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Good pubby atmosphere at the Oxford Retreat, and the food is much better and more interesting than the standard pub grub which we were expecting. The service is prompt and friendly, the view over the canal pleasant, the value very reasonable, and the closeness to both train and bus stations a bonus. So in a part of Oxford jostling with eateries, this is still well worth considering.

Lovely food and atmosphere!

Oxford Retreat by Hythe Bridge in Oxford, lovely venue. Very kind and dynamic service. Nice varied menu around British classics but perfect flavours. A real gastro pub that makes you discover really good British cuisine. Little sad note, it was empty on a Thursday night and lacking a bit of atmosphere but the meal fully compensated ! Thanks to the team for the warm welcome to Oxford.

This was our second visit to the Oxford Retreat, Oxford. Whereas before I would have said the standard of food was a couple of notches above your normal pub food this visit was a disappointment. My starter was excellent but the main dish from the specials menu (beef olive) was over-seasoned and over-cooked. My wife had a chicken dish as her main and again it was over-seasoned. No complaints about the service which was good.

I visited the Oxford Retreat with 4 friends yesterday. It's a cozy nice pub/restaurant. Pretty vibrant bar and really nice food! Slightly pricier as pub food though.

The Oxford Retreast was as lovely as always. The staff are really laid back and easy going. The food is excellent - especially the daily specials. I rarely order from the a la carte menu. I had a pigeon starter and pig cheeks for main. Never had pig cheeks before. A pleasant surprise! The pigeon was cooked to perfection. The bill came to £100 for four people with starter and main + two bottles of wine. Really good value for money!

Went over there for dinner last night, it's a very confortable and cozy place, and the food was absolutely amazing. Recommended!

Second visit to the Retreat. Menu not as interesting as last time (no scallops) but the food was fine - perhaps a little heavy with the salt? Don't go to the Retreat if you want to have a quiet conversation - OK it was Friday night - but that apart there was a lively hum. We were well looked after - and I have no objection to seeing the chefs busily in action. Those who like draught beer may feel challenged by the range - London Pride or London Pride (not a problem for me)!

OK but food which appeared to have a lot of potential was consistently over salted or over sugared. Staff had a bit of an attitude. Meat market on the bar did nothing to add to the ambience. Beyond the food venue should decide if it is a pub or a restaurant.

The Oxford Retreat was kinda funky, with a good menu with nice trad/ modern British dishes, decent service and really tasty food. Steaks were high quality, the belly of pork delicious and the vegetarian tart went down a storm. Nice patio area at back, toilets were a bit manky though, clearly hadn't been cleaned for a while.

Although reasonably quiet for a sunny Sunday evening, the service, ambiance and surroundings makes this gastro-pub a great change from the norm. For what appears to be a student pub by rights, the Food was fantastic. Average costs to about 15pds per head for a two course meal, but quality on our visit could by rights have cost a bit more. Would recommend to anyone who's looking to experience a slice of Oxford's hospitality.

I booked The Oxford Retreat in Oxford for lunch with a friend on Saturday 4 June. It was a lovely day and whilst the restaurant itself was very quiet there were a few people in the garden. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and when we weren't sure of our wine choice the waitress kindly got two glasses and allowed us to try it. The food was very nice and overall our lunch in the garden was most enjoyable.

Enjoyed lunch at the Oxford Retreat in Oxford. Converted pub with the same ambience still but none the worse for that. The food was fine and service friendly.

Lovely relaxed meal at the Oxford Retreat, tasty seasonal menu and fun watching the kitchen at work.

The place was near deserted when we went, which didn't put us at ease.

I'm not sure the open kitchen is such a good idea - it rather put me off to be able to see and hear what they were doing.

They tried hard with the service, even asking my wife if she wanted anything off-menu as she is vegetarian, which was nice. However, it always felt like a pub that served food rather than a restaurant.

Overall, it's a nice looking pub serving decent, but not outstanding food.

Went for lunch at oxford retreat on sunday food was good but not up to usual standard i have had in the past when having dinner.

We had a delicious Sunday lunch in the Oxford retreat. The food was delicious - fresh and tasty and the staff were very friendly. We would definitely come here again.

The Oxford Retreat in Oxford is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I visted on a Monday night and we are glad we did. The restaurant (which is quite small compared to the bar area) filled up all at once but neither the food nor the service suffered. My starter of scallops with bacon, rocket & lemon sauce was perfectly cooked & my husband's pigeon breast was pink & tender. My steak was perfectly cooked as was my husband's wild boar sausage and mash. Great value at £80 incl dessert and drinks.

Happy discovery. Lively atmosphere (Thursday night) and not the place to visit for a quiet evening! Table (for two) slighly cramped - adjacent chairs a little too close. Starters quite superb. Main courses a little too bulky. Cheerful and competent crew, and food clearly freshly cooked. Wine (Pinotage) quite accceptable.

Eight of us dined at the Oxford Retreat in the town centre on Friday evening. The atmosphere was bustling, the choice of food varied, and well-cooked. The waiter was very helpful, and quick. We all agreed the food was enjoyable and that we had had a great evening. I would definiely go bak there.

The oxford retreat was ok, not amazing. Big portions for the price though. My fish soup was good, but my pork belly was half fat, half meat, and wasn't as tender as I had hoped despite being slow cooked. Husband not very impressed, felt food was reheated. Got charged for two cokes when we only had one. Other than that service was pleasant and fast.

We booked the Oxford Retreat in Oxford for our new year meal. We do not live in Oxford and knew nothing about the restaurant so it was a bit of a gamble. We were delighted with our choice. The service was outstanding and the food was of a very high standard and not too expensive. Great atmosphere and we had a table that overlooked the river. Would highly recommend.

We had an excellent lunch at The Oxford Retreat in Oxford.

We were able to choose from both the a la carte and the Christmas menu. The food was superbly cooked and beautifully presented, and the staff were friendly and attentive. We eat out a lot, but this was one of the nicest meals I've had in a long time. We will definitely be back.

The Oxford Retreat on the Hythe Bridge (Oxford) was a quaint place by the river. The restaurant was in a corner away from the main bar, so there was a slight drone from the people drinking at the bar, but this only added to the atmosphere. It was my wife's birthday and as we were going to the theatre after, we only had time for a main course. My wife had the fishcakes, which she found delicious and I had the bangers and mash, where the only complaint was the mash needed more seasoning.

The Oxford Retreat. Right next to the River, bang in the centre of town. Great place if you're looking for somewhere lively as the restaurant is in the bar. Service, food and atmosphere were all spot on. Vegetarian Risotto was very tasty. Would definitely go again.

my boyfreind and i ate here, food=great service=fantastic atmosphere great i ordered apple crumble, custard not on menu, chef made some especialy.

\highly recommend eating here if you're in oxford!!!!!!!!!

By the edge of the ISIS river about 300m from the Ashmolean Museum & near 2 of the Park & Ride return bus-stops, it's a great location just outside the centre. The welcome & service was great, very helpful, (I even tasted a couple of the wines so I could choose). 3 of us had a lovely lunch, all the starters & mains were excellent, Aricini, Thick fish soup, Chicken-liver parfait, Confit of duck, & Sausage & bacon casserole. The Chilean Merlot was good also. Recommended!

The Oxford Retreat, Oxford. Very accommodating kitchen and staff. Good food, but very little choice for vegeterians. Popular as a pub and dining venue ( tables are in the bar ), so too noisy on a weekend night for a quiet meal and a chat. Piped music really not required above the hubbub. Would try again, but during the week.

Oxford retreat- Oxford

Great food, great service.

The food was of a good standard although a little pricey for what was offered. Service was attentive and good and although there was a bit of a wait to begin with due to a large party on the next table, we were kept informed of when our food would be arriving.

The Oxford Retreat is a nice environment to eat in, and the food was reasonable. Service wasn't amazing - a bit slow. Our wine (unusually a bottle with a cork) was bought to our table already opened, and we were not given the chance to taste it before our glasses were filled

In our party of 10, everyone's meal was gorgeous. I would definitely go back.

great place and nice food.

My husband and I had a wonderful meal at the Oxford Retreat. The waitress was friendly and efficient, and the food excellent. We will definitely return and would highly recommend it to anyone.

At first I wasn't sure about The Oxford Retreat, as it seemed more pub than restaurant. But the ambience was good, and although the restaurant area was small, the service and the quality of the food was first class. As a vegetarian, I didn't find too much choice, but what I selected, was excellent.

the food was quite good scallops on chorizo was yum

Lively, but intimate and relaxed dining area. The staff were friendly, service reasonably quick, and the food was very good and also very good value for money.

The Oxford Retreat in Oxford had a really good, friendly atmosphere. The selection of home cooked food was excellent, quality of food was excellent, portion sizes excellent, service excellent and a great cocktail menu too! I will be definately making a return visit!

I took my hubby to The Oxford Retreat, Oxford for his birthday. We had a great time! The food was delicious and the service great! Would def recommend!

OK - but wouldn't rave about it. Food good, but very noisy and loo's were horrid! Service friendly and good.

I took my boyfriend to The Oxford Retreat in Oxford for his birthday. Everything was excellent, the food, the service, atmosphere, everything! I would recommend this to anyone as I think it caters to all.

I visited The Oxford Retreat for Sunday lunch as part of a group of 15. I was a bit worried that as we were such a large party they might struggle. However I need not have worried. The service and food were excellent - such good quality at really reasonable prices and good portion sizes. Excellent selection of dishes - everyone was spoilt for choice. I would definitely recommend this place.

Just an ordinary pub on entering dare one say shabby. However our friendly waitress was the harbinger of good things to come. Starters were a selection of Tapas which were imaginative to say the least and very tasty.Wonderful rare beef, delicious tender calves liver and chicken risotto that had clearly not been just reheated were next, and by the time we reached the pudding phase we had only a limited choice. Decor and loos left something to be desired but hey! such food is more important surely

Went to Oxford Retreat for our wedding anniversary. Arriving we saw that our meal coincided with a rugby match showing but although the restaurant merges into the bar we still felt separate enough not to be distracted by the noise from the supporters. The only down side was we were seated right next to the kitchen and the lights were pretty blinding which took away some of the atmosphere. Would recommend for the cosy feel (only a few tables for diners), tasty food and attentive staff.

An excellent meal out! The fishcake with poached egg on top was the preferred starter and was delicious. For mains the vegetarian in our group wanted to have the chicken, bacon, potatoe and asparagus blue cheese hot salad without the bacon and chicken and the staff were more than happy to provide with lots and lots of asparagus making the perfect veggie treat. Wild Boar Sausages were also enjoyed. Our first choice of red wine wasn't available but the waiter recommended a great alternative!

The Oxford Retreat on the bank of the river in Oxford exudes a cozy, comfortable and friendly ambience. The fois gras starter was delicious and plentiful; the goats cheese and artichoke tart was nice but would have benefitted from a slightly stonger flavour. The beetroot risotto was lovely, as was the calamari and chorizo risotto although the squid was a little overcooked and therefore rubbery. Delightful meal. Would definitelyl return. Recommended.

Both service and food at the Oxford Retreat were excellent. We got a very warm welcome by the members of staff and service was prompt. The food, we both ordered a chicken roast, was delicious.

My only complaint was that the restaurant was a little chilly. However, it was very cold in Oxford that day so I can forgive them that!

Very nice all round, good atmosphere but just a little bit too 'pubby' is our only minor gripe.