The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Bucks & Oxon Edition

Category: Gloucestershire

Local Bib Gourmands foodie winners 2017

6 Oct 2016

It’s a gourmet-fest on Muddy this week, with the local Michelin-starred eateries listed the other day and now, for those of us who are *yawn* a bit tired of eating four times a week at Le Manoir, the 2017 Bib Gourmand winners in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.

Oxfordshire trounced Bucks in the Michelin constellations this year, but it’s a bit of role reversal with the Bib Gourmands, the Michelin classification that rewards excellent cuisine at more affordable prices.

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Eat here: The Michelin star winners in Oxon & Bucks

5 Oct 2016

Not too many surprises in this year’s Michelin food lists but in case you’ve missed them, here’s a quick round up of where the stars are falling in Oxon, Bucks and beyond for 2017. Those Berkshire chefs over the border are cooking up the biggest storm, with Oxfordshire brandishing the frying pan behind them. I’ve put links on the ones I’ve previously reviewed to give you a steer, and I’ll be making my way down the list over the months to come.

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Fit for a queen

18 Jul 2016

Fancy something a bit different on the blogaroo today? No problem, may I offer you a stay in the Cotswolds castle where Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn spent 10 days of their honeymoon? Yes, seriously!

This gorgeous piece of stoneware is Thornbury Castle, a Tudor beauty built between 1512 – 1521 whose history includes the beheading of its owner Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham on charges of treason.

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The Chef’s Dozen

26 Nov 2015

Now this is a bit different. We all know that you don’t need to travel far into the Cotswolds to stumble across a honey-washed pub with Farrow & Ball colours, flagstone floors and Londoners fighting to play it rural for a weekend. But finding a modern fine dining restaurant with flair? That’s a tougher proposition.

So it’s as roll-out-the-red-carpet moment for The Chef’s Dozen in Chipping Campden for pulling off a little piece of contemporary magic in this elegant but very traditional village.

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