Gees Restaurant & Bar offers Mediterranean grills and sharing plates served up in an elegant glass conservatory, bar and terrace situated in the heart of the conservation area known as Victorian North Oxford.
The restaurant provides locals and visitors with a uniquely rustic, Mediterranean dining experience set in an iconic Victorian glasshouse. Enjoy a house cocktail at the marble-topped bar, dine in the light-filled conservatory amidst olive trees and plants, choose from a daily evolving seasonal menu inspired by the regional dishes of Spain and Italy, cooked on the wood fire oven and charcoal grill.
Originally, this famous, grade II, listed Victorian conservatory was built in 1897 for the Gee family, to serve the new North Oxford suburb. It was really the forerunner of the modern garden centre we would recognise today, selling indoor and outdoor plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables, often produced nearby at the Gee’s nurseries in Norham Gardens.
In 2022, the restaurant underwent a major refurbishment and was expanded with the creation of two new dining spaces, Secret Garden and Gees Gallery.
The Secret Garden is a new outdoor dining area with the modern guest in mind – a place to be used for al fresco dining and meeting friends. Complete with a water feature, the space draws influence from the styles of the River Café in London and from Gees’ sister restaurant Quod. Gees’ new Secret Garden has distinct views to the west of the unique ‘Phil & Jim’ steeple of St Philip and St James Church and the surrounding rooftops.
Gees Gallery is a simple, modern, and airy interior space designed to accommodate lunches, dinners, drinks, parties, conferences, promotions and film shows. Taking design inspiration and guidance from the architecture of the building, Gees Gallery will promote and sell art and photography and limited edition take-home culinary items made in the new kitchens, including bespoke olive oils and pickled vegetables.
Open all day, every day for morning coffee, weekend brunch, express lunch, dishes for sharing and Sunday roasts. Expect regional dishes of Spain, Portugal and Italy using British produce, local if possible, as they have done for many years, served by knowledgeable and friendly waiters.