About us

The Oxford

We are located in The Oxford Building which is a listed 1925 Historic Places Trust gem, in the old heart of Timaru. A beautiful corner building, it has embossed 15 foot ceilings on all four floors which was the inspiration behind our branding. Our decor compliments the old fashion grace of the building. The restaurant has three main areas. The bar, where you can have a glass of good wine or a craft beer on tap. The brasserie, a place where you're still part of the buzz, and the dining room, for those who what to focus on their company and the food.

"The atmosphere is one that hums, it's warm yet confident and that is what we are all about."



The Vision

Behind this vision are Michael and Clarissa Doran. Michael has returned to Timaru after over 20 years, working abroad in some of the UKs best restaurants and then opening his own in Queenstown for 8 years. He brings with him his wife Clarissa, who also has travelled the world working front of house. She too, co-owned two establishments in Queenstown. They come to Timaru with the vision of creating a business that follows their motto:

Simple Class, Uncomplicated Elegance and Pure Enjoyment

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