Photographs taken today show an historic Oxford restaurant empty and in darkness, following its closure after 50 years in the city centre.

The Nosebag on St Michael’s Street closed its doors for the final time on April 27.

The restaurant opened in 1971 and was a staple of Oxford city centre for more than half a century.

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Oxford Mail: The restaurant closed down on April 27The restaurant closed down on April 27

The images taken this morning show the building entirely empty and shrouded in darkness.

Decorations have been taken off the walls, tables are no longer in the building and shelves which previously held products and baked goods sit unoccupied.

Wicker can be seen piled up inside the restaurant, alongside two hand sanitiser stations, a hoover and a mop.  

Oxford Mail: Wicker baskets can be seen piled up in the restaurant Wicker baskets can be seen piled up in the restaurant

On the day the restaurant closed, manager Mandy Craigan - who worked at The Nosebag for 32 years - told the Oxford Mail the closure was “a bit surreal”.

By lunchtime, the building was busy with people visiting the restaurant for one final meal.

School friends Cathy Lewis and Jill Cornish met up at the restaurant for a catch up and to visit before it shut down.

Oxford Mail: Shelves in the restaurant now sit emptyShelves in the restaurant now sit empty

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Ms Lewis described The Nosebag as “very comfortable” and a “special place.”

She said it is “hard to put into words” as “there is nothing like it in Oxford”.

When the closure was announced Camilla Chia, whose family owned The Nosebag, explained it was primarily due to Covid-19 and said it was “a miracle” it survived as long as it did after the pandemic.


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