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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 have been added in the right-hand column..

George Street South Side: Cornmarket to Worcester Street

No.

1973

2008

Currently

1 & 3
Top three floors

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

Oxford Centre for 
Islamic Studies

+ Dentists and Chiropodist

Cherwell College
+ Dentists and
Chiropodist

1 & 3

Alliance Building Society

Alliance & Leicester Bank

Solutions

5

Rose’s Fashion Centre Ltd

Ask Italian

7

The Grapes Public House

9, 11, & 13

John Perring Ltd, house furnishers

Copa Restaurant

Wig & Pen

15–19
First floor

Offices

Offices

George Street Hotel

15 & 17

Midland Bank Ltd
(Regional Head Office)

Cheltenham & Gloucester Bank

TSB Bank

19

Wine Rack

George Street
Café (La Baguette)

19 basement

Pod Games Zone

21

Wilson’s Costumiers

Toni & Guy, hairdressers

21–27
upstairs:
Chester
House

H. & A. Conway Ltd, Opticians

Washington International
Studies Council

with Reed Accounting in 2008
and now Oxford Study Abroad Programme and
Ferguson Bricknell Solicitors

2127
basement

Golden Palace Restaurant

Peninsula Restaurant

Koi Chinese Cuisine

25

Andrews, Kent, & Stone,
consulting engineers

Chelsea Building Society

27

Eveline Lambert, shoe dealer

29 & 31
Upstairs
& basement:
Midland House

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

Upstairs: Victoria House Hotel

George Oxford Hotel

Basement: Mood cocktail bar, later
Rappongi Oxford

J.T.'s Cocktail Bar

29 & 31

Golden Egg Café

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

33 & 35
Upstairs:
Radiant House

Pearl Assurance Co Ltd
Tote Investors
Falkiner Nuttall & Partners Ltd,
    European marketing

H2O Venture Partners

Global Initiative

33

Melson Wingate Ltd,
opticians

Caspian News

35

Vacant
(then briefly Garden Images)

Byron Hamburgers

37

Southern Electricity

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

New Inn Hall Street

39

G. E. Thomas, hairdresser

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

George Street
Social

Old Boys’
High School

College of Further Education

Faculty of History,
University of Oxford

41 & 43

W. S. Surplus Supplies Ltd

Brasserie Gérard

Côte Brasserie

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

Banana Tree

 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

Thali restaurant

73

Oliver & Son (Oxford) Ltd, printers

Yo! Sushi restaurant

75
upstairs
Hayes House

Speedwell Cleaning Co.

University of Oxford: Social Sciences Division offices

(included Smith School of Enterprise
and the Environment
in 2008)

77

Oxford Council of Social Service

Nando’s

79

Remzi’s restaurant

George Street 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

Vacant

6

Lavelette Ltd, ladies’ fashions

Vacant
(latterly Going Places Travel)

OxAm (Oxford Asset Management)

8

Pleasance & Harper, jewellers

Vacant
(latterly ePlay)

Franco Manca Pizza

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

Chozen Noodle

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]

Thaihun
restaurant

36–38

Charles Geddes (Oxford) Ltd,
antique dealers

STA Travel

36–38
upstairs

Abacus College and TMD Surveyors

(1) Gleeds Property
(2) TMD Surveyors
(3) Maximus

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]

Oxford Shop

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: 24 September, 2017

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