The city of dreaming spires has plenty to offer its bustling crowds of academics by way of gastronomy. From fine dining to small bites, Oxford takeaways will have you filling up with some of the best eats from the comfort of your own home.
This classic tourist hotspot is known for its architectural beauty, impressive literary legacy and stunning botanical gardens. After a long day of exploring, you’ll be hankering for a spot of local cuisine — and we have just the recommendations to please your palate. Here are five of the best Oxford takeaways you need to consider.
Best Italian Takeaways
Pasta Evangelists Oxford delivery service is one of the premier Italian takeaways, if we do say so ourselves. Our talented pasta chefs are new to the area, but already cooking up a sumptuous storm for OX postcodes.
If you’re craving restaurant-quality pasta, it’s only ever a few taps away and available in as little as 15 minutes. Spice up your midweek meal times with a taste of il bel paese, whether you opt for classics like our pancetta-topped amatriciana or a wild mushroom ravioli.
Or, in true Oxford fashion, you might like to revise your culinary skills. Thankfully, we also offer freshly prepared recipe kits to be made at home, with next-day delivery and a host of tasty menus to choose from. Each of our kits comes ready-stocked with everything you need to cook a delicious artisanal pasta dish, be it reginette with beef shin ragù, lasagna rustica, or a seafood staple like sea bass ravioli.
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It will come as no surprise that pasta is our Italian fare of choice — but pizza is a close second. Sartorelli’s pizza is some of the best you’ll find in Oxford, the flagship location for a small chain of homemade pizzerias. Sartorelli’s cooks up a delicious range of classic Neapolitan-style pizzas, as well as a selection of tapas plates to enjoy on the side.
The secret to Sartorelli’s success is in its simple homemade sauce, melding high-quality Italian plum tomatoes and a careful blend of seasonings. Combine this with a soft sourdough base, a variety of covered market toppings ranging from lobster to blue cheese, and you’re onto a winner.
Best Asian Takeaways
On Banbury Road you’ll find Spice Lounge, one of Oxford’s most highly-rated Indian takeaways. This quintessential curry house proudly combines Indian, Balti, Bangladeshi and more flavours into a crowd-pleasing menu that draws high praise from local Oxonians.
There’s certainly something for everybody in the Spice Lounge menu, from traditional options like bhunas, dopiazas and dhansaks to veggie eats like mottar baigon and naliya mirch. Freshly cooked to order and served hot to your doorstep, Spice Lounge offers one of the best Oxford takeaway experiences around.
At the time of writing, Oxford’s Tribe is sitting pretty as the number-one-rated restaurant in the city, according to Tripadvisor. Tribe offers a delicious blend of Chinese, Southern Indian and European dishes, culminating in what the owners describe as a “unique 6-course gustatory experience”.
And according to public reception, this isn’t just lip service. Reviewers praise the impressive pan-Asian selection, including Tribe’s flagship dish, the chicken lollipops. Or, if you’re looking for something with a slightly more authentic leaning, you can order traditional South Indian fare like chettinad or makhani. Top it all off with gulab jamun for dessert.
Best Vegan Takeaway
Delhish Vegan Kitchen
When it first splashed onto Oxford’s gastro scene, the city’s very first vegan restaurant made waves. Based in a cosy little spot on St Clement’s St, Delhish Vegan Kitchen is warmly regarded as an enticing entry-point for foodies looking to incorporate more plant-based fare into their diet.
Specialising in Indian street food, the menu offers Gujarati-style chaats, snacks, wraps and burgers, as well as a traditional thali feast featuring shaak curries, samosas, pakoras, roti, poppadoms and rice. This Oxford takeaway has inclusion at its heart, and is a great option for the gluten-free diners in your life too.