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Brasserie and Bar at Malmaison - Oxford

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3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 268400
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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Tue 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a late table so thought it would be quiet but it was packed out, hence they were very busy. Staff very attentive but slow and got order a bit mixed up. Will still go back.

Thank Dops
Reading, United Kingdom
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723 reviews
526 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The usual Mal Sunday lunch is done well here. A good soup which you serve yourself and nice crusty bread is followed by an excellent buffet. Plenty of choice and good for vegetarians as well as carnivores. Some nice fish available too. Mains are chosen from a menu and served to the table, again a plentiful selection and should suit... More 

Thank Donald M
Bize-Minervois, France
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102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice while we were staying in the hotel. The restaurant is down in the basement, where I imagine the prisoners might have been fed. The food was perfectly enjoyable, but it did depend on who was managing the restaurant. On our second occasion it was chaotic, and service was not good at all, especially compared to the... More 

Thank Sue_Ac_10
South Coast UK
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53 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a private dinning room for a party of 14. To be fair, the food quality wasn't bad and worthy of a good review, however every other element of the experience was awful! The service was haphazard and uncoordinated resulting in 14 meals arriving at different times. Any questions you had to go and search somebody out. The staff... More 

Thank r.parker99
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88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Malmaison Brasserie and Bar has a wonderful slightly, eerie ambiance, however the quality of service and product did not live up to the standards of the rest of the hotel. We had a Sunday night room and dinner deal which meant we had 75 pounds to use up for our meal or the unused portion would be added to... More 

Thank ashell
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The brasserie itself is in the basement of an old prison so is atmospheric and fun. We were greeted by two lovely staff who made us feel right at home. Sadly from that moment on things didn't go as well. The service wasn't good in the brasserie itself; firstly there was a problem with language with some of the staff... More 

Thank elizaecclestone
Cotswolds, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My colleagues and I visited The Mal Maison Hotel Oxford whilst staying in the local area. The initial thoughts are that the hotel occupies an impressive position in the castle site, within what used to be an old prison. When arriving at the Brasserie our seats weren’t quite ready so we were asked if we wanted to have a pre-drink... More 

Thank Back2BasicsReviews
Wallingford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting location inside the old prison; we ate Sunday lunch in one of the old prison cells. Service was excellent throughout; in the restaurant, in reception and at the front door. The buffet starter and soup were very good. We ordered roast beef as our main course, which arrived with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. The main course... More 

Thank Tim H
Oxford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went for dinner with friends and it all started well with a knowledgeable & friendly waitress, However, we waited almost an 1½ hours for our main courses, by which time we were VERY hungry! And although my venison was delicious, it was also cold - but I couldn't bear to send it back and have to wait again. Another odd... More 

Thank SusieSooJo
Thessaloniki, Greece
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Average food, staff didn't now much about anything food or drink, they charge drinks in our bill that we didn't have, overall not good experience,no atmosphere, staff service and kitchen needs training.

Thank giorgos t

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, British, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 268400
Malmaison Brasserie in Oxford ��� once people were plotting to get out. Now they���re paying to get in. Set in a one-time prison where bad guys were detained at Her Maj���s pleasure, Malmaison Brasserie (part of the supersexy, supercool Malmaison hotel group) is now dedicated to your pleasure instead. The Brasserie has its own unique atmosphere that���s a bit gothic and funky, very much stylish and modern. The menu boasts simple favourites prepared with consummate skill, like signature dishes.

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