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Afternoon Tea on the Ashmolean Museum Rooftop

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Published February 11th 2013
Enjoy afternoon tea on the rooftop terrace
Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Ashmolean Museum

After exploring the wonders of the Ashmolean Museum, venture to the very top of the building and you'll find the Ashmolean Dining Room on the rooftop. Don't be fooled into thinking that because you're in Britian's oldest university museum that the rooftop terrace will be old and fusty. Inside, just like the rest of the building, it's elegant and contemporary.
Ashmolean Museum Oxford Rooftop Terrace
Ashmolean Museum Dinning Room

Ashmolean Museum Oxford Rooftop Terrace
Rooftop Terrace


On a sunny day, you can eat Al Fresco with a view peeking over to the Randolph Hotel, or sit back and relax on the deckchairs resting on a grass lawn. There are also giant bespoke cushions if you really want to chill out. If it's a little on the cold side, the dining room captures the essence of being outside with large floor to ceiling glass windows.
Randolph Hotel Oxford Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Terrace view
View from the Rooftop Terrace


Ashmolean Museum Afternoon Tea Giant Cushion
Giant floor cushions

The dining room serves superb food like steamed mussels with creamed cider & spring onions. However, my favourite pastime here is to enjoy afternoon tea which is served 3pm to 6pm. To experience the full works on a tiered cake stand, you'll sample dainty cucumber, egg and salmon sandwiches as well as scones with jam and cream, a cake of your choice and of course tea. There is a choice of eight different teas from Oriental Sencha to Earl Grey. An optional glass of Laurent Perrier Rose Champage adds an extra sparkle to the event.
Ashmolean Museum Oxford Afternoon Tea Rooftop Terrace
Deckchairs on the lawn


You can scale down afternoon tea by just choosing a cake and tea. The crockery has a period charm and adds to the overall ambience.
Ashmolean Museum Afternoon Tea and Cake Oxford
Tea & Cake


With afternoon tea for two at just 24 for two people or cakes starting from 2.25, this is one of the best value offerings in Oxford and doesn't compromise on taste or class.

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Why? A classy afternoon tea on the rooftop
When: Tues- Sun 10am to 6pm (Rooftop open Thurs & Fri evenings)
Phone: 01865 553823
Where: Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH
Cost: Afternoon Tea for Two 25, cakes from 2.25
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Hope to try it when I visit Oxford next week......weather permitting.
by j.hov (score: 0|2) 1293 days ago
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