In the Beginning
In Summer 2013, three local Oxford bloggers realised that there was no one-stop shop to advise locals and visitors on where – and where not – to eat in Oxford. We blogged regularly on our own sites but decided to combine forces to create something extra thorough, so set up Bitten Oxford.
Now run by two of the original three, Bitten includes restaurant reviews, events, where’s opening, where’s closing, what new menus are being launched and anything else we feel like writing about.
The website costs money to run, and there are many, many restaurants to cover, so we sometimes accept complimentary meals and invitations to cool events and menu tastings so we can bring you more content and fresh news. We always retain full editorial control, all restaurants agree to brutally honest reviews, and there will be a disclosure at the foot of the review or article. The rest of our reviews are without advance warning and paid for in full. We don’t wear beards and sunglasses, but we have never been heard to utter the words “don’t you know who I am”, either.
All we do is tell you what we think. Our views can differ and restaurants change daily, so our experiences may not reflect yours but at least we’ll be honest about what happened when we went there so you know what to expect!
Bitten is run entirely in our spare time and funded by our own pockets, to help us keep the site running we sometimes use affiliate links and adverts.
|Jacqui Thorndyke - Editor|
Mum, wife, and all-out food addict; Jacqui loves cooking it, talking about it, and most importantly, eating it! Jacqui’s blog, FoodieOnTour, is about her constant search for the most exciting, delicious, or downright devilish food experiences, focussing on restaurants, food producers and events, in and around Oxfordshire . Wherever Jacqui travels, the search continues. Tweeting since early 2012 but blogging since Spring 2013, Jacqui has written for both local and national publications. Check out Jacqui’s blog at www.foodieontour.co.uk, or follow her on Twitter @FoodieOnTour or Facebook
|Becca - Deputy Editor
Born and bred in Oxford, there's not much I don't know about local food, especially as I've worked in quite a few of the kitchens and pubs! I'm not as posh as the other two, that's not to say that I don't have a taste for the finer things in life but I do like to discover good food at an even better price. Possibly a little too brutally honest at times and with a tendency to roll my eyes if someone is being a little too pretentious, I'll always say what I think. And apparently that can be entertaining... Join Becca on Twitter @Ox_Bex , or visit her blog at www.beccalaureate.co.uk
We offer a free listing to all restaurants, bars and cafes in Oxford, from OX1 to OX4. If your venue is not listed and you would like it to be, please get in touch with your details.
Bitten Oxford’s trusted reviews are conducted by Jacqui, Becca, or sometimes by trusted guest writers. We conduct our own reviews without prior warning and at our own cost. However, if you would like to organise a review of your venue please contact us to discuss. We maintain full editorial control of our reviews and they are known for being candid.
PREVIEWS & NEWS
We like to bring you all the latest news about anything food and drink related in and around Oxford. If you have news you think our readers might be interested in, we’d love to hear from you! Our previews, in particular, attract a lot of attention, so please do get in touch if you’d like to promote your new venue.
There are opportunities to advertise with us in the sidebar, on the header, in our newsletters and social media. An up-to-date media pack is available, get in touch to discuss your requirements.
We’re always keen to work with new people, if you’d like to submit a guest article then we’d love to hear from you. We like our writers to show their own personality and to start with an article rather than a review, so don’t expect to suddenly get a load of free meals – we’ll test you first!
Bitten Oxford has been pleased to work with some great brands and has a strong, loyal follower base in Oxford and further afield, including a combined social media following of 10k. We are keen to produce quality content and recommendations, and collaborations available include sponsored blog posts, sponsored social media posts and giveaways. We only work with brands that we like ourselves and would be happy to share with our followers.
We have run a regular street food market at Oxford Castle Quarter as Bitten Street, which has also popped up at North Parade Market and at Oxford Brookes University. We have also run a number of tweet-ups and Oxford Food & Drink Festival. New events will be added to our Facebook events page and published on our website.
Last year we collaborated with Independent Oxford to self-publish the Indie Oxford Compendium, a beautifully printed guide to the best independent restaurants, retailers, bars and more in Oxford. The book is available for £4 + P&P via, Amazon, Oxford Bus Company stores or you can pick it up from 80+ local independent businesses.
BESPOKE FOOD TOURS
We have run private, bespoke food walking tours for organisations upon request, and can be tailored to budget. If you would like to organise one of your own, please contact us to arrange.