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Vaults & Garden Cafe

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Radcliffe Square | High Street, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
+44 1865 279112
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Vaults and Garden café has become my very favourite place in Oxford and that's saying something given the sheer beauty of everything else. I was in Oxford last week for 5 days and came across this wonderful café in the grounds of University Church overlooking the Radcliffe Camera on my first day. I sampled their cream tea and it... More 

Thank Kathryn S
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited here for tea and cake on a sunny Sunday with three friends. We sat outside in the garden which is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Radcliffe Camera. The building is also very nice inside. They had a good selection of nice looking cake but we went for scones with homemade jam. A very nice café to... More 

Thank Laura F
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice little cafe with great food, and good tea and coffee, great selection for lunch time,they let you choose from the buffet, small but well sorted.

Thank Marcelo M
Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very informal atmosphere and friendly staff which we like. On a warm day in May it was great to have a reserved table outside waiting for us after having a quick pop in earlier in the morning. Food was clearly home prepared and very generous. Good veggie and non veggie fayre. Great location too right next to the Radcliffe... More 

Thank JGBill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The location is perfect if you're studying in the library or nearby, and it's certainly a very cosy, Oxford-y place. According to everyone else the scones are great. As for the coffee, very average. Not hot enough and pretty small for the price. Also the chai latte is terrible.

Thank mizmtenzw
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here yesterday over Sunday lunch whilst picking up our daughter from University. I sat at a table outside whilst the others went inside to order the food and my wife chose "the beef dish" for me. Meal was reasonable at the price point and I thought I had eaten a beef stew. We went back for tea and... More 

1 Thank Peter A
William P, Owner at Vaults & Garden Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Peter Regarding the "Beef Rendang" you read on the menu, you are mistaken the dish served on Sunday was a "Tempeh Rendang" this was one of our vegetarian options. I believe the Beef dish was a slow-cooked shin of beef in a Tuscan style tomato sauce. Regarding our scones being dense and heavy I can only apologise, I have... More 

Brussels, Belgium
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the city center, featuring a stunning historic ceiling with room to sit inside or outside (when the weather is OK). Price/quality rating is good, but it can be very busy at noon.

Thank Paul S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this on Tripadvisor, was looking for eateries that offer gluten free as hubby is coeliac. It not only offered comfort for him but also myself. The scones with jam and clotted cream were to die for. Coffee was great and had a great conversation with one of the waiters. Very friendly and highly recommend.

Thank 58travellers
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The black coffee tastes like water....no, specifically, coffee flavoured water. The scone is ridiculously large, as large as chess burger from MacDonald's. It is not fresh as well. When I was cutting the scone, I felt that I was cutting a piece of wood. Due to the fact that the scone is ridiculously big, I have to open my jaw... More 

1 Thank Rasley C
Keswick, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good for lunch in oldie worldie surroundings.Probably THE BEST POT OF LOOSE LEAF TEA IN OXFORD .Choice of several types so not to be missed if you love a good brew!

Thank nedrow5791

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Cafe, British, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Radcliffe Square | High Street, Oxford OX1 4AJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 279112

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?