I would be lying if I said I hadn’t heard a lot about The Magdalen Arms from various different sources. From the murmurings of what it used to be and the rave reviews of what it is now, it seemed quite a transformation had taken place. Therefore it was essential that I sampled what this Gastro-pub had to offer to the foody scene in Oxford.
In terms of dining, you can either dine in the busy and vibrant bar area, or in the restaurant section. On this occasion, we opted for the restaurant which is decorated in a very quintessentially British way, not with matching modern plates and cutlery, but mis-matched to perfection and tables that make you feel like you are eating in the extension of a country-house kitchen.
Continuing this theme, the menu has been well thought out and contains dishes that entice the eater from the pages of the menu. To start I opted for the Anti-Pasti sharing board (pictured) which was perfect to pick at and eat in anticipation of the main event.
For main, I ordered the rabbit with chorizo (pictured) which was both warming and flavoursome fare for a Friday evening. One of the main points to note about all the food is that not only does it look and taste fantastic, it’s actually good value for the qaulity of craftsmanship involved.
I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed and that the food lived up to it’s billing and I am already eagerly anticipating a Sunday Roast at the pub.
Without wishing to state the obvious, The Magdalen Arms is a must try for anyone in the city, so get yourself down there and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Food of the Ox rating: 9.5