The Magdalen Arms
“Busy food pub with a boho vibe” - AA Inspector
Just a short stroll from Oxford city centre, this bustling food pub is run by the same team as Waterloo’s hugely influential Anchor & Hope gastro pub. There is a similar boho feel to the place with its dark red walls and vintage furniture and the nose-to-tail menu will be familiar to anybody who knows the pub’s London sibling. Expect the likes of chicken liver parfait; twice-baked goats' cheese soufflé; Hereford steak and ale suet crust pie; pan-fried sea bream fillet, peperonata and olive oil mash potatoes; and marmalade Bakewell tart and vanilla ice cream. Real ales are complemented by a vibrant modern wine list. There’s books and wooden bricks for children in the sofa area.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £1
- Closed: 2
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About the area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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