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Opened in late 2000, this large & lively Italian brasserie in Oxford’s artsy Jericho area has become popular with local trendies. There’s plenty of choice on the menu: king prawn bruschetta
with lemon, aioli & spring onion, or stone-baked pizzas topped with fontina & chilli, say, or perhaps goats cheese, roast tomato & basil pesto, as well as smoked haddock risotto, salmon
& pancetta fishcakes or lamb shank with celeriac mash. Finish up with traditional desserts such as pannacotta & tiramisu.
This week, back to Oxford, and to one of those restaurants that I've often meant to visit. Branca in Jericho has been serving Italian food (that's as specific as the menu is) for as long as I've been here, in what its website informs me used to be a Victorian locksmith's premises. It's now been converted into a very smart-looking restaurant, with a pristine and airy interior, ornamented by impressive spiral staircases and an olive tree growing under glass at the back of the room.Read more »
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