Is your favourite local restaurant on the list?
The list of Michelin star winners, that is. The prestigious 2020 awards have just been announced - with new entries including a Bucks foodie hotspot. Take a look at the full line-up for our region.
It’s always exciting to see which of our favourite local kitchens nab Michelin stars. The new 2020 Michelin awards were announced recently so, hot off the press, here are the best in business in Bucks and Oxon. I’ll take a table for two at all of them, please!
The Artichoke, Amersham ★
Brand new to the Michelin constellation this year is this fine dining hotspot you’ll find sandwiched between two boutiques in central Amersham (one of which is Whistles so that’s extra points from us). Raymond Blanc is a massive fan and so am I – I first ate here with my mum back in 2012, and in my opinion it’s a star long overdue for chef/owner Laurie. Congrats!
The Hand and Flowers, Marlow ★★
Marlow marvel Tom Kerridge’s first pub opened in 2005 and received its first Michelin star a year later, the first boozer to receive one – kudos! The pub, which focuses on simple, quality ingredients, now has two stars, plus rooms in the nearby Flower Cottage (of course, breakfast is thrown in with your stay).
The Coach, Marlow ★
Tom Kerridge’s second pub/bar made it onto the Michelin Guide two years ago and is still going strong with its selection of groovy tapas-style dishes and small plates. The Coach is resolutely un-bookable, so turn up and take your chances.
The Hundred of Ashendon, mid Bucks – Bib Gourmand
Nestled in between the Chilterns and the Cotswolds, the cosy village inn is headed up by owner/chef Matt Gill, who formerly toiled over the stoves at the much-admired St John in London and has also previously worked with Tom Kerridge.
The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross – Bib Gourmand
This elegant gastropub is serves fantastic food with impeccable presentation – definitely worth the trip round the winding South Bucks countryside to find it. There’s a neat courtyard outside for summer months. Muddy review here.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Great Milton ★★
No introduction needed for Raymond Blanc’s picturesque 15th-century Oxfordshire gaff which retains its two star status year on year with its offering of haute cuisine.
The Nut Tree, Murcott ★
The charming century thatched pub/restaurant, near Bicester, has retained its star status for 12 years running with its refined menu that champions British produce. Respect!
The Oxford Kitchen, Oxford ★
The Oxford-based restaurant has retained the Michelin star it won last year for its contemporary spin on classic British dishes. Nearly as impressive as the Muddy Award it won in 2017!
The Magdalen Arms, Oxford – Bib Gourmand
You’ll find this popular gastropub on the Iffley Road, round the corner from Pegasus Theatre and fellow Bib Gourmand restaurant Oli’s Thai. Unusually the menu changes twice daily depending on availability of ingredients in the kitchen.
Oli’s Thai, Oxford – Bib Gourmand
One of Oxford’s worst kept secrets, you’ll find Oli’s Thai about a 20 minute walk from the city centre, nestled down Magdalen Rd. A tiny space packed with big, fresh flavours, tables are like gold-dust here so book in advance or drop in at 12 before the lunch time rush to grab a bar seat.
Other foodie hotspots which have a ‘plate’ status and a well-deserved mention in this year’s red book were Arbequina and Pompette in Oxford, The Red Lion in Northmoor, The White Hart in Fyfield, The Bell at Hampton Poyle, The Mason Arms in South Leigh, The Crown in Woodstock, Chequers in Berrick Salome, Eyston Arms in East Hendred, Killingworth Castle in Wooton, Olivier at The Red Lion in Britwell Salome, Old Swan in Minster Lovell, Greyhound Inn in Letcombe Regis, Cotswold Plough in Clanfield, Swan Inn in Swinbrook, Miller of Mansfield in Goring, Sir Charles Napier in Sprig’s Alley, The Plough in Kelmscott, The Muddy Duck in Hethe, Five Alls in Filkins, Wild Thyme in Chipping Norton, Chequers in Churchill, The Wild Rabbit and Kingham Plough in Kingham, Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse in Henley, Bottle & Glass Inn in Binfield Heath, Orwells in Shiplake Cross.
And for Bucks, The Pointer in Brill, Mole & Chicken in Long Crendon, The Mash Inn in Radnage, The Pilgrim in North Marston, Old Queens Head in Penn, Roux at Skindles in Taplow and No 5 London End in Beaconsfield.