The Oxinabox Food Awards 27/01/2020 Picture by Ed Nix

The Ox In A Box Food Awards are back! Yes, we are once again hosting our awards to give Oxfordshire’s hospitality industry a much needed boost, a massive pat on the back and the recognition and attention it deserves after such a terrible few years.

The food awards are being held on Sunday February 27 at OFS, sponsored by Thomas Franks and Goldstar Recruitment and attended by Raymond Blanc. But we need your help because every vote counts!

There are 12 categories to vote for and every day we will be releasing new categories.


  1. Best Newcomer 2020

2) Best Newcomer 2021

3) Best Chef

4) Best Pub

5) Best Gastropub

6) Best Restaurant

7) Best Cafe

8) Best Pop Up

9) Best Veggie/Vegan

10) Best European http://:

11) Best Global

12) Out Of The Box – the most remarkable pandemic transformation/innovation award

All you have to do is click through on the voting link of each category and vote for your favourite Oxfordshire cafes, restaurants, pubs, chefs and flavours.

Raymond Blanc and Paul Welburn at The Oxinabox Food Awards 2020 where Paul won Best Chef Picture by Ed Nix

Yes, it’s your votes that count, and you alone can choose the finalists of your favourite Oxfordshire pubs, restaurants and cafes who will then be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be presented with their trophies.

READ ABOUT 2020’s ceremony here:

So how does it work? We have spent the past two years (2021’s food awards had to be cancelled because of Covid) picking and choosing the nominations for each category.

The Oxinabox Food Awards 27/01/2020 Picture by Ed Nix

The ceremony will be a black-tie champagne and canapé reception when the overall winner will also be chosen.

The awards ceremony will also raise money for the Thomas Franks Foundation to help end food poverty.

Watch this space for more details!