Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2022 and here is our second category Best Newcomer 2021, listed in alphabetical order: What a brave time to open up in hospitality. So support them by voting for your favourite!

The awards will be held in Spring 2022, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks, and attended by Raymond Blanc, when the top three nominations from each category will be invited to the glittering ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

  1. Back Lane, Woodstock – An instant success as soon as it opened its doors appeasing both the locals in the bar and diners in the extensive dining room at the back. Having Johnny Parke in the kitchen is helping to pack this place full every night. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv
The Back Lane

2) Double Red Duke, Clanfield – achingly beautiful both inside and out, this Jacobean inn, formerly The Plough, has had life breathed back into it thanks to Sam and Georgie Pearman. Oak panelled dining areas, chefs table stools or a huge conservatory for people watching, come summer it’s like being in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The food is also setting the trends and the nationals love it! Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The Double Red Duke in Clanfield

3) The Duke, Woodstock – Sister pub to the Back Lane which opened first, and the same team of Chris Brewster and Mish, this has more of an historic country pub with rooms vibe, Great for families with a huge beer garden, its been beautifully refurbed with GM Rich Gibbs firmly at the helm. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

Rich, Chris and Mish – the team behind The new look Duke of Marlborough pub on the way out of Woodstock

4) Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – new young team, new ideas, new vibe, this gorgeous little restaurant/cafe/bar is just what Wallingford needed. Sam, Aimee and Rob have got the balance just right and the food is sensational. That kedgeree will stay with me for ever. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

Sam, Aimee and Rob at Five Little Pigs

5) The Hare, Milton under Wychwood – The new team behind the excellent Kingham Plough have extended their remit by taking on their second Cotswold pub which fits in to this affluent part of the Oxfordshire countryside perfectly. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The Hare

6) Kings Arms Woodstock – This Fullers pub was given the full monty earlier this year, with no expense spared. The rooms and restaurant especially are stunning and now accommodating tourists and visitors to Woodstock with great aplomb. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The new look Kings Arms

7) Lamb, Shipton Under Wychwood – The boys at The Bell in Langford have struck out again by opening their second premises, taking on this almost derelict village pub which is once again bursting at the seams thanks to the magic they sprinkle everywhere they go. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

Peter and Tom who took on The Lamb in Shipton-Under-Wychwood

8) The Medley, Binsey – this charming home-built bar snuck in quietly during lockdown and transformed the way we eat and drink around Port Meadow for ever. Just up from The Perch this simple bar and food pop up venue has been immensely popular with anyone preferring the outdoors, from river dwellers and walkers as well a young, funky clientele. What a view! Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The Medley views are hard to beat

9) Part and Parcel, Witney – the latest addition from Dodo pubs who also own The Rusty Bicycle, Rickety Press and Up In Arms, expect the same delicious pizza and burger formula in a more urban looking setting. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The Part and Parcel in Witney

10) Tap Social White House, Abingdon Road, Oxford – Covid didn’t help with Tap Social’s plans being delayed again and again, but it was worth the wait. Charming, community focused and charitably based, it’s fun, relaxing, unpretentious and the food is absolutely fabulous. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

Tap Social’s White House

11) The Alice at The Randolph, Oxford – much awaited and lauded, Oxford’s globally famous, classy hotel restaurant has been entirely renovated in terms of food and decor. Whether you sit at the elegant bar, dine in splendour or book one of the fantastic private dining rooms, diners are once again flocking. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

The Alice at The Randolph

12) Wilding, Little Clarendon Street – what was Cafe Rouge is almost unrecognisable now thanks to Kent Barker’s extensive renovation project and dream. The first Wilding is in Somerset but they are now sprouting up everywhere. Wine shop, restaurant, bar and cafe it’s where Yotam Ottolenghi dined when he came to Oxford Playhouse recently. Say no more. Best Newcomer 2021 VOTE HERE: https://surveyhero.com/c/gjmxdmsv

Kent Barker and Sarah Helliwell_Wilding_credit_ @charliemckay_-2

To find out more about the food awards, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks, being held in Spring 2022 click here : https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/the-ox-in-a-box-food-awards-returns-with-raymond-blanc-to-recognise-oxfordshires-incredible-hospitality-industry-get-voting/ and keep voting every day for all 12 categories!

You can vote once in each category!