Two One Five

“Bustling, contemporary neighbourhood venue” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE

Official Rating
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Our Inspector's View

The place may look like an unassuming neighbourhood eatery by a bus-stop on the Banbury Road in Summertown, but appearances can be deceptive - there’s rather more to the culinary goings-on in Two One Five than first meets the eye. Its chef, Paul Welburn worked under some of the luminaries of British cuisine, including Gary Rhodes and Richard Corrigan, and has done TV time too on The Great British Menu. His bustling venue has plenty of unbuttoned character, with comfortable brown banquettes and unclothed tables set against bare brick walls hung with funky artworks inside, and tables outside the aubergine-hued frontage for sunny days. It all adds up to a relaxed setting for high-flying modern bistro eating that extends to seven menus, including ample choice for meat avoiders, and a cracking value two- or three-course set lunch option with bread and bottled water thrown in. Welburn’s cooking takes its cues from the seasons, deploying fine British ingredients in combinations full of inventive élan, thus you might start with a perfectly balanced trio of cured Loch Duart salmon with beetroot sorbet and horseradish emulsion, or a more gutsy opener of rabbit terrine matched with curry emulsion, raisin purée and puffed rice. Main courses are executed with the same vivid panache, whether it’s pork collar, perhaps served with chorizo, romesco and charred cabbage, or fish such as roast pollock given robust bourguignon treatment, together with Roscoff onion and béarnaise. Presentations are no less exuberant and dramatic, and the balance of flavours always strong and true in vegetarian ideas too, perhaps mushroom tea with caramelised onion and Welsh rarebit, or spinach and ricotta tortellini bathed in green sauce, and enriched with duck egg yolk. Puddings put a thoughtful, satisfying spin on intuitive flavour combinations with constructions such as vanilla custard with cinnamon pastry, rhubarb sorbet, pickled rhubarb and ginger parkin gel.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Two One Five
215 Banbury Road, Summertown, OXFORD, OX2 7HQ
Phone : 01865 511149

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 18
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Oxfordshire

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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