I’ve been looking forward to trying Turl Street Kitchen since it opened a few weeks ago, and today I had my chance. I arrived just before 2.00pm and it was pretty crowded! I found a table in the main sitting area and was immediately greeted by a very smiley, friendly server who handed me the day’s lunch menu (it changes daily) and offered me some water. I chose sparkling, and was presented with a large, glass, branded bottle (no charge for this). The menu is very small and consists of just a few veggie and non-veggie options. This is the only concern of mine, as I’m a rather finicky eater. I hope they get in the habit of updating their website every morning so that I can decide ahead of time if I can eat there that day.


Today, I was very lucky because I like both veggie options. I went with the winter soup, and was presented with a steaming, nicely sized bowl of soup and a plate of lovely, fresh brown and white fresh baked bread. It was a fast, satisfying and cheap meal. The service was excellent, and I love the buzz and decor of the dining area.


There’s a few different rooms to choose from, aside from the main dining area. There’s a small but well stocked bar next to the kitchen, a small, comfortable sitting room with a fireplace (don’t know if it works), and upstairs is a library room which is perfect for a quiet cuppa and a good book. There are also meeting rooms which can be rented.

I love everything about this place. It’s inviting, warm, friendly, college-y without feeling exclusive, and the food is good! I look forward to returning often to see what’s on the menu. But I will likely check their website first, just in case!

For more about the Turl Street Kitchen, visit their website.