road.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Corner Shop
  • 1 local recommends
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