Michelin Star Restaurants in Oxfordshire

Oxford is the home of historical culture and architecture. Its buildings, walkways and landmarks have been around, and preserved, for centuries, some dating back to the 12th century!
 
Millions of visitors flock to Oxfordshire every year to enjoy the sights, monuments and the many different eating and drinking establishments.
 
For food, Oxfordshire has everything. You can find fast food places, chain pubs, independents and award winning, Michelin star restaurants. For many, a Michelin starred restaurant isn’t their idea of hearty food, but they’re definitely a unique experience which, we think, should be enjoyed by all, at some point in their lifetime.
 
If you’d like to try a Michelin star or AA rosette award-winning restaurant in Oxfordshire, take a look at what they have to offer!
 


 
The Oxford Kitchen https://www.theoxfordkitchen.co.uk/
215 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7HQ
 
The Oxford Kitchen is a multi-award winning restaurant in the heart of Summertown in Oxfordshire. The Oxford Kitchen has won many awards, every year, since 2015! Not to mention their Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes, which they proudly display in their restaurant and online.
 
The Oxford Kitchen prides itself on being able to offer nostalgic British dishes with a modern twist, creating an amazing food experience for their guests.
 
The Head Chef for The Oxford Kitchen is Paul Welburn. Paul Welburn has years of Michelin star cooking experience and held a Michelin star for 5 years at his previous establishment. Paul Welburn has appeared on The Great Britsh Menu and has cooked alongside some of the UK’s best chefs.
 
The Oxford Kitchen has a variety of different menus on offer: Chef’s tasting menu, set lunch menu, lunch menu, market tasting menu and market menu. The food is ever-changing and the prices for their menu are per course and not per dish.
 
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/oxfordshire/belmond-le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons/dining
Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford, OX44 7PD
 
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons is a fine-dining restaurant that opened 35 years ago. When they opened the restaurant was awarded 2 Michelin stars and it’s kept the stars ever since! The restaurant is run by Raymond Blanc so you can be sure that you’ll receive a gastronomic experience.
 
They offer 3 different course types: six-course weekend lunch, five-course lunch and seven-course dinner. These menus are only available on weekends and bank holidays, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes and every evening during the week and weekend.
 
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons is pretty pricey at around £190 per head for their seven-course evening meal, and that isn’t including beverages, but it’s definitely an experience that you’ll never forget.
 
The menus are set dishes but they can be exchanged, at a fee, if something doesn’t tickle your fancy. Their menu is constantly changing so unfortunately you can’t take a look online before you go, but they do have example menus so you can get a feel for the type of food that they serve. They also provide vegetarian options upon request.
 
The Nut Tree Inn https://www.nuttreeinn.co.uk/
Main Street, Murcott, Oxon, OX5 2RE
 
Michelin starred restaurant, The Nut Tree Inn, has had its star since 2008 and there’s no sign of them giving it up any time soon!
 
The Nut Tree Inn is described, by themselves, as a pub and is open for food and drinks from Tuesday through Sunday. The pub is situated within a village and has a very traditional village pub vibe. It has a thatched roof and wooden ceiling beams which create a slightly different atmosphere to that of a traditional Michelin starred restaurant.
 
Like Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons, The Nut Tree Inn’s menu also changes frequently however they display their menu on their site, so you can always have a sneak peak before your booking. Their menu consists of steak, halibut, venison, scallops and salmon, with vegetarian options, too. Like with many fine-dining establishments, dietary requirements are catered for if you inform them of this whilst you’re making your reservation.
 
Acanthus Restaurant https://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/south-england/oxford/macdonald-randolph-hotel/eat-drink/acanthus-restaurant
Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN
 
The Acanthus Restaurant in Oxford is situated within the Macdonald Randolph Hotel and offers classic and contemporary British cuisine. It’s earned, and retained, 2 rosettes for its quality of dishes and the fresh ingredients that are used, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth with this place.
 
Acanthus Restaurant sits in the heart of Oxford, surrounded by museums and universities, giving it the perfect location for a gorgeous meal after a busy day seeing the sights. What’s more, as the Acanthus Restaurant sits within the Macdonald Randolph Hotel, you can book yourself in for a night stay or pay to use their spa facilities for the ultimate wind down after a day of walking.
 
The Acanthus Restaurant can turn into a pretty pricey evening meal, if you value your love of food over your money, but the quality of the dishes definitely show that it’s worth it. In their menu, you’ll find a pretty large range of dishes to choose from, which are all freshly prepared on the day, such as, superfood salad, steak, burgers, pasta and freshly caught fish.
 
Orwells Restaurant http://www.orwellsrestaurant.com/
Shiplake Row, Binfield Heath, Henley on Thames, RG9 4DP
 
Owned by Ryan and Liam, 2 chefs that have earned AA rosettes and Michelin stars in the restaurants that they’ve worked in, opened Orwells in Oxfordshire in May 2010. Since opening they have earned 4 rosettes, a cooking score of 7/10 in the Good Food Guide and 3 gold stars in the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
 
Owner, Liam, loves to grow his produce and currently grows 75% of the fruit and vegetables that are used in the restaurant.
 
Orwells has 5 menus on offer: taste the season, vegetarian tasting, a la carte, lunch menu and sunday lunch. They cater for vegetarians and for any allergies if they’re informed of them in advance. Their a la carte menu consists of British cheese, scallops, sole, duck and wood pigeon, to name a few!
 
Conclusion
 
Michelin star, and AA rosette restaurants, are few and far between in Oxfordshire but they’re definitely worth a visit.
 
Top quality dishes from the best, organically sourced ingredients creates a wonderful evening. For those of you who aren’t fond of small portions we’d suggest you try one of these places anyway - it’s not just about the food, it’s the tasting experience!

 

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