Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2023 and here is our Best Gastropub category, listed in alphabetical order. Support them by voting for your favourite! VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The awards will be held on April 17 at the North Wall, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Four Seasons Fruiterers and attended by Gary Jones of Le Manoir fame. READ ABOUT IT HERE

The Hollybush win Best Gastropub, seen here with Ted Sandbach of The Oxford Wine Company at the OXINABOX Food Awards in 2022

There are 10 categories and we will be announcing one every day for the next 10 days. These include BEST NEWCOMER, BEST PUB/BAR, BEST CAFE, BEST RESTAURANT, BEST VEGGIE/VEGAN, BEST CHEF, BEST GASTROPUB, BEST EUROPEAN, BEST GLOBAL, BEST COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT

The top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced, so get voting and pick your favourite. You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! 

In alphabetical order, the nominations for Best Gastropub are: VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Back Lane, Woodstock – Despite only opening last year, this bustling pub is packed every night of the week with eager punters lining up to try Johnny Parke’s excellent food. His small plates dazzle and change with the seasons, the atmosphere is always upbeat and the service cheerful but seamless. Long may it continue. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Hugo, Chris and Johnny, the Back Lane Tavern team

Double Red Duke, Clanfield – rewrote the rules about what a gastropub should be with its mixed dining options. From historic dining room to garden room or eating at the kitchen pass, its’s glamorous clientele speak for itself. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Double Red Duke in Clanfield

Eyston Arms, East Hendred – The go-to for so many in South Oxfordshire where a really memorable meal is a given. Head chef Zoltan Fodor and FOH Lidia Dhorne are some of the best in the business, while the pub is always welcoming and central to the community. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Eyston Arms

Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote – Smart and refined, with countryside views to die for, the onus is still all on the food. Choose from the a la carte set menu, the six-course tasting or simply a bite to eat in the bar, good food is guaranteed and nothing is left to chance. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Feathered Nest gardens

Fox, Oddington – Lady Bamford’s newest pub is already hugely popular thanks to its stream-lined pared back aesthetic, great food and relaxed atmosphere. Yes it’s a predictably well-heeled crowd but it delivers. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Fox at Oddington. Martin Morell_ The Saddle Room

Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – Might give the appearance of a sweet little village pub, one mouthful is all it takes to realise what’s important here. With Martin Sherriff as head chef the food is always going to be excellent. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Owner and landlady Catriona Galbraith and head chef Martin Sherriff outside The Greyhound

Killingworth Castle – Wootton – With Adam Brown heading up the kitchens, its food offering is once again soaring. His pedigree includes the likes of Gordon Ramsey’s Royal Hospital Road, Mallory Court in Warwick and Le Champignon Sauvage. I’d highly recommend a visit. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Killingworth Castle

Kingham Plough – Matt and Katie Beamish, who also run The Hare in Milton-Under-Wychwood and The Crown in Church Enstone, continues to run this Cotswold pub for an appreciative crowd. Lovely, whimsical food. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

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Lamb – Shipton Under Wychwood – If God invented pubs this is where he would start. A tiny oasis of an inn nestled in the forest, it’s tiny but serves brilliant food at excellent prices. See what we mean? https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Lamb in Shipton-Under-Wychwood

Magdalen Arms – East Oxford – Never falters. Ask any chef where they eat on their days off and they are bound to mention this Magdalen Rd stalwart. One of the first ever gastropubs, the family run hostelry manages to be laid back while maintaining its standards ever since with its convivial hospitality and passionate homemade food. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Magdalen Arms

Mole Inn – Toot Baldon – One for the little black book. The garden is made for the summer the historic interior beckons you in and the food is always brilliant. With new chef Dave Phillips on board, Oxfordshire is now even more lucky to have it. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Mole in Toot Baldon

Nut Tree – Murcott – the Michelin star speaks for itself. More than that it’s a wonderful husband-wife team set up. Mike and Imogen North run a tight ship and the food is second to none. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Nut Tree

Perch – Binsey – Positively bucolic with its endless garden leading down to the river, huge garden room and heart-warming food. It matches every occasion from the big birthdays to a lunch with friends or just a pint when cycling down the river. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Perch

Star – Sparsholt – Just been taken over by the guys running the Woodspeen in Newbury and almost unrecognisable design wise, the food is epic thanks to head chef Sam Brennan. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The Star at Sparsholt

Sir Charles Napier – Chinnor – Head chef Andy Lewis is exceptionally talented so the food at the classic pub run by owner Julie Griffiths is at the top of its game once more. It may have lost its star in 2017, but with food this good I wouldn’t be surprised if it was reinstated. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The bar at The Sir Charles Napier

White Hart – Fyfield – So much love and passion goes into this husband and wife run pub. Marc and Kay Chandler are so passionate about their business that it shows in every bite. Their team b both in the kitchen and front-of-house is exceptional, because they really look after them and the food is consistently gorgeous. As you can tell we love them. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

The White Hart Fyfield

Wild Rabbit – Kingham – Flying once again under the auspices of exec chef Sam Bowser who is packing the diners in so successfully that it’s hard to get a table. Lady Bamford’s flagship pub is rapidly expanding to fit in all the guests and visitors who are lapping up the elegant vibe. https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg

Exec head chef Sam Bowser at The Wild Rabbit

You can only vote once in each category so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the end of March. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gkgxivwg