Our nominations are in for BEST PUB at the Ox In A Box Food Awards.

  1. Dave John Hall – formerly of Whistlers in Chipping Norton and now of The Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds is young, dynamic and ambitious. One to watch

2) Paul Welburn – with new Michelin star to tuck into his chef’s apron, his inventive, experimental food is unexpected and exciting.

3) Mike North – Nut Tree – 13 years of a Michelin star says it all really. Traditional, thorough and heart-warming.

4) Martin Sherriff – formerly of The White Hart in Wytham, now of The Black Horse in Standlake, an Instagram favourite thanks to his pretty plates and flavours.

5) Mark Chandler – White Hart, Fyfield – leading the way in growing his own and then cooking it, he has a massive following and let’s the ingredients speak for themselves

6) Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman – Orwells – Binfield Heath – really pushing the boat out here, determined to make their mark, and to cook what they grow wherever possible – their four rosettes do the talking.

7) Liam Whittle – The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – young, keen, discerning, not to be underestimated. Love his work and his soufflés.

8) Shaun Dickens – Ex Manoir – restauranteur/chef in Henley. Nothing phases him (flooding/opening his own restauran). Determined to be the best chef and husband by forging his own work life balance, and it shows in his food. 

9) Kuba Winowski – recently of The feathered Nest, now of Kubarn (possibly the smallest restaurant in the world), obsessive, brilliant and determined to open up on his own. We wait with baited breath.

10) Kate Anderson – joint head chef at The Boxing Hare in Swerford – and leading the way for female chefs everywhere –  a shining light in a sea of men.

11) Johnny Parke – The Mole Inn, Toot Baldon – his food is just so enticing and he has certainly helped turn the pub around since he took over as head chef. Young, boyish, confident and relevant.