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About Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant

A celebration of food and wine alongside art and culture.


Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant provides the spectacular setting for Oxford's first and only rooftop restaurant.


We have a fantastic fresh menu taking the food back to a good, hearty British feel with a European twist.


Ingredients are fresh and seasonal and we use many local Oxfordshire suppliers to bring the best quality to you.

Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
British, European

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Wednesday 10am - 4.30pm

Thursday - Saturday 10am - 10pm (Entrance via. St Giles)

Sunday - 10am - 4:30pm

Closed on Mondays, unless a Bank Holiday

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01865 553823

Website:
http://www.ashmoleandiningroom.com/

Catering:
Our own on site caterers can caterer for any event from 50 - 150 guests, canape receptions, gala dinners and corporate events. Either within the Ashmolean museum or at a venue of your choice.

Parking Details:
The Ashmolean Museum is located in central Oxford, on Beaumont Street. It is a short walk from Oxford Train Station. Parking is available on St. Giles or Goucester Green



There are 5 Park and Ride bus services in the centre. 3 of the 5 services currently run from Oxford centre until around 11pm. The Park and Rides are clearly signposted as you enter the city.

Public Transit:
A 10 minute walk from Oxford train station, and very close to Oxford bus station.

Executive Chef:
Jamie Webber

Private Party Facilities:
There is a private dining room which seats 20 people. The restaurant is also available to hire privately. Please contact Ivelina at Ashmolean@benugo.com who will be happy to help you.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (121)
Scenic View (105)
Great for Outdoor Dining (75)
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Special Occasion (63)
Casual (52)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Quiet Conversation (44)
Afternoon Tea (43)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
Good for a Date (38)
People Watching (36)
Sunday Lunch (35)
Healthy (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (33)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Afternoon Coffee (30)
Great for Brunch (28)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Business Meals (25)
Seasonal (25)
Fun (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Disabled Access (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Kid-friendly (13)
Quick Bite (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Live Music (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
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 (London)·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely space with a decent lunch set. The reception was perfunctory, no smile nor welcome, my starter was missed with the main appearing unexpectedly but rectified quickly and then matched with attentive service. Service mistakes do happen and I appreciated the acknowledgement and correction. So the only negative was the indifferent reception which clearly affected the scores for ambience and overall service.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Lovely meal. Used a groupon which made it good value.

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 (London)·Dined on January 11, 2018

A disappointing experience. We waited at least ten minutes for the menu and service was patchy. My cod batter was burnt and the potatoes were overcooked; my friend's mushroom risotto was bland. We had to ask twice for tap water and waited an unnecessarily lengthy time for the bill.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful meal, great views of oxford and lots to do afterwards in the museum.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

It is a pity the cooking was not on a par with the prices (which were high). The service was enthusiastic, friendly and pretty well faultless. The venue is airy and bright and very convenient for museum visitors.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Very nice meal. It was my first visit and I would come back again.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Just OK
I suspect most people eat here a)because the light and the views in the rooftop restaurant are great and b) because they're not that familiar with Oxford and having come to the museum for and exhibition, the restaurant is convenient.
Dont get me wrong - the food is fine. But a small slice of duck and pistachio terrine came with half a small slice of brioche and cost £7.50 as a starter. Smoked salmon was similiarly paltry for £6.50.
Service was fine also. But next time I come to the Ashmolean I'll be finding somewhere else for lunch.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Oxford)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The portions for lunch were small, especially the cod which is highly priced but was very small. Not enough veggies with the dishes.However, when one of us told the waitress the fish was v dry and she was v disappointed we got prompt apologies and a discount added, which was nice and appreciated by us. Overall a lovely place to eat but the prices are not currently reflected in the portion sizes sadly. Or maybe we hit a low day....

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was my second visit to the restaurant and I regret to say a real disappointment and based on the experience I won't be returning. Our party was 6 people so not a huge number. Starters arrived promptly and were very tasty. However, the main meals of 6 roast turkey took nearly 50 minutes to arrive and they were luke warm when they did finally appear. The turkey meal compromised what can be best described as a small 'heap' of one turkey slice, one potato, one carrot, one piece of 'brassica', and a blob of grey stuffing. It is fair to say the whole experience was pretty underwhelming and disappointing for a lovely venue. I take exception to the 10% service (£20) charge when the service was so bad.

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 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Whilst the service was pleasant and brisk, the menu felt very limited, with just one meat option (besides the xmas lunch) which had sold out by 1pm. This left maybe 4 or 5 main course options, all fish/ vegetarian/ uninspiring, and I was struggling to find something I really wanted to eat. The waitress could not explain clearly what the market fish option was, and we could not imagine way it justified a £21 price tag. The portion sizes for mains were small and seemed little more than the starters. The bread appetiser was stale and toasted - not at all fresh. Overall poor value for money at £50 for two starters and one mains with no wine

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was dreadfully slow only made better by 25% off the bill

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 (Oxford)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We had the afternoon tea. First, the staff was lovely...attentive, on point. We had the celebration tea for two and enjoyed the processco and earl grey tea. The overall tea bits were decent...but when you consider the price for all, it was a very good value. I am not a fan of salmon sandwiches, however I thought their salmon sandwich was good. Well done.

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 (London)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a charming lunch on the roof of the Oxford Ashmolean Museum. And it followed the viewing a an amazing exhibition by Qu Leilei, the Chinese artist. Both were a delight, although the exhibition was beyond expectation.
The service at the Ashmolean restaurant was not friendly just efficient and this is unusual, it is a pity. That will not stop me to return, as it all depends of the person waiting on the table.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We've been to the Ashmolean Rooftop several times for tea or coffee and enjoy the setting and ambience. This was our first dinner there. We both had a three course dinner and a bottle of wine. The food was ok and the portions really small. I am sure the turkey was served with a market bought gravy and so was the crust of my pie. I find this absolutely unacceptable at these prices. If it was actually cooked on site, then it was mediocre at best... The wine, however, was superb. I guess I can recommend it for drinks before going to another restaurant for good food as there are several ƒor a much better price in Oxford.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Special Christmas menu that wasn’t advertised on website. Choices were more limited than usual but the fish option was very good as was the choice of desserts. Free mini mince pies and delicious fresh mint tea.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Perhaps it was just the rather limited Xmas menu, but the food was uninspiring. It's a pity because the menu and the cooking here used to be something special.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was very good but small in quantity. This was fine with us, depends on how hungry you are. Service very good, and lovely views over Oxford.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was out of this world we had a salmon starter then Christmas dinner which was beautifully cooked nice and tender turkey followed by a passion fruit creme brûlée which was to die for
The staff were all very friendly and helpful

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went for an afternoon tea with my little daughter, the service was brilliant, they cared for us quite well. Food and tea were exquisite. The only things was that because of the weather we couldn't enjoy the view. Definitely we are going back when the weather is better.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 (Oxford)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food tasty but expensive. Convenient and attractive location. Expect slow service, sometimes with an especially arrogant waiter.

Tags: People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

There was an issue with underdone turkey which was removed and replaced with the message from the chef that 'what I could see wasn't blood, but a membrane'. Hmmm. The first was undercooked and tough to cut. The second neither and no membrane in sight.

The staff were polite and friendly, the main a bit of a school dinner and lukewarm too. It's a lovely location but I'd recommend afternoon tea (if they do it) which would probably be fine. The rooftop views would be just as good.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always friendly, always relaxed, always lovely food and always a great place for lunch with friends. We might even make it into the museum one of these days!

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A pity we weren’t told until after we ordered that 2 of the desserts were not available.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Everything was as I had hoped. I arranged to meet a colleague from London for lunch; she was very impressed with the ambience and the view. Service excellent as always. WE had our first turkey of the season: delicious

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Beautiful spot atop the museum. Our two dishes were excellent. Service perfect.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Such a great location and view sadly let down by the poor quality of food which is at best, mediocre. The pumpkin and fregola main course looked like someone had thrown up in the dish, and had a sour aftertaste and a lumpy, unpleasant texture. The beetroot and goat's cheese starter was just bland and uninspiring. The staff were friendly enough, but very slow service and it wasn't that busy in there. A wasted opportunity - this could be THE place to go in Oxford - that view across the 'dreaming spires' is fabulous - but what a waste of a wonderful space.

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 (Oxford)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Very nice ambience at museum rooftop. Service was nice but food was standard and quite pricey for what was offered. Nice quiet place for a business lunch as you can avoid the Oxford crowds but don’t expect much from menu or flavors.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was there on a date and we both loved it very much. Everything was on point: the ambience, the music, the food, and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic
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 (Oxford)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very expensive...£11 for a few warm roasted veg... perfectly pleasant but should have been a side dish not a main course, as no protein content!

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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Enjoyed a light lunch with my daughter-in-law and 6 month old grandson. Not overly helpful at heating up the baby food.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had an excellent lunch. We arrived half an hour earlier than our booking but we were shown to a table straight away. The food was excellent and the service quite exceptional especially form Arcangelo who looked after us superbly. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always great, but always takes awhile to eat here, so plan for that. Good attentive service, but not fast service. Creative food, well presented, too.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

My experience was good. The service, food and service were very good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Restaurant provides outstanding food at a good price. Sadly, it is let down by the acoustics, which mitigate against casual conversation. The waiting staff made a mistake with our order but quickly corrected it. I would recommend this venue and plan to go again often.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful fresh fish served perfectly hot. Crab starter also very fresh. Lovely bright setting, nice atmosphere; we spent nearly 3 hours there (we weren't in a hurry). Coffee and cakes also good. Staff very polite and helpful. Nice to spend some time in the museum too. Many thanks.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

A bit more expensive than our usual haunts, but worth it. The service was excellent, as were the choices on the menu. Portions are good too.
Unfortunately we couldn't see the roof top view because it was dark, but the waiter offered to take us out if we'd like to. We're going back in the summer for the full effect.
It was a wonderful meal in a very nice restaurant. It looks like a large room, but the way the tables are set out and the staff make you feel like you are in a very intimate setting. This wasn't effected by the large party either.
The food is beautifully presented and so tasty. The wine - not the most expensive on the list - complimented our dishes wonderfully.
Overall, it was worth the money and I cant wait to go again in daylight.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Cozy, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had to wait a very long time for the food to arrive inSaturday . The table next to us were 15minutes behind us to be seated . We had ordered before they arrived and they were served their food first . After the meal I asked the waitress a query and she didn’t even come back to answer . To be honest the food was good but the service Not my expectation for the price paid for food

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (London)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice place to eat. Good menu and very friendly and attentive staff. Good location too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and ambience were excellent. Nice to be able to have a conversation without background music. Our waiter Archangelo was terrific and so helpful, especially with regard to one of our parties food intolerance problems. Moira Wood (pictured) loved the crab, which she ordered with confidence after Archangelo's research into the ingredients.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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