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      16.12.2011 13:40

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      A great little find in Oxford

      There are a few G&D's in Oxford, my local one is the Cowley road one. My friend introduced me to it. They sell hot drinks, icecream, bagels, and other sandwiches and lunches etc..

      Apart from cowley road you can find them on st aldates and little clarendon street. Unfortunately parking is very bad in town and so if you need to park I would suggest the cowley road one.

      It's never empty, no matter what time of day you go. I go along for coffee or hot chocolate but they do delicious cakes too.

      Price wise they are pretty good, ice cream is about £3 and i've never had anything that tastes bad, the sizes are generous too. They also have a good range of drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and even drinks with baileys in! They are of course well known for ice cream, the main flavours are strawberry, and daim bar crunch, but lots more to choose from and you can have it in a pot or a tub.

      I will continue to go to G&D's as its a great place to meet friends and is a very social place, even if you want to sit by yourself and read the newspaper, it's a great place to go.

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      07.03.2011 09:26
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      wont bother again

      I visited Oxford this weekend, my friend recommended to me that I visit this particular ice cream parlour after stating that I didnt want to pay for a pudding in All Bar One.

      The actual cafe seemed dirty, and understaffed. There were dirty plates and cups left everywhere as it was so busy and no one seemed to be tidying them up or wiping the tables. Downstairs was even worse, the toilets stank, and the whole ground floor smelled like guinea pigs bedding.

      The actual food was very tasty, I had a caramel slice priced at £1.95, and my partner had pistachio icecream which was quite overpriced for the amount you get.

      It could have been a bad experience because it was saturday night at around 8pm, and was full of tourists clamouring to get their hands on that ice cream on a freezing march day.

      The menu includes icecream, about 6 flavours, you would think they would have more for an icecream parlour. There are also waffles with various toppings, bagels, hot drinks and milkshakes.

      I think it is over priced, there is not enough icecream choice and the staff were too busy to clean up. I wouldnt go back again, I can recommend several much nicer restaurants. I think this is a place where tourists who are too young to get into the pubs can hang out of an evening. Open until late!

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        28.02.2011 22:54
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        Nice place to eat in town

        G&D's are a familiar site to the residents of Oxford, selling great quality hot drinks, bagels, panini's and homemade ice-cream from 8am-12am every day of the week.

        Distinctive because of their cow logo, friendly signature and differing names depending on whether you go to the St Aldate's, Little Clarendon Street or Cowley Road, G&D's is never hard to spot, and is always buzzing no matter what time of day.

        Their prices are not too unreasonable for Oxford, with bagels at around £4 and ice-cream for £3, and everything is great quality. Even the choice of drinks, with a huge range of specialist teas, as well as all the favourite coffees and hot chocolate. The ice-cream flavours are regularly changed, and include their version of Ferrero Roche, and Daim bar crunch as well as old favourites like strawberry, and come in a cup or cone.

        The atmosphere is lovely, with people working on laptops, perusing the newspaper, or students chatting and couples on dates, the staff are friendly and receptive and the music choice is varied and interesting.

        A great little place to grab food, whether you have time to sit and enjoy the atmosphere or not, though you have too play a little more than some places for the privelege.

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          16.12.2009 12:49

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          If you want ice cream, this is the place to go. :)

          With its three locations, you're never far from a G & D's. This is an Oxford institution you can't afford to miss. With one on St Aldate's, by Pembroke College (it's the one to which Christ Church is opposite), one on the highly fashionable Little Clarendon Street and one in the popular area for students living out, on the Cowley Road.
          There are two main attractions to a G & D's - 1) The ice cream is quite possibly the best you will ever have and 2) it's open from 8am til midnight every day. Of course, as well as the ice cream, they sell hot and cold drinks, bagels, paninis, sandwiches and all sorts. However, it's still the ice cream which makes them so popular. Because of this, you might have to wait for a couple of minutes before being served, but the staff are friendly, helpful and polite - and the serving sizes aren't too bad either, especially at £1.95 for a '1' scoop size (although it always looks like at least 2 to me.)

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          13.11.2009 13:40
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          Perfect late-night alternative to clubbing or pubbing in Oxford!

          Whether you're in Oxford for the day or for three years, one of G&D's three locations in Oxford is a must-see. Their variously named branches are in Jericho, on St Aldate's, and on Cowley Road (the newest of the three). All of their ice cream is locally sourced and made, and their flavours range from the standard favourites (chocolate, vanilla) to the innovative (Oxford Blue - blueberry, and passion fruit sorbet are my favourites). Besides ice cream, they also serve breakfast foods (bagels, muffins, coffee, etc.) and hot and cold sandwiches. The stores are open until midnight every day.

          I first happened upon G&D's on my first trip to Oxford at the age of 16 and have been a follower ever since. I was staying at Pembroke College, and as I was under-age, G&D and its 'late license', so to speak, offered me a safe haven to hang out with friends, eating ice cream and talking into the night. The ice cream initially drew us in but the atmosphere - relaxed and friendly, you get the feeling you're simply hanging out in someone's living room - kept us there. The bagels were particularly divine - always freshly baked and the fillings just as tasty.

          Because of its local popularity, all three locations can get quite packed, but it's worth the wait. Great alternative to the club/pub scene for anyone wanting to go out in the city!

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          13.09.2009 22:09
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          Highly recommended

          G&D's is a range of ice cream parlours located in Oxford. There are three branches spread across the city, one in Cowley located in East Oxford and the other two on each end of the main City Centre.

          The ice cream served is all made in house & has a very distinctive taste, different from anything else you would have sampled in the past. As well as the regular selection, they have a number of specials on offer which change on a regular basis. One of my favourites has to be the mango surbet which is absolutely lush.

          You can have your selection in either a cup or cone, and if you want to take away a larger quanity they can also supply this in a container. There is also the option to eat in with a decent amount of seating provided in each of their venues.

          As well as ice cream, there are a number of other items available such as muffins, cookies & a selection of hot & cold drinks. With the outlets open till midnight on weeknights, there is always time to enjoy a great quality ice cream at this highly recommended venue. If you live around Oxford & have never been, you're definetly missing out!

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          01.06.2009 16:53

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          Quality ice cream, but only just at student prices

          G&D's have a number of outfits in Oxford, and this review exclusively refers to the shop on Little Clarendon street. G&D's is all about great tasting ice cream, and from this perspective, they get it exactly right. They've successfully grasped the Oxford market by the throat, and there's very few students at the university who can say they've never tried a G&D's product. One of the best things about G&D's is the student participation; a book in the shop invites requests for different or new flavours, and students also have the chance to submit and coordinate their own ice cream flavours, which are then put up for sale in the shops. The result is both a sense of community, and an ever-changing menu. Both of these are great for business.

          G&D's is a great ice cream, and the only disadvantage to speak of is the price; £2.15 for a single ice cream cone is expensive, but seems to me a small price to pay for the taste sensation that follows as you begin to eat it...

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          13.01.2009 23:07
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          A vibrant cafe with great food and a happy atmosphere... it's infectious!

          G and D's; what a place! G and D's cafes are based in oxford, and there are two cafes in the centre; one on Little Clarendon Street and one in St Aldates, opposite Christchurch and one on the Cowley Road. They specialise in the sale of homemade ice cream, made using natural ingredients.

          Although it's famous for its delicious ice cream, the G and D's cafes offer a variety of different food and drink, including bagels, pizza bagels, baked goods such as cookies, brownies, flapjacks, pastries... the list goes on. Also on their menu are Sundaes and salads. They also have a large breakfast menu, including eggs, bacon, bagels, waffles etc, all made to order. Their drinks, other than the usual coffee, tea, etc, include a 'Mad cow coffee', and a 'Holy Cow', which are coffee with ice cream, and hot chocolate with ice cream respectively. Their extensive cold drink selection includes ice cream shakes, ice cream floats, and smoothies.

          Here are a couple of examples of the items on the menu with prices:

          Brownie sundae--- £4.50

          A Homemade fudge brownie with one flavour of ice cream, covered in sauce, whipped cream, and a topping.

          Bagel Meltz:
          Bacon and Brie-- £4.20
          Sun dried tomato and swiss--£3.90
          Veggie--£3.70
          Tuna and sweetcorn---£3.90

          The ice cream flavours change regularly, but the constant flavours include banana, chocolate, strawberry, and regularly changing ones include mint aero, baileys, dime bar crunch, Oxford blue (blueberry). These is always a sorbet as well in varying flavours. For one scoop of ice cream, the cost is £1.95, for two, £2.95, and for three, £3.65. I know this isn't cheap, but bearing in mind the quality of the ice cream, and the monstrous size of the scoop, I think It's well worth it!

          The ice cream is full of flavour, creamy, and very Moorish, and the bagels are always very fresh, and made to order. Everything is made in one of the Oxford cafes, so it is guaranteed to be fresh and local.

          The cafes themselves are fabulous; it's a treat to go there. Although sometimes they can be very busy, it's all part of the atmosphere. It can be quite loud, but it's buzzing; there is a permanently cheerful feel to the place. The cafes are quite small, but there are usually ample tables to sit at, and you never feel rushed once you've sat down. You're free to spend all day there if you wish! During university time, the cafes open at 8am and close at midnight, seven days a week, which is wonderful if you ever find yourself with time to kill at a ridiculous hour. It also means that if you go in late evening, you are not rushed to leave, so they can shut. However, at some points over the Christmas period they close early, but there are always signs up telling you about this, so it's not usually a problem.

          The staff in the cafes are always wonderfully friendly and helpful. If you go into one of their cafes, you can feel your mood rise instantly! So overall, a very positive experience.

          www.gdcafe.com is their website which has their full menu and more information about them on it. Well worth a look.
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            31.08.2008 21:23
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            great place - a must for everyone in Oxford

            I have recently moved to Oxford and met my Auntie, who is a local, for lunch on my first weekend there. She instantly knew where we were going to eat, G&D's cafe.

            We went to the cafe on St Aldgates although I later found out that there are 3 cafes in the small chain. It is claimed to be an Oxford institution.

            We lingered in the cafe for ages, having a drink and then food and then another drink but we weren't pressurised at any point to hurry or leave.

            The food choice is bagels, either cold, metlz or pizza bagels. I chose a melt which was bacon and brie. It was yummy and ever so filling, it's hard to think that something so small can be so filling, I didn't want anything to eat that evening.

            The cafes serve their own ice cream which is made in the original of the three cafes. We didn't have any as we were too full! The ice cream comes in a wide range of flavours - and they have a petition book in each of the shops where customers can vote for new flavours.

            I cannot comment on the price of the food/drinks as I was treated by my Auntie. However I have since visited G&D's again with my boyfriend. This time we went to the original of the three stores on Little Claredon street, this one I didn't think was as nice and the other one but it is clearly what the others have been built on and it is where the ice cream is made. I did want to have the same bagel again but opted for something different, a tuna melt bagel, while my boyfriend had a BLT bagel. These along with a drink each came to around £9 - reasonable price for lovely fresh food. We then left this store and went to the one I'd visited before for ice cream very lovely and clearly home made.

            Cannot fault this place at all and would recommend it to all visitors to Oxford.

            www.gdcafe.com

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