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July News

July 31, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. Even on holiday we like to keep busy! Steven and Ami got married: Steven and Ami were married up in Yorkshire at The Star Inn where they met all those years ago. It was an incredible day with food to match! Charity Ride: Roger completed his… read more >

June News

June 30, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. We like to keep busy! We have been shortlisted again: We entered the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2018 and are delighted to announce that we have now been shortlisted within their ‘Pub’ category. The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its tenth year, is… read more >

May News

May 31, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. For a change – another busy month! Our latest dish making its debut: Steven posted a sneak preview of a dish he had been working on and the response was incredible. So many of our guests were trying to order it even though it wasn’t on… read more >

April News

May 1, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. Another busy month! We’ve launched our new set menu for lunch! Starters Pork Pie Scotch Egg Gazpacho Main Course Windsor Great Park Rabbit Hake Spelt Risotto To Finish Cheese Custard Tart Sticky Toffee Pudding 2 Course Lunch £25 or 3 Course Lunch £30 Available Wednesday to Saturday… read more >

March News

April 1, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. We were busy in March! We had a new dish make its debut: Steven took his version of a Welsh Rarebit to the next level…… Instead of bread, Steven uses Hand Dived Scallops, Lobster and Cockles….. Easy to say it’s a hit!   Plus a new… read more >

February News

March 1, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. What a month February was! Valentine’s Day: This special day was a huge success where we showcased a beautiful tasting menu for dinner. Great atmosphere with a lot of love in the air ♥   New to the February Menu: We have a new dish making its… read more >

January News

February 1, 2018

Hello friends old and new of The Oxford Blue. What a month January was! Travel: Margriet, Ami, Hannah and Aniko went to Margriet`s hometown to visit The Het Anker Brewery where they brew the famous Gouden Carolus beer which we (of course) have in stock! When you are visiting a Brewery that has been a… read more >


November 22, 2016

This month Steven Ellis and Daniel Crump talked to That’s Oxfordshire presenter, Robin Shuckburgh about what’s happening at the Oxford Blue in terms of renovation, the remarkable history of the pub, where they see the pub in the future and Steven’s dream of owning his own pub. Robin Shuckburgh with Daniel Crump and Steven Ellis… read more >

The Gold Service Scholarship

The Gold Service Scholarship Well, what other timing is there to talk about The Gold Service Scholarship with HM The Queen celebrating her 90th Birthday…. Without any doubt, for me one of the most up-and-coming front of house competitions. It was certainly an experience for me… At the time I was working at Restaurant Gordon… read more >

British Food and The Oxford Blue

British Food and The Oxford Blue – for the British Food Fortnight Scottish Shellfish, Yorkshire rhubarb, Somerset cider and ripe Stilton. At The Oxford Blue we have a passion for great produce with integrity and tradition. Promoting British produce has always been important to me, so the prospect of opening a restaurant with this in… read more >


SCOTLAND, SCOTCH AND SHELLFISH Last month we paid a visit to Keltic Seafare, Scotland’s Number One Live Shellfish Supplier in Dingwall. Having received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Enterprise in International Trade the organisation and the staff at Keltic Seafare work exceptionally hard to fulfil the factory’s promise of delivering live produce… read more >

It’s Game Season

It’s Game Season – Exclusive | Chef Proprietor Steven Ellis As I drive every morning to Old Windsor it gives me another pinch of reassurance that The Oxford Blue is on the right spot. The wildlife and nature give me lots of inspiration for the menu of our pub-restaurant, opening in 2016. Every season is… read more >

Fish for Thought

Fish for Thought Daniel Crump Fish for Thought is a small Cornish family business. Their roots can be traced back many generations in Cornwall. Apparently one member of their family, Francis Trudgian, owned half of Cornwall back in the 1500’s. Unfortunately he backed the wrong religion, lost the lot and ended up in The Tower… read more >


TEA TRIP TO TREGOTHNAN Where do I start? I have been meaning to get down here ever since I first tried their peppermint tea many years ago. After leaving London and being in the process of setting up The Oxford Blue, this was the right opportunity to do so. Myself and Margriet made our way… read more >


THE BUZZ ON COFFEE  What a month it has been. The bar is in, kitchen is almost complete, new flooring in, windows fitted and the wine attic is starting to look how we envisaged.  We now have a complete team and are so excited to get the beautiful new door open to all of our… read more >


THE OXFORD BLUE  Opened in 1829 by Tom Evans, The Oxford Blue has heroic origins.  Joining the Royal Regiment of Horse Guards (The Blues) in 1800, at just 19 years old, Tom was stationed at Northampton before moving Windsor with the Blues. Meeting his sweetheart there in Windsor, Tom would march from the barracks over… read more >

Complementing the Dishes

Complementing the Dishes – Creating a Wine List Margriet Vandezande – Crump Wine has long been a staple at the dinner table in many cultures, evolving with the culinary traditions of a region. Ordinarily, wine was chosen because of it’s locality. However, with more choice of produce and progressive styles comes a need for a… read more >


The Glorious Twelfth is a date celebrated by chefs and avid huntsmen throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The 12th of August marks the start of shooting season for grouse and is renowned for being one of the busiest days. With the start date for pheasant, duck, rabbit, hare, deer and wild boar being later… read more >


November 1, 2016

We have a new stove! I may be slightly over excited about getting a new stove. However, as you know, a lot of changes are happening to The Oxford Blue, including the redesign of the pub itself and with that, the installation of my new kitchen. With the stove having been made, and the building… read more >

A Message From Andrew Pern

October 31, 2016

Steven worked for me at The Star Inn, an award winning  14th century thatched Pub in the depths of the North Yorkshire countryside for a couple of years and his time here seemed to change his look on culinary life! Coming from the fine dining lifestyle of Three star Michelin plush restaurants to our wayward… read more >


Recipe for game Scotch eggs

By Charlotte Peters, 24-June-2016

It’s the time of year to pack up a picnic. So to inspire our game-loving readers, here’s an idea for picnic food – game Scotch eggs – by chef Steven Ellis

Michelin-starred Yorkshire pub celebrates 20th anniversary

By Daniel Woolfson, 21-Jun-2016

One of the top food pub operators in the country celebrated 20 years of trading yesterday by holding an exclusive bash complete with a specially created tasting menu.

Former Restaurant Gordon Ramsay chef to open solo venture Oxford Blue

By Hannah Thompson, 12-Apr-2016

Steven Ellis, former chef at three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is to open a high-end pub in Windsor named Oxford Blue in late May.

From Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to the Oxford Blue: chef Steven Ellis on his new pub

By Daniel Woolfson, 13-Apr-2016

Chef Steven Ellis has spent the last decade cutting his culinary chops at some of the UK’s top eateries including triple Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea and Andrew Pern’s Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire. Daniel Woolfson gets the lowdown on Ellis’ aspirations for his new gastropub, the Oxford Blue in Windsor, Berkshire.

Ex-Gordon Ramsay and Star Inn chef to open new gastropub

By Daniel Woolfson, 29-Feb-2016

A chef who worked at Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin-starred London restaurant – and Andrew Pern’s acclaimed Yorkshire pub the Star Inn – is set to open a new food-led pub in Berkshire.