Best Restaurant nominations

Welcome to the Ox In A Box Food Awards 2022 and here is our Best Restaurant category, listed in alphabetical order: 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.

Vote here:

  1. 215, Summertown – Although head chef Paul Welburn is departing at the end of the year, 215 earned a Michelin star until it changed its name, and still offers fine dining at its best. Vote here:
Paul’s food at 215 – duck, kohlrabi, blackberry

2) Arbequina, East Oxford – always a contender, this is tapas on a different level. Perch on a stool, order lots of dishes and tuck in to some truly authentic and delicious food which now incorporates No 72 next door, such is its popularity. Vote here:

3) Brasserie Blanc, Jericho – The charming French restaurant, set up by Raymond Blanc who still dines there regularly, offers the perfect escape. Classic French food that warms the heart, their souffles are to die for and the decor and service always leads by example. Vote here:

Brasserie Blanc

4) Branca, Jericho – Bustling, atmospheric and enduringly popular, a huge space that’s always busy. Elegant Italianesque food and a beautiful garden right in the heart of Jericho. Vote here:

The Branca garden

5) Cherwell Boathouse, North Oxford – an Oxford staple that keeps evolving, it’s riverside location, seasonal menus prepared by Head chef Paul Bell, and elegant surroundings never goes out of fashion. Vote here:

6) El Rincon, Summertown – Another new addition, and our third tapas nomination, but El Rincon is absolutely wonderful with Spanish chef Juan Clares cooking some blazing Spanish food in the kitchens. Its instant success has even taken them by surprise. Vote here:

Rosaleen Shortt at El Rincon

7) Five Little Pigs, Wallingford – This brand new, quirky neighbourhood haunt offers all day dining, from brunch and lunch to sharing plates, oh and by the way, the food is superb. Vote here:

Five Little Pigs

8) Gee’s, North Oxford – Another Oxford staple from Jeremy Mogford, Gee’s greenhouse style decor, relaxed, comfortable and elegant dining still draws a big crowd. Always a popular choice. Vote here:


9) Kazbar, East Oxford – cocktails, music, a hip crowd, Andalucian tapas, Kazbar is always buzzing. it’s where you go to eat and have fun. Vote here:


10) Mamma Mia, Summertown – what would we do without it? Pizza and pasta in a proper neighbourhood trattoria. One of the most accommodating and friendly places in town. Most of us know the menu off by heart, and it’s always good. Vote here:

Mamma Mia

11) No 1 Ship Street, Oxford – 2020’s Best Newcomer winner, this city centre restaurant is consistently brilliant. Luxurious, decadent and relaxed it caters for everyone from ancient aunties to students, parents and lovers. I recommend it all the time. Vote here:

No1 Ship Street’s surf n turf

12) Oli’s Thai, East Oxford – not long for this world, (Oxford is still in mourning at news that this tiny and superb taste of Thailand is closing permanently in January). However this is your chance to applaud its magnificent success. Vote here:

Oli’s Thai’s infamous aubergine curry

13) Pierre Victoire, Little Clarendon Street – classic no-nonsense French, brilliant value for money with a huge loyal following, these guys made the finals last time around. Vote here:

Pierre Victoire

14) Pompette, Summertown – Always a treat, this classy bar and dining room on South Parade specialises in food from Alsace Lorraine, think French with a German twist from husband and wife team Pascal and Laura Wiedemann. Vote here:

Pompette team

15) Spiced Roots, East Oxford – Last year’s overall winner this deceptive Caribbean restaurant not only has a lethal rum selection but its food is ambitious and surprising. Not one to be underestimated. Vote here:

Spiced Roots

16) The Jam Factory, Oxford – So understated and brilliant. Casual, fun, big on art, classes and community, its light, white, art-strewn Scandinavian space now has a huge indoor and outdoor eating area to entice you with. A lovely relaxing place to eat without any fanfare or fuss! Vote here:

Phillip Jones, manager at the Jam Factory

17) Wilding, Little Clarendon Street – Newcomer, wine specialist, cafe, bar and dining all in one, you never need to go home. Has settled into Oxford very quickly. Vote here:

The sharing boards at Wilding

To find out more about the food awards, sponsored by Goldstar Recruitment and Thomas Franks, being held in Spring 2022 click here : and keep voting every day for all 12 categories!

You can vote once in each category!