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 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

The Magdalen Arms

The Magdalen Arms entrance

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