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A Cultural Guide to Walton Street in Jericho, Oxford

Billie Manning

Jericho is just outside the centre of Oxford, but feels a million miles away. It’s a cultural hub, and Walton Street, home to a classic cinema, cosy pubs and stylish restaurants, is its beating heart. Here’s how to spend a day there.

Eat
The Jericho Café is named of course for the area and it delivers the spirit of the area all bottled into one building. Delicious simple hot dishes, occasional comedy nights in the basement and sweet treats – what’s not to love? For something of a smarter affair, Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc never fails to please, or for great pan-Asian dishes with a buzzing atmosphere, try Zheng.
 
Stay
Branca Café and Deli is already well-loved for its culinary delights, but the building is currently undergoing work which will transform Branca into a food hall that will contain the original deli and café as well as a larger bar area, plus a boutique hotel above – we imagine this will be the perfect place to stay if visiting Oxford.
 
Drink
We’ve already mentioned the Jericho Café’s wine list, but if you’re more of a pint person, there are several quality pubs along Walton Street. The Victoria’s beer garden, covered with wisteria and jasmine in the summer and heated cosily in the winter, is hard to beat. Otherwise, Jude the Obscure offers up your standard pub fare in a convivial atmosphere.
 
Watch
Of course, we can’t write about Walton Street without writing about the jewel in its crown, the Phoenix Picturehouse. Part of the artsy UK-wide Picturehouse group, the cinema boasts a beautiful façade that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped through a portal to the fifties, and an intelligent range of blockbuster and indie choices are shown there.
 
Buy
Those of a literary persuasion should head directly to The Last Bookshop. If the Last Hearth was a sign to the Fellowship of the Ring that they were leaving the Shire, the Last Bookshop is a sign that you’ve left the buzzing crowds of toursits of central Oxford and are entering the Jericho area. If you’d rather petals to pages, head further up the road to Daisies flowers where you can grab a range of bouquets – and not just small white ones. There are also several good vintage shops - try Eagle Vintage for racks of great shirts and discounted dresses. Lastly, for party items, gifts and cards, you can’t go wrong with Frog Orange.
 
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