Two One Five
“Inventive seasonal dishes impeccably presented” - AA Inspector
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Two One Five is set in the heart of the bustling Summertown high street, on the northern edge of Oxford. There are tables with parasols outside, ideal for fair-weather lunches, and the smart frontage gives little away, but the long thin dining room with its clean lines, contemporary styling and well-spaced tables is the perfect setting for Paul Welburn’s seasonally changing modern British menus, which include vegetarian and tasting options. Welburn’s background includes time cooking with Gary Rhodes and Richard Corrigan, and this restaurant is the successor to his team’s equally celebrated Oxford Kitchen. There’s a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, making Two One Five a popular spot for every kind of celebration as well as any time you might feel you deserve something a bit special. The cooking style is precise and considered, making great use of both classical and modern techniques, and dishes are truly beautiful to look at, but no fear of style over substance, this is the real deal. Begin with confit duck cake with raspberry ketchup, beetroot and black garlic, or mushroom velouté, slow cooked duck egg and teriyaki hen of the woods. Main course might be roast stonebass with pea puree, lamb rump and neck with aubergine ketchup and lemon and cumin gravy, or the impressive 48-hour pork with carrot puree, radish, mustard, pineapple and Szechuan pepper. You can draw things to a close with something intriguing like the caramelised Ivoire chocolate with coffee, Pedro Ximenez and asparagus ice cream, or play a little safer with Yorkshire rhubarb and custard with salted toffee, or go for the selection of British cheeses, served with fig ketchup and sourdough crackers. The wine list offers a good range by the glass.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 80
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30: 36
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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