Come to Oxford for the punts, and stay for the pavlova, parma ham and pints of beer. Or indeed pretty much any kind of gastronomic delight – restaurants in Oxford have it covered. This is a small and undeniably beautiful city that’s perfect for exploring on foot, and Oxford restaurants cater well to the weary sightseer.
There are lots of high-end, gourmet Oxford restaurants, as well as many characterful pubs that do it in a quintessentially British style. For a pub, that’s pretty much guaranteed to please, head over to the Oxford institution that is the Turf Tavern. This 13th-century alehouse does a hearty range of pub grub, like burgers and sausages, along with several posh sandwiches at reasonable prices. A pub like the Turf wouldn’t be complete without a selection of real ales, and there are, mercifully, several to choose from.
If you’d prefer something more upscale, it’s time to dine out in style at the Vanbrugh Vaults. This elegant venue is part of the Vanbrugh House boutique hotel, and classic British cuisine is on the menu. Locally sourced and seasonal ingredients sit side by side with an excellent wine list.