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Georgina's Cafe

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by Cressida Ryan (subscribe)
Classicist and traveller
Published June 29th 2014
Great food in a cheerful place
In the middle of the Covered Market is a café you'll only find if you know to look there. Up some narrow stairs over other shops and cafes is a floor of brightly-coloured wonder.

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Stairs up to Georgina's


They open at 08:30, and breakfast is a calm time to enjoy the venue, with plenty of space to spread your morning newspaper out on a clean table while you plough through a hearty breakfast. Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with a mug of fresh coffee, for example, is guaranteed to set you up for the day.

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Quiche and Coffee


Over lunchtime they get extremely busy. The breakfast menu is still available, but they also have a range of soups, sandwiches, salads, stuffed potato skins and quiche, with specials such as beef and pork burger.

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The lunchtime specials


Many of the dishes are served artily on a wooden board in lieu of a plate, giving them a hearty, rustic feel. With generous portion sizes and everything cooked or toasted freshly in the kitchen behind the counter, you're sure to go away satisfied. The main problem is the crowding. Service is good even when they're busy, but it can be hard to get a seat, the room ends up very hot and noisy, and they swiftly run out of many dishes.

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Clean plates - the food must be good!


They also have a range of cakes and pastries, so you might just want to pop in for a coffee and catchup, or afternoon tea and a light bite.

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A range of the food available


A display unit of leaflets about the local area will help tourists to plan their visits over their food, for example. It's thoughtfully done. The rest of the café is extremely bright, with a predominance of red. Chalkboards adorn the walls, advertising the various food and drink on offer, while the ceiling is covered in bright retro posters.

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A funky ceiling


Prices are very reasonable, with teas from £1.30-50, for example, and hot food from around £4 upwards. Nothing is over about £7, so you can get a good meal for under £10.

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Part of the menu


There are sadly no toilets, but you have to leave the whole Covered Market and go to the ones out on Market Street, which is not ideal in bad weather or with children.

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Inside the cafe


They don't have their own website, but can be found on Facebook. One final great thing about this café... they're happy to give you glasses of water with your meal, in bright beakers, perfect for the thirsty diner and particularly child-friendly.
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Why? A great independent cafe in the shelter of Oxford's Covered Market
When: Monday - Saturday, 08:30-17:00
Where: Oxford Covered Market
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