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The Honeypot in downtown Oxford serves up fresh and delicious food, with nothing coming in frozen except for the chips and onion rings.

The Honeypot in downtown Oxford serves up fresh and delicious food, with nothing coming in frozen except for the chips and onion rings. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

The Honeypot in downtown Oxford serves up fresh and delicious food, with nothing coming in frozen except for the chips and onion rings.

The Honeypot in downtown Oxford serves up fresh and delicious food, with nothing coming in frozen except for the chips and onion rings. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

Bruno splays on the floor of the Honey Pot in downtown Oxford, welcoming any customer to rub his belly.

Bruno splays on the floor of the Honey Pot in downtown Oxford, welcoming any customer to rub his belly. (Geoff Ziezulewicz / S&S)

OXFORD — There are certain things that make you realize a restaurant is a cool find, what the French would call "I don’t know what."

At The Honey Pot in downtown Oxford, Bruno made me realize this was going to be a good place to eat and drink.

The hulking pooch splays across the floor of The Honey Pot’s lounge like he owns the place. You can pet him all you want, but he exudes that "I’m not bothered" air of a dog used to constant affection.

Aside from that good canine sign, The Honey Pot just feels welcoming. It’s part lounge, part pub, with a diverse clientele.

"It’s been open for about a year now," said Lianne Sammons, one of the managers. Unlike the chain pubs that pepper the country, The Honey Pot features meat from the local butcher and other fresh ingredients.

"Nothing comes in frozen, except for chips and onion rings," Sammons said.

The owners are currently looking to buy the space they now rent, and could use your kindly patronage.

It’ll be worth the trip. Aside from the spacious seating, quaint garden and Bruno, the menu just tastes fresh and local. The salads are bursting with life, and the hummus is deliciously garlicky.

And unlike those chain joints with a menu featuring everything from curries to steak, The Honey Pot’s smaller menu is more focused, and the food is better as a result.

The Honey Pot occasionally features disc jockeys and live music, and also has a late-night tapas menu.

Wonderfully unique in many ways, The Honey Pot is striving to maintain that aesthetic in the sea of eatery options available in Oxford.

"Around this area, it can be difficult," Sammons said. "You’ve got a lot of wine bars and pubs. We’re just trying to keep a pub/lounge effect."

How to get there

Whatever they’re doing, it’s working.

What: A unique and locally owned pub/lounge in downtown Oxford, featuring a freshly delicious menu and the best pub dog in town.

Location: Downtown Oxford at 8 Hollybush Row, OX1 1JH

Phone: 01865 20 0208


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