Stylish Weekend Break: Oxford

The Four Pillars Oxford Thames hotel is the ideal place to stay when visiting the city of Oxford.
The four-star country hotel sits on the banks of the River Thames, and it's gardens and riverbanks are home to a variety of ducks, geese and other woodland creatures. Standard rooms (double occupancy) for dinner, bed and breakfast cost from £140.
We stayed in one of the newly-refurbished College Hall bedrooms; all named after Oxford colleges. In our room we were greeted with a complimentary drinks tray containing red and white wine, still and sparkling water and soft drinks.
The bed is a a Super King and is extremely comfortable; with an abundance of pillows. A bar of Divine chocolate was resting on each side when we arrived.
The garden view from the room through the 14th century lead-paned windows is beautiful to wake-up to.
The bathroom is stocked with delightfully aromatic Clarins' toiletries, and the power shower is an excellent early morning wake-up. The bath is deep and perfect for a relaxing soak. If, however, you have a problem lifting your legs high I would mention this when booking as the baths have unusually high sides.
Breakfast is served in the main restaurant- the River Room. On one side there is a range of cereals, fresh fruit, meat, cheese, juices and pastries; and on the other are the hot items- sausage, bacon, fried and scrambled egg, fried bread, hash browns, black pudding and beans. There is also a menu containing other items cooked to order- such as boiled eggs and soldiers, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. The window tables are the best in the house for breakfast, as canal barges meander past on a regular basis.
Dinner is also served in the River Room restaurant. The menu is varied, and there are plenty of choices for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
Do not make a visit without trying a side of Creamed Savoy Cabbage with Bacon (£2.95)- it's delicious! We had sirloin steak (which has a £5.95 supplement charge), and it comes with the best Dauphinoise potatoes that we have ever tasted!
For dessert the Spiced Chocolate Fondant (which has a £2.95 supplement charge) is the choice to make. We were worried it may have too strong a Cinnamon flavour since this is where it gets it's 'spice'; but the pudding turned out to be deliciously sweet and rich. The berry compote and real vanilla ice-cream were ideal accompaniments.
The staff in the River Room are very friendly and attentive and welcome several weekly regular diners. If you are not on a dinner inclusive rate, a main course only costs £16.50; two courses cost £21.50 and three courses cost £26.50 (plus any dish supplement charges).
If you are looking for a less formal menu, you should think about room service. The room service menu is excellent and very well-priced; containing items such as burgers.
If you want to eat outside the hotel and venture into Oxford, our choice is definitely the Loch Fyne Restaurant. This seafood restaurant (which also serves meat) gets all it's fish fresh from Loch Fyne in Scotland.
We could still taste the sea on our smoked salmon (£6.45) and squid (£6.25) starters. The portions of smoked salmon are extremely generous and come with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping.
For main course we had steak (£16.45 or £19.25 with king prawns). Despite the focus of the restaurant being on it's seafood, they prepare excellent meat dishes. The steaks were well cooked, and came with delicious accompanying sauces such as peppercorn.
For dessert we had the popular summer fruit trifle (Price On Board), and sticky toffee pudding (Price On Board); which finished off the meal perfectly.
The atmosphere in the Loch Fyne Restaurant is warm and welcoming. It is a casual relaxed family restaurant; but equally just as intimate for couples looking for a romantic night out.
If you are looking for things to do whilst in Oxford, take a tour of Christchurch college and make a visit to Blenheim Palace. Oxford is a very cultured city; so take in some of it's most interesting sights!

To book the Four Pillars Oxford Thames Hotel visit: http://oxford-thames-hotel.four-pillars.co.uk
To view the full menu for the Loch Fyne Restaurant visit: http://www.lochfyne-restaurants.com/restaurants/Oxford
To find out what activities are available in Oxford visit: http://www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com

1 comment:

  1. Great hotel very professional ---- excellent food and friendly staff members. The grounds are gorgeous, with the times literally at the bottom of the garden.

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