Review: Door 74 in Oxford

When I first moved to Oxford almost 4 years ago, I thought that the majority of restaurants in town were quaint independent restaurants. Then, the first time I went to London that year, I was surprised to find out that almost ALL of them are chains (Cafe Rouge, Branca, Patisserie Valerie, Brasserie Blanc etc.) So, I’m always pleased to find a new tasty local restaurant in town that’s completely homegrown and unique to Oxford.

One of my favorite new truly local places is the romantic restaurant Door 74, which could be described as simple “British” cuisine. I went for the first time last December, and had a phenomenal halloumi salad as an appetizer with caramelized onion, balsamic reduction, and roasted butternut squash. Jon and I wolfed it down, and decided on the spot that we’d have to come back to try their three-course Valentines’ Day menu.


A picture of the interior of Door 74

So, we went back on February 14, and it was incredible. In addition to a holiday appropriate kir royale, I had a french onion soup to start (completely vegetarian), followed by wild mushroom risotto, and a local cheese plate. I can’t wait to go back on another special occasion!


French Onion Soup (starter)


Risotto with wild mushrooms (main)


Cheese dessert plate

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