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In addition to the on-campus sandwich and hot food options, Harwell Oxford is well placed for a number of local pubs and restaurants. The following is a summary of options with reviews from members of the campus community.

Campus Catering Facilities

Bloomers Sandwich Bar

01235 833885

For daily menus and ordering…

R22 Restaurant RAL

01235 778277
[email protected]

The R22 Restaurant serves a wide range of hot and cold foods daily. Particularly interesting are its special themed menus throughout the year offering creative dishes to suit the mood of the day.

You will require a site pass to gain access to this facility.  Campus tenants who wish to use the restaurant facilities can requests a site pass from Head of Support Services (Marcia Griffith email: [email protected]).  If you have a pass issued from the following organisations you can access the RAL site to use the R22 Restaurant without the need for an additional pass: MRC, HPA, UKAEA and JANET

Electron Café

Situated in the Electron Building (International Space Innovation Centre), Fermi Avenue

Open from 08:30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday

The Electron Café offers you a comfortable seating area to enjoy the finest Costa coffee. We also have a wide range of alternatives including hot chocolate, teas and infusions & smoothies. As well as offering the finest coffee we also offer the following

  • Pastries and Home- made cakes
  • Freshly Filled Baguettes
  • Freshly Filled Panini’s
  • Freshly Filled Sandwiches
  • Hot Dish of The Day
  • Soup of The Day

Local Pubs and Restaurants

Here are some recommendations from our campus community. This is not a complete list of local establishments – it is sure to grow as more recommendations are added – and does not imply any recommendation other than by the person quoted. However we hope you find something to whet your appetite.

The Wheatsheaf

Location: East Hendred
Time from site: 10 minutes (car)
Price range: mid – high range

If you like the country pub feel, The Wheatsheaf offers a great selection of food and drinks with a beer garden to boot. Great between friends, colleagues or guests.

I would recommend you book ahead and place a pre-order as it can get busy at lunchtime. It also means you sit straight down and make the most of a limited lunch hour. The menu is online, as well as a few pictures so you can scope the place out.   Eleanor Holmes, Bunnyfoot

“Good food at reasonable prices. The pies are exceptional. Real ale always on and a log fire for the cold winter months.”  Andy Bennett, STFC

The Q Tea rooms

Time from site: 7 minutes (car)
Price range: mid range

6 or 7 small tables in a conservatory setting and choice of freshly made sandwiches, pasties and cakes. A nice place for a small group of colleagues to go and grab a quick bite.

It can get quite busy, so make sure you have a plan B! If you do get a seat, then be prepared for a doorstop sandwich filled with a small, but tasty range of fillings. They also do pasties, sausage rolls and cakes if you feel like a treat on a cold day. Take a look around the farm shop on the way out and pick up a treat for the afternoon or something fresh for your dinner!

The Cherry Tree

Location: Steventon
Time from site: 10 minutes (car)
Price range: mid – high range

Friendly staff, big tables, quality choice of food and a great selection of beers – The Cherry Tree is the place to go if celebrating an occasion amongst colleagues or welcoming visitors.

It’s a popular place so try and book ahead for lunchtimes if there are a few of you. The menu is online, so pre-orders are easy – then you can just roll in, sit down and start enjoying yourself straight away. Ask about their festive menus, discounts and home-made specials when you’re booking your table.

The Cherry Tree benefits from not only being one of my favourite pubs, but also because, for most people, it’s on the way home. Having said that, if you’re skiving off a Friday afternoon to sit in a nice pub garden, The Cherry Tree doesn’t have the best view. But, it does have a handy cash point at the Co-op and The Fox right next door if you find it’s full.
Eleanor Holmes, Bunnyfoot