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Top 5: Brunches in Oxford
Image Credit: Gee's Restaurant, Oxford

Top 5: Brunches in Oxford

8 July 2017 | Alice Robinson

Brunch is a millennial trend that looks like it’s here to stay, and for all the right reasons – who doesn’t love both sleep and food?! Oxford is a prime place for brunch; it’s a city filled with students who delight in procrastinating, and would far rather spend their maintenance loan on good food and drink than spend a weekend morning slaving over an essay. We’ve narrowed the extensive list down to just five of the best brunches in Oxford.

Handlebar Café

Ever since Zappi’s changed to the Handlebar Café a couple of years ago, this bar/restaurant above a bike shop has been crammed with customers. It’s pretty hipster, with vintage bikes on the walls and a lot of exposed brick and wood – but (thankfully) not in an annoying way. The menu is similar, sticking to the millennial classics – avocado on toast, poached eggs, coconut pancakes – but all done very, very well. The big windows make for a light and fresh atmosphere, and although almost every table is usually taken, there’s a pleasant hubbub of noise rather than a feeling of overcrowding. Brunch specifically is on weekends only, but the same items are available for breakfast on weekdays.


Image Credit: Handlebar Cafe

Handlebar Café is at 28-31 St Michael Street, OX1 2EB.

Rickety Press

This one has a similar vibe to the Handlebar, in that it’s kind of hipster, but a bit more out of the way, in a cute little pub down in Jericho. With big long tables for groups and more intimate booths available for smaller parties, brunch is available on weekends and bank holiday Mondays from 10am-3pm. If you sign up to their ‘Hangover Club’, you can get 25% off brunch as well! There are a variety of options: pancakes, avocado on toast (of course), eggs Florentine, and the excitingly named ‘Boss Man’. All are tasty – but be warned! They sometimes run out of crucial ingredients quite early in the day, which takes some of the most popular dishes off the menu. On a sunny Sunday, have a leisurely brunch here before strolling down to Port Meadow to hang out by the canal for the rest of the day.


Image Credit: The Rickety Press

Rickety Press is at 67 Cranham Street, OX2 6DE.

Organic Deli

The interior/exterior decoration of Organic Deli may not be nearly as up-to-date and hipster as the last two establishments, but the food is famously delicious. Their vegan and vegetarian options are particularly diverse and tasty, although there are lots of meat dishes for the carnivores out there. They have all the avocado you could want, plus lovely sourdough sandwiches. We also recommend the smoothies – especially the Berry Boom. If you want to feel vaguely ethical and healthy whilst consuming vast quantities of food, this is the place for you (also try out the vegan chocolate nut brownie).



Organic Deli is at 24 Friars Entry, OX1 2BY.

Gee’s

For those who want something a little more special, Gee’s is an Oxford institution. With its beautiful greenhouse-style conservatory, there are fewer nicer places to brunch on a weekend, especially on a special occasion. It’s only served from 10 to 11.30am, and it’s wise to book in advance. There is a wide variety of options, from simple croissants, to granola, to banana bread, to eggs all sorts of ways. And for those who like a little booze with their brunch, you can find Bloody Marys and Breakfast Martinis (gin, cointreau, and orange marmalade, in case you’re wondering).


Image Credit: Gee's

Gee’s Restaurant and Bar is at 61 Banbury Road, OX2 6FE.

Vaults & Garden

Finally, while this sunny weather lasts why not go to one of Oxford’s oldest, most popular, and most beautiful cafes? The Vaults & Garden is located in the university’s Old Congregation House of 1320, directly opposite the stunning Radcliffe Camera. And in the winter months, they provide hot water bottles and blankets so you don’t get too chilly. Eggs are the main focus, although they have vegetarian and vegan versions too. Avocado toast obviously appears, along with Oxford Rarebit. But although the food is fantastic, it’s the location that really makes this one special.

Vaults & Garden Café is at University Church, 1 Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 4AH.

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