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8:00am Thursday 16th September 2010
It has taken a long time — more than 25 years in fact — but Mamma Mia has finally opened another branch in Oxford. Why it has taken this long is a good question, bearing in mind how popular the original restaurant in South Parade, Summertown, has been with its bustling outdoor area a particular attraction at all times of day.
12:26pm Friday 16th July 2010
There are few places in Oxford that lend themselves to eating out of doors in pleasant surroundings. But the Cherwell Boathouse is the exception. On a previous visit it was winter and, while the view of the river was lovely, it is during the summer months that this iconic restaurant really comes alive.
12:31pm Friday 18th June 2010
Opening a new restaurant takes bravery these days and Allan Yeung has to be applauded for his belief that he could make a run-down pub into a successful business. Mr Yeung happened to be passing through Nuneham Courtenay one day when he saw a sign for an open day at what used to be the Harcourt Arms.
10:40am Thursday 20th May 2010
The sad decline of the English pub has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Many theories have been put forward about why so many have closed, but ultimately it is down to a fundamental shift in society.
11:37am Thursday 15th April 2010
The time had come, I was ready and my stomach was rumbling. This would be my first visit to Jamie’s Italian to sample what all the fuss has been about over the last couple of years, and which has meant it has been impossible to find a table ever since.
1:40pm Thursday 18th March 2010
8:20am Thursday 18th February 2010
Where can you go for a decent lunch at a reasonable price in Oxford? I am sure I am not the only person to ask this on a regular basis and, too often, my treks around the city’s eating places result in one, or both, of these criteria not being matched.
8:40am Thursday 21st January 2010
The feast of architecture on offer at the Dining Room, on the top floor of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, complements the feast of food. I’ve come across modern buildings stitched onto Victorian art galleries before, notably at the Tate in London, but the way the new building here in Oxford overlooks the original — from the back — is remarkable, although Charles Robert Cockerel, architect of the familiar neo-Grecian edifice facing Beaumont Street, might not altogether approve.
11:20am Thursday 19th November 2009
10:03am Thursday 15th October 2009
It takes bravery to run a pub/restaurant these days, considering the alarming rate that such establishments are closing down across the country. How many people would take on an underperforming establishment and try to put their own stamp on it, spending a big amount of money in the process?