We’ve picked out all the Oxfordshire restaurants in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 to give you the inside track on some of the best places to eat in the county. In summary:
There are 32 Oxfordshire restaurants in total in the Michelin Guide UK 2021.
There are 2 Michelin Star restaurants in Oxfordshire, namely Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton and The Nut Tree Inn in Murcott.
There are 28 Michelin Plate restaurants in Oxfordshire, including Two One Five Kitchen & Drinks in Oxford Summertown, the successor to The Oxford Kitchen, which held a Michelin Star and 3 Rosettes since 2018.
Oli’s Thai in Oxford and The Bell Inn in Langford are the two Bib Gourmand restaurants in Oxfordshire. The Bib Gourmand is awarded for good quality, good value cooking (currently set at around £30 or under for 3 courses).
The 2021 Michelin Guide awards ceremony for the UK and Ireland took place at 6.00pm on 25 January 2021. Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the digital event was streamed live on its website and YouTube Channel (you can rewatch it here). It was scheduled to take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London.
The event also marked the launch of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 as a digital-only publication, taking into account industry recovery from COVID-19.
The publication and launch dates were moved from the usual October to allow time for the hospitality industry to get back on its feet and to enable the editors to prepare a full and comprehensive guide.
Editors note: In December 2021, the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland announced the addition of Bhoomi Kitchen in Oxford to the Michelin Guide list. The fifth live release by the Michelin Guide also saw The Double Red Duke in Clanfield and The Lamb Inn in Shipton-under-Wychwood added to the list ahead of the annual launch ceremony, when the new Michelin Stars, Bib Gourmands and Green Stars will be unveiled.
Meanwhile, earlier in November, Oli’s Thai, which holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand, said it would be closing in February and potentially reopening as a new establishment called Elle’s Deli in April or May 2022. And then in December, 215 Kitchen & Drinks announced that it would not reopen in the new year. There are plans to replace it with a ‘new concept’ that will open in February.
Langford Near Burford
Focusing on good simple pub food with a straightforward wine list, spirits and beer selection, The Bell Inn in Langford near Burford offers a modern country pub feel with it's seasonal British menu and wood-fired dishes.
The Muddy Duck is a pub and restaurant based in the rural village of Hethe, just north of Bicester. Enjoy a pie and a pint of cask ale in the pub, or wander through to the restaurant for straight-forward, great-tasting food.
The Chequers Inn offers you a beautiful 17th century Inn in a country setting offering a traditional cosy interior with open fires in the winter months. Discover a deliciously fresh and creative menu combining traditional classic pub dishes with modern cooking methods.
The Bell is a passionately run pub with several comfy lounge areas and a chic restaurant. The open kitchen, with its huge wood-burning oven, allows guests to watch a vibrant modern kitchen in action. The pizza is one of the best you can eat anywhere.
Enjoy locally brewed beer propped at the bar with friends and family, or rustic dishes in the restaurant using the very best British ingredients in some well-loved classics, in this traditional Cotswolds pub in the heart of Churchill.
Part of the Daylesford estate, the Wild Rabbit is a modern British Inn in the heart of the Cotswolds serving hyper-local seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting. On offer is a constantly changing menu that uses organic ingredients from the Daylesford farm.
Culinary expertise, exceptional accommodation, and attention to detail make The Harcourt Arms, which stands in the charming village of Stanton Harcourt, six miles from Oxford and on the cusp of The Cotswolds, one of Britain’s most outstanding places to enjoy and savour.
This pretty thatched pub sits in a lovely rural spot. The original part is the most characterful, while the restaurant is more up-to-date. Modern British cooking is refined but unfussy and has an appealing simplicity.
Owned by the villagers and local community, this extremely welcoming pub is full of character and charm, with log fires, beamed ceilings and a peaceful garden offering a good selection of wines, real ales and locally made soft drinks.
Food is at the heart of the Miller experience - an 18th-century coaching inn in Goring-on-Thames that offers award-winning refined modern British dishes from the freshest seasonal, British ingredients.
The Nut Tree Inn is a Michelin pub in Murcott serving refined seasonal modern British food. It occupies a 15th century thatched building beside a village pond, with heavy stone walls and lots of exposed woodwork, as well as a productive kitchen garden.
Located just outside the scholarly Oxford city centre - to the east in the bustling Iffley Road - The Magdalen Arms is a gastropub with a relaxed, scrubbed-wooden ambience and a hearty-but-interesting seasonal menu that often changes daily.
Crockers Henley features British and pan-Asian Chef's Tables, Bar & Grill, and Rooms in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. Choose from a take on modern British flavours at the Thames Table, or indulge your senses with an eclectic pan-Asian menu at the Gardiner Table.
The Lamb Inn is a beautifully stylish country pub set in the heart of the village of Crawley, just outside Witney, dating back to the 18th Century, with a focus on excellent locally sourced ingredients, and a straightforward eclectic wine list delivered with a big welcome.
Situated in the heart of Britwell Salome between Watlington and Wallingford, lies this old and charming gastropub. With its cosy restaurant, welcoming bar and a relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect place for a special occasion or a light meal.
Pompette - the charming French word for tipsy - is a stylish charcuterie wine bar and restaurant in Summertown, Oxford opened by husband and wife duo Pascal and Laura Wiedemann in 2018 with a menu that draws inspiration from across Europe.
Great food, great company and great hospitality, The White Hart is an award-winning restaurant, near Abingdon, Fyfield, in Oxfordshire, offering the very best of seasonal Modern British dining with charming service.
The Five Alls is an 18th-century traditional English coaching inn in the picturesque Cotswold village of Filkins. The restaurant is warm and inviting, and the menu is satisfyingly traditional, with many tasty elements that are all fresh and well seasoned.
This 16th-century timbered Inn, complete with inglenook fireplaces, offers a signature style of relaxed yet elegant spaces and serves lovingly prepared food, from a seasonal changing menu, in a comfy and relaxing setting.
Bistro at The Boathouse offers modern British cuisine alongside the stunning vista of the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames. The food speaks for itself – skilfully prepared unfussy dishes which can be enjoyed as a just quick bite or as a special occasion meal.
Set in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, in a 15th-century manor, Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is a two Michelin-starred restaurant with a reputation as one of Britain’s best restaurants.
The Plough is a pretty 17th-century inn tucked away down single-track roads in the peaceful and truly unspoilt village of Kelmscott. It offers the best locally sourced, seasonal produce on our daily-changing menu of modern British comfort cooking available in two dining rooms.
Binfield Heath, Henley-on-Thames
Rural provenance with a modern approach. Contemporary British food served in an old 18th-century pub building in rural Binfield Heath, just 5 minutes from the town centre of Henley-on-Thames.
Old Swan is a quintessential country inn nestled on the river Windrush, in Minster Lovell - the heart of Oxfordshire. Expect fresh local ingredients crafted into hearty dishes; this is the perfect place to enjoy a pie and a pint by the fireside, or a salad on the terrace in the summer.
Tucked away from the busy Cowley Road, Oli’s Cafe is a small, family-run restaurant that serves up the most delicious, fresh and authentic tasting Thai food. The menu is reassuringly short, but with good variation, so you won’t fail to find several dishes of interest.
Arbequina is a simply furnished, bohemian tapas restaurant and bar located in an old chemist's shop on the vibrant Cowley Road in Oxford. There's sitting downstairs by the vintage stainless steel counter or upstairs in the bay window.
Situated alongside the attractive Windrush River and very much at the heart of the local village community in Swinbrook, this wisteria-clad, honey-coloured pub offers high-quality, seasonal dishes with a modern take on classic British and European dishes.
The handsome 17th-century Killingworth Castle in Wootton near Woodstock is as much a local pub as it is a dining destination. Concise menus have a British heart, with everything from jams and chutneys to ice cream, bread and sausages made from scratch on site.
The Eyston Arms sits in the middle of the oldest part of the historic village of East Hendred, Oxfordshire, at the foot of the Ridgeway. The menu at this charming pub draws on many cuisines, from Italian to Asian, using local ingredients.
The Sir Charles Napier is an idyllic, family-run, quirky country restaurant. The food is considered wonderful, perhaps even some of the best food in the county - reflecting the seasons, the setting and the superb craftsmanship of the kitchen.
The Greyhound Inn is an 18th-century free house offering delicious fresh food, a selection of real ales and wines and luxurious B&B accommodation. Expect top quality freshly cooked food, with an a la carte menu, specials board with pub classics, and soups and sandwiches at lunchtimes.
This contemporary neighbourhood restaurant in Summertown is the successor to The Oxford Kitchen which held a Michelin Star and 3 Rosettes since 2018. Enjoy the same great service and exquisite food with a more relaxed menu that won’t break the bank.
Sister to the original Bhoomi Kitchen in Cheltenham, this modern family-run restaurant in Oxford Headington serving south Indian inspired dishes is the only Indian restaurant in Oxford on the Michelin Guide list.
This picturesque 17th-century coaching inn in the Cotswold village of Clanfield was formerly the Cotswold Plough. Sit by one of its many fires in winter or in the stunning gardens in summer. Eat, drink and stay in one of its 19 bedrooms and explore the idyllic countryside around.
The third project from Peter Creed and Tom Noest - this much-loved local pub with rooms offers a modern country pub feel, showcasing the pairs’ passion for a hearty, classic, British menu with the addition of wood-fired dishes and an extensive wine and beer list.