Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Stadhampton
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Stadhampton restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 4 restaurants in Stadhampton and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Stadhampton restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Stadhampton Restaurants
1. Home Sweet Home Inn restaurant in Wallingford Roke - OX10
This cosy 17th-century country pub in the hamlet of Roke, near Wallingford, features log fires and a menu from Dom, the former head chef who now owns the business.
2. The Mole Inn British, Modern restaurant in Toot Baldon
This “charming pub with delicious, imaginative food and a welcoming atmosphere” is “tucked away down a narrow road” in a village close to Oxford. “Fantastic garden” for dining in the summer.
3. Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons French restaurant in Great Milton Church Road - OX44
“Go on, spoil yourself!". This “fabulous” fifteenth-century manor house is regularly the most commented-on destination outside London in our annual diners’ poll, and consistently one of the highest rated. Founded by Raymond Blanc in 1984, he remains its public face, although ownership nowadays is in the hands of LVMH and the executive head chef is Gary Jones. A visit here often starts with a tour (“so interesting!”) around the “spectacular and peaceful” grounds and kitchen gardens: TV star Blanc helped pioneer the current vogue for sustainable produce grown on-site, and herbs and veg from the gardens regularly feature in the dishes. Gradual expansion has created over 23 bedrooms and suites, and “for a special occasion, especially a romantic one”, a night away here is many couples’ first choice (“words cannot describe the joy this place brings to my wife and me”… “It’s an annual pilgrimage just to reset the benchmark of what dining perfection should be”). As an all-round experience, it’s hard to match. “You are made to feel special the second you set foot inside”; a spell in the “cosy” lounges bookends a meal with aperitifs and coffee; and “the finishing touches are what makes dining here such a pleasure”. Since Covid, the only option now is a tasting menu format. Some long-time guests miss the à la carte, although the classical-ish modern French cuisine is almost invariably still applauded for its “complete culinary precision” and “exceptional” flavours (“one of the best meals we have ever eaten…we ran out of superlatives!”). Opinions vary on whether the best tables are those in the dining conservatory, or elsewhere in the body of the house and extensions. Even fans caution: “be in no doubt that the trip is very, very expensive” (in particular, there are “enormous mark-ups on the wine list”, which is as heavyweight as you might expect). But they still recommend a trip “goes on the bucket list”… “Yes! you are worth it!!". (Watch this space, as some change is afoot. In July 2022 the local council approved a plan for a £36m expansion at the property, to lead ultimately to a bistro, spa and new garden suites – the aim being to encourage guests to extend their stay).
4. La Table d'Alix at The Plough French restaurant in Great Haseley Rectory Road - OX44
Antoine & Camille Chretien have created a “wonderful French atmosphere” at their “excellent and genuine” bistro-pub (named after their son) in an Oxfordshire village – “a wonderful place to take your loved ones and be spoilt by a well-chosen menu and wine list, and great hosts, away from all the hustle and bustle”. It’s a “very welcome – and “good value” – addition to this part of the world” – and exactly a mile away from Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (Antoine once worked for his ‘old friend’ Raymond at Brasserie Blanc in Oxford).
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