Cafes & Delis in Oxford
Café and delis offer hot and cold drinks, coffee and tea, herbal tisanes, fruit juices, delicious cakes as well as breakfast, daily hot dishes and a wide range of salads.
For a treat one can plump for the Grand Café, a gilded, chandeliered edifice overlooking the elegant sweep of the High Street. One cannot eat well and cheaply in Oxford without heading out of town down the student Cowley Road. Anyone who’s walked down Magdalen Street on a frosty morning must have been tempted by the smell of frying bacon wafting from Jimbob’s door. Amiably run by Jim and Bob (no surprise there), the café deals out dozens of sublime brie and bacon baguettes every day.
For a special occasion one can choose the Cherwell Boathouse, an Edwardian lodge on the banks of the River Cherwell. Like many of Oxford’s best venues it’s a little tricky to find, but as a dining experience it’s charming. In summer you eat alfresco to the backdrop of punts on the river and in winter you settle inside the cosy boathouse itself. The food is hearty and excellent. Olives, on the High Street, does not serve good coffee. It serves okay coffee. On the other hand, it also serves sandwiches so perfect that Thomas Aquinas could mistake them for a teleological proof. Situated in the old Babylove by Oriel Square, Jericho Coffee Traders offer some pretty great cups of coffee, with a jelly baby on every spoon.
At Opera, we only use local coffee roasters, the best ingredients and everything is prepared freshly for you. In addition to our classic red lentil soup, exceptionally delicious Baklava, and heartwarming mint tea, we keep surprising our guests with new cakes and vegan wrap creations.
The site of the first coffee house in England (according to Samuel Pepys’ Diary, 1650): The Grand Café has now become an Oxford institution. In the evening, this stunning historic café is available for Private Hire. The Grand Café is very easy to find – on ‘The High’ right in the heart of Oxford,
The Organic Deli Café has loyally contributed to the Oxfordshire health food scene for five years. Comprised of a multi-floored restaurant and market in Friars Entry and a local organic convenience store on the Botley Road, the Organic Deli Café provides an excellent experience with the finest quality ingredients.