Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2024 and here is our seventh category BEST CAFE 2024, as listed in alphabetical order: VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

The awards will be held on Monday May 13 at the North Wall, with headline sponsors Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks Ltd, attended by Le Manoir’s Raymond Blanc


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 CAFE 2024 are: VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Blakes Kitchen, Clanfield – A really vibrant and inclusive cafe in a family bakery where people brunch, lunch and eat sausage rolls, cakes, buns, some infamous lardy cake while picking up a loaf of fresh bread on their way out. The coffee is fab too, which is no doubt why they’ve opened an outpost at Soho Farmhouse. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Blake’s Kitchen in Clanfield

Browns, Covered Market – one of the only tradition greasy spoons left in Oxford, where a good fry up is available all day at the formica tables, amidst those eating lunches such as ham, egg and chips. Unashamedly traditional, it does what it says on the tin. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Browns Cafe

Chloe’s, Charlbury – Already hugely popular with Charlbury’s burgeoning food scene, local produce and sustainability is the name of the game, alongside stunning fresh, seasonal menus, great cake, coffee, sandwiches, salads and whatever Chloe Horner fancies making on the day. Innovative, friendly and accessible. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Chloe Horner at her new cafe and shop Chloe’s in Charlbury

Damascus Rose Kitchen, OFS – The food here is as authentically Middle-eastern as you will find anywhere in Oxfordshire, probably because it’s all cooked with love and pride by female Syrian refugees. Plus it’s brilliantly priced. But if it’s a quick coffee and a slice of cake you’re after this social enterprise cafe covers all the bases. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Damascus Rose Kitchen

Edge Eatery, Witney – It’s street food style food and delicious coffee keeps packing them in whether for the sushi bowls, Turkish eggs, muffins packed with sausages and eggs or their sterling coffee. Sister eatery to the new Edge at Lil’s up the road. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Edge Eatery burger

Farm and Table, Wykham Park – such a lofty, incredible space where Pawel Walkiewicz and his love of curing and pickling means that this rural cafe is a step above the norm. Busy from breakfast time with everything from fry-ups to avocado and house smoked salmon with poached eggs, at lunchtime their sandwiches, soups, baps, burgers and salads keep their many regulars happy. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

The Farm and Table interior

Flo’s, East Oxford – This community based cafe is such a neighbourhood hub and a great place to drop in, hang out and eat whether you’re a young mum, a pensioner and everyone in between. Think affordable, welcoming, healthy and globally reflective food and beverages. Their brilliant Meals on Monday offering are supplied on a pay-what-you can basis. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Delicious Meals on Monday lunch at Flo’s

Green Routes, East Oxford – Fans flock from far and wide for their plant-based street-food style sloppy joes, pancake stacks, brunches and fine coffee. The queues speak for themselves. A major contender. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Green Routes

Gulp FictionOxford’s Covered Market – Books, coffee and tea. What more could you ask for? It’s busy events menu from author readings to live music, book clubs and quizzes have made it a vital attribute to The Covered Market’s revived gourmet scene. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Oliver Mason in Gulp Fiction

Handlebar Cafe and Kitchen, Oxford – One of Oxford’s best kept secrets, nestled above a former bike shop, downstairs is a bar but the cafe upstairs is adorned with bikes on the ceiling and serves some stellar breakfasts, brunches and lunches sourced from independent Oxford suppliers. Come summer its new outdoor space is always heaving. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Handlebar outside

Il Botanico, Oxford and Headington – newly opened on St Aldate’s, everything here is made from scratch, with an Italian twist. Their pastries defy belief from their delicious collection of Italian focacce to some stunning Sicilian arancini, delicious cannoli and classic italian cakes, it’s got it all going on! Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Il Botanico

Milkshed, Weston On The Green – The new owners haven’t changed this gorgeous cafe and its Cornish style food, thankfully. Always popular thanks to its tempting menus and daily specials, from chowder to pancakes, giant sandwiches to ice cream, it’s always a firm favourite. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

The Milkshed

Proof Social Bakehouse, Kennington – After some initial teething problems, the cafe side of Tap Social’s new venture with Missing Bean is now in full swing, so not only can you nip in to pick up some freshly baked bread and pastries but sit at the pass and watch them being made with a bun and a coffee. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu


Quince and Clover – Great Tew – Its reputation precedes it; the former village shop, post office, bakery and relaxed artisan café overlooks the village green and is always packed to the rafters with locals and Cotswolds foodies flocking for breakfast, brunch and lunch where seasonal salads, soups and stews and amazing baked goods reign supreme. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Quince and Clover

Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – Another cafe/restaurant hybrid that works so well under both guises, but their brunch and bottomless brunch menus are legendary as is their all day dining, from kedgeree to French toast with rhubarb and whipped cream or the pumpkin and sage rosti. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

The Five Little Pigs toastie of the day with Nettlebed Creamery cheese and plums

Tree Artisan Cafe, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford – Run with passion and love by owner Graziella Ascensao, whose lifetime’s dream was to open her own cafe in Oxford, it ticks all the boxes. You can always expect a warm welcome, top notch coffee, cakes and bagels. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Tree Artisan Cafe

Pink Salt Cafe, Chipping Norton – has quietly opened up in a quirky premises in a Chipping Norton alleyway. The food is made right there in front of you from fresh pasta, soup and salad to a great selection of cakes and brownies. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

Pink Salt Shed

The Yurt, Nicholsons, North Aston – is it a cafe or a restaurant? Its day time hours would say cafe but the food offering says so much more. With Andrew Carr is in situ as head chef, the food offering has come on leaps and bounds. The brunch is to die for and the pop up dinners really popular. One of our favourite places thanks to its picturesque tented, cosy interior, and huge outdoor dining space in the summer. VOTE HERE https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu

The Yurt at Nicholsons

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 HERO

You can only vote once in each category, so keep voting every day for all 10 categories! Voting ends at the beginning of May. Vote here https://www.surveyhero.com/c/3wk9ximu