Turf Tavern is one of the more famous pubs in Oxford -
rumor has it that Bill Clinton used to hang out here.
I can see why.
There's a really decent selection of beers on tap (and ciders!),
and really, really good pub food.
The truffle mac and cheese was incredible,
and the fish and chips here was probably my favorite.
If you're looking for a nicer dinner,
Cherwell Boathouse is a great place!
It's a lovely location with great views of the river,
and the food is really good.
Um. Go here. GO. HERE.
Seriously the Holy Grail of baguette sandwiches, in my opinion.
The bread is so wonderful, and the combinations are lovely.
I usually just go with the Baguette of the Week,
or an Olive's Favorite, but you can be creative and make your own.
ALSO, after a morning run if you're feeling particularly indulgent,
stop by and grab a Nutella panini. So sinful, but so, so good.
Chiang Mai Kitchen
Our go-to for Thai food.
Decently priced, and all the classics are well done!
Nando's is a Portuguese/North African (?) chain,
and is quite popular in England apparently.
A Chipotle for the Brits, if you will.
(And the mashed potatoes are no joke!)
Majliss Indian Restaurant
This was the only Indian restaurant I managed to go to in Oxford,
but I loved, loved, loved it.
The decor was interesting - not very Indian restaurant-ish, if you will.
But the food is top notch - the naaaaaan, man.
Ahmed's Food Truck
So much of my time in Oxford was spent in line for this grub.
As one of the only places open after midnight (probably the only place),
Ahmed's was wonderful for late night cravings.
I go for chips and cheese with ketchup, or chicken kebab on pita with hummus.
Cheap and satisfying (and Ahmed is the nicest)!
Probably one of my favorites,
and most likely because it also satisfied a burger craving.
I love England, but they don't do burgers very well.
Atomic Burger, however, is the exception.
First of all, it has a sci-fi theme going on, which is so fun.
Secondly, the burgers. You can pick from any combo,
and add, subtract, mix things to your liking.
I love the Audrey Hepburn, which comes with a fried egg, bacon, and an onion ring
(like Audrey Hepburn would ever eat this).
The sci fries are also delicious, and has a nice kick.
Oh, and thirdly - alcoholic milkshakes.
West Cornwall Pasty Company
If you're in a jiffy (or not),
grab one of these!
Basically a chicken pot pie on the go,
and shaped like an empanada.
- THINGS TO DO -
There's a lot to do in Oxford.
You can go on top of St. Mary's Church for a lovely view,
you can visit Cornmarket Street to get some shopping done,
or pop into The Covered Market for some treats,
or check out Radcliffe Square and especially Radcliffe Camera,
get cultured in the Ashmolean Museum,
take a walk and have a picnic in Christchurch Meadows,
or you can explore Oxford Castle and the Botanical Gardens,
and much, much more.
But I'm not an expert on that. I mostly ate.
I do, however, recommend you visit the libraries if you can.
And of course, the colleges.
Christchurch College is the go-to.
It's the biggest, is pretty famous, and has ties to Harry Potter.
New College also apparently is in certain Harry Potter scenes.
Exeter College is free to visit.
Trinity College is supposedly the inspiration for The Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland,
Magdalen is gorgeous with its own deer park.
Take your pick! There are over thirty to choose from!
- aaaaand, if all else fails -
stop by a Sainsbury's or a Tesco, grab some ingredients, and voila!