Four must visit restaurants in Oxfordshire

Food and Drink

Posted by Ed on 2nd March 2020

Oxfordshire is an amazing county to spend some time in the Heart of England. From the historical academic haven of Oxford with its world-class universities and museums. Equally, there are some fine foodie spots around the city and even more in and out of the market towns that you'll find throughout the county. Here's a selection of just four of the best that we have discovered first hand on our visits to Oxfordshire.

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The Nut Tree, Murcott

Location: Main Street, Murcott, OX5 2RE PH: 01865 331253

Price range: Main courses - £25 - £40 

The Nut Tree was awarded a Michelin star for the sixth year in a row and at the time of writing it is one of two restaurants that hold this accolade in Oxfordshire. Priding itself on a high level of service and a menu of modern British cuisine, The Nut Tree has built a good reputation in the local area and beyond, for consistently excellent food and warm welcome.

The Nut Tree may have a Michelin star, but the unpretentious surroundings, friendly staff and reasonably priced menus have made them a firm favourite with the locals. Housed in a 15th-century thatch, The Nut Tree’s menu changes frequently to offer the best of the season – from a full tasting menu to the daily two-course set price special which is available Tuesday - Friday lunchtime and Tuesday - Thursday evenings, at around £18. We would recommend the two-course special which was a roast vegetable terrine followed by a smoked salmon risotto, accompanied by the most delicious, nutty bread we've ever tasted. The food was perfectly portioned and the service impeccable. It’s easy to see why this pub is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Stay at: Oxford Batch | Sleeps: 5 guests plus 1 dog

The Bell at Hampton Poyle

Location: 11 Oxford Road, Hampton Poyle, OX5 2QD  PH: 01865 376242

Price range: Main courses - £10 - £15

The Bell at Hampton Poyle is a lovely village restaurant that offers stylish surrounding in which to enjoy a wonderful evening out. The menu comprises locally sourced ingredients, so the menu is always fluctuating to reflect availability of the freshest and the best produce. The daily specials can include some exciting wild cards too covering the spectrum of meat, fish, game and vegetarian. The menu covers dishes from around the world as well as traditional English fare. 

Not only this, the kitchen is open and it's interesting to see the chefs and cooks at work and the kitchen in action as pizzas are prepared and cooked in the large wood-burning oven. The pizzas are to die for too, as are the Sunday lunches. Check The Bell at Hampton Poyle's website for sample menus and book a table in advance to avoid a wasted trip. 

Stay at: Thames View | Sleeps: 2 guests 

The Swan at Tetsworth

Location: 5 Upper Street, Tetsworth, Thame OX9 7AB  PH: 01844 281182

Prices: Main courses - £10 - £15

Located at an antiques house, you can combine some bargain hunting with some very a fine feed at this quirky and interesting restaurant. Set in an Elizabethan coaching inn, there's nothing old-fashioned or obsolete about the food. The chef specialises in traditional, hearty meals from a varied selection of European recipes. Try the home-smoked duck and spiced carrot salad or organic Orkney salmon with wasabi cream and a salmon skin 'biscuit'. Other highlights including the langoustines and broccoli purée, along with the roast fillet of Oxfordshire beef. Leave space for pudding; ask for the passion fruit soufflé or warm greengage tart with hazelnut frangipane, and the wine list is extensive too.

Stay at: Manor Barn, Noke | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog

Orwells, Henley-on-Thames

Location: Shiplake Row Henley-on-Thames RG9 4DP  PH: 0118 940 3673

Prices: Main course - £70

Treat yourself to an evening out at this very pleasant restaurant in Henley-on-Thames, known for its famous regattas along the river. Owned by chefs who worked at Michelin-star adorned establishments, you can expect some ambitious dishes and a very impressive range of a la carte choices. Starters include mouth-watering prospects like candied tomato and goat's cheese, fried onions and pea mousse. the bread is baked on the premises as well, so try it out if it complements your meal choice. We'd recommend the foie gras served with smoked eel, a bed of pearly barley and a few pickled mushrooms. For a main, if seafood is your favourite, the monkfish with lentils, peanuts, curry and cauliflower is divine. Duck breast also comes highly recommended by visitors too. Look out for specials and if you are near Henley-on-Thames for the weekend, this is the place for an excellent Sunday roast.

Stay at: The Lodge | Sleeps: 6 guests

We have some lovely cottages throughout Oxfordshire to inspire your visit to this unmissable county. Where will you stay on your fine dining break to the Heart of England, a wonderful part of the country to take a holiday?

  • Photo credits:
  • Nut Tree Inn = @ nuttreeinn @ ladyleopardblog @ n-watson212
  • The Bell = @ strattoncourt @ roaminrobbie @ mattmhuc @ josefernandes_simoes
  • The Swan = @ realrobbeal @ Gourmetpursuit @  mindfulofwildchild 
  • Orwells = @ jonhk66 @ orwells-rest

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.