The Store hotel in Oxford has been given a five-star food hygiene rating.

The 101-bedroom boutique hotel on the corner of Broad Street and Cornmarket Street opened on May 7.

It is on the site of the former Boswells department store which closed in 2020.

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General manager Simon Drake said the hotel has now received a five-star food hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency. 

Food establishments are rated one to five, with five being the highest score.

Mr Drake said: "The team and I are so delighted that all the hard work is reflected in this excellent score."

Oxford Mail: Simon Drake at The StoreThe entrance to the hotel is in Broad Street while the entrance to the restaurant, Treadwell, is in Cornmarket Street.

The drinking and dining locations at the hotel are Treadwell, the "untraditionally British" restaurant, The Bar at The Store with indoor and outdoor seating on Broad Street, and The Roof at The Store, a destination showcasing unparalleled views of Oxford’s dreaming spires.  

Mr Drake said earlier: "It’s no exaggeration to say that The Store is an institution in the making, not just for guests staying at the hotel, but for locals and those seeking out a new culinary destination.

"Our restaurant and bars are inspired by our location, whether it be the intriguing history, unmatched views, or heritage of the Boswell’s department store.

"We have a vision to make an occasion out of the everyday and ensuring each visit is a cause for celebration."

The Store’s signature restaurant is named after the historic Treadwell Passage, dating back to 1841, the ground which the restaurant now sits upon.

Oxford Mail: The passage was once a bustling hub in Oxford, home to the fish hawker, shoemaker, and needlewoman, all characters who are referenced throughout the dining experience at Treadwell.

The restaurant will echo Treadwell Passage’s history as a meeting place full of life and variety, a place where guests can expect the unexpected. 

The kitchen is headed by chef Andy Robinson, who has previously held positions in multi-Rosette and Michelin starred kitchens in Johannesburg and the UK.

Oxford Mail: The view from The Roof at The StoreAndy has a passion for travel, creativity, and experimentation, and is on a mission to introduce ‘untraditionally British’ dishes to Oxford with the menu at Treadwell.

The menu will take classic British dishes and give them an international twist that demonstrates Andy’s well-travelled history, including a Ruby Murray chicken pie, Bangers of Mash with a Cajun gravy, and Rosemary & Thyme Brined Pork Tomahawk. 

Food will also be served at The Roof at The Store, where cocktails and burgers are being served.

The hotel was expected to open at the end of last year but building contractors were hit by delays.

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