This is my last post from my Oxford trip, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing my favourite destination for a Sunday Roast or Afternoon Tea in the city of dreaming spires. The Old Parsonage (dating from the 17th Century) is a gorgeous hotel on the Banbury Road, only a 15 minute walk from the Bodleian Library.
I’d been to The Old Parsonage on a previous trip to Oxford and had tucked into their splendid Afternoon Tea in front of a roaring fire. It was blissfully cosy on a cold, windy day in March, but I was eager to return to the hotel when the sun shone warmly and we could appreciate the beautiful outdoor courtyard. Thankfully, the weather certainly cooperated during our September trip, and Mum and I took our friend Val to the Old Parsonage for a Sunday Roast on our last day in Oxford.
We arrived a little early, so took our seats in the courtyard and enjoyed a pre-lunch cocktail (or at least, Mum and I did – Val stuck with orange juice as she was driving!). We decided we all wanted a Sunday roast, so our order was easy. Our beef arrived, succulent and perfectly pink in the middle, with the usual assortment of Yorkshire puddings and roasted veg on the side. I appreciated the generous dollop of horseradish sauce and lashings of gravy too!
On Sundays, the Old Parsonage does a set lunch menu: two courses for £25 or three courses for £30. There’s a choice of roasts available (generally beef, lamb or pork), as well as vegetarian options. We went for the two course menu so we could enjoy dessert after our meal, all of us settling for raspberry posset.
We decided to move into the main restaurant inside, as although the weather was delightful, the wasps were enjoying it too, and had buzzed around our plates so insistently during our main meal that we decided to give up the fight and retire indoors for our sweet.
I couldn’t help but think that Mr Woodhouse (from Jane Austen’s Emma) would have approved of The Old Parsonage, for a fire blazed in the open hearth in the lounge, despite the mild temperatures.
On a wintry day, having a drink and reading a book in front of that blaze would be deliciously cosy!
We so enjoyed our meal at The Old Parsonage, and it was a lovely way to spend the last afternoon of our long weekend. If you’re in the mood for traditional British fodder, then I recommend adding The Old Parsonage to your list for your next visit to Oxford.