On historic Murphy Avenue in Sunnyvale, London is calling. The exciting new gastropub, The Oxford, has opened downtown, serving sophisticated food and drink inspired by the eclectic, energetic verve of the streets of London.
The modern-day pub features an expansive bar, wood wainscoting, vintage-style caged Edison lights, and classic white subway tiles in homage to the London Underground. The colorful wall art pays tribute to London’s most famed cultural touchstones, including the Beatles, the Clash, Princess Diana, Beefeaters, and Big Ben.
The playful dishes — sized from bites (‘small fellows’) to mains (‘big fellows’) — emphasize California sensibilities with the use of local, seasonal and often organic ingredients from Zuckerman’s Farm, Iacopi Farms, Panorama Baking Company, and Mary’s Chicken.
The international flavors of the streets of London come alive in dishes such as falafel sliders with mint tahini yogurt ($10); roasted chickpea hummus topped with lamb kabob ($11); grilled cheddar cheese on Panorama sourdough slathered with red onion jam ($12); beer-battered fish and chips with pickled ramp tartar sauce ($14); and the Oxford burger with house-made pickles ($15). Desserts include an English-style, bruleed brioche bread pudding with brandy-soaked raisins, almonds and cherry ice cream ($7).
CLASSIC & CONTEMPORARY COCKTAILS
CRAFT BEERS ~ BOUTIQUE WINES
Both classic and contemporary cocktails are spotlighted, including originals such as the Yamato Sling #3 ($8), made with Broker’s Gin, sake, Vanilla-Ceylon Elixir Green Tea, and Blackstrap Bitters; and The Bluejay ($9), a unique blend of Mexican lager, Fidencio Classico Mezcal, grapefruit, lime and Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters. In a nod to London’s long love affair with this botanical spirit, The Oxford also boasts seven gin cocktails. A range of wines, including nine by the glass, also are offered, along with 24 beers, including half a dozen on tap.
LEADERSHIP, OUTDOOR PATIO & MORE
Managing Partner Rahul Nair, formerly of the Michelin two-starred Campton Place in San Francisco, oversees the 100-seat, family-friendly dining room that’s the perfect place for a quick bite or a leisurely meal. The 40-seat patio is especially pooch-accommodating, complete with house-made dog treats that can be ordered.
GRAND OPENING – ‘GARDEN IN A GLASS’
The grand opening kicks off 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 with ‘Garden in a Glass,’ when folks are invited to bring in their fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs from the Farmers Market to the The Oxford’s bartender who will incorporate them into a distinctive cocktail – The sky is the limit! Enjoy a sugar snap pea Tom Collins to a cilantro and pepper tequila gimlet or old fashioned. Cocktails will be served with complimentary samplings from the restaurant’s menu. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., The Oxford will be pouring wine at the Magic of Sunnyvale & Wine Stroll on Murphy Avenue followed by an official ribbon cutting at the restaurant at 5 p.m. with cocktails, appetizers and live music.
The celebration continues on Mother’s Day, May 8, with a special brunch, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; a classic afternoon tea, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (one seating, reservations required); and a Sunday Supper Roast, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (reservations required).
Located at 195 S. Murphy Ave. The Oxford is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Parking is available on the street and in a free lot behind the restaurant.