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Old Parsonage Hotel

By Tilly Rose #invited

Walking past this charming 17th century hotel in the centre of Oxford, has always filled me with nostalgia. After dropping me off at Jesus College, to start my first day at Oxford Uni, my parents headed here for a pot of tea on the terrace and they've often recounted how they basked in the autumn sun, filled with excitement and nerves for the journey I was about to embark on...

From the moment we set foot inside the Old Parsonage Hotel, it was clear that it remains the go-to location for families visiting students at the University. With graduation ceremonies taking place, the foyer was filled with grads floating through the restaurant in their mortar boards and gowns, delicious silver platters of afternoon tea standing on tables and champagne glasses clinking, against the backdrop of the roaring log fire.

Our bedroom was an eclectic mix of chic modern interiors, 20th century portraits and luxury soft furnishings. With a stunning view of the church and the bells ringing aloud, it really did sing 'Oxford', making it the perfect location for anyone wanting to get a real taste of the 'Dreaming Spires'.

Before heading out, we wandered down to the Library where I was really excited to see my 'That Oxford Girl' book! With shelves upon shelves of books to read and newspapers to peruse, the library was the perfect little sanctuary to relax and unwind. With a telephone system where you can order food and drink to enjoy whilst you read, we could have stayed there all evening. However, with the Old Parsonage being so central, we decided to drag ourselves away from those comfy sofas and head out for a little pre-dinner drink.

We enjoyed a tasty cocktail in Sandy's Piano Bar and listened to the live pianist, then a ten minute walk back to our hotel for dinner...the dream.

Dinner at the Parsonage Grill was exquisite, with a menu boasting the likes of fresh seabass, cured salmon, goats cheese soufflé, ribeye steak and so much more; each dish was beautifully presented and bursting with flavour. The staff were welcoming and attentive and the atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing.

We had the most delightful night's sleep in our truly comfortable bed, followed by a delicious brunch the next morning, with fresh juices and coffee. It was the sunniest of days and everything was on our doorstep. We spent the day wandering through the city, exploring the colleges, visiting the museums and popping into the shops. Oh and the Parsonage even have their own bikes you can borrow..

Whether you're staying in the city, looking for a special spot for a celebration, afternoon tea or tasty lunch or dinner, the Parsonage really does have it all.

Its historic architecture, cosy interiors, central location and charm make it the quintessentially Oxford experience.


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