best european 2024

Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2024 and here is our ninth category BEST EUROPEAN 2024.

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

In alphabetical order, the nominations for Best EUROPEAN are: VOTE HERE

ArbequinaCowley Road – Never puts a foot wrong. Tapas like you’ve never had it before. Immaculate food, immensely tasty, without any pomp and ceremony. Makes Oxford proud. A real stand out restaurant, we just can’t get enough! Vote here

Arbequina – Frontage

Bbuono, Gloucester Green, Oxford – whether you slide past for a slice of Pinsa Romana or stop and eat inside or out, it’s always buzzing here because the pizza is damn good and it has a clam, casual vibe that doesn’t deter from the passion that goes into their Italian offerings. Vote here


BrancaJericho – Italian inside and out – inside there is a wonderful deli bursting with Italian produce next to a more refined and endlessly popular restaurant serving smart Italian food, while an enticing outside dining area beckons. Just bring on the sun! Vote here

Pizza at Branca

Brasserie BlancJericho – This unfailingly reliable and consistent French go-to is always busy, diners enjoying both the food, atmosphere and decor. All the classics, we’ve spent some lovely evenings there recently and it never disappoints. The soufflés are a must! Vote here

Virgil at Brasserie Blanc preparing for C’est Cheese Thursdays

Central, Cowley Road – another new’un, this recently opened Greek restaurant is already hugely popular with those craving everything from calamari and Greek salad to pork souvlaki, moussaka and baklava, in a refined interior. All the signs of a successful enterprise then. Vote here


Fire and Wine, Milton-under-Wychwood is the latest offering from Church Hanbrewery, the delicious wood-fired pizzas flying out of this former forge on a converted industrial estate. Eat in at the numerous trestle tables or takeaway, if you can get a table!. And thanks to their collaboration with Eynsham Cellars, you can choose a bottle and drink it there and then, as well as numerous vinos by the glass. Vote here

The Fire & Wine team: Oliver from Eynsham Cellars, Claire Brooks, Aimee and Luciano

Fleur De Lys, Bampton – Another newcomer – this time French in the unlikely surroundings of this quaint Cotswolds village where Downton Abbey was filmed. But if it’s unctuous mountain food you’re after in the winter or more refined summer dishes, then you’ve come to the right place. Authentic to the last bite. Vote here

The Fleur De Lys in Bampton

Il Corno, Oxford’s Covered Market – the Clemente family brought a little slice of Naples to Oxford with the city’s first ever Panuozzo Bar. Try the panuozzi – pizza dough, shaped and cooked in the oven, then sliced lengthwise and stuffed with savoury ingredients like pancetta, scamorza, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and friarielli (a bitter broccoli). The taralli, sfogliatelle and rum baba are also essentials. Vote here

Fanny Clemente outside Il Corno opening in Oxford’s Covered Market next week

La Cucina, St Clements – Run by an Italian family, with Italian chefs and Italian food. The specials are always amazing, the ingredients are impeccable and there’s a good smattering of fresh fish and meat dishes alongside the more traditional pizza/pasta menu. VOTE HERE

La Cucina pizza

Las Chicas, Faringdon – last year’s winners bring a slice of Spain to South West Oxfordshire with some top tapas, smashing cocktails and a lively vibe. Vote here

Las Chicas in Faringdon being given their award by Ted Sandbach from the Oxford Wine Company

Mamma MiaSummertown – after a big refurb and move next door on South Parade, this family-friendly Italian is as popular as ever, many of the adult diners having eaten there as children. That’s not to say it’s old fashioned, but the fantastic pizza and pasta options are guaranteed. Vote here

The new look Mamma Mia in Summertown

Old Bookbinders, Jericho – get out your Gauloises and Breton shirts and head down to this bustling pub in Jericho. Unashamedly French, dine on escargots and savoury crepes, minute steak, French onion soup and beef bourguignon in this low-key community hostelry. Vote here

The Old Bookbinders

Pierre Victoire, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford – such a local favourite, serving all the French classics in a relaxed atmosphere, favoured by the post work, pre theatre crowd, lovers, daters and everyone in between. Somewhere to eat without it being a big deal which, food aside, is why its so beloved. Vote here

The tartiflette at Pierre Victoire

Pompette, Summertown – Head chef Pascal Wiedemann is proud of his Alsace-Lorraine heritage and runs this stunning restaurant with his wife Laura to an ever admiring crowd. The food is superb and it works in winter or summer thanks to Laura’s flair for design, matched by her husband’s skills in the kitchen. Vote here

Pompette in the summer

Sartorelli’sOxford – For those who fancy a quick pizza and some fantastic people watching, go no further. A great spot in Oxford’s city centre, grab a space on the communal benches, put in your order and watch the world go by. Vote here

Magnus Joye of Sartorelli’s

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