Having heard on the ox-vine that The Red Lion was gaining some rave reviews around the city, we felt it was only right to get down there as soon as possible and see what all the fuss was about.
Formally known as The Goose, we were interested to see how they had changed the venue into an eatery and whether or not it could be a success.
On the outside, not much has changed, but when you walk in you are greeted with the kind of venue that Oxford has been crying out for – a stylish, large gastro-pub in the heart of the city.
The place has a lovely ambiance, and the decor and lighting make for a relaxed atmosphere.
We opted for the fish and chips – a dish that is one of the cornerstones of British cuisine, but there is a vast array of dishes on offer that are well worth a try. We also tried the Sea Bass (below) which went down with universal praise.
The Fish and Chips (pictured right) arrived on a board with tartar sauce (essential) and mushy peas. The dish was fresh, tasty and cooked to perfection and washed down with a pint of Peroni which made for a lovely meal.
All in all, The Red Lion is a welcome edition to the Oxford eating scene, and exactly what the city center has been crying out for.
Food of the Ox rating: 8.5/10