Old Bank

Cesar award in 2011

On the High Street opposite All Souls College, Jeremy Mogford’s contemporary hotel is a conversion of three stone buildings (one a former bank). Quod, the bar and brasserie in the former banking hall, is popular with town and gown. It has a seasonal menu of dishes such as a daily changing risotto; salmon fishcakes, spinach, sorrel sauce; Rofford farm ribeye steak & chips. The staff are ‘accommodating and friendly; any small imperfections (there were a lot of new staff) were swiftly rectified,’ says a visitor in 2015. ‘Our room was spectacular, with a south-facing balcony and an enormous bay window.’ Tea and coffee are available in the small library downstairs, if the Bodleian Library opposite feels too far away. A collection of young British art (Sandra Blow, Gary Hume) is displayed in the corridors and bedrooms. Breakfast has ‘an extensive choice of cooked food; I recommend the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs’. ‘The city-centre car park is a bonus, although access is pretty tight.’ Old Parsonage (see next entry) is under the same ownership. Old Bank will be closed in January 2016 for refurbishment. (Matt and Kelly Rose-Clarke, and others)
  • An excellent hotel in a perfect position in a lovely city; it isn't cheap. WE had a lovely, spacious and quiet room at the back. Public space is limited so we were disappointed that the library was out of commission. Dinner was generally good, and there was good choice at breakfast. The staff, nearly all foreign were very pleasant and helpful

    John Gibbon, 12/04/2016

  • The outstanding feature of the hotel was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The restaurant was frantically busy (and indeed the service was understandably slow) but our waitress still maintained a smile. Our room was comfortable and quiet - beds very good. We liked the original art both there and through the hotel. Breakfast was very good.

    Robert Cooper, 01/07/2015

  • Standards remain reassuringly high. Alas, prices are even higher than on my earlier visits. There have been a number of enhancements to the offering, such as a guided tour included in the price. Service was very good. I was identified as a returning customer when I checked in. A nice young man from guest services ran backwards and forwards to my table while I was having my dinner as he tried to see well enough to put a new battery in my pedometer. The food in Quod is passable rather than wonderful. The restaurant is rather noisy at night. Far more agreeable at an early breakfast. The highlight of the breakfast is without doubt the Ferme des Peupliers yogurts. The bed and room temperature were very comfortable and the bedlinen was the softest and most luxurious feeling I have encountered for a long while. I liked the quality snacks offered in the mini bar at fairly sensible prices. I also enjoyed having two big bottles of water provided every day at no extra charge. A well-run, very pleasant hotel.

    Sara Hollowell, 04/04/2015

  • We were very well looked after. Someone came to mend a faulty bedside light as soon as we reported it; we were given an extra bottle of still mineral water for free when we tried to buy one; when our morning papers went missing they were instantly replaced. The room was compact but very serviceable, with the usual delightful view of the High, St Mary's and All Souls to the fore. Breakfast was good and all the staff were friendly and helpful. We feel it is expensive, but the do what they do very well.

    David Grant, 25/03/2014

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Local attractions

Botanic Gardens
A national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant.
Magdalen Bridge
A bridge across the River Cherwell, which students have traditionally jumped off on May Day.
Radcliffe Camera
The main reading room of the Bodleian Library, completed in 1749.

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Contact Details

Old Bank

92--94 High Street OXFORD Oxfordshire England OX1 4BJ

Telephone

01865 799599

Further Information

Bedrooms

42. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, except Jan (for refurbishment).

Facilities

lift, residents' library/bar, bar/grill, dining terrace, 2 meeting/private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, small garden.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room B&B from £220, D,B&B from £290. À la carte £35.