Oxford

Kentish Town
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One of the Real Pubs stable, the Oxford is clearly thriving, packed out on a Sunday lunchtime with big parties enjoying hearty roasts or choosing from a menu of posh gastropub fare. Dark grey walls, dark wood furniture and a dramatic oversized chandelier add up to a stylish interior. Staff were pleasant enough, but too rushed – it can take a while to order and get a drink – one of 20 or so wines by the glass, or a pint of Camden Town Brewery’s Camden Hells lager, perhaps.

The food can also be a bit hit and miss. Mussels came in a sauce where any hint of cider was overpowered by cream, but a plate of Spanish charcuterie with toasted Poilâne, cornichons and caperberries was fantastic: generous piles of chorizo, lean, chewy and intensely flavoursome lomo and deliciously salty jamón.

Inconsistency continued with the mains – pork, leek and ham hock pie with spring greens had a light shortcrust pastry lid covering a lip-smacking and moist filling, while a generous, well-grilled sea bass fillet on confit onion and fennel was again drowned by an excessively creamy sauce. Perfect fat chips did a lot to ease the pain. Lemon tart with undercooked pastry wasn’t a touch on the M&S version. Truly a mixed bag.

Venue name: Oxford
Contact:
Address: 256 Kentish Town Road
London
NW5 2AA
Opening hours: Open noon-11.30pm Mon, Tue; noon-midnight Wed-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4.30pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Wed; 6-10.30pm Thur-Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town tube/rail
Price: Main courses £11-£15

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Martin

Monkey Business is a very friendly fun comedy club ,which on Thursdays has a superb mixture of both the very best new talent ,and also established performers popping in performing their new material . An excellent night in a great comfortable venue.

mimrich

Just had my 40th birthday party at The Oxford and the venue and staff were fantastic. It was absolutely the night that I wanted it to be and they worked really hard to make it perfect. So many guests commented on how lovely the place was, how friendly the staff were and how delicious the food was! Look no further for your perfect function, you've just found it.

Rei

We had our wedding reception at The Oxford because we used to be their local and knew their food was amazing. All of our guests were satisfied with a wide range of menu and the quality of food. Their home made fishcake was awesome. Their service was professional and staff were friendly. The manager and team worked hard and made our party unforgettable. They organised venue decoration for us and cared for our guests throughout the party. We definitely recommend The Oxford!

Rei & Matt

We had our wedding reception at The Oxford because we used to be their local and knew their food was amazing. All of our guests were satisfied with a wide range of menu and the quality of food. Their home made fishcake was awesome. Their service was professional and staff were friendly. The manager and team worked hard and made our party unforgettable. They organised venue decoration for us and cared for our guests throughout the party. We definitely recommend The Oxford!

NorthLondonDrinker

This is a proper boozer that serves restaurant standard food. The Oxford quietly gets on with it, without pretending to be anything it's not. A Kentish Town favorite!

Sarah

i agree with the other comment- incredibly over-priced food for what it is. also very irritating staff who don't seem to care about the customer. i try to avoid this place.