The Oxford Retreat

1 - 2 Hythe Bridge Street
Oxford
OX1 2EW
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About The Oxford Retreat

Perched on the riverside, The Oxford Retreat is a beautiful building shrouded by weeping willows. We are located right in the heart of the Oxford city center and are a stones throw from the train station.

We pride ourselves on serving delicious, fresh, locally sourced food. Our menu runs every day, year-round, with fresh, daily, seasonal specials including special event set-menu’s.

We have a selection of tables, some with relaxed seating and some more formal dining chairs. Our tables can be reserved for food or drinks only for special events (a minimum spend may apply).

We have a DJ on Saturday nights playing the best in commercial music and show all major sports and televised events on our tv screens.

We also have a beautiful garden area with it's own bar and tv screen and a private function room and terrace upstairs.

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Good pubby atmosphere at the Oxford Retreat, and the food is much better and more interesting than the standard pub grub which we were expecting. The service is prompt and friendly, the view over the canal pleasant, the value very reasonable, and the closeness to both train and bus stations a bonus. So in a part of Oxford jostling with eateries, this is still well worth considering.

Lovely food and atmosphere!

Oxford Retreat by Hythe Bridge in Oxford, lovely venue. Very kind and dynamic service. Nice varied menu around British classics but perfect flavours. A real gastro pub that makes you discover really good British cuisine. Little sad note, it was empty on a Thursday night and lacking a bit of atmosphere but the meal fully compensated ! Thanks to the team for the warm welcome to Oxford.

This was our second visit to the Oxford Retreat, Oxford. Whereas before I would have said the standard of food was a couple of notches above your normal pub food this visit was a disappointment. My starter was excellent but the main dish from the specials menu (beef olive) was over-seasoned and over-cooked. My wife had a chicken dish as her main and again it was over-seasoned. No complaints about the service which was good.

I visited the Oxford Retreat with 4 friends yesterday. It's a cozy nice pub/restaurant. Pretty vibrant bar and really nice food! Slightly pricier as pub food though.

The Oxford Retreast was as lovely as always. The staff are really laid back and easy going. The food is excellent - especially the daily specials. I rarely order from the a la carte menu. I had a pigeon starter and pig cheeks for main. Never had pig cheeks before. A pleasant surprise! The pigeon was cooked to perfection. The bill came to £100 for four people with starter and main + two bottles of wine. Really good value for money!

Went over there for dinner last night, it's a very confortable and cozy place, and the food was absolutely amazing. Recommended!

Second visit to the Retreat. Menu not as interesting as last time (no scallops) but the food was fine - perhaps a little heavy with the salt? Don't go to the Retreat if you want to have a quiet conversation - OK it was Friday night - but that apart there was a lively hum. We were well looked after - and I have no objection to seeing the chefs busily in action. Those who like draught beer may feel challenged by the range - London Pride or London Pride (not a problem for me)!

OK but food which appeared to have a lot of potential was consistently over salted or over sugared. Staff had a bit of an attitude. Meat market on the bar did nothing to add to the ambience. Beyond the food venue should decide if it is a pub or a restaurant.

The Oxford Retreat was kinda funky, with a good menu with nice trad/ modern British dishes, decent service and really tasty food. Steaks were high quality, the belly of pork delicious and the vegetarian tart went down a storm. Nice patio area at back, toilets were a bit manky though, clearly hadn't been cleaned for a while.

Although reasonably quiet for a sunny Sunday evening, the service, ambiance and surroundings makes this gastro-pub a great change from the norm. For what appears to be a student pub by rights, the Food was fantastic. Average costs to about 15pds per head for a two course meal, but quality on our visit could by rights have cost a bit more. Would recommend to anyone who's looking to experience a slice of Oxford's hospitality.

I booked The Oxford Retreat in Oxford for lunch with a friend on Saturday 4 June. It was a lovely day and whilst the restaurant itself was very quiet there were a few people in the garden. The staff were extremely friendly and very helpful and when we weren't sure of our wine choice the waitress kindly got two glasses and allowed us to try it. The food was very nice and overall our lunch in the garden was most enjoyable.

Enjoyed lunch at the Oxford Retreat in Oxford. Converted pub with the same ambience still but none the worse for that. The food was fine and service friendly.

Lovely relaxed meal at the Oxford Retreat, tasty seasonal menu and fun watching the kitchen at work.

The place was near deserted when we went, which didn't put us at ease.

I'm not sure the open kitchen is such a good idea - it rather put me off to be able to see and hear what they were doing.

They tried hard with the service, even asking my wife if she wanted anything off-menu as she is vegetarian, which was nice. However, it always felt like a pub that served food rather than a restaurant.

Overall, it's a nice looking pub serving decent, but not outstanding food.

Went for lunch at oxford retreat on sunday food was good but not up to usual standard i have had in the past when having dinner.

We had a delicious Sunday lunch in the Oxford retreat. The food was delicious - fresh and tasty and the staff were very friendly. We would definitely come here again.

The Oxford Retreat in Oxford is absolutely wonderful. My husband and I visted on a Monday night and we are glad we did. The restaurant (which is quite small compared to the bar area) filled up all at once but neither the food nor the service suffered. My starter of scallops with bacon, rocket & lemon sauce was perfectly cooked & my husband's pigeon breast was pink & tender. My steak was perfectly cooked as was my husband's wild boar sausage and mash. Great value at £80 incl dessert and drinks.

Happy discovery. Lively atmosphere (Thursday night) and not the place to visit for a quiet evening! Table (for two) slighly cramped - adjacent chairs a little too close. Starters quite superb. Main courses a little too bulky. Cheerful and competent crew, and food clearly freshly cooked. Wine (Pinotage) quite accceptable.

Eight of us dined at the Oxford Retreat in the town centre on Friday evening. The atmosphere was bustling, the choice of food varied, and well-cooked. The waiter was very helpful, and quick. We all agreed the food was enjoyable and that we had had a great evening. I would definiely go bak there.