There are 163 restaurants in the United Kingdom with atleast one Michelin star and 14 in Ireland. But did you know four of these mouth watering dining venues are in Oxfordshire?
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Boasting not one but two Michelin stars, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is a luxury hotel and restaurant and the brainchild of celebrated chef Raymond Blanc. Located in a country house in the middle of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, Le Manoir is the perfect combination of British and French influence.
Chef Gary Jones has cooking experience all around the world, even being personally invited to Richard Branson’s Necker Island to train staff before settling back in Oxfordshire. His skillset, patience, and use of home grown produce brings people back to Le Manoir time and time again. for produce that cannot be grown on site he will visit suppliers on their boats, their farms or production facilities to ensure they are sourcing only the best.
Opening times: The restaurant is open daily to guests and non guests for lunch and dinner. Bookings open three months in advance.
For nine years running the Nut Tree has been awarded a Michelin star, and with good reason. Housed in a traditional thatched British pub, it might not be obvious from the outside that something so small and cute looking could hold something so prestigious.
This 16th pub sits between lots of windy roads, whilst close to the major M40, it is not easy to get to, so buy a sat nav because this trip is definitely worthwhile. Its chef Mike North was the youngest chef in the UK to receive a Michelin star, he was just 25 at the time.
Whilst the Nut Tree has kept the classic pub feeling, the food is above and beyond that now. British food with a modernist twist, you can see some of the produce roaming the gardens before they have been turned into belly pork.
This is a place not only to just enjoy food, but the whole experience. the pretty thatched cottage style of the pub, the picturesque gardens, the animals, friendly locals, and of course the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire. Oh, and if you fancy it, Bicester Outlet Village is not too far away either!
The Sir Charles Napier
This is definitely a place to visit on a sunday. You know the term ‘sunday drive’? Well embark on a drive around the country roads of Oxfordshire and you might just stumble upon this popular pub in Chinnor.
The restaurant gained a Michelin star in 2012 and has kept it ever since, the head chef has spent time in both Asia and Australia, bringing much of his experience back to the Oxfordshire countryside. this is an establishment that doesn’t make their menu too frilly, what you see is what you get, and this is what brings customers back time and time again. serving traditional and high quality British good, The Sir Charles Napier is also good value for money.
Whilst the restaurant continues to bring in the visitors, reviews of the food and service have become quite shaky. It only takes a quick search on Tripadvisor to see you should arrive with average expectations.
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
A popular choice in the Cotswolds, the Wild Rabbit in Kingham (near to Chipping Norton) is one of the most recent additions to the Michelin Guide when it comes to food. Winning a Michelin star in October 2016, Chef Tim Allen uses every day ingredients to take you on a culinary journey. Produce is combined in a way that will blow the senses and leave you owndering ‘why didn’t i think of doing that before?’.
Eating in the restaurant is not the cheapest affair but you are surrounded by beautiful honey coloured cottages in some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. Produce is fresh, seasonal, traditional, and British with a twist!