No1 Ship Street's surf n turf

1) Cherwell Boathouse, North Oxford – The best riverside views with food to match – watch the punters glide by! Classy.elegant and quintessentially Oxford.

Cherwell Boathouse

2) No 1 Ship Street, Oxford Made for romance with its seductive menu and intimate surroundings. Opt for the oysters and champagne, surf n turf, lobster or a really good steak.

No 1 Ship Street

3) El Rincon, South Parade, Oxford – a new addition to Oxford’s culinary scene, this tapas restaurant’s food may be simple but it’s cooked beautifully by Spanish chef Juan Clares.

Rosaleen Shortt at El Rincon

4) Gees, North Oxford – Date night heaven! Glamorous, smart, classic – the dark bar and light atrium greenhouse work perfectly at any time of day. And the food is divine. Brunch is a favourite.


5) Kaz Bar, Cowley Road – dark and seductive inside, the fun, lively bar provides some delicious cocktails while the soft seating and low tables are the perfect setting for their delicious tapas.


6) Pompette, South Parade, Summertown – Proper French occasion stuff with some fantastic cooking. Great place for a date night, especially if you want to impress.


7) Bhoomi Kitchen, Headington – smart, dark, velvet booths, exciting Indian food – who said curry can’t be romantic? Plus thalis are made to share!

Bhoomi Kitchen in Headington

8) Brasserie Blanc, Jericho. The French invented romance and this was Raymond Blanc’s first branch and the one he frequents the most. Beautifully decorated, wonderfully understated with excellent service and classic high quality food, it’s a firm favourite.

Brasserie Blanc

9) Green Routes Cafe, East Oxford Why should veggie.vegans be left out? It’s fans go anyway – lovely food, fun, light-hearted, casual and cool – where to go if you’re in the know. One for the little black book.

Green Routes

10) The Alice, The Randolph, Oxford – Sexy, contemporary and stylish, venture in for lunch, or dinner or afternoon tea. Throw in the copper bar and quaffable cocktails and you may be there all day.

The Alice

11) Arbequina, East Oxford – Perch at the bar and eat some of the best tapas in town. Let the food do the talking. But book, it’s a popular place!

Nduja on toast at Arbequina

12) Magdalen Arms, East Oxford – the original gastropub offers comfort food at its best from shared lamb shanks to casseroles or home-made pasta. Always a popular choice.

The Magdalen Arms

13) Spiced Roots, Cowley Road, Whether it’s the rum cocktails that get you, the enticing and surprising menu or the dark restaurant, it’s a date night tick, tick, tick.

14) The Perch, Binsey – the pub itself is romantic enough with it’s thatched roof and 17th century roots, but you can dine in splendour in the contemporary conservatory overlooking the extensive garden leading down to the river and the garden offers ample al fresco options.

The Perch

15) TVC, Oxford – Dress to impress – this is where you should start or finish the evening! This rooftop bar has always been a favourite with the Insta generation – selfie heaven. Booking essential.