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5 to try – Oxfordshire restaurants

From eateries in Oxford’s continental and arty Jericho, to the fine-dining at Eynsham Hall or Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and here are the best restaurants in Oxfordshire. The Oxford Wine Café is ideal for relaxing with a glass of bubbly, red or white and a bowl of olives before you go out to eat. Another great place to soak up the city’s atmosphere is The Grand Café on the High Street, known locally as ‘The High’. This ornate building, on the site of England’s first coffee house according to Samuel Pepys’ 1650 diary, is something of an Oxford institution. Oxford is surrounded by rivers and canals, so is the perfect place to grab a drink or something to eat while gazing out across the water. At Cherwell Boathouse in Bardwell Road, off Banbury Road, hire a boat to take punting on the river before or after tucking into the delicious food. The Perch is five minutes down a rutted lane off Botley Road but well worth making the effort. Its location on the banks of The Isis, as the River Thames is known where it flows through Oxford, is nothing short of gorgeous.


Cinnamon Kitchen
Cinnamon Kitchen

Westgate Shopping Centre, Roof Terrace, Turn Again Ln, Oxford OX1 1TR

Spice up your stay at Vivek Singh’s award-winning modern Indian restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen. With amazing views of the dreamy Oxford spires, Cinnamon is a great place to entertain, host parties or special occasions. It’s open daily for brunch, drinks, light bites or more elaborate meals. Visit website


The Lion at Wendlebury
The Lion at Wendlebury

Wendlebury Rd, Wendlebury, Bicester OX25 2PW

With its beautiful country charm and proximity to the historical and cultural sights of Oxford as well as shopping mecca Bicester Village, there’s no shortage of great things on the doorstep. And when the exciting adventures and exploring is done, The Lion is the ideal spot to unwind with drinks in the cosy pub, delicious dinners in the charming dining room or to relax on sumptuous Feather & Black beds for bonding movie time in one of the 13 stylish bedrooms, each packed full of lovely creature comforts. Friendly staff are always on hand to suggest great days out or wonderful walks in the stunning Oxfordshire countryside or just seconds away is the picturesque village of Wendlebury. Visit website


Eynsham Hall
Eynsham Hall

North Leigh, Witney OX29 6PN

Head Chef Kurt Giger serves uncomplicated and unrushed food at Eynsham Hall. Here you can expect seasonal British food, sourced from local farmers and suppliers like the famous Kelmscott pork, reared just a few miles away. The Brasserie occupies what was once the Mason family’s billiard room, offering banquette seating, the industrial copper accents are a nod to the family who made their fortune from copper mining. The Gun Room is a most convivial space for drinks and light bites. Eynsham Hall won an award for the design of this contemporary bar juxtaposed with the traditional design of the house. Visit website


Nut Tree Inn
Nut Tree Inn

Main St, Murcott, Kidlington OX5 2RE

The Nut Tree Inn is the quintessential English country pub complete with thatched roof, duck pond, vegetable patch, beams and wood burning stoves, but behind these is also a Michelin-starred restaurant. The Nut Tree Inn seamlessly combines a village ‘boozer’ and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Whether popping in for a pint, a sandwich or the eight-course tasting menu the welcome is just the same. It is the perfect place for a relaxing drink after the day’s work is done, a romantic meal for two or a family celebration with an eight-course tasting menu. The venue can also caters for private parties for up to 36 guests in its vaulted dining room or up to 20 in the cosy private dining room. Visit website


Daba
Daba

36 Oxford St, Woodstock OX20 1TT

Daba Indian Cuisine is an Indian restaurant located in Woodstock, that serves a selection of stunning Indian dishes. The restaurant’s chefs use the finest ingredients and more than 17 years of experience to make sure that every meal is of the highest quality. To cater for the extremely wide-ranging tastes and preferences of all customer, Daba is required to have menus that comprise many flavours and spices. The experienced chefs at the restaurant have the expertise to create a number of delicious traditional and contemporary Indian dishes. Following detailed recipes, Daba Indian Cuisine serves food which is simply adored by diners. Visit website


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