Our nominations are in for Best Gastro Pub at the Ox In A Box Food Awards. Go to the Food Awards page onsite to vote. It’s very easy or click here:


  1. The Eagle Tavern – Little Coxwell – old village pub where the food takes precedence under Marcel Nerpas

2) The White Hart  – Fyfield – Kay and Mark Chandler reign supreme at this charming oldy-worldy pub and its excellent food.

3) White Hart  – Wytham – the fire is lit in the winter and the beautiful courtyard greets you in the summer thanks to much loved landlord Mark Butcher.

Baz Butcher at The White Hart in Wytham

4) Nut Tree – Murcott – needs little introduction – it’s Michelin star says it all.

5) Magdalan Arms – one of the first gastro pubs in the land famous for its communal atmosphere and sharing plate mentality, still as consistently brilliant as ever.

6) The Mole Inn – Toot Baldon – a revitalised country pub with amazing food produced by head chef Johnny Parke

7) Killingworth Castle – Wootton, Woodstock – charming, traditional, rural, consistently great food, and proudly owned and run by the lovely Claire and Jim Alexander

8) Boxing Hare – Swerford, under new ownership with husband and wife team Nick and Kate Anderson in the kitchen.

9) Lamb, Crawley – classic cooking under Seb Snow’s guidance

Picture by Ed Nix

10) The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – Head chef Liam Whittle ensures a loyal clientele in this charming country pub near Wantage

11) Star Sparsholt – Head chef Matt Williams’ maintains high culinary stakes play out in this relaxing whitewashed interior

13) Horse and Radish – Minster Lovell – fresh, professional and delicious food in a welcoming country pub. A new one on us but a great discovery.

14) The Black Horse – Standlake – new head chef Martin Sherriff is ensuring high standards at this village pub near Witney.

15) The White Horse – Kings Sutton, near Banbury – consistently recommended thanks to the great food cooked by chef owner Hendrik. (wrongly listed as in Sutton Courtney on voting form)