Queen's Lane Coffee House

Queen's Lane Coffee House is a historic coffee house established by Cirques Jobson, a Levantine Jew from Syria.[1] Dating back to 1654, it claims to be the oldest continually serving coffee house in Europe[2] although, it has only been on the present site, (Oxford, England) since 1970.[3] The coffee house is where Jeremy Bentham first developed the concept of utilitarianism.[4]

Side of the Queen's Lane Coffee House on Queen's Lane
View of the High Street in Oxford, with the Queen's Lane Coffee House in the distance, past the Queen's College on the left.

The coffee house is situated on the north side of the High Street (at No. 40), on the corner of Queen's Lane, hence the name "Queen's Lane Coffee House".[5][6] Close by are The Queen's College to the west and St Edmund Hall to the north. It is popular with University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University students and tourists alike.[citation needed]

In 2009, it rebranded itself as "QL". There is a second, smaller, QL Café and Delicatessen at 126 High Street under the same ownership. Another Café QL (now called Café Bonjour) in Headington was once owned by the same family but was sold years ago.

The café has been owned by the same family since 1983.[citation needed]

It serves a wide range of traditional British dishes such as fish and chips, pies, and the famous full English breakfast. It also offers Turkish and Mediterranean dishes including moussaka, kofte, salads, and vegetarian and Halal alternatives.

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  1. ^ Oxford Jewish Heritage. "Personalities of the exclusion period". Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Queen's Lane Coffee House". Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. ^ Stephanie Jenkins. "Oxford History: The High: 39, 40, & 41: Queen's Lane Coffee House". Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  4. ^ "About Us | Modern Utilitarianism – Utilitarianism.net".
  5. ^ "Queen's Lane Coffee House". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Queen's Lane Coffee House". Foursquare. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°45′9.8″N 1°15′1.6″W / 51.752722°N 1.250444°W / 51.752722; -1.250444