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The Cher­well Boathouse en­joys the best lo­ca­tion in the city and is an Ox­ford in­sti­tu­tion. Here you can en­joy ex­cel­lent Bri­tish cui­sine - and a su­perb col­lec­tion of Bur­gundies – while watch­ing peo­ple hir­ing punts and row­ing boats on the Cher­well river and oc­ca­sion­ally fall­ing in. When for­mer Rhodes scholar Bill Clin­ton came back to Ox­ford, this 1904 boathouse was where he asked to eat. 50 Bard­well Road, 01865 552746, cher­well­boathouse.co.uk

Brasserie Blanc was the first ever brasserie cre­ated by cel­e­brated Ox­ford­shire chef, Ray­mond Blanc, OBE. It is housed in a for­mer Jeri­cho pi­ano shop, brightly lit and stylishly func­tional. Es­chew­ing haute cui­sine Blanc de­clared: “If Manoir aux Quat' Saisons is a del­i­cate waltz then my brasserie is the can-can.” The ba­sic French dishes are a trib­ute to the food Blanc re­mem­bers his mother pre­par­ing in Franche-comté. 71-72 Wal­ton Street, 01865 510999, brasserieblanc.com

The Trout Any­one who re­mem­bers the In­spec­tor Morse TV se­ries will im­me­di­ately recognise this Thames-side restau­rant op­po­site the ru­ins of God­stow Abbey. The Trout is one of two re­laxed fam­ily-friendly pubs that Ox­ford res­i­dents can walk to along Port Meadow for lunch or an even­ing meal. The other is The Perch and both ex­em­plify what is best about Bri­tish pub cui­sine at the mo­ment. God­stow Rd, Wolver­cote , 01865 510930, thetroutox­ford.co.uk

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