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Published November 14th 2016
A taste of England in South Australia
The Oxford Hotel on O'Connell Street has become a popular hang-out spot in North Adelaide. Situated just minutes out of the CBD by car, it is an establishment worth visiting.
The Oxford Hotel has found its home in an old heritage building that has been spruced up with elements of modernity within its well-aged character. The Hotel opened its doors to the public in 2015 and it has accomplished a great deal of success in just over 12 months.
The Hotel may look small and just like any other pub on the outside, but walk in and you'll be surprised at how versatile and big the space really is. There is an area that offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy a drink or two right by the bar, and adjacent to it is the space where dining on a casual basis works brilliantly. Lots of natural lighting emanates through the tall windows and doors, further adding to the homey and cozy aspect of this unique and revamped pub. There's also a gaming room available further down the back.
We visited the Oxford Hotel for a lunch session with friends, where we were well taken care of by the hospitable staff who work there.
For drinks, I had the Passionfruit Caprioska cocktail. Infused with Stoli Vodka, passionfruit, lime, and passionfruit liqueur, this drink is definitely not for the weak, but perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It's a great drink to give you a much-needed buzz, but also that is great to enjoy on a particularly hot day in the summer.
Being a gin lover, I had to try the Pillar's Garden - a concoction of Four Pillars Gin, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, mint, and cucumber. This is simply powerful, exotic, and hits the right spot in terms of flavour and freshness.
For food, we got the antipasto platter, which was a colorful array of various meats, pickled vegetables, crackers, and dips of two assortments. There was ham, chorizo, fresh salmon, green and black olives, thinly sliced prosciutto and dips of beetroot and chives. This is one that ought to be shared among 3-5 people and serves as a great appetizer.
We also had the salt and pepper squid, which was a generous portion served on a plate. Dusted with herbs and just the right amount of salt and pepper, the squid meat was tender underneath a very crispy and delicious outer layer. The meat was juicy and worked well when combined with the fresh, crisp vegetables that were served on the side.
The Oxford Hotel offers reasonably priced drinks and food that are well worth the price tag, given the top quality produce that they source locally and use in their dishes. The staff members are friendly and love making sure you have a good visit, and the character of this place is something unique and different. It's a great place to catch up with friends and family and with their new menu out, there's all the more reason to support them and create good memories while you're at it.