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I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published November 14th 2012
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The Jam Factory

Frank Cooper's Old Marmalade was once produced at a factory in Oxford. Situated close to the train station for easy delivery of raw ingredients and onward distribution, it's part of Oxford's heritage. It's not just the dreaming spires you'll find in this university city.

This historic building has been converted and since 2006 has become a restaurant, bar and gallery called The Jam Factory. A quick couple of minutes walk from the bustling city centre shops and close to both the train and bus station, The Jam Factory is a convenient place to pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

There's an outside covered courtyard with comfortable seating and green plants to soften the weathered brick walls of the old factory. Step inside, past the bar and you'll be drawn into a light, bright and airy space to dine in. The atmosphere is laid back with plenty of room around the tables and a comfortable area with squishy leather sofas that I quickly settled into. This also means that they are pram and wheelchair friendly which is not always the case with some of the big city centre chain restaurants who pack the room tight with seating.

The Jam Factory
Covered courtyard at The Jam Factory

The Jam Factory
Stop for a coffee or bite to eat

I started off with a cup of tea and was quickly relaxed and comfortable so decided to prolong my stay with lunch. I wasn't 100% sure of my choice of halloumi and roast vegetables with a chilli jam when it first arrived, but one bite and I was happy. The roasted vegetables contrasted beautifully with the salty halloumi and the sweet chilli jam brought it all together. The chefs focus on quality ingredients, simple dishes with local produce, executed with excellence. Even the fish comes from day boats and not big trawlers.

The Jam Factory, Cup of Tea
Relax with a cup of tea

The Jam Factory, Halloumi, Roast Vegetables, Chilli Jam
A Tasty Lunch

Looking around me there were a real mix of characters enjoying The Jam Factory. I noticed a few people tapping away on keyboards, settled in for the day from the looks of things. Mums with babies drank coffee side by side with business meetings and job interviews going on. They have a big display cabinet full of delicious looking "Mum's Cakes and Bakes", and yes, mum really does make them.

The Jam Factory, Homemade cakes, Mum's cakes
Mum's Cakes and Bakes

For those in need of something a little stronger than a cup of tea then the bar has a good selection of draught and bottled drinks and the service is friendly and speedy.

The Jam Factory, Bar
A good selection of drinks from the bar

The Jam Factory also has an Arts Centre. Not only do they display works from various artists but they host an evening scrabble group, knitters and use the space for theatre rehearsals among many other activities.

If you're in Oxford's city centre, skip the boring chain restaurants and enjoy some laid back character at The Jam Factory.
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Why? Laid back atmosphere
When: 10am to 11pm, 7 days a week
Phone: 01865 244613
Where: 27 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1HU
Cost: Lunch from 5.95, sandwiches with fries, salad or soup 5
Your Comment
I like the name of the place, and it has a nice courtyard. That's a whopping slice of halloumi though. I think halloumi needs to be enjoyed in small slices; that chunk is the size of the blocks you buy at the supermarket.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3509 days ago
I was slightly disappointed by dinner last time I went, but may have to give it another go for lunch.
by rober (score: 1|24) 3459 days ago
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