The Jericho Café

Address: 112 Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01865 310 840

- Mid-range

3.8

A classic north Oxford boho café.

A popular place for people with laptops, mothers with noisy children and older folks. The Jericho Café is all things to all eaters.

The downstairs eating area is more spacious but the fun is to be had sitting upstairs in the windows staring across at the Phoenix Picture House when you're waiting for your coffee to cool or the WiFi (not rapid) to hook up. This is a pay at the counter place, which is one to go downstairs as you have to negotiate the stairs with your purchases.

Food and drink
3.5
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Service
3.5
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Food and drink
3.5
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Value for money
3.7
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Ambience
3.9
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Location
4
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Food and drink

A cafÉ that is friendly towards vegetarian and wine-drinkers: very north Oxford. You'll find hot main courses, plus sandwiches and salads (priced at around £4). Filter coffee is £1.50 and there's a good English Breakfast at £6.95. I prefer the standard carnivores' breakfast, but the vegetarian version looked interesting.

I love the Jericho mezze, which is intended for two - hummous, tzatziki, falafel, tabouleh and olives and pitta bread.

Recommended dishes

The homemade beef and coriander burger (£8.25); the falafel, served in a warm pitta pocket with hummous and a mixed green salad (£6.95); and not to forget the Jericho mezze, which costs £11.95 for two.

Ambience

There's a touch of the pine-stripped 1970s about the Jericho Café, a sense that you really shouldn't be seen in there with any newspaper but The Guardian. In fact the place is more multi-faceted than that, but the ambience is an homage to the days when Jericho was in Oxford's muesli-belt. The students who bought houses here when Jericho was cheap are now middle-aged and concerned that all the recycling bins spoil the look of the street.

The place is friendly towards children although there's no much space for parking prams.

Service

Pretty efficient. Can get congested at busy times (and why does the WiFi have to come with a long complicated code?). Do they really think non-patrons are going to sit outside in the rain and snaffle internet access for free?

Location

Jerich's Walton Street is perfect for trendy shopping and eating. It's also has quite a few sights of its own including Oxford University Press (1830) a Greek Revival Church (1836) and the Phoenix Picture House (1913). Once a  working-class area linked to canal-based industries, Jericho was gentrified years ago by Oxford students many of whom had parents who bought them a "starter home" to live in while they were undergraduates. Ah, those were the days!

 

Price advice

Reasonable. Main courses come in well under £10. You pay at the counter so no nasty shocks when the bill comes!

Tables to book

Not possible but try to stay upstairs. Tables in the windows are best but the space at the back is cosy too.  

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Shopping
  • No fuss

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