A tongue-in-cheek nod to both the world-renowned University of Oxford and British sporting culture, the New Oxford sits proudly on the edge of Yaletown, a welcome addition to Vancouver’s notoriously trendy neighborhood. Vintage touring bikes line the ceiling, leading the eye to a looming portrait of literary genius, misfit and Oxford alumni Oscar Wilde. A long view of the room – which runs the width of the entire city block – reveals rustic gray millwork, classic pub-style furniture and black & white photos of various other notable Oxford grads. A 50 foot long cantilevered bar serves as the room’s centerpiece, leading visitors to a into ‘study’ motif, complete with taxidermy, original-print hardcover books, vintage sporting gear and even more comfortable seating. Although the New Oxford is under the umbrella of the Donnelly Group Public Houses, guests can get a little taste of things to come, as it also serves as a litmus-test and launching point for new cocktail and dining menu items for the entire company.
A few buddies and I dropped in late for snacks and a nightcap. The space runs deep and the bar basically divides the front from the back and carries a lot of the same styling cues of other Donnelly owned establishments.
You have your expected trendy menu; ordering poutine, nachos and shortribs which were neither inspiring or offending. Beer made the rounds but wished the glasses came cold.
We ended up getting a few servers waiting our table, with many of the staff on hand chatting it up with friends or regulars. Despite that service didn't suffer for us.
Word is some of the Canucks make their way here after home games but otherwise Oxford is merely the usuals.
First time in this place. Was rather put off by the inane grin of Tony Blair (ex-Oxford Uni. guy) greeting you at the front door ! If this were a bar in the UK I think that picture might have been defaced by now ! A great "solid" pint of Guinness ! Good value roast dinner, with a huge, succulent half chicken & crisp vegetables (which seem to be a rarity in Vancouver restaurants !?) & coquette fried potatoes. Fussing, sexy waitress staff. Plenty of big screen TVs if you want to watch a game, but quiet enough to be able to chat & chill with friends. Sit in comfortable chairs or at the long bar. Bizarrely, mirrored toilets that offer little privacy ! Prices = reasonable.
Two of us came in on a Tuesday night without a reservation. We were told that it shouldn't be a long wait and the hostess pointed to a table where 2 ladies were about to settle their bill. She said, "You can have that table when they leave." She directed us to the bar, for a drink before we got seated. 5 minutes later another couple came and sat at the bar. 5 minutes later the hostess directed that couple to the table that was pointed out as my party's.
We asked the hostess, "Did you just give our table to that couple that came in after us?" She said yeah, but it wasn't problem because there was more tables available in the back. I responded that regardless, we were here first and that was the table you told us we would be getting. We were not impressed with the aloof behavior of the hostess.
Huh? Why were we waiting at the bar, if more tables were available in the back?
We were seated in the back and told that our server would be with us shortly. 10 minutes later we were greeted by the server. The server did identify that it was her first night and we were impressed with her attention throughout the meal, but having just been dealt with poorly at the bar, the hostess should have directed the server to our table immediately.
The food was okay.
The drink specials were outstanding. $3 for a pint of beer! Wow. That might get me back in the door.
Went here for the first time a few nights ago. It's a nice, cozy space. That said, service needs to be kicked up. There were a few friendly faces at the bar, but a number of other staff seemed rather unfriendly, surly and cold. The wine list was overpriced and utterly uninspiring. The menu was pretty run of the mill. Not planning on coming back to this place anytime soon.
We live in this area and walk past this place all the time and decided to give it a try. Nothing inspiring about the food or ambiance....there's better on Mainland/Hamilton street. Food was okay...not horrible, but nothing to rave about either. Service was sub-par...un-attentive and slow. Not worth coming back a second time.
Comments regarding The New Oxford Pub, I have been to this location twice now and the first time was the worst service ever. It was lunch time and it took 10 minutes for the server to even acknowledge me and ask if I wanted a drink. Secondly it took 30 minutes for my sandwich to arrive with no cutlery or even condiments with my coffee and sandwich. The second time I thought I'd give this place the benefit of the doubt and go a second time. Service was even worse. Server claimed it was her first day so I dread to think what kind of training she got and not only that I ordered the $11 burger and beer to which I stated I would like to $11 burger and beer. Sadly I didn't read this only applies after 4pm so I ended up paying over $20 but at least the server should have mentioned that that offer is only after 4pm. Also the service was yet again atrocious.
really enjoyed my experience. our server was terrific, nice to see gluten free beer and food options, great space - the long and narrow space with all the exposed brick provides an east coast feel. a great place to enjoy some quality pub fare in an environment that is incredinbly comfortable.
This is my third time to the New Oxford. I enjoy this spot a lot. It's in Yaletown but doesn't have the pretentiousness found in many of the other restaurants in the area. I like that they use local and organic ingredients and that they have many gluten free options. It never gets obnoxiously busy and with the music levels where they normally are you never have to scream in order to have a conversation. I suggest the salmon salad.
Every time i go here there is something to annoy me. And I have to wonder what happened to customer service. For example, they offer a wing special. We asked that there be no sauce on the wings and just leave them naked with abit of salt and pepper. Too much to ask? Apparently, yes! The first time, the waitress hesitated, said can't do, then as we "hurumphed", she finally relented and said she would try her best. The wings came as requested, but with no plates or napkins! We waited and then requested plates and napkins. We got the look, "what do you need those for?" Unwilling to wipe our greasy fingers on our pants, we waited the 5 minutes until the plates and napkins appeared! "The next time, we got a flat out no when we requested our naked wings! The chef was very adamant she said, and would not make a special order for us. Since when are naked wings, "special"? Hey, we are saving them on the sauce! So, we ordered the regular wings they way we wanted thjem and paid the extra. It is not always about price! But again, no side plates and no napkins. We asked, and napkins arrived, but we never got plates. We just piled the ones on thte table. Classy place! What is it with customer service in this city? If you are lucky, yo get mediocre service, but sometimes it is just bad!