Iconic Oxford restaurant reopens after restoration

A number of new hospitality jobs could be about to appear in Oxford, after an iconic restaurant reopened its doors following a lavish restoration.

Members of the public were once again welcomed inside Gee's Restaurant and Bar, on Banbury Road, after work on its Grade II listed-conservatory was successfully completed.

The restoration, which cost £500,000, has been carried out on the building since Christmas Eve of last year, but customers were once again sampling the a la carte menu of Gee's on Monday (February 11th).

As well as enhancements made to the famous building, which has been a part of the Oxford community since 1897, the iconic restaurant and bar was also afforded a new kitchen.

This unit incorporates a wood-fire oven and a charcoal grill and looks to make Gee's restaurant an even greater place to dine.

Looking into the development as a whole, Jeremy Mogford, a restaurateur and hotelier who owns Gee's, told the Oxford Mail: "There has been a complete restoration of the glass house including replacing the uprights, the leading and the ironwork – all of the listed features have now been restored.

"The roof area has also been restored and has been opened up in the bar area."

Regular customers to Gee's Restaurant and Bar will also notice when heading to the eatery in the days ahead that there is a brand-new menu being offered with the transformation.

Staff at the restaurant will now be able to offer guests a range of dishes designed for sharing, as well as meals in two sizes to suit different appetites and times of day.

Commenting on how the transformation has gone down with early guests, Mr Mogford added: "The restoration of the glass house and creation of a new interior and new menu has been some time in the planning but from the feedback that we received yesterday it has been worth the effort."

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