Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Oxfordshire
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Oxfordshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 203 restaurants in Oxfordshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Oxfordshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Perch French restaurant in Oxford Binsey Ln - OX2
The Perch is Oxford’s best kept secret. A destination pub on Port Meadow serving excellent, farmhouse-style British food with a seasonal edge and open to all comers.
The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest and most charming pubs. We’re right by the river on Port Meadow in a lo...
2. Orwells British, Traditional restaurant in Shiplake Shiplake Row - RG9
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Orwells is set inside a pretty pub building, located just 5 minutes from the town centre of Henley on Thames and 10 minutes from Reading. Also easily accesible from London via Paddington Station, in only 30 minutes.
Chefs Ryan Simpson & Liam Trotman previous...
3. Cherwell Boathouse British, Modern restaurant in Oxford Bardwell Road - OX2
The Cherwell Boathouse is beautifully located on the banks of the river Cherwell close to the center of Oxford . The restaurant serves modern English food complimented with an award wining wine list . Al fresco dining is available , alongside Oxford largest punting station . ...
4. The Sir Charles Napier British, Modern restaurant in Chinnor Spriggs Alley - OX39
“On a beautiful summer evening, it can be heaven to drink a glass of bubbly in the stunning garden” of Julie Griffiths’s well-known escape – a “wonderfully cosy” pub-conversion (“more restaurant than pub”), in a hard-to-find, leafy Chilterns location, off the M40. “It’s one of the longest-running UK destinations to be consistently running at the top of its game”, and its quite “fancy” cuisine “goes from strength to strength”. And though far from cheap, and with a few quirks (“I don’t like being directed to the bar area to wait ages”), on most accounts its “idiosyncratic” style “all adds to the charm”.
5. Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons French restaurant in Great Milton Church Road - OX44
“A wander around the magnificent gardens” is the overture to a “blissful” all-round experience (especially if you are staying the night) at Légion d’Honneur winner, Raymond Blanc’s “immaculate” Elizabethan manor house, which has few rivals in the UK as the choice “for a very special occasion”. “Exquisite” modern French cuisine – with much produce from the grounds – is delivered by “sensitive” staff in a “light and airy” conservatory. On the downside “you need a second mortgage”, but most reporters feel “it’s an investment worth making”.
6. Oli's Thai Thai restaurant in Oxford 38 Magdalen Rd - OX4
“This is proper Thai food – the very best you could eat”; it may be “tiny”, but this “basic” café “has achieved cult status” locally owing to its “incredibly flavoursome” food; “you have to be very organised to get a table”, though... “the waiting time is 6-8 weeks”!
7. The Feathered Nest Inn British, Modern restaurant in Nether Westcote
“The setting and views are fabulous”, at this Cotswolds gastropub, especially if you are lucky with the weather and sit outside. The “wonderful”, “restaurant-standard” cooking and great wine list contribute to an all-round “first-class experience” (although “fussy” service can occasionally grate).
8. The Crooked Billet British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Row Newlands Ln - RG9
“Tucked out-of-the-way (thankfully otherwise it would be mobbed)” – this “unbeatable” oak-beamed rural favourite is, for fans, “the benchmark for casual relaxed dining”, with “a romantic ambience in both rooms” and “always reliable” cooking.
9. The Crazy Bear British, Modern restaurant in Stadhampton Bear Ln - OX44
“Quirky and fun” Anglo-Thai (one dining room each) that’s historically been most notable for its funky ambience, and which continues to be “populated by people wanting to see and be seen”; in recent times, however, the cooking seems to be catching up – “especially the Thai, but also anything from the farm shop list”.
10. The Nut Tree Inn British, Modern restaurant in Murcott Main Street - OX5
Michael North and Imogen Young’s “very handsome” thatched country pub has a “pleasant rural location” and “oozes intimacy”, and makes a “stylish but totally unpretentious” destination for some “brilliant”, “high quality” cooking.
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