When visiting somewhere new on your travels, you want to explore everything the place has to offer including the best restaurants. Lucky for you the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside has lots of local food spots, farmers markets and food festivals (Children’s Food Festival, the Great British Cheese Festival and the Henley Food Festival all happen here.) If that wasn’t enough, Oxfordshire boasts picture-perfect villages and stunning views, within the radius of the lively city centre of Oxford, it truly is a wonderful place to explore and eat when you’re in the UK.
The Castle at Edgehill, Banbury
There is a hint in the name of what this unique restaurant looks like… yes you guessed it a castle. The Castle at Edgehill is set in a rural location in Banbury, Oxfordshire meaning you can look over the countryside whilst you dine and with award winning food on the menu you really can’t go wrong. Using local produce and keeping the menu fresh by changing it every ten weeks.
Wild Thyme Restaurant, Chipping Norton
In the heart of the picturesque town of Chipping Norton (known to the locals as Chippy) which is in fact the highest town in Oxfordshire, is Wild Thyme a restaurant serving british food with a mediterranean influence. Everything is homemade using the best ingredients and the restaurant itself is just as beautiful to look at as the food, in a Grade Two listed building with Cotswold stone walls. This will be a dining experience you won’t forget.
Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
The quintessentially British town of Henley-on-Thames is most famous for it’s annual Regatta, but it has many other charms too, such as this tranquil spot for lunch. The Angel on the Bridge is Henleys only pub on the thames and is very famous indeed. Once you’re finished take a boat ride down the river or if you’d rather the foodie day to continue head along to the the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery.
The Wild Rabbit and the Kingham Plough, Kingham
You’ll find not only one but two award-winning pubs in the village of Kingham, Oxfordshire one named The Wild Rabbit and the other Kingham Plough, so of course it would be rude not to include both. The Kingham Plough won Oxfordshire Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide for the third year and The Wild Rabbit has a michelin star. They may have won different awards but they both have one thing in common; they have a reputation for excellent modern British food and locally sourced ingredients. Once you’ve warmed up your tastebuds, stroll around ‘England’s Favourite Village’ according to Country Life.
The Lamb Inn, Burford
The Lamb Inn is located in Burford in north Oxfordshire and was actually named one of the top idyllic European destinations by Forbes in 2009. The traditional pub dates back to the 15th century and comes with a certain charm, as soon as you step inside you will find lots of home comforts including comfortable armchairs and sofas plus traditional English cuisine again all produced with local ingredients.