The Varsity Club
I had a lovely time visiting one of my bessies in Oxford at the weekend. Sadly the rain was tipping down for most of the day but at 4pm the sun finally decided to shine!
This led me to one of the few rooftop bars in Oxford – The Varsity Club. Spread over three different levels, The Varsity Club (or TVC as it is well known) is a large capacity venue for eating, drinking and dancing in Oxford.
Level 1, particularly at the weekends, is a good space for dancing and TVC is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. Level 2 is available for private hire for up to 120 guests standing. Level 3 is a Morroccan lounge serving coffee and cakes by day and cocktails and nibbles in the evning.
Obviously the rooftop stole the show with 360 degree stunning views of Oxford. Beautiful in the summer and adaptable in the winter with heaters, heated seats, blankets and throws. The Roof bar serves draft beer and cider, champagne, wine spirits and selection of cocktails.
We started off with a couple of cocktails – a Pimms Spritz and a Tiki (Havana Club, Triple Sec, Apricot Liqueur Lime, Orgeat, Captain Morgan) which were tasty. In the week, cocktails are 2 for £9 (same one) until 7pm, which is a fantastic deal!
We were fairly peckish so decided to order some sharing boards (my favourite kind of food!) and chose The Carnivore: Bresaola, Prosciutto and Chicken Milanese, Duck & Orange Pâté, Charred Peppers, Beetroot Relish and Bread and The Vegetarian : Chili & Lime Hummus, Grilled Halloumi and Chargrilled Courgettes, Nocellara Olives,
Beetroot Relish, Crudités. We also added in some Breaded fish goujons and sweet potatoe fries.
We particularly liked the proscuitto, duck and orange pate and the grilled halloumi! Absolutely recommend TVC for chilling on the rooftop and enjoying some cocktails and nibbles.
The Tuft Tavern
What a find down a cobbled street! This historic pub has been around since 1381 and reminds me of exactly how a cosy country pub should be. For those warmer days, it actually has a decent sized outdoor area. Good selection of beers and, although we didn’t eat, the food looked good!
Thaikhun, pronounced tycoon, means “your” Thai restaurant. Thai cuisine is definitely up their as one of my favourites, particularly after visiting Thailand a few years ago. Thaikhun aims to bring Thai street good and Thai inspired cocktails that remind you of your journey to Bangkok and the infamous Khao San Road.
I loved the quirky decor of Thaikhun with its Tuk Tuk at the entrance, two levelled restaurant and colourful walls. The staff, especially TK, were so friendly and helpful.
We started off with some cocktails – Porn Star Martini and a ‘Thai Me Up’ with amaretto and whiskey:
Obviously we had the thai prawn crackers to begin, followed by a Pinto dish – a choice of 3 dishes (for two people) – seeing as I always get food jealously when I pick the wrong dish, I was super happy to be able to choose 3!
We had the Nua Phad Kra Prao: Beef Chilli Basil: tender beef slices stir-fried with fresh chilli and ‘holy basil’ or ‘kra pao’, Guay Tiew Phad Sie Eiew:Beef Noodle Stir Fry
wide rice noodles stir fried with beef strips with choi sum leaves in a soy and oyster sauce and Chicken Massaman CurryL flavoured with a cinnamon and star anise with potatoes, onions and cashew nuts. Jasmine rice also served. All three dishes were so tasty, flavoursome and plentiful!
We finished off with a refreshing mango sorbet and a matcha ice cream! Overall, recommend Thaikhun!
East London Girl Travels: Restaurants and Bars in Oxford