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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Oxford/Oxfordshire

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Oxford/Oxfordshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of The Plough Inn Finstock restaurant
4.8
4.8 (412)
£25 and under
English
Burford
About the restaurant
The Plough Inn is a quintessential English thatched Pub set in the West Oxfordshire countryside dating from 1772.We have a roaring log Inglenook fire in the Winter and large gardens for the Summer. Well kept Real Ales and a comprehensive Wine list. Fantastic Home Made food at great value prices. Dog and family friendly. Half price Sparkling wine and Champagne on Friday nights.Steak Special offer on Fridays and 2 for 1 Fish and Chips on Tuesdays.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Second time of visiting and again a great lunchtime experience. Friendly and welcoming hosts with well prepared and tasty food accompanied by good ale. Great country atmosphere with ample off street parking.
A photo of The Loggia at RH England restaurant
4.8
4.8 (148)
£26 to £40
Pizza Bar
Banbury
About the restaurant
Located at RH England, a 400-year-old landmark estate in the Cotswolds, the Loggia is a relaxed open-air restaurant and wine bar offering wood-fired pizzas and charcuterie boards.

For group dining inquiries, please email: aynhoeparkhospitality@rh.com

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful place to eat and visit. Really enjoyed the ambiance.
A photo of The Thatch restaurant
4.7
4.7 (806)
£26 to £40
British
Thame
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Thatch. This bar and restaurant is tucked cosily inside a beautiful 16th century half-timbered thatched cottage amid a row of charming historic houses right in the heart of Thame. Inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams, a cosy atmosphere and a warm welcome all await you. The Thatch offers Modern British-influenced, wholesome country food made with the freshest seasonal
ingredients. There are interesting wines from small vineyards and a choice of traditional ales always on tap. Perfect for relaxed lunches and special occasions. Private dining also available.

Top review
SandraW
Dined 5 days ago
Great location for our purposes and brilliant service from the moment we arrived.
A photo of Gourdans Steak Frites restaurant
4.7
4.7 (184)
£26 to £40
Steak
Oxford
About the restaurant
Gourdans St Clements invites you to enjoy our carefully selected range of speciality steaks, matured in house served with allumettes frites, complimented with a range of house sauces. Established and serving Steak Frites since 2015 locally in Oxford and around the UK, our expanded menu offers well sourced produce to create classic dishes inspired by our love of food. Daily baked bread and day boat fish from the south coast, can be enjoyed with a variety of plant-based plates of European influence, prepared on hot coals to provide a subtle and distinctive flavour. Our small but punchy wine list has a great selection encompassing some great old-world makers as well as showcasing some that are far less known, all served by the glass, so you don’t have to buy a whole bottle to try them. Presented in a warm and inviting environment to provide a unique, comfortable dining experience. Book a table or choose either the takeaway & delivery options available.
Top review
ValerieS
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent meal ,Melt in the mouth steak, attentive service. Can’t wait to visit again
A photo of The Plough at Hanney restaurant
4.7
4.7 (343)
£25 and under
British
Wantage
About the restaurant
Set in the picturesque village of West Hanney,This beautiful thatched pub offers great british pub classics, and small plates, with a vibrant pub atmosphere. This community owned business has new tenants who have been lucky to win a fair few awards in their time.
The Plough is the ultimate country pub and offers an incredible atmosphere and dining experience. Housed in a stunningly thatched public house, customers can choose to eat in the beautiful eatery, in the cosy bar by the fire or in the beautiful sun trapped garden.
With a passion for supporting farmers, the kitchen sources food from the very best local farms, knowing where each item comes from, from farm to plate. Owain even uses the produce from his family farm in Wales! Cooking is modern British and menus change daily depending on what is fresh and seasonal - Luke is particularly passionate about his small plates menu, ensuring that th plough is something for everyone.

Top review
BigBear
Dined 5 days ago
Very accommodating. Excellent service. Excellent cod dish. Outstanding crispy beer battered cod. Very tasty cheese selection. I highly recommend dining at the Plough. We will be back.
A photo of The Plough Shiplake restaurant
4.7
4.7 (193)
£26 to £40
British
Henley-On-Thames
About the restaurant
The Plough Shiplake, pub & dining room that prides itself on offering a delicious, seasonal menu with an excellent drinks selection. The Plough makes you feel special, and at home, all at the same time.

The menu itself is the perfect combination of reinvented pub favourites, with interesting and culinarily creative signature dishes. As well as having a reputation for the best cocktails in Oxfordshire.

The building has been lovely restored; creating a homely, yet modern atmosphere, where it's easy to get lost in conversation for hours. Every table has been given an unique touch and the open fire creates warmth, in both meanings of the word.

Mobile Number: 07932 962655

Top review
Emmacvip
Dined on May 19, 2024
We had a wonderful lunch on Sunday in the beautiful garden.
A photo of The Yew Tree - Frieth restaurant
4.6
4.6 (36)
£26 to £40
Modern European
Henley-On-Thames
About the restaurant
Nestled in the picturesque village of Frieth in Buckinghamshire (close to Marlow and Henley-on-Thames), the Yew Tree is where locals and destination diners meet for good company, exceptional food, and an extensive array of their favourite drinks. It also boasts three ensuite boutique bedrooms, the perfect place to rest your head after exploring the breathtaking Chiltern Hills nearby.
Whether you're a looking for a cosy spot to unwind or in search of an authentic cosy country pub experience, the Yew Tree Pub is your pub of choice.
Enjoy a diverse menu, fine ales, wide variety of wines and warm hospitality.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Excellent venue to meet friends and have a relaxing meal. The staff were extremely helpful and courteous.
A photo of Spiced Roots restaurant
4.6
4.6 (480)
£26 to £40
Caribbean
Oxford
About the restaurant
Two things we hold dear at Spiced Roots are the quality and authenticity of our offering. Our expertly crafted food menu showcases a bold take on classic dishes from across the Caribbean region, whilst introducing new and innovative plates. These are put together in an authentic Caribbean Style, using the highest quality, fresh, locally and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Our cocktails reflect the best in Rum, taking influence from long held West Indian drinking traditions. For the discerning Rum drinker, our constantly evolving Sipping Rum selection of well over 100 rums highlights the best the Caribbean has to offer.

The restaurant is cozy and has a fun and vibrant atmosphere with a soundtrack to match.

Top review
Qmac
Dined on May 20, 2024
Amazing experience. We had flown in from Canada to visit my sister at Oxford. She’d been raving about this restaurant. We arrived 15 minutes prior to it closing and they stayed late to accommodate us. The staff were incredibly friendly and the meal presentation was beautiful. I’m from west Africa and this was the most amazing Caribbean food I’ve ever had.
A photo of The Fishes restaurant
4.5
4.5 (422)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Oxford
About the restaurant
The Fishes is a hidden gem. Quite a big gem, too. An imposing Victorian building set in acres of wooded grounds leading down to the banks of Seacourt Stream. The deck that wraps around the conservatory offers a rare opportunity in land-locked Oxford to dine outside with an idyllic view. In recognition of this, the Fishes was named Al Fresco Dining Pub of the Year in 2006, as well winner of The Public Vote in Oxfordshire Restaurant awards 2012 making it one of the best restaurants in Oxford.
Top review
BarryS
Dined on May 4, 2024
Nice ambience - Good menu with plenty of choices; they were a bit busy so offered us an extra complimentary drink as main course was a bit delayed.
A photo of The black horse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (295)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Witney
About the restaurant
The Black Horse Standlake

The Black Horse pub in Standlake near Witney is a welcoming pub, packed full of history and has had a lovely renovation opening up the restaurant area and adding a cosy atrium. Fantastic classically trained chefs and a beautiful menu to suit all sourced locally. So wether its lunch with friends, a celebration meal or casual drinks there really is something for everyone.

Please note, Opentable bookings are only accepted for food reservations only.

The Black Horse is a typical traditional English village pub and has been a pub since at least 1761 – the Grade II listed building is 16th century.

We actively cater for all dietary requirements, especially gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. We also stock gluten-free beers and vegan wines.
Please call in and sample our fare.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Great staff, service very good starters very nice main course not on point. Very apologetic staff redeemed the evening. Would go again
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