2016 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS


See all the photos from this years Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards HERE.


Read the Awards Programme HERE

Kat Orman of BBC Radio Oxford, talks about The Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2016.



Last night (1 November) The Baskerville was awarded top accolade of 2016 Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year at a dazzling ceremony organised by The In Oxford Group, publishers of Living in Oxford Magazine and sponsored by Hedges Law.

The Baskerville received the prestigious award in front of over 250 guests, including the county’s top chefs and restaurateurs. The judging panel, chaired by Alain Desenclos, Maître d’ of Le Manoir Quat’Saisons for 26 years, was impressed by the owners’ pride in the food they create at The Baskerville, which was also winner of the best Gastro Pub/Brasserie category.

Kevin Hannah, owner of The Baskerville, said: “I nearly fell off my seat when it was announced that we had won. I thought we might be in with a chance to win our category, but not to win the top award.

“It’s down to 13 years of hard work with my Dad and all of us as a family, my incredible staff, every single person who has worked with us…… and a lot of hours.”

Orwells at Binfield Heath also celebrated success as Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman jointly won chef of the year.

Organiser, Richard Rosser, Chief Executive of the In Oxford Group said: “Well over 250 people work tirelessly behind the scenes to make these awards such a success. The smiles all around make it such a wonderful occasion and the hard work and hours we all put in are certainly worth it.”

The Living in Oxford team awarded Acanthus Restaurant, at the iconic Macdonald Randolph Hotel, the prize for their top restaurant. The Randolph’s William Thomson, recent winner of the Young Concierge of the Year, presented the auction in aid of Helen & Douglas House alongside the charity’s Head of Partnerships, Hugh Thompson.

Students from Oxford City College once again helped to prepare and serve guests. Olivia Blackwell, a level 3 student on the supervisory course at the college, was front of house. She said: “it’s been a great experience for our assessment - and for teamwork.”

Nicola Poole, Managing Director of Hedges Law was on the judging panel and co-presented the awards. She said: “This is out second year as main sponsor for these fantastic awards. It’s an absolute pleasure to be so closely involved in recognising the very best our county has to offer in the hospitality sector.

“This year saw new categories in the awards and higher than ever levels of excellence from our nominees. Hospitality is a major pillar of the local economy and now contributes to 10% of direct employment in the county. There are currently over 160,000 reviews of 1700 Oxfordshire restaurants on TripAdvisor. There are 200 more restaurants than last year and there are 50,000 more reviews. Testament to the power of reviews, recognition, and of course, awards.”


This was the first year an award was given for the Most Sustainable Restaurant, won by the Vaults and Garden Café in Radcliffe Square. Hannah Fenton, Manager of Good Food Oxford, sponsor and judging this award said: “This award celebrates the restaurant that puts sustainability at the heart of its business – with a farmer-first approach to sourcing, delicious vegetarian options, excellent efforts on food waste reduction and great communication with customers.”

The Garden Café at Restore won an award for distinction for extraordinary achievement. If you haven’t visited this oasis just off the Cowley Road yet, you should make the trip.

Another new and hotly contested category was for the best college dining room, won by St Antony’s College. The much acclaimed Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House, Faringdon won the best gastronomic restaurant for the second year running and last year’s Restaurant of the Year, The White Hart at Fyfield, won the Public Vote.

Richard Haddon and Michael Verkoren, owners of the Swan Inn at Ascott-under-Wychwood were delighted with their win for the best traditional pub restaurant in Oxfordshire. Richard said: “Everybody at The Swan, Ascott under Wychwood, is absolutely delighted to have won ‘Best Traditional Pub’ – especially with such strong and superb competition from the other finalists.”



2016 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Restaurant of the Year.
Recognising the very best of the best, this award was decided between all the winners of the other categories.

Winner: The Baskerville


Express, Deli, Café.
For dining on the go or a quick meal in an informal setting.

Winner: Aston Pottery Country Café

Runners Up: Vaults & Garden Café, Mission Burrito


Gastro Pub / Brasserie

Relaxed settings but where there is a great emphasis placed on the quality of food and service. Menus often contain culturally-specific and possibly ‘rustic’ dishes, which require considerable skill to execute.

Winner: The Baskervillle

Runners Up:  The Pointer Brill, Quod and The Kingham Plough


Gastronomic Restaurant

Formal restaurants featuring dishes that exhibit finesse, complexity and considerable skill in execution; extensive product knowledge of staff; and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Winner: Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House

Runners Up:  Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse, The Lamb Inn, Burford


Traditional Pub Restaurant

A uniquely British institution for conviviality and community, serving good quality food and a range of beers.

Winner: The Swan Inn, Ascott-under-Wychwood

Runners Up:  The Maytime Inn, the Killingworth Castle


Asian

Restaurants serving exclusively Asian cuisine.

Winner: Thaikhun

Runners Up:  Qumins, Gurkha Village


The Wellers Public Vote

The popular vote from submissions by the public.

Winner: The White Hart, Fyfield

Runners Up:  Thaikun, Old Bookbinders and The Snooty Mehmaan


Outstanding Service Award

Awarded for outstanding quality of service by the judging panel based on their reviews.

Winner: La Cucina

Runners Up:  The Chester, Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House and Pierreponts Café/Restaurant, Goring


Award of Distinction

Awarded to an individual, restaurant or organisation that has achieved something extraordinary which should be celebrated.

Winner: Garden Café at Restore

Runners Up: Yellow Submarine and The White Hart at Minster Lovell


The 2016 City of Oxford College Trainee Award

Awarded to an individual who has achieved success through apprenticeship or another formal programme leading to a qualification. The judges were looking for a learner, whose success has made a difference to the workplace, thereby helping the business to grow through developing a talented, motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Winner: Chris Angus, St Anne’s College

Runners Up: Zac Doughey, The Oxford Kitchen, ,Aishia Johnston, Wofson College


Living in Oxford Award

The Living in Oxford team’s favourite.

Winner: Acanthus Restaurant

Runners Up:  GAF, The Kingham Plough

 

Oxfordshire’s Most Sustainable Restaurant
Restaurants with have entered this category because they are proud of their sustainable attributes whether this is recycling, sourcing food locally or environmentally friendly paper used for their menus.

Winner: Vaults and Garden Café

Runners Up:  The Partridge Wallingford
, The Garden Café at Restore


Best College Dining Room

Superb restaurants within the Oxford College walls.

Winner: St Antony’s

Runners Up:  Lady Margaret Hall
St Anne’s


Chef of the Year

A chef that has excelled, worked well under pressure and created some masterpieces.

Winner: Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, Orwells

Runner’s Up:  Rohan Kashid, Quod
Ray Killick, St Anne’s


Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Award for Excellence

Nominated and awarded by the judging panel to an individual or restaurant in recognition of an outstanding contribution and positive impact on the reputation of Oxfordshire as a dining destination.

Winner: The Oxford Kitchen

Runners Up:  Old Parsonage The Bell at Hampton Poyle




2015 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS


See all the photos from this years Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards HERE.


Read the Awards Programme HERE

Read Food Critique Nick Lander's review of the Awards here HERE.

Interview with Kat Orman of BBC Radio Oxford, Richard Rosser from The Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards and Helen Brind of Activate Learning.




The winners of the 2015 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards organised by The In Oxford Group, publishers of Living in Oxford Magazine, and sponsored by Hedges Law were announced at a glittering ceremony at Oxford Town Hall on the evening of 6 October.

Founder of the Awards and Chief Executive of The In Oxford Group, Richard Rosser, said: “This is the fifth year of the awards and in Oxfordshire we are fortunate to have both excellence and diversity on our doorstep. This is a night to celebrate the very best in a county which has the finest ingredients and dining that the country has to offer.”

The overall 2015 Restaurant of the Year title was awarded to Kay and Mark Chandler at the White Hart, Fyfield, previously shortlisted for awards for the last three years.

The couple have been at the historic fifteenth century inn for 10 years. Kay was delighted with their double win – they also received the top prize in the gastro pub/bistro category, beating The Castle at Edgehill, The Quince Tree at Stonor and The White Horse at Kings Sutton.

Kay said: “We are honoured and excited to receive this prestigious award. We genuinely love what we do and gaining this recognition makes all of the hard work and long hours we have put in worthwhile. We could not have achieved this accolade without the support and hard work of our fantastic team, who share our passion, dedication and enthusiasm. This is the hugest well done we could ever hope to receive!”

The White Hart, just off the A420 and 7 miles from Oxford city centre, is without doubt the perfect pub. It has held two rosettes for culinary excellence for 8 years running and been voted one of the Top 100 Restaurants by the Daily Telegraph and Top 50 Gastropubs by a recent industry poll, but is still somewhere to stop for a good pint of real ale.

Originally a chantry house, the building is more than you could ever want from a country pub – an atmospheric Great Hall with soaring eaves, an original minstrel’s gallery, roaring log fires for winter and a terrace for summer. It even boasts a secret tunnel leading to Fyfield Manor.

The White Hart focuses on food which is fresh, seasonal and with excellent provenance. Many of the herbs and vegetables come from their own large kitchen with meat from local farms and fresh fish from Brixham delivered 6 days a week.

The White Hart was voted top restaurant of the year by a team of judges chaired by Alain Desenclos, Ambassador for Belmond Le Manoir aux ’Quat’Saisons where he was restaurant director for more than three decades, and himself a previous winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award. Elvio Freitas and Mourad Ben Tekfa presented the Belmond Le Manoir Award for Excellence to The Mole Inn at Toot Balden.

Helen Brind, Head of External Development and Partnership at the City of Oxford College (part of Activate Learning) was on the judging panel and led the team of 16 and 17 year-old college students who prepared and served the three-course gourmet dinner. The students are all studying BTEC and NVQs in public services, travel and tourism and hospitality and catering.

Helen said: “It is an amazing event for the students to be involved with, many of whom only started at the college a few weeks ago.” The students prepared a menu which not only looked but also tasted amazing, and received a standing ovation from Oxfordshire’s top gourmets and restaurateurs. She said: “The awards are not just about the food, it’s about the whole experience: the welcome, the venue and the facilities. It’s about the whole rounded experience.

“It’s important to recognise the amazing food we have in the county.”

Last year’s overall restaurant of the year winner, Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames was just pipped at the post by Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon for the county’s best gastronomic restaurant award ahead of The Kingham Plough.

Oxford is one of the country’s most multi-cultural cities and two of the restaurants shortlisted for Best Asian Restaurant are based in the city, Yeti Nepalese on the famously foodie Cowley Road, and Shanghai 30’s. They were joined in the shortlist by The Snooty Mehmaan in Faringdon. Yeti Nepalese won the top accolade.

Best traditional pub was won by another White Hart - The White Hart at Minster Lovell, beating the Baskerville at Henley-on-Thames and The General Eliott, Oxford.

The public vote, a hugely rewarding category to win, was presented to The Greyhound at Besselsleigh, and The Living in Oxford Magazine Editor’s Choice went to The Oxford Kitchen while Malmaison won best service.

In one of the most hotly contested categories, Aston Pottery was presented with the prize for best Express/Deli/Café ahead of Café Aloha and Oxfork.

The ethos behind the awards is not just to celebrate the best dining in Oxfordshire, but also to nurture new talent. Nick Lander, restaurant critic of the Financial Times said: “The restaurant profession is the most open profession in the world. The willingness of chefs to share with other people is phenomenal, and second to none. To underline this, The City of Oxford College Trainee Award marks a huge boost of encouragement at the beginning of Amy Bulgin’s career. Amy is an apprentice working at the The Red Lion, Northmoor and the two runners up, James Kenny and Joshua O’Rourke at the Eyston Arms, Wantage.

The Award of Distinction for his outstanding contribution to hospitality and catering was presented to Donald Sloan of Oxford Brookes University, founder and chair of Oxford Gastronomica.

The beautifully crafted awards were designed by the National School of Furniture and the evening raised £3,500 for British Red Cross, the food supplied by Aldens, one of Oxfordshire’s oldest family owned businesses having been established in 1793 with wine supplied by Oxford Wine Company and champagne by Laurent-Perrier.

Nikki Poole, Managing Director of Hedges Law, the headline sponsor said: “I can’t think that I’ve ever been to a more joyous awards ceremony. Whereas some business owners can be a touch blasé about winning awards, these awards clearly meant the world to our winners. Some of them have worked years to get this recognition and the delight was so visible on their faces. It was an absolute pleasure to have been part of such a wonderful event.”

Photographs of the event, courtesy of www.ceretadrewettphotography.co.uk, can be purchased HERE

To enter for 2015 Click HERE



2015 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Restaurant of the Year.
Recognising the best in Oxfordshire, the overall winner, The Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year has been selected from the winners in the other categories (see below), and is decided on by the committee.

Winner: The White Hart at Fyfield

Gastronomic Restaurant.
Formal restaurants that seek to build reputation on dishes that exhibit finesse, complexity and considerable skill in execution; extensive product knowledge of staff; and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Winner: Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

Shortlisted nominees:
Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames,
The Kingham Plough, Kingham

Gastro Pub / Brasserie.
Relaxed, often informal or semi-formal settings, in which there is much emphasis placed on the quality of food and service. Menus often contain culturally-specific and possibly ‘rustic’ dishes, which require considerable skill to execute.

Winner: The White Hart at Fyfield

Shortlisted nominees:
The Quince Tree, Stonor,
The Castle at Edgehill,
The White Horse, Kings Sutton

Traditional Pub Restaurant.
A uniquely British creation, informal establishments that promote a sense of conviviality and community, which serve good quality food (often, but not exclusively British) and a range of beers.

Winner: The White Hart, Minster Lovell

Shortlisted nominee:
The Baskerville, Henley-on-Thames,
The General Eliott, Oxford

Asian.
A defining characteristic of the Oxfordshire restaurant scene – establishments serving exclusively Asian cuisine.

Winner: Yeti Nepalese, Oxford

Shortlisted nominees:
Shanghai 30’s, Oxford,
The Snooty Mehmaan, Faringdon

Express, Deli, Café.
Food outlets that enable us to dine whilst ‘on the go’, or when we want a quick meal in an informal setting.

Winner: Aston Pottery Country Café, Aston

Shortlisted nominees:
Café Aloha, Oxford,
Oxfork, Oxford

Outstanding Service Award.
Based on interpretation of scores and reviews, the judging panel will identify the restaurant that offered the most outstanding quality of service.

Winner: Malmaison, Oxford


Shortlisted nominees:
Restaurant 56 at Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon,
The Kingham Plough, Kingham

Belmond Le Manoir Award for Excellence.

Winner: The Mole Inn, Toot Balden


Shortlisted nominees:
Andrew Hill, the chef at The Red Lion, Britwell Salome,
Mike North, the chef at The Nut Tree Inn

The Public Vote

Winner: The Greyhound, Besselsleigh


Shortlisted nominees:
Cafe Aloha, Oxford,
Reg’s Café, Banbury

City of Oxford College Trainee of the Year
Winner: Amy Bulgin from The Red Lion, Northmoor


Shortlisted nominees:
James Kenny from The Eyston Arms, Wantage,
Joshua O’Rourke from The Eyston Arms, Wantage

Living In Oxford Editor’s Choice Award
Winner: The Oxford Kitchen, Oxford


Shortlisted nominees:
Pierre Victoire, Oxford,
The Red Lion, Oxford

Outstanding Contribution:
Winner: Donald Sloan, Oxford Gastronomica / Oxford School of Hospitality Management


2014 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS


The winners of the 2014 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards were announced on 4th November at a glittering Awards ceremony at Oxford Town Hall.

The overall 2014 Restaurant of the Year title was awarded to Shaun Dickens of The Boathouse, Henley.


The Awards celebrated the best food and dining in Oxfordshire. Just under 300 guests attended the stunning ceremony, organised by Tina Rosser of TERA Events. They sat down to a three-course gourmet dinner entirely prepared and served by 16 and 17 year-old students from City of Oxford College (part of Activate Learning). The students were all studying BTEC and NVQs in public services, travel and tourism and hospitality and catering.

Helen Brind, Head of External Development and Partnership at the College said: “Events like the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards really do change lives. This has given the opportunity for young people to demonstrate their talent and skills.”

Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse in Henley celebrated two wins on the night. He took away trophies (which were also designed and crafted by students at the National School of Furniture at the College) for Best Gastronomic Restaurant and overall winner of the 2014 Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year.

Shaun was elated by his win. Afterwards he thanked his team and said: “This award means so much to me and all the team, we work incredibly hard at what we do, and to receive this recognition is fantastic. It makes all the long days worth it.”

The evening was introduced by Alain Desenclos, Committee Chairman of Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, and hosted by Mark Taylor, partner of Darbys Solicitors LLP. Entertainment was provided by Alina Kozlovskaja who played her own compositions at the piano during the Laurent Perrier sponsored champagne reception, while Michael Bublé tribute, Albie J, sang to diners throughout the meal.

Winner of the most hotly contested category, for brasserie/gastro pub, and coming top of a shortlist of 9 was The White Horse at Kings Sutton. The awards night was the first day off for the pub’s new manager and Chef, Hendrik Dutson and partner Julie Groves. The award is the culmination of 12 months hard work in transforming the pub which they only took over last September. In this time they have refurbished the interior and planned a new menu for the gastro pub. Hendrik is passionate about supplying local food and the White Horse has a steadily growing reputation for the quality of its meat, especially venison. Celebrating after the win, Hendrik said: “This recognition after a year makes it all worthwhile for Julie and I.”

An Award for Excellence was made to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. In future years this Award will be known as Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons Award for Excellence. City centre landmark, The Randolph Hotel, won the highly sought after award for Outstanding Service.

Best Asian was The Snooty Mehmaan, Faringdon.

Last year’s winner of the coveted Public Vote, Reg’s Café in Banbury, won the Express Café/Deli category, while Café Aloha in Oxford won this year’s prize for the Public Vote.

A celebration of the best food in Oxfordshire wouldn’t be complete without applauding the best producers and suppliers in the county. The producers’ award went to Bucksum, growers of seasonal vegetables, and the suppliers’ award went to Jolly Foods, just beating Brackley Butchers and Rectory Farm.

The Living in Oxford Editor’s Choice Award went to La Cucina who also gained recognition for an individual contribution when Mateus di Silva of La Cucina was recognised for the City of Oxford College Trainee Award.

Richard Rosser, Chief Executive of The In Oxford Group and founder of the Awards commented: “The Awards not only celebrated Oxfordshire’s finest restaurants across a wide range of categories, but also honoured Oxfordshire’s producers and suppliers for the first time.

“The scene was superbly set by the team at TERA Events who ensured that not only did the venue look stunning, but that guests were entertained in the build up to the professionally run Awards ceremony. Arguably, however, the greatest triumph of a wonderful night was the culmination of a successful partnership between ourselves, TERA and City of Oxford College which saw in excess of 100 students play their part in a live event for the first time. As Ian Francis, Principal of City of Oxford College mentioned during his address, this partnership has been a massive success and has provided the students with invaluable experience. I would also like to give our sponsors a special mention for their unbelievable support.”

Photographs of the event, courtesy of www.ceretadrewettphotography.co.uk, can be purchased HERE

To enter for 2015 Click HERE

2014 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Restaurant of the Year.
Recognising the best in Oxfordshire, the overall winner, The Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year has been selected from the winners in the other categories (see below), and is decided on by the committee.

Winner: Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley on Thames

Gastronomic Restaurant.
Formal restaurants that seek to build reputation on dishes that exhibit finesse, complexity and considerable skill in execution; extensive product knowledge of staff; and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Winner: Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse, Henley on Thames

Shortlisted nominees:
The Lamb, Burford
Oxford Brookes Restaurant
The Randolph Restaurant, Oxford
Le Kesh, Oxford

Gastro Pub / Brasserie.
Relaxed, often informal or semi-formal settings, in which there is much emphasis placed on the quality of food and service. Menus often contain culturally-specific and possibly ‘rustic’ dishes, which require considerable skill to execute.

Winner: The White Horse, King’s Sutton

Shortlisted nominees:
1855, Oxford
Chequers, Burcot,
Kingham Plough,
White Hart Fyfield,
The Restaurant at Witney Lakes Resort, Witney
The Fleece, Witney
The Blue Boar, Longworth
The Red Lion, Britwell Salome

Traditional Pub Restaurant.
A uniquely British creation, informal establishments that promote a sense of conviviality and community, which serve good quality food (often, but not exclusively British) and a range of beers.

Winner: King and Queen, Longcot

Shortlisted nominee:
Killingworth Castle, Wootton by Woodstock
The Angel, Burford
The Royal Oak, Oxford
The James Figg, Thame
The Oxford Retreat, Oxford

Asian.
A defining characteristic of the Oxfordshire restaurant scene – establishments serving exclusively Asian cuisine.

Winner: Snooty Mehman, Faringdon

Shortlisted nominees:
Gurkha Village, Oxford
Tree Hotel, Iffley
One Fusion Bar & Restaurant, Oxford
Indian Pantry, Banbury
Malikas, Oxford
4500 Miles from Delhi, Oxford

Express, Deli, Café.
Food outlets that enable us to dine whilst ‘on the go’, or when we want a quick meal in an informal setting.

Winner: Reg’s Café, Banbury

Shortlisted nominees:
Café Aloha, Oxford
Burford Garden Centre, Burford
Aston Pottery Country Cafe, Aston
Hampers Food & Drink, Woodstock
Organic Deli, Café and Restaurant, Oxford

Outstanding Service Award.
Based on interpretation of scores and reviews, the judging panel will identify the restaurant that offered the most outstanding quality of service.

Winner: The Randolph Restaurant, Oxford


Award for Excellence.

Winner: Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons


The Vouch Public Vote

Winner: Café Aloha


Shortlisted nominees:
Brookes Restaurant
Reg’s Cafe

City of Oxford College Trainee of the Year
Winner: Mateus di Silva, La Cucina


Shortlisted nominees:
Emma Proffitt
Fabio di Clement
Rosanna Cox

Living In Oxford Editor’s Choice Award
Winner: La Cucina


Best Producer
Winner: Bucksum


Shortlisted nominees:
Blue Tin Produce

Best Supplier
Winner: Jolly Foods


Shortlisted nominees:
Brackley Butchers
Rectory Farm


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2013 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS


The search for the best restaurants in Oxfordshire is over. The winners of the 2013 Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards, established by In Oxford & Oxfordshire Magazine and organised by TERA Events, were announced at a glittering Awards ceremony on the evening of 1 October at The Manor Hotel.

A simply stunning marquee, the inspiration of TERA Events, provided the backdrop for a Laurent Perrier champagne reception, three course meal and the Awards, hosted by JACK fm’s Trevor Marshall.


The overall Restaurant of the Year title was awarded to The Star Inn, Sparsholt. The Star only opened in July last year when owner Caron Williams bought it to save the local pub.

Caron said, “As a new business it is fantastic to be rewarded for all those difficult days when we were setting up.” Chef at The Star, Dave Watts, is already the winner of The Good Food Guide Chef to Watch, 2013.

The Awards celebrated the best dining in Oxfordshire from gourmet restaurant, won by The Lamb Inn Burford, to the traditional pub, won by The James Figg in Thame, best Asian, won by Yeti on Cowley Road, and best café, won by Burford Garden Centre.

The Head Chef Sean Ducie of The Lamb Inn, Burford said he was “over the moon” a winner of the Gastronomic Restaurant category. The beautiful 17-room Gastro pub and brasserie dates back to 1402 and has held two rosettes for over 9 years.

For the second year running, the award for Outstanding Service was made to Oxford Brookes Restaurant. Afterwards, the team said, “The team are absolutely thrilled to be recognised for the 2nd year, and among such great competition.”

The winner of the coveted Public Vote was Reg’s Café in Banbury.

Individual contributions were recognised for outstanding achievement including Tony Verdin of The Cherwell Boathouse, Max Mason of The Big Bang for the creativity he showed, amongst other things, in building a beach in Oxford, and Patrick Greenberg of La Cucina who won HIT Training Apprentice of the Year.

Presenting Max with his award, David Gambier, MD of Great Experience Travel Group, said “The standard is rising all the time.”

A new Award was also made by In Oxford Magazine, with The Editor’s Choice Award going to The Quince Tree in Stonor. A special award was also made to Browns, an Oxford Institution for 40 years.

Why not enter for 2014? Download an entry form at www.oxfordshirerestaurantawards.co.uk today.

The trophies for this year’s Awards were once again designed and produced by NSF (National School of Furniture) based at Oxford Cherwell Valley College (OCVC). The theme this year was ‘onwards and upwards’ reflecting the post-Olympic spirit and a positive outlook for the future.

One of the event sponsors, Stuart Crook from Wellers Accountants said, “All of our partners, guests and associated friends had a fantastic time. I thought the event built on last year’s success and improved yet again thanks to the good quality nominees in the room.”

Sarah-Jayne Beasley, Sales Manager at Eynsham Hall commented, “The room looked amazing and everyone had a wonderful time.”

Isabelle Barber, Business Development Manager at Rhodes House said, the event was “A great tribute not only to you, The In Oxford Group’s energies in promoting Oxfordshire businesses, but also to the restaurant business community that you have so successfully nurtured over the last three years. Everybody likes winners and there were certainly a goodly handful of them around last night – congratulations to you and all your team who did such a grand job. Take it from one who knows how much work is involved in pulling such things off!”

2013 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Restaurant of the Year.
Recognising the best in Oxfordshire, the overall winner, The Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year has been selected from the winners in the other categories (see below), and is decided on by the committee.

Winner: The Star Inn at Sparsholt

Gastronomic Restaurant.
Formal restaurants that seek to build reputation on dishes that exhibit finesse, complexity and considerable skill in execution; extensive product knowledge of staff; and attentive yet unobtrusive service.

Winner: The Lamb Inn, Burford
Second: Oxford Brookes Restaurant
Third: Cherwell Boathouse


Shortlisted nominees
Fallowfields
The Feathers
Pierre Victoire
The Turl Street Kitchen
The Baron’s Hall
Le Kesh

Gastro Pub / Brasserie.
Relaxed, often informal or semi-formal settings, in which there is much emphasis placed on the quality of food and service. Menus often contain culturally-specific and possibly ‘rustic’ dishes, which require considerable skill to execute.

Winner: The Star Inn at Sparsholt
Second: The Kingham Plough
Third: The Living Room

Shortlisted nominees
The Plowden Arms
The Chequers at Burcot
The White Hart, Fyfield
The Quince Tree
The Mole Inn
Cibo

Traditional Pub Restaurant.
A uniquely British creation, informal establishments that promote a sense of conviviality and community, which serve good quality food (often, but not exclusively British) and a range of beers.

Winner: The James Figg, Thame
Second: The Oxford Retreat
Third: The Black Horse ( Kidlington)

Shortlisted nominee
The Big Bang

Asian.
A defining characteristic of the Oxfordshire restaurant scene – establishments serving exclusively Asian cuisine.

Winner: Yeti, Cowley Road, Oxford
Second: Spice Lounge
Third: Gurkha Village

Shortlisted nominees
The Snooty Mehmaan
Jee Saheb
The First Floor

Express, Deli, Café.
Food outlets that enable us to dine whilst ‘on the go’, or when we want a quick meal in an informal setting.

Winner: Burford Garden Centre
Second: Reg's Cafe, Banbury Joint
Third: Oxfork and The Rose

Shortlisted nominees
Gatineau
Oxford Jacobs and Field
The Old Studio
The Bakehouse

Outstanding Service Award.
Based on interpretation of scores and reviews, the judging panel will identify the restaurant that offered the most outstanding quality of service.

Winner: Oxford Brookes Restaurant


Public Vote
Winner: Reg’s Café, Banbury

Second: Turl Street, Kitchen
Third: The Jam Factory

Shortlisted nominees:
Veritas
The Fleece
The Mole Inn
The Plowden Arms
La Cucina
The White Hart, Fyfield
The First Floor

Award for Creativity: Max Mason, The Big Bang.

Recognition of Service: Anthony Verdin, The Cherwell Boathouse

The HIT Training Apprentice of the Year: Winner: Patrick Greenberg, La Cucina
Shortlisted nominees:
Craig Young, The Big Bang
Clive Harris, The Big Bang

The In Oxford & Oxfordshire Magazine Editor’s Choice Award Winner: The Quince Tree, Stonor


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2012 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS


What a night. Twenty five nominated restaurants convened at a packed Malmaison in the heart of the Oxford Castle Quarter to celebrate the 2nd annual Awards on September 18th. Two hundred and forty guests enjoyed a Laurent Perrier sponsored champagne reception followed by a sumptuous three course meal before the Awards ceremony.


There were five worthy winners of the main category Awards (see alongside) plus special Awards to Oxford Brookes Restaurant (Service Award), The Fishes (Public Vote Award) and The Feathers who won the coveted Oxfordshire Restaurant of the Year title.

Thanks to the following who helped to make the Awards a wonderful success:

Thanks to our main sponsor, Miele, for their fantastic support in this their second year of sponsorship.

Thanks to Malmaison Oxford General Manager, Mark McSorley and his team, John Ryan, Tanner Efinger, Chef Daniel Bell and the team for guiding us through the evening and serving all 240 guests with style.

Thanks to the following sponsors who also played a crucial role in ensuring the Awards were a success:

Roots of Oxford, Oxford Castle Quarter, Bean Bags Coffee, B4 Magazine, Blueprint Imaging, Brakspears Brewery, City Audio Visual, Culham Publishing Services, Isis Creative Framing, JACK fm, New Folium Marquees, Oxford Event Hire, National School of Furniture, Stones the Printers, Studio 8, TERA and The Beautiful Group, The New Theatre, Visit Oxfordshire and The Oxford Wine Company.

We would also like to thank our excellent committee, headed up by Alain Desenclos, Julie Archer, Donald Sloan, Susi Golding, Mark Taylor, Daren Bowyer, Mark Ritchie, David Gambier and Jacquie Bugeja.

Thank you also to all of the restaurants who have entered, the voters who have voted and the reviewers who have reviewed.

Thanks everyone from The In Oxford Group including Sue, Colin, Rob, Keith, Zoe, Lorna, Emma, George, Ed and Fred.

Special thanks to Tina from TERA for organizing the event.

If you would like to enter 2013’s Awards see the
www.oxfordshirerestaurantawards.co.uk website for the application form.

Call the office now on 01865 742211 for advanced ticket enquiries and sponsorship opportunities.

2012 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Oxfordshire Restaurant Of The Year: Winner: The Feathers

Public Vote Category Winner: The Fishes


Best Service Award Winner: Brookes Restaurant


Traditional Pub and Great Bars Award Winner: The Blue Boar, Longworth

Also Nominated
The Fishes
The Duke of Cambridge
The Oxford Blue
The Old Post Office

Gastronomic Restaurant Award Winner: The Feathers

Also Nominated
Brookes Restaurant
Gees
La Galleria
Malmaison

Express / Deli / Café Award Winner: Jacobs & Field

Also Nominated
The Mission Burrito
Kazbar
Oxfork
Café Coco

Gastro Pub or Brasserie Award Winner: The Lamb Inn at Burford

Also Nominated
The Feathered Nest
Old Swan & Minster Mill
The Red Lion
Browns

Asian Restaurant Award Winner: 4500 Miles from Delhi

Also Nominated
Qumins
The One Fusion Bar and Restaurant
Rosemary Restaurant
Malikas


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2011 OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS
A GREAT SUCCESS


Well we did it! 248 days after the first meeting was held to look into the possibility of staging the Awards, we pulled it off, not without the extraordinary help of our friends at Malmaison and Oxford Castle, not to mention Miele, our brilliant Committee, wonderful suppliers and our fabulous sponsors. The In Oxford Magazine Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards are, officially, here to stay!

We packed 270 guests into a huge marquee at Oxford Castle, in the Exercise Yard behind Malmaison, and the end product was a stunning sea of red and black tables, which was just incredible.

Special mention to Zoe Naylor of Miele, Jean-Pierre Morilleau of Oxford Castle and the Malmaison A Team of Mark McSorley, John Ryan (who was co-ordinating the military operation of food leaving the kitchen) and Suzy Bramfitt (who held it together front of house). Chef Russell Heeley did an unbelievable job making sure we could enjoy a terrific meal and Suzanne Port was also an immense help with the preparations.

Guests enjoyed a champagne reception in the A Wing of the former prison, and they were joined by actors from The Oxford Actors Network playing the part of prisoners, together with their very own Prison Warden, Mr Mackay! The Orchestra of St John’s also played at the reception.

The Awards were hosted by Reya El-Salahi, a BBC radio and television broadcaster, writer and journalist, originally from Oxford, and Donald Sloan, Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University. Donald is also the Chair of Oxford Gastronomica.

Trophies were hand-made using reclaimed or sustainable wood by Ian Smith, artist in residence at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, Oxford and Cherwell Valley College. SAE composed music specifically for the Awards.

There were eight categories plus two special achievement Awards. The first of these was presented to George Dailey of The Bell at Hampton Poyle. George received his award for Outstanding Contribution from Alain Desenclos, the Awards Committee Chairman. It was then Alain’s turn to be recognised for his Outstanding Service, and as guest presenter, Raymond Blanc OBE, commented before handing Alain his award, “Alain has most probably served every one of you here today.” Raymond and Alain were then photographed together as La Marseillaise, the French National Anthem, played in the background.

Biggest winners of the night were The Feathered Nest who scooped the top prize of Restaurant of the Year and Best British Restaurant, followed by Pierre Victoire who were ‘victorious’ in the Best European and Public Vote categories – the latter with 488 votes! (over 7,500 votes were cast in total). Zoe Naylor, Financial Controller of Miele, presented the winners with their trophy. A full list of results is provided below.

Special guests presented the Awards alongside each category sponsor. Guests included Jeremy Mogford (founder of Browns and Maison Blanc, and owner of The Mogford Group), Jo Thoenes (of BBC Radio Oxford), Raymond Blanc OBE, Robert B. Cook (Chief Executive Officer of Malmaison), Sir John Madejski (chairman and director of 18 companies including Reading FC and BGP Group), Felicity Lusk (Head of Abingdon School), Martin Keown (ex Aston Villa, Arsenal and England professional footballer and now television and radio analyst), Sally Dicketts (Principal of Oxford and Cherwell Valley College) and Trevor Osborne (developer of Oxford Castle and Chairman of The Trevor Osborne Property Group).

Malmaison hosted the event and Head Chef Russell Heeley masterminded the unenviable task of feeding his peers but, with the help of General Manager, Mark McSorley, John Ryan, Suzanne Port, Suzy Bramfitt and a team of over sixty staff, ensured that Malmaison were deserving of the utmost praise from all of those in attendance.

Category sponsors included FN Foods, Brakspear, Blueprint, JACK fm, Bean Bags and B4 Magazine.

New Folium Marquees and Beautiful Chair Covers were instrumental in creating a stunning scene for the guests and the event was co-ordinated by Tina Rosser of TERA Events. Local suppliers also included Blueprint, City Audio Visual, Oxford Event Hire, Studio 8 and SAE. The Oxford Actors Network, Illuminate, The Oxford Wine Company, Guylian, Stones the Printers, PresstoPrint, and Tamara Taboas also played significant parts in ensuring the Awards were a success.

The independent committee who were responsible for deciding the winners of each category, were as follows: Susi Golding (Visit Oxfordshire); Julie Archer (Meet Oxfordshire); Jacquie Bugeja (Oxfordshire Registration Service); Donald Sloan (Oxford Brookes); Daren Bowyer (Pembroke College); David Gambier (Great Experience Travel); Mark Taylor (Darbys) and Mark Ritchie.

Macmillan Cancer Support were the beneficiaries of the raffle which included the star prize generously donated by Baglioni Hotels – two nights at The Relais Santa Croce in Florence.

Event organiser, Richard Rosser, Managing Director of The In Oxford Group, commented. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better first year. There was a huge amount of work to undertake to make sure that we established a great platform for the Awards to continue long into the future. We have received an amazing flood of compliments about the Awards, which is down to everyone involved. It was certainly a team effort!”



2011 WINNERS & FINALISTS

Oxfordshire Restaurant Of The Year: Winner: The Feathered Nest
2nd Place: Cibo!
3rd Place: Majliss

Public Vote Category Winner: Pierre Victoire Bistro

2nd Place: Mission Burrito
3rd Place: The Fishes

British Category Winner: The Feathered Nest

2nd Place: Malmaison
3rd Place: Brookes Restaurant.
Finalist: The Leatherne Bottel
Finalist: The Bell At Hampton Poyle

Rest Of The World Category Winner: Cibo!

2nd Place: Brasserie Blanc
3rd Place: Al-Salam
Finalist: Gee's
Finalist: The Red Lion

Asian Category Winner: Majliss

2nd Place: Spice Lounge
3rd Place: My Sichuan
Finalist: Cockadoo
Finalist: Jaan

Pub & Bar Category Winner: The Perch

2nd Place: The Bat & Ball
3rd Place: The Unicorn Inn
Finalist: Blue Boar
Finalist: The Fishes

Rest Of Europe Category Winner: Pierre Victoire

2nd Place: Rigiletto
3rd Place: Al-Andalus
Finalist: Quod
Finalist: Jamie's Italian

Express Category Winner: Mission Burrito

2nd Place: Noodle Nation
3rd Place: Coffee Repiblic


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