THE OXFORD COLLECTIONSep 1, 2021
‘The Oxford Collection‘ is an independently owned collection of two 5 star plus luxury hotels and three stunning restaurants, bars & terraces, all in central Oxford.
The Old Bank Hotel, Old Parsonage Hotel, and restaurants, Quod, Gees and Parsonage Grill, embody ‘The Oxford Collection,’ which is independently owned and headed by founder, Jeremy Mogford, and supports the Mogford Prize in many ways.
OLD BANK HOTEL & OLD PARSONAGE HOTEL
Each year The Oxford Collection partner with the Mogford Prize by offering a complimentary stay with breakfast for two people in one of their two five star hotels in Oxford, Old Bank Hotel and Old Parsonage Hotel. The luxury stays are offered to the judges, the prize winner and the three runner-ups of the Mogford Prize, and is usually taken up on the night of the annual prize-winning ceremony and party, but can be transferred to another date if required.
In addition, each year The Oxford Collection publishes the winning Mogford Prize short story and places a free copy in each of its 78 hotel rooms of The Oxford Collection for guests to read during their stay or to take along with their travels. This distribution exposes the author to a wider audience and provides an added bonus for hotel guests.
QUOD RESTAURANT & BAR
On Oxford’s bustling High Street, peering out onto St Mary’s Church and the iconic Radcliffe Camera, Quod Restaurant with its unrivalled location forms the lively hub of the Old Bank Hotel. Quod is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, and with its large onyx bar, is a perfect location for celebratory drinks.
Since 2016, Quod has been the venue for the annual Mogford Prize Award Ceremony, presentation, and party where, hosted by The Oxford Collection, up to 70 invitees mix and mingle over drinks and canapés. A private room at Quod – the Red Room – is set aside for the judges, the winner and runner-ups, as well as a small selection of hand-picked guests. Following the awarding of the prize, guests retire to the room to enjoy a private dinner of celebration hosted by Jeremy Mogford and The Oxford Collection.
GEES RESTAURANT & BAR
Situated on Banbury Road and set in a stunning Victorian glasshouse, Gees hosted the annual Mogford prize-giving ceremony from 2013 through 2015. In the early days of the prize, The Oxford Collection hosted a sit-down supper for hand-picked guests including the winner and judges. As the prize developed and grew, Gees as a venue became too small and so the awards ceremony was relocated to Quod.
The Oxford Collection is expanding Gees, developing a large outdoor covered patio area attached to the restaurant. It is envisaged that the annual Mogford prize-giving celebrations from 2022 will be hosted at Gees with the capacity to safely accommodate up to 200 people.
Famed for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, the Parsonage Grill displays an amazing collection of eclectic oil paintings, mainly portraits of well-known writers and artists. The Oxford Collection uses this venue to host breakfast meetings and business lunches connected to the organisation and running of the Mogford Prize.