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    In the culinary desert (that's desert, not dessert) that is Oxford, I'm on a mission to find the perfect eat. Restaurant reviews, recipe reviews and home cooking. Got any suggestions for an Oxford foodie? Get in touch!
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The Oxford Retreat

What a fall from grace. This used to be one of the best kept secrets for food in Oxford, now it’s probably one of those places to avoid. Hard to know where to start to be honest. Warning alarms should have sounded when we managed to book a table for 6, 24 hours before our … Continue reading


Ever since reading that review by Giles Coren for the Times (ignore the waffle in the first half) I’ve been meaning to pay a visit to SOJO but criminally, I have left it until now. What a fool I have been for leaving it this long, as to be quite honest, I think last night … Continue reading

The perfect steak

I have to confess that I ate this steak outside of Oxford, at Miller & Carter at the mailbox in Birmingham. It was so good though, I just had to share the picture with you.

The Swan, Sutton Courtney

We all like a ‘last day before holiday’ afternoon pub lunch with our work colleagues/friends don’t we? It’s great. Especially when it’s sunny and you can sit out in the garden and enjoy a drink in the sunshine whilst you wait for your lunch to arrive. It’s rather disappointing then when your pub of choice … Continue reading

Zabb Thai

Zabb Thai is a neat looking small Thai cafe/restaurant opposite the Limoncello Italian restaurant in Abingdon. Really small inside (but with extra seating upstairs), the first thing that hit me as I walked in there for a Saturday afternoon lunch was the quite awful music blaring out of the little stereo. It sounded like someone … Continue reading

home made jerk chicken burgers

Jerk chicken burgers with a simple salad and sweet potato wedges

So – this is one is really simple, tasty, healthy…. You’ll need: A couple of chicken breasts Jerk seasoning – (allspice, scotch bonnet chilli, cinnamon, cloves, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg) Or… Your favourite jerk seasoning pre-made. (I’ve tried loads, but shop around for your perfect mix) Salad leaves 1 onion Deli Rolls, cut length … Continue reading

The Magdalen Arms entrance

The Magdalen Arms

With it’s days as a stinking old rough boozer firmly behind it having recently been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2011 for serving “good food at reasonable prices”, I’m going to forgo the details of what this pub used to be like before the change in ownership and makeover in order to … Continue reading

Inside Kazbar


An old favourite on the Cowley Road – this laid back tapas bar has been a consistent performer for years. Laid back, friendly staff will greet you at the door and offer you a seat at the bar or a somewhere further into the main restaurant area. The whole venue is quite small but don’t … Continue reading

homemade spaghetti and meatballs

Quick question fellow eaters…


Searching for the perfect eat.

Welcome to the Oxford Eater blog. It might be in the premier league when it comes to posh universities, but when it comes to eating Oxford is lacking…or is it? That’s what I’m here to find out. I aim to review Oxford restaurants, shops and snack bars as well as document a bit of home … Continue reading