Quod

Price guide: Mid-range

92-94 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ

Price guide: Mid-range

Quod

By Adrian Mourby, your Oxford expert

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#7 of 27
expert-rated restaurants in Oxford
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.8
3.8
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Art, Live entertainment, No fuss, People watching, Shopping

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Quod

Stylish, contemporary and big; Quod represents something new in Oxford.

There are lots of excellent places to eat in Oxford, so many all tucked into small, albeit often charming, buildings. When Quod opened in 1999 it brought the kind of
big dining room experience to Oxford that’s more normally associated with London. Whatever it was that entrepreneur Jeremy Mogford was seeking to prove, he clearly felt that here on the High Street quod erat demonstrandum.

Converted from the ground floor of a large old branch of Barclays Bank, Quod follows the postmodern architectural fashion of not disguising the fact that it’s a conversion, which makes for some interesting nooks and crannies. Like all the Mogford properties in Oxford, there’s a big commitment to modern art from the owner’s personal collection. Personally I’m not that wild about Craigie Aitchison and Sandra Blow’s work, but there’s no doubt it's fun to dine in the company of their paintings.

Food and drink: 

The lunch and dinner menu are the same. Pizza Metro is Quod’s fun idea (half a metre of up to three pizzas of your choice). The Jersey crab, duck confit and steak frites with British rib steak are all excellent. You can also call in for three levels of Afternoon Tea between 3pm and 5pm. Wines are available by the glass, pichet (around half a bottle) and bottle. The pichet reminds me of the flask in which I did science experiments at school, but it’s a sensible measure if you’re dining on your own.

Ambience: 

Noisy and animated; there's live jazz, art and big leather banquettes. The fact it opens extra early for May morning revellers reflects Quod’s desire to be at the heart of everything that's happening in Oxford.

Service: 

Friendly and stylish but not prompt. Depending on noise level it’s not always easy to make yourself understood.

Location: 

In a prominent position on the busy High Street, taking up the ground floor of the Old Bank Hotel. All Souls College and the University Church sit just opposite.

Price advice: 

Expect to pay £20-25 for two courses.

Other useful branches: 

Linked to Gee’s and the Old Parsonage, with which it shares Mogford jazz nights.

More information on Quod:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie
Food:
British, Mediterranean
Address:
92-94 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
Telephone:
01865 202505
Website:
http://www.quod.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon–Sat 7am-11am, 11.30am-11pm; Sun 7am-11am, 11.30am-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Jazz, Art

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