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Pickled Walnut aims to emphasise the vibrant Syria, when new restaurants were opening, when artists met in coffee shops, when the people were keen to try new foods. For Ahmad, keeping this cordial memory of daily life in Syria alive is important.



We want you to experience an upbeat atmosphere where you can taste old and new Syrian cuisine.
Our menu represents the food you would get in a Syrian home with restaurant quality and standards, thus allowing a space for new creations.



The dishes are cooked fresh by a team of resilient Syrian people making a new life in the UK. Their presence in the kitchen adds to the authentic and energetic experience that you will discover in The Pickled Walnut. Ahmad and his team take great pleasure in making customers happy and leaving with a smile.


137-139 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1HU
About Us


Playing amongst a house full of women pickling walnuts ready for the Makdous (stuffed aubergines) season was one of the founder’s of Pickled Walnut, Ahmad Mohamad’s, earliest memories of growing up
in Damascus. 

His mother, a great cook, hosted the Makdous making season. Women would come to the house for several days in row, digging out the insides of aubergines and filling them with walnuts and chillis. They would sing, chatter and laugh and at the end of their hard work, all take home jars of Makdous to store for the winter, a melt in your mouth preserve with many ways to enjoy it but simply delicious with fresh hot bread.



Ahmad and his team take great pleasure in making customers happy and leaving with a smile and good memories.

Party Bookings

The restaurant can accommodate groups of all sizes

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Party Bookings

Our set menu is a great option for groups giving you the ability to try a selection of our appetisers while still having plenty of choice for main course and dessert!
For group bookings over 8 people a deposit is required and a 10% service charge will be added to the bill.

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What our customers say

Delicious meals. Friendly service. Our guests were very impressed. Well done We will be dining at the Pickled Walnut soon again.
OpenTable Diner Since 2016 · Dined on 17 December 2016
Excellent authentic Syrian food, excellent service - the staff were so helpful and keen to help us choose the best dishes, and food was served impressively fast.
05knight · Dined on 10 December 2016
Delicious food, innovative dishes, excellent service.
Our new favourite restaurant!
OpenTable Diner Since 2017 · Dined on 8 January 2017
The food and service were fine, fresh and tasty Middle East cuisine. Two of us stuck to the mezes, the third said his Moroccan lamb tagine with figs was delicious.
OpenTable Diner Since 2016 · Dined on 24 November 2016
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Street parking is available alternatively a pay and display car park is only a few minutes walk from the restaurant.


Mon To Sat 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM


The Pickled Walnut
137-139 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HU


01865 430478