Right in the heart of the city, Turl Street Kitchen is arguably the best place to eat in the centre of Oxford. Turl street itself is a pretty thoroughfare through the centre of town, with all the charm people expect when they imagine the City of Dreaming Spires. For this reason, it’s usually pretty packed out with tourists during the summer and students during term time. Luckily the café is pretty much bypassed by the big flocks of camera brandishing tour groups that make Oxford so hellish during the holidays.
Turl Street Kitchen is at its best when it’s filled with students, for whom it is a welcome break from the stuffiness of the surrounding University libraries. The big rooms at the front are light and airy and always humming with activity, which makes it a pretty enjoyable place to hang out. If, like me, you find it hard to get things done at home, but hate the oppressive quiet of a library, it’s a great place to just sit and sort your life out.
The only downside is that the food, though reasonably priced, is slightly out of the range of most student’s budgets. It is definitely worth it, though, to splash out on dinner there at least once for the cosy evening atmosphere and the large servings of good, hearty British food. When foreigners (particularly the French) criticise English cuisine, it annoys me, and not out of any real sense of patriotism, but mainly because it’s pretty untrue. Turl Street Kitchen proves my point when I say that British food, when done well, is excellent. Take their steak and ale pie or the sticky toffee pudding, both typically British and amazingly tasty.
16 Turl St,
+44 1865 264171