Today, Oxfordshire’s Killingworth Castle in Wootton by Woodstock, The Double Red Duke in Clanfield and The Bull at Charlbury were named in the national ‘EstrellaDamm Top 50 Gastropubs‘ with The Bell at Langford landing in the Top 100.

Just down the road on the Oxfordshire borders, The Fox at Oddington READ OUR REVIEW HERE, The Halfway at Kineton and The Horse & Groom in Upper Oddington also came in the Top 100.

Daylesford’s The Fox at Oddington. Martin Morell_ The Saddle Room

Claire Alexander of Killingworth Castle said: “We felt like we won the jackpot! This award is the holy grail for our industry and foodies! To get 45th in the national awards has been amazing. The Top 50 is the industry spotlight so to get 45th best UK out of a possible 30,000 isn’t too shabby.” READ OUR REVIEW HERE

Her husband Jim Alexander and head chef Adam Brown attended the ceremony this afternoon (see main pic).

Jim Alexander and head chef Adam Brown of Killingworth Castle celebrating

Nathan Eades of The Halfway at Kineton said: “Super proud with our placing in EstrellaDamm Top 50 Gastropubs after just 11 months. 54th for Halfway Kineton and in some fantastic company!

The Double Red Duke in Clanfield

Killingworth Castle came top for Oxfordshire at 45th, Halfway at Kineton at 54th, The Double Red Duke READ OUR REVIEW HERE at 47th, The Bull in Charlbury at 50th, The Bell at Langford at 52nd, The Fox at Oddington at 59th and The Horse & Groom in Upper Oddington at 93rd.

Alan Gleeson, Executive Head Chef at The Fox at Oddington said: “It’s great to see some fantastic local pubs included in this year’s list, which has become a true authority on the UK’s pub scene. I’m so proud that the team’s hard work and dedication has been recognised with this achievement.”

Alan Gleeson

The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub Awards are voted for by 350 hospitality industry experts from across the UK. As well as the core 50 list of the best pubs, the 51-100 list further highlights culinary excellence within the pub industry.