Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant Oxford Review (Benugo)

Introduction

When you think of restaurants to eat in Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum may not naturally spring to mind. For those of you that might not know, there is a lovely rooftop bar and restaurant above the popular museum in Oxford and we wanted to try it out for dinner.

The restaurant and bar are actually operated by Benugo (a collective of premium cafes and restaurants all around the UK).

At the time of visiting (August 2019), we noticed that they had a range of dishes on the menu that were inspired by the museum’s Last Super in Pompeii exhibition, which is running until January 2020 so I took some further inspiration to see if this was any good.

If you are interested in visiting the restaurant for dinner you’ll need to find the side entrance located around the corner from the front entrance, on St Gilles, pictured below.

Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford

I have to say that the inside is really bright and full of space. The seating is comfortable and although it was quiet when we visited I had the impression that when it’s very busy the tables aren’t too close together so you have enough space which is great.

Food and Drinks

For the food, I opted for the ‘Market Fish’ which is charged at the market price on the day. The fish was cod which was accompanied with chips, a small side salad and the nicest homemade tartar sauce I have had in years.

Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford

My other half chose the Thyme roasted chicken which came with crushed new potatoes, salsa Verde and charred tender stem broccoli.

Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford

Both mains were delicious. My cod fell apart and tasted really tender, chips were cooked well and as I mentioned the tartare sauce was the nicest I have had in a long time.

I eat quite a lot of chicken and after trying my other halves thyme roasted chicken I was really impressed too. I had forgotten the difference in a quality piece of chicken that has been cooked well to your standard supermarket chicken. You can tell that the restaurant sources quality ingredients for their dishes.

Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford
Ashmolean rooftop restaurant oxford

To finish off with something sweet we went for the Pana Cotta with raspberries. Again I can’t speak highly enough of the quality of this dish too. The consistency was spot on for what I would describe as a perfect Panna Cotta which fell apart so easily whilst keeping its overall shape and tasted amazing too.

Conclusions and final thoughts

To conclude, if you hadn’t considered visiting the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant I would definitely recommend visiting. The restaurant is bright and airy with plenty of space, the service was prompt and the quality of food was high.

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