Instaworthy restaurants in Oxfordshire. Oh yes, please!
If you go to dinner, a spa or workout class and you don’t Instagram it, did it even happen? Or when deciding where to have diner, is it essential that the delectable dishes and stunning cocktails and matched by an equally delightful decor?
Do you need to completely rearrange the plates for the best light before anyone gets to chow down? If these are rhetorical questions to you, then rest easy that you’re not alone.
After being in lockdown for months, it’s no surprise that we’re all desperate to get out and about to the coolest and most aesthetically pleasing locations around the globe.
But, if, like many of us, you’re choosing to stay local (well, not much of a choice, some might add!), it doesn’t mean you can’t have your followers still be green with envy. Here are the Instagrammable Oxfordshire restaurants you should visit.
And just so we’re clear, we’ve handpicked these instaworthy restaurants in Oxfordshire - not just for their good food, but because their decor is as photogenic as the food too.
The Ivy Oxford Brasserie
The Ivy Oxford Brasserie is part of The Ivy Collection restaurants which bring the inimitable service and vibrant surroundings for which The Ivy is loved and revered to a select group of upmarket brasseries and neighbourhood cafés.
Menus feature modern British dishes drawn from The Ivy’s extensive menu so, whether you are looking for afternoon tea or a three-course meal, you can be sure of excellence in both quality and choice.
Gee’s Restaurant offers Mediterranean grills and sharing plates served amidst olive trees and plants in an elegant light-filled glass conservatory situated in the heart of the conservation area known as Victorian North Oxford.
The famous, Grade II listed Victorian conservatory was built in 1897 for the Gee family, to serve the new North Oxford suburb - like a forerunner of the modern garden centre. Expect a warm welcome and great food.
Victors Restaurant, Oxford
Beautiful, vibrant, upscale yet informal, Victors is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a modern American menu of small and large plates - perfect for sharing in a casually elegant setting.
Overlooking the famous spires of Oxford, the wisteria adorned indoor and outdoor space provides for a true sense of escapism. But do be sure to indulge in a delightful selection of homemade luxury treats, from sushi to sweet too!
The Crazy Bear, Stadhampton
The Crazy Bear in Stadhampton is a unique oasis in the countryside, and it is the foundation for the Crazy Bear culture. The original Crazy Bear has been entertaining guests since its creation in 1993.
Abundant gardens, eclectic design, award-winning dining and inventive facilities within eighty acres of working farmland contribute to its distinctive personality. Both its English and Thai restaurants have maintained two AA rosettes every year since opening.
Crockers Henley features British and pan-Asian Chef's Tables, Bar & Grill, and Rooms in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. For the ultimate in fine dining, book a seat at one of the Chef’s Tables - the Thames Table with its modern take on British flavours or the an-Asian Gardiner Table.
The Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekend. The Grill offers an unrivalled range of quality steaks, fish and shellfish roasted over a bespoke robatayaki charcoal grill.
Kazbar is a popular Spanish/Moroccan tapas restaurant and cocktail bar in bustling Cowley Road in East Oxford, with Spanish Moroccan style tapas that are delicious and authentic on offer.
Although it is housed in a modern building with a conservatory, it’s North African souk inspired decor will give you the warm, snugly, romantic vibe of being in a Moroccan city.
The Mason Arms, South Leigh
Tucked away in the village of South Leigh near Witney, The Mason Arms is a quaint thatched pub that isn’t quite what it seems.
Fun, friendly and a little offbeat, with the warm welcome and hearty hospitality of a traditional inn, this is a place for meeting, eating, drinking and merry-making, from coffees to cocktails, breakfast to bedtime.
The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
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. It is part of the Daylesford estate, dubbed as one of the most sustainable farms in the UK and home to the original Daylesford Farmshop.
On offer is a constantly changing menu that uses organic ingredients from the Daylesford farm. The kitchen is open so that the theatre of the chefs is always on view. And the decor is the Daylesford’s signature pared-back style with honest creature comforts.