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{Review} Bills, Oxford

After reading Foodie on Tour’s review of Bill’s in Oxford, I immediately explored their menu. I was looking to see what the veggie options were and I was pleased to see they had pancakes on the menu. You can’t go wrong with pancakes for breakfast in my book!

bills pancakesNaturally, I ordered the blueberry pancakes and a pot of tea. I was disappointed that, when the food arrived, the maple syrup had been poured over the pancakes and I wasn’t given any extra. I’m a grown up. Give me my own syrup to pour over my pancakes please! I did like the pancakes, very much. They were slightly crispy round the edges, which I like, and cooked well in the middle. I also liked the fruit that came with it. It adds a nice balance to the super sugary syrup. I would be very happy to order them again.

There are two issues I had with Bill’s however. Firstly, we ordered our drinks just after we sat. My OH asked for orange juice, which arrived quite promptly. I ordered a pot of tea, which didn’t come until after our food arrived. In what world does it take longer to make a pot of tea than pancakes?! The teapots in Bill’s are huge, which is great, but it would’ve been nicer for me for it to arrive before our food. Secondly, Bill’s adds on a service charge automatically. This bugs me when restaurants do this. I understand why they do it with large parties, but for two people? Crazy. Especially when I didn’t think the service was up to scratch, let alone warranting a tip. I have asked for it to be removed in the past. I’m the customer. Surely the decision to tip for good service is up to me? If you expect your staff to provide good service, that’s all well and good, but it’s not the owners who are on the receiving end – it’s the customer. Let us decide to reward good service with a tip.

All that being said, I would return to Bill’s and have done already, for my book group summer do. I had the Halloumi in a bun with fries and a creme brulee for pudding. The halloumi was good, as were the fries. The creme brulee was enormous! But slightly disappointing as it was quite liquid in the middle.

Bill’s has a really nice feel to it. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and you can sit and chat for ages. A great place for dinner in the centre of Oxford. (Now, if only Oxford City Council didn’t make it so expensive to park in the city, we’d be onto a winner!)

{Review} St Giles Cafe, Oxford

A few weeks ago, my OH and I ventured out for some brunch at St Giles Cafe. We’d eaten there only once before when it was under the previous management. I liked it then and I like it now. The veggie options are a little limited, especially if you’re fussy like me, but I’m pleased to see a few veggie options on their evening menu – a perfect excuse to go back and sample those, especially as they do Crème Brûlée as a desert!

st giles cafe

Naturally, I opted for my favourite breakfast of all time – pancakes! But this time, it was blueberry pancakes. I can’t remember if I asked to swap the bacon for a fried egg or just asked for no bacon, and an egg on the side, but either way, it was no bother to make the pancakes veggie.

The pancakes were really tasty – slightly crispy on the outside, which I love, though they were a little moist on the inside. I’m not sure if it was because of the blueberries or if that’s just how they do them. The egg was slightly overcooked, but I’d rather it overcooked than undercooked. I was also pleased that the maple syrup came in a jug for me to pour over my food too. I hate it when someone else pours it on for me and doesn’t give me any extra to add myself! Nevertheless, it was all really tasty and we enjoyed a cafetière of coffee while we were waiting for our food and doing some great people watching.

I really like what they’ve done with decor too. Before, it was really quite basic. But now, it’s got a lovely vintage feel. They’ve added little vintage bits and pieces around the place, including the loo downstairs! It feels like the perfect place to spend a few hours, catching up with friends, reading a good book or just drinking pots of tea while watching the world go by.

When I go back next time, I’d really like to try their homemade bread with jams. A few other customers had that & it looks delicious. But then I’d also like to mix & match my own breakfast, maybe start with an English Muffin, add an egg, some mushrooms and tomatoes and a potato pancake or two… Delicious!

Have you been? What did you have? What’s your favourite place to eat breakfast in Oxford?