Posted on 03/07/2019
A couple of hours’ wandering along the canal in Oxford can take you to wondrous places – under delightful bridges, past idyllic canalside gardens and the watery paradises of Castle Mill Stream and Worcester College Lake. Worth a detour from the water is the Ashmolean Museum – renowned for its incredible collections of archaeological relics and works of art.
And if all that exploring has worked up an appetite and you’re in the mood for something special, follow your nose to the Oxford Kitchen – half a mile’s walk from the canal. This Michelin-starred restaurant in Summertown offers imaginative, contemporary British dishes and signature cocktails – headed by chef Paul Welburn who trained with the likes of Gary Rhodes and Richard Corrigan. He also appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu.
In the stylish dining room you can choose from a six-course tasting menu, lunch menu or evening menu, with skillfully-prepared dishes ranging from gin-cured chalk stream trout to pollock with razor clams, washed down with a Rhubarb Fizz or AbFab Martini.
To get to the restaurant from the train station, walk to Castle Mill Stream then follow the towpath. You’ll pass Trap Grounds Green – eight acres of wild open space in the heart of Oxford, where you’ll find reed beds, ponds and meadows teeming with dragonflies, butterflies, grass snakes and reed warblers. Continue along the canal until you get to Waterways Green, then cross the bridge along Elizabeth Jennings Way, cross Woodstock Road then head along Oakthorpe Road until you come to Banbury Road. There you’ll find the Oxford Kitchen.
The Oxford Kitchen