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Shop changes in George Street, Oxford in 25 years


Between 1973 and 2008, every business in George Street changed its nature except for the New Theatre, the ABC/Odeon Cinema, the Grapes pub, and the Alliance Building Society/ Alliance & Leicester Bank.

Many were taken over by cafés and restaurants. In 1973 there were seven places to eat and drink, namely:

  • South side: Grapes pub, Golden Palace restaurant, Golden Egg café, Remzi’s restaurant
  • North side: Clarendon restaurant, Welsh Pony pub, Municipal restaurant

At the end of 2008 there were 21 places to eat and drink:

  • South side: Ask Café, Grapes pub, Copa restaurant, Peninsula restaurant, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Mood cocktail bar, O’Neill’s Wine Bar, Brasserie Gérard, Four Candles, Rizzi Ristorante, Pizza Hut, Opium Den Café, Giraffe restaurant, Yo Sushi, and Nando’s
  • North side, Bella Italia, Jamie’s, Old Orleans, Old Fire Station Café Bar, Café 42, and Eurobar

For convenience, new businesses that have taken over George Street premises since 2008 has been added in italic.

South side: Cornmarket to Worcester Street

No.

1973

2008

1 & 3

Alliance Building Society

Alliance & Leicester Bank 
[now Santander]

1 & 3
1st/2nd Floor
3rd Floor

Hairdresser, Dentist,
Dressmaker, Chiropodist;
Status Taverns Interior
Planning & Design

Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
+ Dentists and Chiropodist

5

Rose’s Fashion Centre Ltd

Ask Café

7

Grapes Public House

Grapes Public House

9, 11, & 13

John Perring Ltd, house furnishers

Copa Restaurant
(changed name back to Wig & Pen in 2012)

15 & 17

Midland Bank Ltd
(Regional Head Office)

Cheltenham & Gloucester Bank

19

Wine Rack
[Baguette Sandwich Bar from 2010]

15–19
First floor

Offices

Offices [but planning application for hotel submitted in 2012: 12/00297/FUL]

21

Wilson’s Costumiers

Toni & Guy, hairdressers

23

Golden Palace Restaurant in basement

H. & A. Conway Ltd, Opticians upstairs

Peninsula Restaurant (in basement)
[Koi Chinese Cuisine in 2011]

25

Andrews, Kent, & Stone,
consulting engineers

Chelsea Building Society

27

Eveline Lambert, shoe dealer

21–27 form Chester House:
1973:    
2008: Washington International Studies Council and Reed Accounting
[Reed replaced by Oxford Study Abroad Programme and Ferguson Bricknell Solicitors in 2011]

29 & 31

Golden Egg Café

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

29 & 31
1st & 3rd floor & basement

Midland House:
Citizens’ Advice Bureau; Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s 
Families Association; Home
Help Service; Liverpool Victoria
Friendly Society

Upstairs: Victoria House Hotel

Basement: Mood cocktail bar
[Roppongi Oxford in 2011]

33

Radiant House
Melson Wingate Ltd, opticians
Pearl Assurance Co Ltd
Tote Investors
Falkiner Nuttall & Partners Ltd,
    European marketing consultants

Caspian News

35

Vacant (latterly Garden Images)
[Unnamed discount store in 2011 and Byron Hamburgers from 2012]

H2O Venture Partners above 33 & 35 George Street

37

Southern Electricity

O’Neill’s Wine Bar
(wrongly inscribed “No. 33”)

New Inn Hall Street

39

G. E. Thomas, hairdresser

Incorporated into Java & Co (formerly Coffee Republic), facing New Inn Hall Street

Old Boys’
High School

College of Further Education

Faculty of History,
University of Oxford

41 & 43

W. S. Surplus Supplies Ltd

Brasserie Gérard (closed 2011);
Côte Brasserie from 5 November 2012

45

Jane’s Tuck shop, & Post Office

47

W. S. Surplus Supplies Ltd

49, 51, 53,
55, & 57

Joe Austin, florist

The Four Candles

George Street Place (formerly known as Brokenhayes) leading on the right to George Street Mews
(by which name it is sometimes known). Now named as Bulwarks Lane, into which it leads

59

Oxford & Swindon
Co-operative Society Ltd:
Grocery, Butchery,
& Furnishing

Zizzi Ristorante

61

Pizza Hut

63 & 65

Jessop’s Photography

 67 & 69

Opium Den Café

59–69 upstairs

Oxford & Swindon Co-operative
Society Ltd: head office

Oxford Business College

71

H. R. Beechey, confectioner
Norman, ladies outfitter

Giraffe restaurant

73

Oliver & Son (Oxford) Ltd, printers

Yo Sushi restaurant

75
upstairs

Speedwell Cleaning Co.

Stairway to Hayes House
(University of Oxford):
Smith School of Enterprise
and the Environment

Social Sciences Division offices

77

Oxford Council of Social Service

Nando’s

79

Remzi’s restaurant

North side: Magdalen Street to Worcester Street

2

Part of Elliston & Cavell Ltd.

Upstairs: Oxford Aunts,
Harrison Beaumont Insurance Brokers,
Wesleyan & General Assurance Society

Part of Debenham’s

4

Henry F. Galpin and other solicitors

Mr Shoes

6

Lavelette Ltd, ladies’ fashions

Vacant (latterly Going Places Travel Agent)

8

Pleasance & Harper, jewellers

Vacant (latterly ePlay)

10 & 12

Harlequin Records

Vacant (latterly Internet Exchange)

14 & 16

David Greig grocers

Upstairs: Clarendon Restaurant

Bella Italia restaurant

Victoria Court

18 & 20

New Theatre

New Theatre

22

Town House gown shop

La Croissanterie

24 & 26

Oxford Review newspaper

Jamie’s Italian restaurant

[Upstairs from 2012: The Bocardo Hotel]

Gloucester Street

Threeways House:

28, 30,
32, & 34

Oxford & Swindon Co-operative
Society Ltd
: Radio, electrical,
hardware, & jewellery departments,
vision systems

Old Orleans restaurant and bar

[Replaced by Fire & Stone in 2011]

36–38

Charles Geddes (Oxford) Ltd,
antique dealers

STA Travel

Upstairs: Abacus College and TMD Surveyors

St George’s Place

ABC Cinema

Odeon Cinema

40

Oxford Playhouse Company
(Meadow Players) Ltd

Old Fire Station Arts Centre
including Old Fire Station Café Bar

42

W. D. Huddart, watchmaker
J. V. G. Couling, chiropodist

Café 42
[Replaced by Giranola in 2011]

44

Gardiner’s Opticians (Oxford) Ltd

Conway Optician

46

Westwoods Sound & Vision Systems

Upstairs: Oxford Association of Boys’ Clubs

48

Welsh Pony public house

Eurobar café and hotel

Chain Alley

50

City of Oxford
Catering Department:
Municipal Restaurant

Job Centre Plus

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 6 December, 2016

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