Boswells 1738 Tea Room

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Come and enjoy our Boswells 1738 Tea Room with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and as many cakes, tea, coffee and pastries you can fit in between.


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 * In addition to this food menu we also have seasonal specials which can be seen on each table. Cakes change regularly and gluten free cakes are listed on a blackboard.


Latest News!

Festive Treats for December 2018

From December 3rd 2018 we'll be adding some exciting festive treats to our menu! Get a lovely warm mince pie with brandy butter and a warming tea, coffee or hot chocolate for £3.95, or £4.95 if you fancy a hot mulled wine with your mince pie instead! Well we feel ready to brave the colder weather, and get into th Christmas spirit already!


New to Our Autumn/Winter Menu!

The nights are getting longer, the weather is getting chillier, but that's OK, because one thing this time of year means is lots of great, cosy and festive treats to try in our Tea Room. Our latest additions to our Autumn/Winter menu are our Winter Warmer sandwiches, available in 2 delicious flavours: Loin of Pork with apple sauce; Roast Turkey with cranberry sauce. £6.95 each. 


Try Our New Set Menu - 15th & 16th November 2018

Join us on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th of November to try our new set menu. The set menu includes a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau 2018, a starter, a choice of 2 main courses, a dessert and either a tea or coffee to finish! To book, please call 01865 255531 or email


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Our Brand New Autumn/Winter 2018 Menu

We also have an exciting new range of pies that that perfect for those chilly days that are undoubtedly just around the corner!We are delighted to present our brand new Autumn and Winter menu, featuring the winning sandwich from our Design a Sandwich Competition, The Chopin! This tasty new sandwich, designed by competition winner, Stuart, has honey cured bacon, sliced brie petit moule & chopped apple, served in pitta bread. Yum!

We hope you enjoy our new tasty treats!


Join us for a Fizzy Cocktail on Friday 7th September, 5:30-7pm

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On Friday the 7th of September we are proudly hosting a cocktail party in our Tea Room. No need to book ahead, simply stop by for one of our lovely prosecco cocktails and some canapes, on the house! We look forward to seeing you there!



We're Proud to be Joining Refill Oxford!

Refill Oxford aims to reduce the number of single use bottles that end up in land fills, rivers and oceans, by offering places where people can refill their bottles with tap water, completely free of charge. We're thrilled to be joining Refill in this effort, so if you're feeling thirsty in Central Oxford, simply pop in with a bottle or a cup, and we'll happily refill it from our tap for free! Together we can each do our bit to take care of the environment, while staying nicely hydrated. 

Follow the link to find out more about Refill Oxford.


Happy Hour CakesIntroducing Cake Happy Hour!

We love our selection of freshly baked cakes, and so we're very excited to introduce our brand new Cake Happy Hour between 4-5pm Monday-Friday, starting on Friday 10th August. Happy Hour cakes will all be the delicious price of £2.50, so swing by and find a little cake-based happiness!


Invent a Sandwich for our Tea Room Menu

Sandwich Competition ImageThis August we invite you to invent a brand new sandwich for our 1738 Tea Room. The winning sandwich will be available on our menu from the Autumn and, if that isn't all exciting enough, the winner will be treated to a meal on the house, and receive a £25 Boswells gift card. We will be launching the winning sandwich at our cocktail party on the 1st September, and the winner is invited to attend.

Pick up an entry form in store, or email us your recipe at

More information can be found here.

We look forward to reading (and tasting) your recipes!


We are yet a again a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence Winner! - 24th May 2018

2018 TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence BadgeWe always love getting feedback good or bad as it allows us to improve our service to you, but obviously makes us feel great when we have such consistently good reviews for any part of the store. Only last week a reviewer said "The cafe was all that we could have wanted-attentive, helpful and speedy staff and the food was excellent and very reasonably priced. It will feature on our next visits." Which warms the cockles of our hearts. 


Introducing Boswells Broad Street Cafe

Broad Street Cafe ImageFantastic news for those who love out Tea Room, you can now get your favourite drinks, cakes and snacks to go from our brand new Broad Street Cafe! Located on our ground floor, you guessed it, just off Broad Street, our Broad Street Cafe has our usual stunning selection of teas, coffees, and even a delicious selection of milkshakes to choose from! More info on our Broad Street Cafe can be found here



Winter Menu is now on - 5th December 2017

Mulled wineWe've neen gradually adding the old winter favourites of mulled wine, mince pies and now the Christmas Food Hamper back into the menu and now the whole menu has been overhauled so take a look.

Food Menu                  Drinks & Afternoon Tea Menu

Our hearty soups and pies are popular all year round but when the air is practically biting you there nothing better than a hot pir or soup, unless that's having a warmed mince pie with mulled wine for dessert.


Beaujolais Set Menu for November 16th & 17th - 8th November 2017

Beaujolais Nouveau MealCelebrating the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine we have a great set menu to offer on these days, in addition to our normal fair of course.

Have a scrumptious poached free range hen's egg and lardons salad, with a Jude's Ice Cream of your choice for dessert and naturellement a glass of the Beaujolais.




Boswells Sushi Night! - 27th September 2017

Sushi ImageExperience a variety of delicious sushi, prepared especially by our very own Sushi Master! Only £29 per person, including a glass of wine. The event will take place between 7pm-9:30pm on Wednesday 27th of September. Please enquire in our tearoom to purchase a ticket. There are only a limited number of tickets to this exciting event, so please book early. 


 Picnic At Your Table is back! - 13th July 2017

With summer bringing in some gorgeous sunny days, what better time to bring back our Picnic At Your Table offer? As this is Britain, we have to expect and accept that the weather will almost certainly not be bright, sunny and cheerful throughout these summer months, so once again you can now enjoy all the fun of a picnic, come rain or shine! 

Have a full picnic hamper at your table, with two options available, one with a soft drink, one with a mini bottle of prosecco, and the added option of paying a little extra to keep the basket to take the picnic with you for when (if!) the sun comes out if you wish.

Our picnic hampers will make you want to embrace that outdoor summer lifestyle, featuring succulent pate, rich filled pork pies, freshly prepared sandwiches, and Piper's crisps, with your choice of either a soft drink (£19.95), or a mini bottle of prosecco (£26.95). For an extra £9, you can even take the basket with you on your journey for when you need a break from your Oxford adventures! Available between 10am and 4:30pm.

Come in and speak to the friendly staff in our team room for more information!


New menu with new cream tea - 28th June 2017

Cream TeaWe've been famed for our magnificent Afternoon Tea ever since we opened our tea room and have done a nice line in scones with butter and jam too. Now we've added that classic treat a cream tea too.

So that's a warmed scone (unless you don't want it warmed of course) scrumptious jam and luscious clotted cream along with your choice of tea from our extensive selection. Available weekdays 3.30pm to 5pm and only £4.50. Yum.

You can see the whole new food and drinks menus here.

Trip Advisor certificate of excellence - 21st June 2017

Trip Advisor Certificate Of ExcellenceWe’re delighted to announce that Boswells 1738 Tea Room has been recognized with a 2017 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews we’ve earned on TripAdvisor. So congratulations to our staff who consistently get kind words from our visitors and to our suppliers, whose cakes and other goodies our customers love.

See our Trip Advisor Page and reviews here. We would love to hear from you too!


Summer is coming early to Boswells - 24th May 2017

Smoothies Ice-cream & Orangina

We are in the middle of a liitle pre-summer this week so it seems like a good time to tell you about our new ice-creams, smoothies and other drinks! As nice as Marshfields Ice Cream is it now seems to have taken over Oxford so we decided to be different and have partnered with Jude's Great British Ice Cream from nearby Hampshire. Not only are Jude's multi award winners for their delicious ice cream but the milk they use comes from only 4 miles from their dairy and they give 10% of their profits to charity. Well done them. 

The flavours are; Very Vanilla, Truly Chocolate, Strawberries & Cream, Malted Banana, Honeycomb, Caramel Pecan & Gin & Tonic

Then we've added 2 drinks ranges to our summer menu. First the french and children's favourite Orangina! A refreshing orange taste and all the fun of shaking the bottle too.

Last but not least freshly made 100% all natural fruit smoothies in Banana, Wild Berry or Strawberry. Yumm. 


Sparkling Afternoon Tea For 2Afternoon tea for lunch? - 20th April 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Afternoon Tea is now available any time during the store opening hours. You can even make it a Morning tea if you would like. As before no booking is necessary unless you have a large party (over 4) and wish to guarantee a table at a particular time. Enjoy!

We serve - Finger Sandwiches; Cream Cheese, Cucumber, Ham & Mustard all served on thinly sliced white bread. 2 scones served with clotted cream & Strawberry Jam. A selection of our freshly made cakes & Macaroons served on a three tiered stand. For the cakes we take from the best of the season.

Then you have the choice of a Traditional Tea for 2 at £21.95 selecting from our range of Twinings Teas or The Sparkling for 2 version at £26.95 where you will get a glass each of Brightwell Vineyards award winning sparkling wine.

New Spring Menu - 29th March 2017

We always like to introduce new things as well as move firm favourites from our daily specials menu (check each table) to our standard menu. So with the daffodils and primroses spinging up here's our latest menu. Most popular so far? The toasted banana bread with greek yoghurt and honey new to breakfast!

Food Menu           Drinks Menu


Afternoon Tea for 2 VouchersMother's Day Is Coming - 22nd March 2017

We know that an afternoon tea is a real Mother's Day treat but don't worry if you can't make it on the Sunday itself. We sell Afternoon Tea gift vouchers! Available in Traditional Tea for 2 at £19.95 and Sparkling Wine for 2 at  £24.95

We serve Afternoon Tea every day from 2pm and accept the vouchers within their expiry date (which is 1 year). There's normally no need to prebook but if you want to ensure a table on a Saturday or Mothering Sunday, or you have a party of more than 4 you can do so by contacting or ringing 01865 255531.


Pancake Day 2017! - 28th February 2017

Pancake Day 2017

Our tearoom staff have outdone themselves with the 2 pancakes on offer for this Shrove Tuesday. Why not have both! 

The savoury pancake is made with smoked beedchwood ham and grated mature (of course) english cheddar and comes with a side salad. £3.95

For the sweet pancake we've gone full traditional with a slice of lemon and little bowl of sugar for you to get it just how you like. Butter can be provided as well if you like to inclde it. This is only £1.20.


Welcome to our Deli! 

Deli View from stairs

We've got some truly mouth-watering delights in our deli where we are now selling not only the items that we use in our 1738 Tea Room but some new delicious fresh cheeses and meats too. Located within our 1738 Tea Room on our 1st floor.

So alongside the Freedom Lager, Purity Ale, No Brainer Cider, Brightwell Wines, Limes Farm Jams, Marmalade and Chutneys, and last but not least Boswells own pates & terrines made especially for us in France, we now have....

Deli Fridge

Heavenly Clemency Hall, Quickes and Trevarrion cheeses.  A personal favourite is the Colsten Bassett Stilton, yum. Negroni sliced meats with a superb salami. Antipasti and olives from Castellino.

Deli Bottles

A particularly interesting addition is our Infused Herb Oil and Balsamic Vinegar trio. These large bottles are decanted into smaller bottles for sale. The Infused herb oil is a balanced blend of sunflower and olive oil with rosemary, garlic, thyme and chilli.

The Balsamic Viengar is Balsamico di Modena combined with fine white wine vinegar and either cranberry juice or a mix of rich date syrup and natural fig flavouring.



Have a Beaujolais Brunch in our 1738 Tearoom - 17th November

Beaujolais brunch bottomBeaujolais brunch topTo celebrate the launch of this years Beaujolais Nouveau, Love Wine & Boswells have combined our best food with the highly anticipated results of the Beaujolais harvest for a special set lunch or if you prefer a brunch. Available from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Thursday November 17th with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau included as standard. Price £12 per head. 

The set lunch will be; Crispy hand reared back bacon, poached free range hens egg on a bed of tossed autumn leaves drizzled with basil & rosemary oil, Tart au tatin vanilla ice cream, coffee and a glass of Beaujolais. Sounds delicious!

No need to book unless you would like to ensure a table or have a party larger than 4 that you would like to attend just make sure we can fit you in with comfort. If so email


Our next wine tasting is October 20th - 12th October 2016

We had such a good tine on October 4th that we are at it again! This time our free wine tasting starts at 5pm and ends when the store closes at 6.30pm. So come along for a tipple after work or study.

Love Wine have promised seasonal offers, new producers, organic and bio dynamic wines, new and old World wines from the portfolio.

As with our previous tasting we would like people to RSVP just so we can get an idea of numbers, but do just come along anyway if you decide to come last minute.



Join Our Free Wine Tasting Event With Love Wine on October 4th! - 28th September 2016

Love Wine ConcessionTo celebrate opening their concession in our store, Love Wine are hosting their first wine tasting here too. A selection from their exclusive wine catalogue will be on taste, along with canapés and cheese board in our 1738 Tea Room. All attendees will recieve a 10% discount on wine purchased or ordered.

On Tuesday 4th October 2016; 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Access via the Broad Street entrance only.



Love Wine from Woodstock opens a store in our Tea Room! - 10th September 2016

Love Wine logoLove Wine are an independant company who have traded in Woodstock for many a year and now have their first Oxford store in our Tea Room. You can buy and takeaway, but you can also buy to have at your table for a small corkage fee. 

Love Wine is a boutique wine therapy and tasting venue giving an insight into the rich enjoyment of wine, its culture and phenomenal history. As Richard from Love Wine says "Oxford was a city where once 80 wine merchants over a 300 year period plied their trade."

Come and have a look and a taste of course! 


Exclusive offer for Boswells customers - 20th August 2016

We've teamed up with Bella Dolci cakes one of our cake suppliers who also do rather amazing wedding cakes as well as cakes for other occasions of course. If you place an order with them and quote the code Boswells5 you will get a 5% discount off your order. Isn't that nice.

Why would you want to use Bela Dolci? Well take a look at the these beauties. Making a special day that bit more special!

Hearts & Ribbons Cake

Burlesque Steampunk cake Black & White wedding cake Cigarello wedding cake

You can read more about Bella Dolci by; picking up a leaflet in our tea room, visiting their website, emailing or even speak to human being by phoning 07544695175. 


Picnic at your table or takeaway! - 7th July 2016

Picnic Basket LunchBring summer to your table with a picnic or take a picnic to summer. We've got a lovely gingham lined traditional wicker basket stuffed full of sandwiches, crisps, and drinks that can be bought for use in our Tea Room from £19.95 or takeaway & keep the basket from £28.95.

Picnic Contents....Homemade sandwiches, Tuna Mayonnaise, Smoked Beechwood Ham & Dijon Mustard, Cream Cheese & cucumber, sliced white or wholemeal Bread

Jar of Basque Style Pork Pate or Rabbit & Prunes

2 hand reared locally made Pork Pies

2 soft Drinks from our range of Lovely Drinks OR Mini Bottles of Processco

2 packets of Pipers crisps

Prices are £19.95 for in store with soft drinks. £29.95 in store with Processco. Takeaway £28.95 or £38.95. If you wish to take away but not keep the basket the £9 difference in takeaway to in store price will be refunded if the basket is returned. 

Available all day but the perfect lunchtime treat!

Awards BannerWe've been nominated for an award. Please vote for us! - 19th May 2016

Well isn't that nice. We aren't even a year old but enough people nominated us for the 2016 Muddy Stilettos Awards that we've reach the final nomination stage. The 5 cafes with the most votes make it to the final, which would be even more exciting. Read more about the awards and cast your votes here!


Cold drinks for the warmer weather - 16th May 2016

Twinings iced tea selectionLong may the warmer weather continue. Not only do we have icecream in store and outside we've introduced a great range of Twining's Iced Teas so we can all get the great tea hit even in the hottest weather.

Purity Mad Goose Pale AleFor those looking for something more alcoholic we not only continue to sell Brightwell Vineyard's White, Red, Rose and Sparkling wine, but to add to our existing Freedom lager we have Mad Goose Purity Pale Ale and No Brainer cider from the Cotswold Cider Co. So come in chill and relax with Boswells tea Room.



Ice Cream StandGet your ice cream, from our ice cream stand! - 5th May 2016

Marvellous Marshfield icecream from our stand outside the store on Broad St.

Flavours; Very Vanilla, Toffee Fudge Fiasco, Strawberries In Clotted Cream and (of course) Chocoholic Heaven all avalable in either a cone or paper cup.

Who can resist in todays weather?




 Try our new Loyalty Card - April 20th 2016

Pick up one of our new loyalty cards in store and get rewarded for buying a hot drink. Save for a free drink, giving you the chance to have one of each on the house. Just get a member of staff to stamp your loyalty card every time you purchase a cake or a hot drink and get the 7th one free! It really is as simple as that.  



Breakfast Offer

Breakfast Offer extended to 12 noon - April 15th 2016

By public demand our fab Breakfast offer is now extended from 11am to 12 noon. Any coffee or tea with your choice of pastry, tea cake or scone for only £3.95! All freshly made & frankly delicious, but don't take our word for it, have a try.





Freedom LagerLager, Lager, Freedom Craft Lager - April 13th 2016

The siren call of summer is coming and to quench your thirst, we've added a premium craft lager from the reknowned Freedom brewery to our menu from today. Freedom are the longest-established craft brewery in the UK. Read more about them here.






I scream, you scream, we all love ice cream! - March 18th 2016

Marshfield Ice CreamNew menu alert as well as yes, wonderful Marshfields Farm ice cream. So far we have flavours; Very Vanilla, Toffee Fudge Fiasco, Strawberries In Clotted Cream and (of course) Chocoholic Heaven.




Fresh Baked Pastries In Store - February 17th 2016

fresh baked pastries todayWe are now receiving our pastries frozen for fresh baking to be completed in store. Still from a local baker at Weston-On-The-Green. This not only creates a heavenly smell around the store but means that we can bake smaller quantities throughout the day and eradicate food waste which is great for everyone. 






Gluten Free CakesMore Gluten Free cakes added - February 4th 2016

 In addition to the pre-existing Ornage Polenta cake, the brownies and flapjacks we now have a Carrot cake, Apple & Caramel pie, Pistachio & Olive Oil cake and arriving any day now a gluten free Victoria Sponge too. Yum!





New Breakfast & Lunch Set Menus for a bargain price - 27th January 2016

Breakfast Set MenuLunch Set Menu


We've found that lunch in our Tea Room is one of the most popular options, not surprising when we have such a good variety of local produce. So we've created a set menu for a bargain price and to follow suit a Breakfast set menu too. 


From Wednesday January 27th - Breakfast - £3.95 From 9.30 to 11am


Tea or Coffee with a choice of  Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat, Pain Aux Raisins, Tea Cake or Scone.


From Monday February 8th - Lunch - £9.95 From 11am to 2pm


 Available Monday to Friday only.

  Tea, Coffee or Hot Chocolate with a choice of homemade pie or quiche of the day either served with salad and chutney. Plus your choice from our cakes table.


New Seasonal Menu Available - January 8th 2016

We've been open a month and seen what our customers have asked for & enjoyed. So we've tweaked our menu accordingly. More gluten free options and more lunch options. Come and have a try. See the menu here.

Afternoon Tea Vouchers Now available! - 21st December 2015

Sparkling Afternoon Tea

Choose between the Traditional AfternoonTea with a pot of tea of your choice or a Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a glass each of Brightwell Vineyard's Sparkling Wine. All Afternoon Teas are served for 2 people with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam alongside a selection of small cakes. 

The voucher can be used without prior booking. As standard Afternoon Teas can be bought without any prior booking from 2pm. To book for any time of the day please ring 01865 255504 or email 


Media Coverage of our Tea Room

See us on TV at - 

Hear us on the radio at - 

We are on a Podcast too (very modern) at -

Lots of lovely coverage in the Oxford Press too

Come to our Grand opening On Saturday 28th November!

Santa will be cutting the ribbon at 10.30am and then available at the following times next to the Tea Room to meet children & have photos taken. 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm

We open for practice days on Wednesday 25th November

Yes we are open for our practice days so please bear with us whilst we sort through the sort of issues you only find out with live customers! Please do give us all your feedback positive or negative about your experience. We do appreciate it.

Here are some photos of our offer to whet your appetite & do check out our menu


Tea Room Main Area

   Cakes & Pastries  Tea Room Counter   


             Tea Room Corner    


 Our Tea Room is called 1738 & opening date announcement.

Yes it is named after the year we opened the store in 1738! We are opening for practice days and customer feedback of all our lovely facilities on Wednesday November 25th with Santa cutting our ribbon for our "grand opening" on Saturday 28th November. Nice of him to fit us in at at such a busy time of year! So a chance to make final changes based on your thoughts and opinions for a week before Santa sees it. 


CakesTaste Testing - 4th November & Cake Suppliers 6th November

A great time to be working at Boswells as its cake taste testing time today. The chocolate went quickest but they were all delicious....

So after our deliberations and extra size clothes being ordered we are delighted to have cakes from Viva Las cakes, Truly Scrumptious and Stephanie Almeida Bespoke Cakes for your delectation. 


Work Starts On Our Shop Floor - 8th October

tearoom hoarding from ToysWe are delighted that work has started on our first floor where the new tea room will be. Right next to the stairs by our Broad St entrance. You'll notice the large hoarding that has appeared there and we have already stripped out all the fixtures and fittings. 

Behind the hoarding

We have had to change plans slghtly and our Haberdashery & Linens departments have been redistributed for some days prior to the move of all ranges to it's new home on our second floor.  A selection of Linens is on our Ground Floor between the Accessories near the Cornmarket entrance and the Cosmetics department. Haberdashery is in mid-move to its new home so if you can't see what you are looking for staff will be happy to check & supply from our stockrooms if not available on the shop floor. Thnk you in advance for your patience.

New Toilets In Progress

Amongst the interesting details behind the scenes is the uncovered ex-toilet of all things from a previous incarnation of cafe that was external to Boswells Department Store but on these premises late in the last millenia!

On our Second Floor work continues on the new Linens & Haberdashery area as well as the new customer toilets, looking somewhat more luxurious already than the decommisioned 90's version!



Truly Scrumptious TartWe are very happy to announce that our sandwiches and quiches will be made daily by the aptly named Truly Scrumptious based here in Oxford. These self confessed food geeks are looking forward to making our lunchtimes tasty with hot or cold quiches, locally made bread and satisfying fillings for the sandwiches.

Our cheese board is being filled by the Oxford Cheese Company and hot and cold pies fresh from David John butchers both around the corner at The Covered Market. Pickles & chutneys from the renowned Limes Farm near Brackley. Anyone else getting hungry just thinking about it all?


Afternoon Tea

What is a tea room without an afternoon tea with scones, little cakes and finger sandwiches?  So we are happy to report that Truly Scrumptious will also be making perfect scones for the jam & clotted cream treatment as well as the aforementioned sandwiches. We can also provide a bit of sparkle with locally produced sparkling wine! 


Twinings LogoWe are delighted to announce that are supply partner for Tea will be the world famous english brand Twinings Tea holder of the Royal Warrent. Hey if it it's good enough for the Queen we figure that they must be doing something right! In all seriousness it is Twinings reputation for quality, range and social responsibility that made the final decision relatively easy for Boswells.

Twinings Breakfast TeaTwinings started in 1706, so is even older than Boswells and although no longer owned by the Twinings family we are pleased to see Steven Twining working in the business and still with a passion for tea. As a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership Twinings takes ethical sourcing and support of local producers and workers very seriously, which as a trading partner we are delighted to support.

Last but not least they have a fantastic blog with lots of delightful ways to cook with their teas. Yum.

Can't wait for our first cuppa! Let us know if there are any tea flavours you can't live without.


Eros CoffeeWe are similarly delighted that we are buying Eros Coffee from the High Wycombe based company Peros. Peros chose Eros as the name for their coffee because of their love for the stuff and their passion to help fairtrade products become the norm! They source only fairtrade coffee from South America and Africa and have been a vital link to get food service providers rather than just individuals able to support fairtrade. They started in 2000 but have carved out a fantastic reputation for service and importantly great tasting coffee.




Where is the Tea Room?

Our Tea Room will be on our First Floor where the Bed & Bath Linens and Haberdashery departments are currently located. With a nice view over Broad St and immediately accessible by the stairs at our main Broad St entrance. Don't worry, we are still keeping the Bed & Bath Linens and Haberdashery departments! We are moving these departments up a floor as we expand our shop floor.

What is the Boswells 1738 Tea Room menu?

You can see our Full Menu Here and a List of our Cakes & Speciality Teas Here. Obviously sometimes individual items might sell out and as we learn what customers want the menu is likely to change and will be updated here.

We are providing continental style breakfasts, hot and cold lunches and the full range of afternoon tea with cakes and pastries available all day. Along side high quality tea, coffee and soft drinks. 

A full table service will be available as well as takeaway. 


Any other changes?

Yes!  We have expanded onto our second floor. As well as the new location for our  Bed & Bath Linens and Haberdashery departments we have a customer toilets with baby changing and handicapped facilities. Also a Click & Collect Customer service desk.

When did all this happen?

We opened to customers for live feedback on Wednesday 25th November with Santa cutting our ribbon for our "formal" launch on Saturday 28th November. Nice of him to fit us in at at such a busy time of year!


How will you help customers with allergies, intolerances or other dietary requirements?

For drinks we will have decaffinated versions of tea and coffee as well as wider choices of soft drinks. There will also be a milk alternative. Sandwiches and pies will always include vegetarian options. Cakes will include gluten free options too. We always recommend speaking to staff to check any specific ingredient that you need to avoid.


How do I book an Afternoon Tea?

We serve Afternoon teas every day and any time during opening hours so it doesn't even need to be in the afternoon. We don't require a booking. However if you have a large party (over 4) or just want to ensure that a table is available then please do contact us. Please advise the date, time, number of those attending and any special dietary requirements.

Email: or phone 01865 255531.


Do you have Wifi?

Yes indeed. For your protection the access will be password protected with the password available on our Daily Specials Menu on every table or from our staff.


Do you have customer toilets?

Yes after much feedback from customers over time there are finally be loos in the building! These are located on our second floor accessible by lift for wheelchair and buggy users as well as stairs. As you would expect there are female, male and handicapped enabled toilet facilities available. 


Do you have baby changing facilities?

Yes. These are located in the handicapped enabled toilet facility. Taking advantage of the extra space these have as standard.



Rosie from our Pharmacy

On my holidays I like to travel around the countryside taking in the beautiful views and searching out interesting places to explore. One day I might be visiting a historical town or a ruin. On another day I might be wandering around shops or somewhere fun. Oxford certainly ticks all those boxes. No holiday would be complete without trying the local cuisine, be it crabs in Cromer or pork pies in Melton Mowbray. Cream teas have been an especial favourite from delicious clotted cream in Cornwall to proper Yorkshire tea in Bettys in York. Boswells has been trading for a bit longer than most department stores, including Harrods. Last year Boswells finally opened up the second floor to provide customer toilets and a new parcel pick up station. What really put the icing on the cake, though, was the actual icing on the cakes in the new 1738 Tea Room (on the first floor, next to the toys).

I’ve watched and waited while things have evolved over the last few months and tasted some delicious sandwiches and tried the loose leaf teas. When I go up the stairs I look wistfully over at the range of cakes. They’re certainly nothing like the cakes I've seen in any other cafe in Oxford, or elsewhere. That's because Boswells have chosen top quality, locally produced goodies from David John Butchers, Limes Farm, and Truly Scrumptious—just one of the bakeries providing cakes. Twinings loose leaf tea is available in both china teapots or in revolutionary takeaway cups! 1738 Tea Room also has Eros coffee from as far afield as High Wycombe, supplied by coffee company, Peros, and Cotswold cider from Freedom Brewery. Oh yes, the tea room is fully licensed too, so make your afternoon tea extra fizzy!

What's that? Summer you say. Well 1738 Tea Room has an ice cream stand outside the Broad Street entrance selling Marshfields Farm ice creams. And if you don't want to sit indoors to eat then you can pick up a picnic basket from the tea room and head off to University Parks to sit under a tree by the river. How delightfully decadent! From Continental breakfasts with freshly baked pastries to set lunches at a bargain, there’s something for everybody to enjoy. The tea room now has loyalty cards, not just for hot drinks but for cakes too! Waitress service makes it a cut above your average coffee shop, so come in and treat yourself at the one and only Boswells 1738 Tea Room. What could be more quintessentially English than the view over Broad Street to St Giles?!

Very Vanilla
Truly Chocolate
Strawberries & Cream
Malted Banana 
Caramel Pecan 
Gin & Tonic