So here it is, the class of 2013, the winners of ‘Top Of The Ox 2013’, the Ox’s top ten best rated places in and around Oxford for this year.
Jacobs and Field, Headington
Quite simply the best brunch in the City, but also so much more than that in many different ways. This café offers great breakfast, but also sandwiches, salads and much more including local produce. A must visit in Headington, the owners are also opening a new venture later on this month on the other side of town – something to keep your eyes peeled for. The Ox recommends the ‘Jacobs’ breakfast accompanied by a skinny cappuccino.
Mission Burrito, St Michael’s St.
The name says it all, but they also do other Mexican specialties. This street food classic is located at two city centre venues and is equally as great as take-out or eat-in. The Ox recommends the Carnitas Burrito for an intense hit of flavour, you won’t be disappointed!
Zappis Café, St Michael’s St.
Best Coffee in Oxford? I’d say so. These guys are passionate about what they do and it shows. Located at the racing HQ of Zappi’s Cycling, above Bike Zone, this is a must for anyone who likes coffee in the city. Make sure you also try their legendary Banana bread too, but be warned you will be going back as an addict next time!
The Royal Oak, Woodstock Road
Located at the Oxford end of the Woodstock Road, this pub is making a name for itself among some well-established competition. With a great selection of beers, ales and homemade lemonade, the food menu is cost-effective but also tasty as they come. Pub atmosphere with gastro pub food, if you are looking for a good pub with good grub make sure you go here.They also do a Monday night quiz which is popular, so get down there on a Monday for great food and banter. The Ox recommends the Southern Fried Chicken.
The Big Bang, Castle Quarter
Bangers! A culinary classic lighting up the Castle Quarter offering a variety of banger-based meals. Among the chain names that sit in the castle quarter sits the jewel in the crown and a must for any lovers of this classic British cuisine. If you are in the city centre and want good sausages – check out the Big Bang, the Ox recommends the Welsh pork and leek sausages.
Atomic Burger, Cowley Road
Atomic by name, atomic by nature! One of the best restaurant experiences in Oxford and based on the ever so bohemian Cowley Road this place rocks. The Ox has tried no better burger in Oxford, so if you are visiting Oxford, make sure you get over to this place and sample the atmosphere. The Ox recommends the Daisy Duke with Sci-fries!
The Flowing Well, Sunningwell
Tom and his team have quite simply hit the jackpot (and the Ox’s taste buds!) with their baby back ribs. If you like ribs, you need to head here. Based in the tranquil village of Sunningwell, five minutes outside of Oxford, this place is a must visit for this meal alone. Served with fries and house ‘slaw it’s fast becoming the rib shack of choice for many. They also have a brilliant menu, so make sure you check them out if you want to get out of the centre and they do half-price mains on Monday, an ideal time to go and take in their awesome veranda with a cold drink in the sunshine!
The Black Boy, Headington
When you get critiqued by Jay Rayner of the Observer, and he thinks it’s good, you know you’re doing something right. This is gastro pub dining at pub prices, and an absolute must eat in Oxford. Based in the quiet suburb village of Old Headington, this pub has a fantastic reputation for top food at fantastic prices.The Ox reccomends the Cod Loin.
The Bear and Ragged Staff, Cumnor
This pub combines restaurant and pub beautifully and has something for everyone. Those of you who like a quiet pint by a roaring fire can go and do so here. However, those of you who like gastronomy with a local twist will also find solace here. Based a mere five minutes off of the Botley Road, this pub offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre in fantastic surroundings. The Ox recommends the Beer Battered Cod Fillet (Fish and Chips!)
Bar Meze, Headington
Specialising in Turkish Cuisine, this is the Ox’s recommendation for meze. Fantastic value, with an extensive menu this is one of the hidden gems of not just Headington, but also Oxford. You can opt to enjoy one of their many main dishes, but I would thoroughly recommend trying the meze, you won’t be disappointed (or too out of pocket!)