Review on Malmaison
'One-time prison becomes daring escape destination!' The latest branch of the Malmaison Hotel group is incarcerated in part of Oxford Castle jail and - according to the owners - 'once you've stayed here you'll want us to lock you up and throw away the key'. Be warned: there's no parking for your getaway car at the hotel.
The brasserie occupies the old solitary confinement cells, but you can expect something a lot better than prison grub on your plate. Look forward to modern dishes along the lines of seared scallops with Jerusalem artichoke purée followed by roast saddle of rabbit with mushrooms à la grecque or poached brill in red wine with spring onion and chive risotto.
If you fancy something simpler, there might also be moules marinière or the Mal burger with homemade relish and fries, while desserts could range from rhubarb and custard mousse to baked chocolate tart with pistachio ice cream. Don't forget to get parole for the highly popular Sunday brunch, which is packed with classics like eggs Benedict and corned beef hash.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.00 - 10.00am Mon-Fri (8.00 - 11.00am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (12.30 - 4.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00pm - 10.30pm (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, American Express