We are half way through the year and already lots of new restaurants have opened up in Oxford

From Chinese takeaway to fine dining, desserts and deli produce, there are lots of new places to visit around the city. 

If you have missed some of these openings, here is a handy list. 

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Kitchen Food Company

215 Kitchen and Drinks closing down was the end of an era but the opening of Kitchen Food Company was the start of another. 

The new Summertown restaurant also sells produce, so customers can take ingredients away with them that they like. 

Read all about it here>>>

Oxford Mail: Zlatan Cavka showing off the restaurants products. Picture: Ed NixZlatan Cavka showing off the restaurants products. Picture: Ed Nix



Chopstix Noodle Bar

Cornmarket had a new asian food spot open up when Chopstix flung its doors open to customers. 

The branch opened in style with free give aways, a packed out restaurant and even a flashmob outside. 

Check out pictures here>>>

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Temptations Dessert Lounge

Summertown was treated to a new dessert parlour in March when Temptations opened on Banbury Road. 

The dessert spot serves more than 30 flavours of ice cream alongside waffles, crepes and other sweet treats. 

Read the original story here>>>



In April, and after two years of closure, COSMO on Magdalen Street finally reopened. 

The reopening was met with much hurrah, with the venue hosting a special night for key workers to thank them for their hard work during the pandemic. 

Read more here>>>

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Grounded Kitchen

A new Korean restaurant opened its doors on London Road at the beginning of the month. 

Grounded Kitchen focuses on fresh food and ingredients and they even let myself get behind the line and have a go at making some dishes. 

Read more about the experience here>>> and see pictures here>>>

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Gees Restaurant & Bar 

Not quite a new opening but Gees Restaurant & Bar reopened after an extensive £1.5 million revamp. 

The Banbury Road restaurant, which is owned by The Oxford Collection, welcomed people back into a renewed glasshouse and two new dining spaces - Gees Gallery and Gees Secret Garden.

Read more about the renovation work here>>>

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Burnout BBQ

Burnout BBQ officially opened on Banbury Road in Summertown after moving from its previous site on Islip Road, Sunnymead.

The BBQ joint serves Texan style dishes from a custom hot rod, including burgers, hot dogs, glazed ribs, pulled pork, chicken and more.

You can read more about the restaurant here>>>

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Oodles Chinese

Also in June, Cowley Road got a new Chinese takeaway restaurant. 

Oodles Chinese opened its doors earlier this month at 209A Cowley Road. 

The restaurant serves Indo Chinese food such as egg fried rice, Thai chicken curry and Schezuan beef stir fry.

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Elle's Deli

The sad news of Oli Thai closing was softened by the fact a new hospitality venue run by the same people would open on the site. 

Elle's Deli opened this month. 

You can read more about the restauarants transformation here>>>


What is still to come? 


American fried chicken chain Popeyes will open a branch in Oxford this autumn. 

Popeyes will open at 36 – 37 Queen Street, in the unit previously used by Paperchase.

You can read more about that here>>>

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Franco Manca

Franco Manca has submitted plans to open a new restaurant in Summertown. 

The popular Italian pizzeria already has a restaurant on George Street.

Now the plan is to take over an empty unit underneath the newly built EasyHotel and wedged between a tile shop and café ‘Crepe Affaire’ on Banbury Road in Summertown.

Read more about this here>>>

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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