Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant Unveils New Summer Look and Menu

Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant unveils a new look this weekend for the summer season al fresco dining. Along with summer closing hours of 6pm, there is an introduction of new a Sharing Boards menu alongside local craft beers, wines and cocktails

From this Sunday 2nd July, the Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant will extend its opening hours until 6pm to allow guests more time to enjoy the newly planted stunning open-air roof terrace throughout the summer. There’s also a roof-covered restaurant, should guests prefer.

Situated above the iconic Ashmolean Museum, the restaurant boasts the original rooftop terrace that has graced the city and been a popular meeting spot for generations, famed for having the best afternoon tea in Oxford.

Head Chef Steven Brooks has collaborated with the Oxford University Parks team to curate a herb garden that is part of the new plant display on the terrace. The herbs will be incorporated into seasonal dishes.

A delicious menu of sharing boards will be offered with both vegan and meat options available, alongside afternoon tea which features Oxford blue cheese & caramelised onion tart; English cucumber, cream cheese & chive on beetroot & dill bread; and Ashmolean tea infused raisin scones, English clotted cream, and Tiptree jam.

A well-stocked bar boasts local craft beers & cider, including the popular Hawkstone and Ashmolean IPA, created in collaboration with Hook Norton. A cocktail list features The Labyrinth Highball, inspired by the current exhibition at the Museum, which will run until the end of July.

For those looking to bring home a taste of their experience, the bespoke Ashmolean Tea and Ashmolean IPA are available for purchase from the Ashmolean Museum Shop, both instore and online.

Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant summer

New Sharing Boards Menu:

VEGAN: Mixed olives, cornichons, vegan cheese, stuffed vine leaves, semi-dried tomato, sweet potato pakora, roasted red pepper hummus, olive ciabatta, olive oil & balsamic dip

MEAT: Mixed olives, cornichons, Taleggio cheese, Prosciutto crudo, Salchichon salami, Ventricina salami, olive ciabatta, olive oil & balsamic dip


  • Fries.
  • Mixed salad, cherry tomatoes, carrots, radish, cucumber,
  • Parmesan-dusted fries, truffle mayo

The rooftop terrace can be accessed from within the museum until 5pm or from the St. Giles entrance after 5.00pm, when the museum closes.

The Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant will extend its opening hours until 6pm throughout the summer, starting from Sunday 2 July.

Booking is highly recommended.

What is the Ashmolean Museum?

Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s Museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Their world-famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. In addition to the extraordinary exhibitions, The Ashmolean Museum also partners with a number of local artisanal companies to create exclusive, bespoke beverage offerings.

In August 2022, the Ashmolean Museum partnered with a local Oxfordshire tea company, Team Tea to create a bespoke blend, which is utilised by Head Chef Steven Brooks and incorporated into the Rooftop Restaurant’s menu. The Ashmolean has also collaborated with Hook Norton, a family-owned brewery just over 20 miles north of the Museum to create the first ever Ashmolean Ale. Both products are available to purchase through the Ashmolean Museum shop instore and online.