Old Parsonage

An open fire in the entrance hall sets the tone at Jeremy Mogford’s clubby, upmarket hotel, a much-extended 17th-century building where visitors give in to the charms of bookish Oxford. More

Contact details

Old Parsonage
1 Banbury Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6NN
England
01865 310210

Hotel information

Bedrooms

35. 10 on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, library, bar/restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, rear garden with summerhouse.

Background music

‘very light’ in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £225, D,B&B from £299. Set dinner £37.50, à la carte £35 (plus 12½% discretionary service charge). 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

An open fire in the entrance hall sets the tone at Jeremy Mogford’s clubby, upmarket hotel, a much-extended 17th-century building where visitors give in to the charms of bookish Oxford. The owner’s fine collection of paintings and artwork hangs in the public spaces; guests are encouraged to explore the town on the hotel’s wicker-basketed bicycles; a private library, well stocked with tomes on art, literature, culture, politics and local history, is ‘a particular joy’. Bedrooms are modern, with a marble bathroom; some have their own terrace overlooking the garden. ‘My well-equipped room was nicely furnished and blissfully quiet.’ Among the ‘special touches’: fresh flowers, and a bedside booklet of short stories by winners of the annual Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing. Make time for afternoon tea with home-baked scones. Bistro-style lunches and dinners – perhaps roasted beetroot, goat’s curd and watercress salad; fillet steak tartare, chips – are ‘pleasantly served’ in the restaurant. ‘We thought the dining room charming, with its informal seating, and charcoal-grey walls hung with portraits.’ Breakfast languidly, till late. (CR, VM, PJ)

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Old Parsonage
1 Banbury Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6NN

Guest comments

'We stay annually. the Old Parsonage never disappoints, with excellent food and comfortable rooms. The main public area is 3 interconnected rooms, two being a bar with a wood fire, and the third being the restaurant, where one can also sit and drink tea. These are entered directly through the front door. As these rooms are also a main thoroughfare, the library is a particular joy. A special touch are the short story booklets by the bed, each of which is the winner of a short story prize sponsored by the owner:. The Mogford Food and Drink Short Story Prize ' - Vicky Maltby - February, 2016
'A haven where they truly understand relaxed sophistication. Comfortable, quiet bedrooms reveal white linen kimonos and good toiletries. Ours overlooked an inner garden bright with spring flowers. Welcoming, intimate restaurant: walls lined with contemporary paintings (catalogue available). Deeply comfortable dining chairs. Tempting menu features classic dishes with modern twist. Imaginative choice of wine by the glass. Good breakfast. Complimentary bikes and walking and art tours of Oxford. Staff kind and helpful. ' - Penelope Visman - April, 2012
'Wonderfully relaxing. Our room was furnished like a cosy country cottage yet had every comfort. We sat on the patio in the sunshine one evening. The central location combined with availability of bikes and the offer of walking tours maximises the experience of a stay in Oxford. ' - Rosemary Grande - September, 2011

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