The grand, gold-topped columns of the café's façade draw you here, to the country's oldest coffeehouse (est. 1650) and now an excellent spot for sandwiches, salads, or other light fare. It's packed with tourists and the service can be slow, but this is still a pretty spot for afternoon tea. From Thursday through Saturday night, it transforms into a popular cocktail bar.
Feb 24, 2006
My father and I decided to try this 'grand cafe' for breakfast one morning and were terribly disenchanted with the quality of food, the service and the value. I should have guessed as much having lived in Oxford for almost two months at that point and never hearing anyone mention it. We ordered several dishes that were all heated in the microwave behind the bar. As such, the cuisine itself is overpriced and terrible. The closest cuisine I could compare
it to is Business Class airline food on most carriers: the ingedients aren't awful, but the preparation is macabre. The ambience of the Grand Cafe is nice, but the character of the place is sacrificed to the ambivalence of a poor staff. For a much better coffee in Oxford, try Georgeanne's in the Covered Market or even an AMT!