Those who know me know i’m a huge fan of Oxfork – a cafe in East Oxford on Magdalen Road. It’s a fairly new-ish cafe with a small but well-formed menu of all-day breakfast, a small variety of lunch items, and a couple of daily specials. They have freshly-baked cakes, meringues, and pastries on offer (oftentimes still warm from the oven), and they sell fresh, locally produced bread and eggs. The cafe is fairly small, broken up into a few small rooms over 3 floors, and people are always happy to share the larger tables when it gets busy. It’s a well designed, somewhat quirky cafe, but the bottom line is, it’s welcoming and friendly, and the food is always delicious. Oxfork has been open on the occasional evening for special events, but they are currently staffing up in preparation for regular evening openings.

My friend and I had lunch at Oxfork yesterday. We each had the soup special (£4), which was roasted red pepper and tomato with Windrush goats cheese. The soup was delicious – silky and flavourful and very well seasoned. The goat’s cheese was possibly the creamiest I had ever tasted, and its subtle flavour complemented the soup perfectly. The soup is served with a couple of wedges of fresh brown bread and butter.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Windrush Goats Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Windrush Goats Cheese

My friend and I also shared the special salad plate (£5). The salad is a lovely mix of unusual greens (I’m pretty sure I ate a flower), carrots, beans, citrus and a nice portion of homemade hoummus. Again, this is served with brown bread and butter.

Special Salad Plate with Hoummus

Special Salad Plate with Hoummus

We finished our meal with some tea – peppermint for my friend, and Jericho and Jeeves’ Gunpowder for me. Both were served in pretty little tea cups with tiny tea-pots on the side.

Click here to read a previous post/review of Oxfork on this site

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