Oxford for Breakfast
What do you do when you run out of brunch options in you local area? Drive to Oxford of course!
Well that was the obvious answer for us anyway, having both spent much of our university years either in the city or visiting it. I studied History of Art at Oxford Brookes for 3 years, whilst Alex was down the road at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. The funny thing is we didn't know each other back in those days. This was going to be the first time that we would be visiting the city together, so we wanted to do it properly!
There was no question as to where we would be having brunch...Gee's!
As a penniless student Gee's seemed far to fancy (over £5!) to even attempt indulging ourselves. It was also on completely other side of oxford to our halls...far too much effort after a night boozing in to the early hours.
Anyway back to the point, we got ourselves up and out of the house nice and early. It's only an hours drive to Oxford and we wanted to make sure we made the most of the brunch menu at Gee's. They have the most amazing dishes. I went for the crashed eggs, chorizo and potatoes, washed down with a steaming pot of fresh mint tea. Delicious! We were lucky enough to be seated in the conservatory area. It's my idea of absolute heaven. Marble tables generously spaced around the room amongst cleverly placed olive trees which add to the ambiance.
If you're planning a trip to Oxford then Gee's is an absolute must, and if I were you, I would request a table in the conservatory - trust me you won't be disappointed!
We walked off breakfast with a stroll back in to town, taking in all the sights, reminiscing and sharing the different memories we have of the city.
We chose the perfect day to visit as the weather was showing off the city perfectly! It's been six years since I was living in Oxford, going back made me realise that as a student I took the beauty of the city for granted. The streets are full of the most beautiful coloured properties and gorgeous architectural details around literally every corner.
Next stop the Botanical Gardens opposite Magdalen College. Another place that for some silly reason unbeknown to me I never visited whilst living only 10 minutes away as a student. Only £5 to enter and money well spent! From the moment you step in to the gardens you feel so disconnected from the busy world outside. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Such a treat!
If you live in West London, and looking for something away from your usual breakfast routine then get yourself to Oxford, its painfully easy to get to - so no excuses!
Believe you me, this was such a breathe of fresh air from our usual brunch time haunts. I can't wait to head back this summer for picnics in Christ Church Meadows and messing about on the river.