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Best Brunches in Oxford: Brilliant Spots for Bottomless Brunches

Best Brunches in Oxford: Brilliant Spots for Bottomless Brunches

Looking for the best brunch Oxford has to offer? Look no further.

Brunch is undeniably the best meal of the day, from tasty savoury dishes with eggs and bacon to sweet pancakes topped with fruit and cream, there is simply no meal that is as decadent or delicious as brunch. 

Whether you’re after a boozy bottomless brunch or a traditional English breakfast, these eateries are some of the coolest Oxford brunch places, perfect for any budget. 

Price guide (based on bottomless brunch or a dish and a cocktail)

£ – Brunch costs under £20

££ – Brunch costs between £20-£30

£££ – Brunch costs more than £30

Best Brunches in Oxford

George Street Social

With their bottomless brunch running every weekend between 11am-4pm, George Street Social offers a great value, delicious array of food. Their cuisine ranges from Middle Eastern Shakshuka to American-style fluffy pancakes with berries and maple syrup, so there’s something to suit all palettes on this menu.

With a two hour time slot, you’ve got plenty of time to wash down your brunch with an endless amount of Bloody Mary’s or Prosecco, all whilst surrounded by a cool, almost industrial atmosphere.

Price guide: ££

Area: Although technically on New Inn Hall Street, George Street Social sits on the corner by the aptly named George Street.

The Ivy

Whilst they don’t have a bottomless option, The Ivy is easily the most stunning location for brunch in Oxford. 

The decor balances fun and kitsch perfectly, resembling a botanical garden and offering a dreamy ambience and a wide range of brunch dishes.

In true Ivy style, dishes are traditionally British with a twist – eggs benedict with chips and warm asparagus with hollandaise are particular highlights, and the extensive drinks menu features incredible cocktails including The Ivy Royale, and, of course, a classic Aperol Spritz.

Although a pricier option, this is a really gorgeous place, perfect for a catch up with the girls.

Price guide: ££ 

Area: Located on the high street, near to Carfax Tower.

Dirty Bones

Dirty Bones is one of the booziest brunches in Oxford. With a wide range of drinks, allowing you to mix and match your cocktails, it’s a good job that the dishes served here are heavy.

Short rib pastrami hash, chicken and waffles, and caramelised banana french toast are all on the menu, as well as the interesting side of buttermilk drops. These are described as cake donuts in a rum glaze and are a must-try if you visit.

The interior is dark and moody, with wooden furniture and yellow lighting setting the ambience for the brunch. Located in the Westgate shopping centre, this is the perfect weekend brunch spot before hitting the shops.

Note that Dirty Bones no longer do a bottomless brunch, but they still have their brunch menu for a la carte orders.

Price guide: ££

Area: In Westgate shopping centre, just a five-minute walk from the castle quarter.

The Rickety Press

For a classic British pub brunch in Oxford, head over to The Rickety Press

Whether you fancy the Boss Man Full English or a traditional Brekkie Bun, they’re serving up brunch that will be sure to hit the spot.

Drinks-wise, you can get a bucks fizz or a Dodo Bloody Mary, featuring their own secret spice mix. 

Though, one thing is for sure: their cosy pub interior mixed with warehouse-style furniture is the perfect location for a sleepy weekend brunch with friends.

Price guide: £

Area: Located in the heart of the Jericho district, near to the castle mill stream.

Chez Mal at Malmaison Oxford

Hands down, the award for the most options for bottomless brunch goes to Malmaison Oxford. Indulge in bottomless prosecco, G&T’s, Heineken, and unlimited Chef’s Table Buffet for £34.95 per person. 

Or, with unlimited tea and coffee, enjoy either a continental offering or upgrade to a hot dish for £18.

Dishes are elevated British classics, from smoked salmon to a full English breakfast and kippers, all served in the exciting restaurant setting – where else can you eat a tasty brunch in a prison?

Price guide: £££

Area: Situated in the Malmaison Hotel, inside a previously converted prison.

Turl Street Kitchen

For delicious, well-priced food with great vibes, Turl Street Kitchen is the place to be. 

A small and simple, but perfectly curated, brunch menu consists of the likes of salmon and eggs, avocado toast, and a breakfast bun, alongside a great vegan granola bowl.

The interior is youthful and rustic, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a lot of uni students who appreciate the quality of the food for a low price, as well as the incredible selection of hot drinks available.

Price guide: £

Area: Opposite Trinity College, in the centre of Oxford.

Oxford Brunch Bar

The name says it all, Oxford Brunch Bar serves up some of the best brunches in Oxford at any time of the day. 

They claim to be Oxford’s first independent brunch bar, and their extensive range of dishes from around the world means that no matter your brunch preferences, there will be something on the menu that tickles your fancy.

New York style fluffy pancakes and Huevos Rancheros are highlights here, and their iced milkshakes are the perfect combination of creamy and light. For high quality food, a selection of speciality drinks, and prices that won’t break the bank, visit the Oxford Brunch Bar.

Price guide: £

Area: On George Street, opposite the New Theatre Oxford.

Vaults & Garden

Vaults & Garden is another place yet to offer bottomless brunch, but what they do offer is a great selection of brunch dishes using organic ingredients. 

I highly recommend trying the Oxford cheese rarebit, a slice of sourdough topped with cheddar and gruyere cheese – pure heaven. V&G also has a great selection of vegan and vegetarian meals, as well as the generous option to customise your dish.

This is Oxford’s best brunch on a warm day as the outdoor seating is beautiful, with an up-close-and-personal view of Radcliffe Camera. 

Price guide: £

Area: This cafe is located in a grand 14th-century university building, opposite the iconic Radcliffe Camera.

Quod

Whilst the food is incredible, the signature cocktails are what really make a trip to Quod worthwhile. Pick your poison: a house Bloody Mary, rose and raspberry bellini, or perhaps a sherry cobbler? 

Whichever drink you choose, they pair perfectly with the brunch options, be that cold and continental or their poached egg and crab dish. Set on a pretty terrace and with historic views of the heart of Oxford, this would make for a perfect brunch date location.

Price guide: ££

Area: On Oxford’s High Street, inside the Old Bank Hotel.

Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen

Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen is one of Oxford’s coolest brunch spots. Set inside a beamed building, with a bicycle hanging from the ceiling, this is a great place to unwind with friends.

Their dishes are a fusion of classic British dishes with Middle Eastern twists – horseradish latkes, avocado and hummus toast, and a unique Korean kimchi bowl have all made the cut.

What’s most interesting about Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen is their selection of Bloody Mary’s, including a tasty Smokey Maria and a Red Snapper version of the popular cocktail. If Bloody Mary’s aren’t your thing, a great selection of bubbles or hot drinks are also available. 

Price guide: £

Area: Wander just behind George Street and you can find Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen on St Michael’s Street, near to King’s Oxford.

GAIL’s

If the bread lining the windows of GAIL’s doesn’t instantly make you want to visit, then the brunch dishes certainly will. You would be forgiven for thinking that GAIL’s was a simple bakery, but you would also be very wrong.

Small and friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the dishes are even better. They, of course, excel in their bread, so I highly recommend the smoked salmon on their enticing Russian sourdough.

Though they don’t serve alcohol, they have a house blended specialty coffee that more than makes up for it. 

Price guide: £

Area: There’s a couple throughout Oxford, but the Jericho location is our favourite.

The Alchemist

For a bottomless brunch in Oxford with a weird and wonderful twist, The Alchemist offer their own version: The boundless brunch. 

If you’ve never been to The Alchemist before, their concept is about creating unique cocktails and allowing you to be the mixologist. 

Unlimited drinks and a brunch dish will set you back £37 and means you can get involved in mixing your own magical potions.

With a great vegan menu, including roast squash hash and avocado and squash on toast, they offer one of the most inclusive brunch menus in Oxford that doubles as the chance to pretend you’re a wizard.

Price guide: £££

Area: Near Speedwell Street, just inside of Westgate shopping centre.

Jericho Cafe

You can’t miss The Jericho Cafe, its striking red exterior and blackboard specials instantly draw you in. This is a French-inspired bistro serving up traditional British fare, including scrambled eggs, beans on toast, and a variety of rotating dishes.

If you visit at Christmas, you might be lucky enough to experience their festive bottomless brunch; this changes every year but includes classic British cuisine with a festive twist, alongside unlimited Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.

Price guide: ££

Area: This is a lovely family-run restaurant, located in the uber-cool Jericho area.

Backseat Becky’s

If you venture into The Breakfast Club in Oxford, you may notice a smeg fridge flush against one of the walls. Well, if you’re brave enough, enter to find Backseat Becky’s incredible bottomless brunch waiting for you inside.

For £32, you can treat yourself to 2 hours of bottomless booze and a classic Breakfast Club dish. The Breakfast Club are pioneers of brunch, with an abundance of tasty dishes on the menu including classic dishes from America, the UK, France, and even a Mexican-inspired breakfast burrito.

The secrecy and interior of Becky’s make it a unique experience, and finding it is half the fun. Make sure to book in advance as there is limited seating!

Price guide: £££

Area: Nestled inside a fridge inside The Breakfast Club Oxford, in Westgate shopping centre.

Victor’s

Wisteria-covered Victor’s is the dreamiest spot for bottomless brunch in Oxford. The French interior blends perfectly throughout, with marble tables and low-hanging lights decorating the restaurant. 

With a variety of drinks available, their menu offers broad cuisine. Classic British dishes? Tick. Japanese inspired sushi breakfast dishes? Also, tick. 

For complete indulgence, opt for the lobster rolls with saffron mayonnaise. 

With 90 minutes allotted for each table, you’ve got plenty of time to snap those all-important Instagram pics, as well as fill your boots with all the alcohol you want.

Price guide: £££

Area: Another spot located in Westgate shopping centre – the perfect location for a weekend stroll through the city after brunch.

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