Readers have been paying tribute to Mick Harris who ran Mick’s Cafe on Botley Road for 27 years.

He retired in 2013 and in recent years was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

The funeral is expected to take place at Oxford Crematorium on July 6.

Mick Harris lost his battle with Alzheimer’s on June 3 at the Horton Hospital Banbury. He was 80.

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He led a busy life and played in bands including State Affair and Move It as well as running his businesses.

Mick’s claim to fame was with State Affair who won Opportunity Knocks in the 1970s.

While some readers remembered Mr Harris’s musical exploits, others have fond memories of the time they spent inside the cafe off Botley Road.

Mick Harris following his retirement gig Picture: Anthony Harris

Mick Harris following his retirement gig Picture: Anthony Harris

As well as drumming, Mr Harris enjoyed watching Oxford United home matches.

STEVE BURNHAM: "Rest in peace Mick I remember when he had the newsagents on Abingdon Road he gave me my first job as a paper boy."

STEPH STRANGE: "Rest in peace Mick. Lots of fond memories with State Affair - love to all family and friends.”

TIM JONES: “As a scaffolder we went there every morning for breakfast Mick was a gentleman.”

RAY MAY: “Rest in peace Mick a fine chef you were sir.”

ANDREW FELLOWS: “Proper breakfast and mug of tea.”

ALEANDER PETROVIC: “Rest in peace Mick Friday night in the Osney then a breakfast Saturday morning - not forgotten."

MARK COPELAND: “RIP Mick - we could do with proper cafes around oxford like you had.”


RACHEL TRAFFORD: "Mick - me Steve and all the family will miss you - we always had some laughs with you when you used to visit Freda and Malcolm and some amazing trips down the caravan. RIP xxxxx.”

SHELLEY HUNT: “My hubby took me there a couple of times for a breakfast - RIP Mick.”

VALERIE SAMWORTH: “RIP Mick - my husband was an HGV driver and when he could he went to your cafe for a lovely breakfast.”

JANE STONE: “Sending love to his family.”

JOHN HAYES: “Rest in peace - used to love the atmosphere in there - top notch place and staff.”

JOHNNY MCMAHON: “Best brekkie in Oxford by a mile.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “I can remember back in the 1970s when it was called Cripley Cafe - I used to cut the shoulder bacon and then deliver it to them along with sausages. They got through a lot.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “Gone are the good old days use to go to Mick’s Cafe to cure the hangovers from the night before as it was just down the road from me.

“Lovely man who would always would stop and have a chat. RIP Mick.”

OXFORD MAIL READER: “I guess it’s supply and demand but it’s hard to find a good traditional fry-up anywhere near the city centre. Mick was pretty much last man standing after the closure of SGC and The Excelsior.”

The Mick’s Cafe building reopened in 2017 with a new business called Got 2 Eat. Then in 2019 it became fried chicken restaurant Station Grill.