One of the best restaurants in Oxfordshire
Generally talked about as one of the best fine dining restaurants in Oxfordshire. Possibly even in the top three. From February 2013 our kitchen has been run by Matt Weedon (number 45 in the “Sunday Times 2012 top 100 restaurants list”.)
Wherever Matt has cooked, he has attracted accolades from both major guides and travel organisations. However, he is a believer that often such accolades are used to justify high prices. This is not our philosophy. Our aim is to give you a formidable dining experience whilst not breaking the bank.
So to Matt’s track record. He first gained a Michelin star at Glenapp Castle in 2006. He moved to Lords of the Manor in 2008, and gained a star there in 2009. It has been said of Matt that he is one of the top 100 chefs in the Country. In January 2014 the AA awarded us with their coveted 3 Rosettes for culinary excellence – great fine dining in other words!
Matt is an engaging, soft spoken and passionate chef. When asked whether he would like his name above the door of our restaurant he said “I would rather let my food do the talking”. When you come to Fallowfields, we hope you will meet him. Probably out in the kitchen garden or on our farm.
One critic said of his cooking “culinary joy on a plate”. Another said “Matt’s food makes you want to hug your plate”.
Whilst Matt takes care of the kitchen, his wife Rachel will run the restaurant. Rachel brings her experience as Restaurant Manger for some of Britain’s top Country House Hotels. Passionate about this industry, Rachel has worked with the best. Hambleton Hall: Blantyre: L’ortolan: The Waterside Inn: Glennapp Castle and Lords of the Manor.
Our unique is that we grow and rear a lot of our own produce. Our farm, orchards and kitchen gardens are dedicated to quality produce for the table.
Of all the restaurants in Oxfordshire……
….We have been passionate about using the freshest produce for over 20 years. Ever since the days when Peta [the co-owner] cooked in the kitchen on an Aga. Some of our regulars today recall those days too. Now, Matt is proud to carry on this tradition today. [No longer cooking on an AGA though!]
Seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown in the hotel’s kitchen gardens and orchards. Whenever possible meat and poultry is sourced from our own farm. Then we look at other local Oxfordshire producers. Finally we source “out of County” as a last resort. There are very few restaurants in Oxfordshire which bake their own bread daily.
Facing south, the restaurant overlooks the hotel’s croquet lawn and paddocks beyond. A perfect ambience at any time of day to enjoy a relaxing, unhurried breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.
We are one of the few fine dining restaurants in Oxfordshire to open 7 days a week.
Open for non-residents 7 days a week, for breakfast, lunch, superb afternoon teas and dinner. You will always receive a genuine warm welcome from our lovely staff.
Drinks and snacks can be taken out on our terrace. And talking of relaxing. One eats out to relax. We suggest a smart-casual dress code. Smart jeans are fine although we request no ripped jeans or sportswear.
Here is our quintessentially British menu:- (click to view our menus), and if you would like to look at photographs of our food, our farm and much much more, please look at our Pinterest board entitled “food inspirations”
Please do take the opportunity of eating in one of the best restaurants in Oxfordshire.
"We'll be back for our 16th year running [23 visits in all]"
C&J G, Canford Cliffs
" We just wanted to say a big thank you for everything you did to make our wedding day so perfect. All of the staff and, in particular James, were absolutely amazing"
H&T's wedding September
"Thank you for the very nice stays all these years!"
N.R. Williams F 1
"The perfect venue for a wedding anniversary"
D&S R, Abingdon
"Your restaurant serves absolutely superb food and the service is excellent - attentive but not overpowering."
B.B. Milton Keynes Nov 2011