Exploring Oxford

We woke in Oxford to a knock on the door and a sing-song voice crying “breakfast!

Which could very well be my favourite way to wake up.

Make room, Manoir. I’m moving in!

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Mr Custard looked on enviously, until I pulled myself out of bed to serve his breakfast too.

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Fed and watered, we all headed out into the hotel grounds.

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Gave our legs a good, thorough stretch (some of us more than others)…

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And eventually bundled into the car, headed into Oxford itself.

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Here we spent a glorious day exploring the sandstone lined streets, glowing in the occasional burst of winter sun.

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Scarf wrap // Camel coat

Blue jeans // OTK boots

Boy bag

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We wandered aimlessly, following our feet, peeking our way around corners, into winding corridors and through pretty, crumbling archways.

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We nosed our way around the jaw-droppingly spectacular city, poking our noses through doorways and marveling at the old collages.

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This wasn’t my first visit to Oxford, but somehow it never loses its magic.

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It was fun to get to play tourist with my boys for the day!

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The first signs of spring are even starting to show;

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Sprouting like pink popcorn all over spindly, black trees.

We walked all over town, and even popped into The Covered Markets to watch bakers make cupcakes through glittering windows.

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For a spot of lunch we strolled over to Gee’s.

Where we took up a table in their pretty greenhouse.

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Which, much to Mr Custard’s delight, is perfectly dog friendly.


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We shared a few nibbly bits and sipped on icy, fresh mojitos.

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Before sharing the main event.

An exceptional T Bone steak, with huge fluffy chips and buckets of Bearnaise.

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Fueled up for a little more exploring, we left Custard snoozing in the car and continued our tour.

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Of course we couldn’t resist a quick visit to Christchurch College‘s famous dining hall.

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Not a bad spot to grab a bite to eat!

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You can’t help but glance from the corner of your eye, hoping the paintings might just come to life when you think they’re not looking…

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For me, the most spectacular scene of all came in the form of Christchurch’s Cathedral.

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The stone work, carvings, windows and gently flickering candles all work together to astound and spellbind.

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We finished our rather chilly tour of the city with a warming cup of tea at the prettiest cafe we came across.

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And popped home not long after sunset.

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Ready for a very special supper, Raymond Blanc style.

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Roasted pumpkin soup with seared scallop.

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Seared langostine, Jerusalem artichoke and Périgord truffle.

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Free range hen’s egg, wild mushroom tea, Périgord truffles.

(The more truffles the better in my book!)

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Braised fillet of Cornish brill, Oyster, cucumber, wasabi.

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Roasted loin of venison, celeriac and truffle.

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Coconut tapioca with banana and passion fruit sorbet.

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72% Araguani chocolate mousse, almond milk ice cream.

All paired with the most spectacular wines, enjoyed in sumptuous surroundings, served by the most charming of staff.

A true, once in a lifetime sort of treat!

Three very happy travelers fell into bed, all with smiles that wouldn’t budge.

Only about an hour outside of London, Oxford is well, well worth a trip if you fancy a little adventure one weekend. And Le Manoir is just the place if you have someone in your life who deserves a little spoiling (even if that person is yourself!)

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  • This all looks so beautiful (& delicious!). Plus I love that coat, it looks so perfectly warm & soft!


  • Aurè

    hello,Ciao…nice!…Mr Custard…haha…che occhietti furbi!
    by the way…here there’re Cathedral…there there’re Cathedral…We’re all on the same boat!
    ciao ciao


  • Wow what an amazing city! The architecture is truly stunning.

    Career Ms xxx

  • Sarah

    So glad you enjoyed exploring my city Rose! I am lucky enough to live and work here and the walk you took under the Bridge of Sighs is my scenic cycle route to and from work!

  • Becci Hall

    B-e-autiful, I love to escape to Oxford now and again, it has a unique english charm x


  • G Woltmann

    Gustavo Woltmann thinks that this is great blog! – Gustavo Woltmann

  • Chichi

    I’ve never been to Oxford but from what I’ve heard of it is sounds like a beautiful and historical place (I love historical and ancient cities). After reading your post and viewing the pictures, I definitely want to go! It’s on my bucket list!


  • Oxford is one of my alltime favourite cities, it’s so authentic.

    x Karen

  • Your pictures are making me miss Oxford so much! I visited a few years ago and loved exploring the different storefronts!


  • Looks like you had an amazing time! Oxford is beautiful!x


  • Emily H

    Hi Rosie, I’ve been a happy reader of your blog for a few years. Such a lovely post about beautiful Oxford – I always think the city never gets enough attention! Your fab pictures make me feel very lucky to call it home!

  • Thank you for the virtual tour of Oxford! I’ve explored the UK a lot but this town has escaped me! As always I’m enjoying Mr Custard’s antiques…he’s the secret star of the blog!

  • Athena Politou

    Oh my, these photos are just so satisfying! I want to explore England one day! You’re so lucky you get to travel so much – it’s definitely a dream of mine.


  • You have SUCH great photos! I love all your posts! This one looks so fun. I love Oxford. 🙂

  • This is great! I love your photos! I use a lot of different editing apps. It’s always fun to play around with them and figure out your own style. 🙂

  • Ashley Christabelle

    Oooh! Oxford is a beaut! Never knew how beautiful it was and how old the streets were. Definitely putting that on my bucket list cause old streets and buildings is my forte. Mr. Custard is the cutest! Btw, that restaurant looks so cool! With the paintings of old monarchs and all, wow.


  • Custard is my favourite dog ever! Great photos, that food looked delicious!

    LEACH | http://www.theleachlife.com

  • Oxford is such a beautiful city… plus you can get in a spot of shopping at Bicester Village on the way home!

    Great photos 🙂

    Ekaete x


  • Sophie

    That jumper is the most beautiful colour! It really suits you.
    Any chance you might divulge where you got it from?


  • What a beautiful day you must have had, I absolutely love playing the tourist as well! Love that scarf wrap, too! 🙂

    — LisaLDN.com

  • Kate

    What beautiful photos! I’ve yet to visit Oxford but I really want to. Love your outfit too – you always look so chic in all your posts. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • I’m so excited to be going up in October! Come back and visit again then 🙂 x

  • Looks lovely!

  • Victoria

    Was anyone else absolutely flabbergasted by the food prices?! :O When I saw the minuscule desserts I thought the chef has GOT to be taking the P….
    Like, it looks tasty but so does a massive slab of chocolate fudge cake and if you’re paying those prices, I think it’s fair to expect a bit more than that…The steak and chips on the other hand, look like perfection on a plate! Yummmm <3




  • I cannot decide who’s more charming…Custard or Oxford..! I guess they just go together! 😉 Chic! Class! Breakfast in bed! yay!

  • Rebecca

    I’ve not been to Oxford yet! Looks lovely!

  • We love Le Manoir, we were lucky enough that Raymond Blanc joined us for breakfast once when we stayed. Amazing food. Love your photos too, adore Oxford.

  • Oh, how I dreamed of attending a school like Oxford, for just the architecture alone! Harry Potter has affected me way too much, haha. That greenhouse looks like a dream!

    Lena Parker-Duncan – Graphic Designer and Photographer

  • Emma

    I love Oxford and it all looks so cosy! xx


  • Kari Guastella

    It looks like you had your very own Harry Potter experience in that dining hall!

  • Ah, this made my heart sing! I studied at Oxford for a couple of months two years ago, and it remains one of my favorite places on this planet. In fact, I lived right next to Grand Cafe! Lovely seeing this beautiful town from your perspective 🙂

  • Marcelle Fabia at chicbalance.

    Your hair looks amazing…

  • I agree Oxford just does feel magical. Beautiful pictures – the food looks fabulous!

    Ceann / From Brighton and beyond

  • I just love Mr. Custard; he is so adorable! Gorgeous shots all around!


  • This post brings me back to when I visited Oxford. Walks through corridors and secret doorways! Oh, I miss it so! I couldn’t agree with you more… Oxford never loses her magic! Great Post!!!


  • Karina

    Such a beautiful city. I’ve been meaning to go back for ages and this post (and that food!) might just make me…


  • Looks like you had a fabulous time in Oxford!! The streets are so beautiful!



  • Bladdy laaaav Oxford! So many little gems in England – love that you’re exploring them outside of London xo

  • Oxford is such a beautiful city and the perfect place for a day trip. What a feast at Le Manoir! Love Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • mycitymylondon

    I agree with the truffles comment:) extra in your eggs and extra in pasta


  • Oh, I want to visit Oxford so very badly! And um, your boots are LOVELY. <3

  • Elanor

    Oxford looks so pretty! And all of the food looks incredible x

  • Oxford looks gorgeous! Heading there for Easter Sunday, will try some of your dining recommendations!


  • I love the camel coat! <3

    I can't believe how many pictures are in this blog post! As a foodie it's hard to watch so much food porn without getting hungry.


  • orlaithy@gmail.com

    Please please please do an Exploring London post