Venue

A stunning and historic venue at the heart of Oxford, the Vaults and Garden Café comprises three unique and atmospheric dining areas

The original 14th Century vaulted ceiling of the Old Congregation House provides our main serving area.

The very high quality of food and service at modest prices has attracted many customers to this historic coffee house which was built in 1320 as the University's first administrative centre.

Above lies the magnificent oak panelled Library Room, which housed Oxford University's original 14th century library, and in 1942 hosted the inaugural meeting of the international charity Oxfam. This magnificent medieval room looks out to the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls, and Brasenose.

Outside, enjoy the historic surroundings of Radcliffe Square as you sup your tea alfresco in the gardens of the University Church, a green oasis in the heart of the city which furnishes our kitchen with the aromatic flavours of fresh rosemary, thyme, marjoram, mint and sage.

The church garden set amongst a wonderful ensemble of medieval buildings is immensely popular in spring and summertime, seating over sixty people - surely one of the finest locations in Europe.