The Jam Factory


The first batch of 'Frank Cooper's marmalade' was made by Sarah-Jane Cooper in her family kitchen in 1874. This famous marmalade was produced on site between 1903 - 1958 hence the name The Jam Factory. 

The Jam Factory is a family run business which opened their doors back in November 2006. Now over 100 years since the Cooper family manufactured here we are proud of being an Oxford landmark once again. 

Interesting Facts:

  • A jar of the marmalade can be seen down the rabbit hole with Alice in the original illustrated Alice in Wonderland

  • A jar of Frank Cooper's marmalade went to Antarctica with Scott and was subsequently found, many years later, buried in the ice.

  • The Queen admits to enjoying Frank Cooper's at breakfast!

  • James Bond eats Cooper's Vintage Oxford marmalade with his breakfast in the book "From Russia, With Love"

Come and see our collection of Frank Cooper's memorabilia on display!



The Jam Factory serves a dual purpose - both as a bar/restaurant and as a creative hub - playing host to various artistic groups, with regularly changing exhibitions throughout the year and an exciting program of events and classes.

We’re delighted to display original art from talented artists, emerging and established. Over the years we have exhibited a diverse range of work including ceramics, paintings, drawings, print work, jewellery and digital media.


The space we have here is bright, colourful and welcoming; to be enjoyed by all whether you are an art enthusiast or a casual browser. The Boiler Room Gallery - which was once used by Frank Cooper to boil his Famous marmalade - now makes the perfect gallery space with vaulted ceilings and bags of natural light. We also exhibit works in our Large Gallery and Restaurant so you can enjoy your meal, glass of wine or tea & a slice of homemade cake in artistic surroundings. We also have a large display of art books for customers to enjoy whilst in the venue.


The Jam Factory is known as one of the city’s most intriguing contemporary art spaces, and we are very proud to be part of Oxford’s local art scene. Open calls for group exhibitions are a common and popular occurrence so keep up to date...


We serve only free-range, well-sourced produce - local where possible and all cooked fresh to order.  Our beef comes from our local butchers. Our fish is sustainable and caught by cheerful fishermen.  During the Summer have been known to bring out our BBQ

We pride ourselves on our ability to cook the same great fresh food for a table of 2 as we can for a group of 170.

Serving good honest food.


Whether it’s Breakfast, lunch or dinner for a few friends or a whole venue hire for a special day we can help – offering nibbles, canapés, a buffet or sit down meal.



The unique layout of the Jam Factory allows for plenty of options for spaces to hire, from The Boiler Room – our private dining space that seats up to 40 guests, up to 130 in our main areas and up to 170 using the whole venue, with other options in between.



  • Free WiFi

  • Dog Friendly

  • Wheelchair accessible 

  • Baby changing facilities

  • Large outdoor terrace and seating area

  • Books and games for our customers to enjoy 

  • Child friendly (buggies and prams welcome) 

  • Private meeting room