June 18, 2024


Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2023 and here is our Best Restaurant category, listed in alphabetical order. Support them by voting for your favourite! VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

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

No 1 Ship Street at the Ox IN A Box Food Awards with their Best Restaurant trophy last year

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 Restaurant are: VOTE HERE https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Arbequina, East Oxford – This authentic and delicious Spanish tapas is consistently good. Less is certainly more here, with every simple ingredient and dish beautifully explored and presented without any pomp and ceremony. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k


The Crown Ballroom, Faringdon – Making a big splash with head chef Samuel Squires’ ambitious and accomplished taster menus. It’s the full package. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Ballroom at The Crown in Faringdon

Bhoomi Kitchen – Headington – a sophisticated option for a curry, also boasting thalis, dosas and some wonderful Indian food. https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Bhoomi Kitchen

Black Horse, Thame – Always busy because it offers consistently delicious food, great service and a bustling atmosphere. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Malabar fish curry with toasted coconut at The Black Horse in Thame

Brasserie Blanc, Jericho – Raymond Blanc’s local offers classic French food that warms the heart. Their souffles are to die for and the decor and service always leads by example. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Brasserie Blanc’s cheese soufflé’

Branca, Jericho – Elegant Italian food in this endlessly popular venue right in the heart of Jericho with a beautiful garden space perfect for al fresco dining. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k


Cherwell Boathouse, North Oxford – Hugely popular as much due to its riverside location as its sophisticated menu, it doesn’t get any more quintessentially Oxford than this. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Cherwell Boathouse

Cygnet Restaurant, The Swan, Islip – A big deal, head chef Paul Welburn’s newest endeavour is making culinary waves in Oxfordshire. A brave time to open, it already deserves a round of applause. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Swan Inn

Dosa Park, Botley – South Indian food in this gleaming new venue is already hugely popular. It’s relaxed and accessible while introducing lots of new dishes to our palates alongside all the old favourites for the traditionalists. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The chefs at Dosa Park in the open plan kitchen

Feathers Churchill Restaurant, Woodstock – new chefs Luke Rawicki and Shannon Mulholland have overhauled the menu while a new look interior is providing an attractive offering, putting this smart restaurant back on the map. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Churchill Restaurant at The Feathers

Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – Hugely loved on the Oxfordshire food scene, and rewriting the rules, whether you go for breakfast, lunch or supper. Everyone raves about it, from national critics to the regulars who pop in for a coffee. Funky, locally sourced, seasonal food. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Five Little Pigs

Gees, Oxford – Has had a big refurb, making it even sexier than ever, Oxford’s most famous glasshouse restaurant is continuing to deliver an elegant, sophisticated offering for a well-heeled crowd. Never disappoints. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

New look Gees

Gourdans, St Clements – Yes, it’s fundamentally a steak frites restaurant, (the steaks are excellent BTW), but it’s a fun set up and the rest of the menu is just as good. The raclettes, charcuterie boards, sides and starters must be tried. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Hollow, Muddy Duck, Hethe – has been snoozed due to staffing issues, but was epic when open, head chef Christopher Lindsay’s excellent food (under the auspices of Pierre Hoffman) a real bonus for Oxfordshire. We just hope it returns. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Muddy Duck’s The Hollow. Pic by Deb Porter

Kazbar, Cowley Road – Always fun, always busy, the cocktail and tapas menu continues unabated. Come summer swap the deductive dark interior for the Sunny Side Up courtyard outside and dine al fresco instead. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Cafe Coco and Kazbar on Dawson Street

Mamma Mia – Summertown – The space has tripled since reopening this year. But while the new open air kitchen, breakfast bar and neon signs have spiced things up a bit, the menu remains steadfastly the same. Rustic Italian for its legions of regulars. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The new look Mamma Mia in Summertown

No1 Ship Street – Oxford – slick, sleek and sexy, No 1 Ship Street remains unapologetically upmarket yet relaxed. You can literally take anyone there from grandparents to lovers or work colleagues, while impressing them with the luxurious menus which glory in fish, shellfish, offal and steak. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

No 1 Ship Street

Pompette – Summertown – A really firm contender. The French food here is top notch thanks to head chef Pascal Wiedemann’s Alsace-Lorrainian bent – Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k


The Porterhouse Grill & Rooms, Osney, Oxford – stylish, discreet and steak obsessed. The sister restaurant to its plant based sister The Punter is a firm favourite amongst Oxford’s carnivores. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Quod – Oxford – Still the best place for parents to take their student children when they sweep into town, always full thanks to its beautiful location, site, art, glass and buzz – the menu covers all the bases. Best for people watching. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Quod Terrace

Spiced Roots – Cowley Road – Such a special addition to Oxford’s food scene. Who knew Caribbean food could be this good? The seasoning, spicing and cooking here is excellent. The is nothing rough and ready about it however. From the rum cocktails to the goat curry, it delivered on every front. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

Spiced Roots

The Yurt, at Nicholsons North Aston – Is it a cafe or is a restaurant? The only entry that’s made it into both categories mainly down to Andrew Carr’s exceptional cooking. Vote here https://surveyhero.com/c/gdcg4c3k

The Yurt

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/gdcg4c3k