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 208 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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. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons
French restaurant in Great Milton
Church Road - OX44
“I couldn’t take any risks for my wife’s 50th birthday weekend... so I placed my trust in Raymond’s impeccable hotel and restaurant... result: perfection!” M Blanc’s “magnificent” converted Elizabethan manor boasts a “dream location” in a picture-book village south of Oxford and, “if you want to spoil someone with luxury”, an overnight stay here is “the ultimate ‘because-you’re-worth-it’ experience”. “Any visit must include a walk through the gardens”, which not not only cap off “the perfect setting”, but also help supply the restaurant and “would make any kitchen gardener green with envy”. “Special praise also goes to the service: that all-too-rare combination of humanity, wonderful politeness and efficiency” that “sets a standard others only aspire to”. Last but not least, when it comes to the cooking – “essentially French haute cuisine, but not so rich” – it is occasionally said to be a tad “safe”, but more commonly it is described as “exquisite, with supreme attention for detail” (and – unusually for such a high profile restaurant – provokes vanishingly few ‘contrarian’ negative reports). One unavoidable downside: “a visit is unfortunately hugely expensive”; but on most accounts “this is not just a meal, but a spa for the soul and the senses, generating a deep sense of well-being, and – viewed as such – is a good-value prescription!”
. The Feathered Nest Inn
British, Modern restaurant in Nether Westcote
“Scenes over rolling Cotswolds countryside” help set a “romantic” tone at this “historic pub, cleverly adapted with the addition of a comfortable dining room with country views” – “it has it all, with its beautiful surroundings, log fires in winter and summer al fresco”. That goes for its “terrific fine dining” too – “exceptional food, time after time from a very talented brigade” led by Kuba Witkowski. “It’s expensive, but never lets you down”.
. Oli's Thai
Thai restaurant in Oxford
38 Magdalen Rd - OX4
“The warm peanut sauce is to die for… the silken super aubergine curry so yummy” – this “cramped and very informal” café serves “the best Thai food in Oxford by a mile” offering dishes with “just incredible tastes” and “their cult status hasn’t gone to their heads”. (“What sets Oli’s Thai apart is the authentic home cooking found in Thailand: the massive flavours, the use of herbs and spices, and above all the consistency”). “If you can get a table (a BIG if!), it is well worth the time it takes to wait for one!”
. The Red Lion
British, Modern restaurant in Britwell Salome
2015 Review: It may be “hidden away down dark, twisty, narrow roads”, but the inn once known as the Goose is again ranked in all reports as “well worth seeking out” for its “wonderful top-notch pub food, served with real passion”.
. The Bull at Burford
British, Modern restaurant in Burford
105 High St - OX18
2014 Review: Reporters “continue to be impressed with the whole experience” of eating at this historic town-centre inn – in particular the “fantastic service instigated by the wonderfully gregarious patron Jean-Marie Lauzier”.
. The Crooked Billet
British, Modern restaurant in Stoke Row
Newlands Ln - RG9
Paul Clerehugh “has really found the formula to please his customers” at this “tucked out-of-the-way” gastropub “down the narrow country lanes” of the Chiltern Hills, between Reading and Henley, where “there is always a friendly smile and something delicious on the menu”. “I’ve been coming here roughly once a fortnight over 15 years, and it never fails to please!”
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