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South Oxfordshire has so many great places to eat in; the only problem with choosing 5 best eateries in South Oxfordshire is deciding which one to visit if you’re pressed for time during a busy holiday.
Hopefully the descriptions will give you a flavour of the fantastic food the region has to offer!
1. The Bear at Home, North Moreton. When you visit South Oxfordshire you will want a warm welcome to set you up for the rest of the trip. There are few friendlier places than The Bear at Home country pub in North Moreton; even the name sounds hospitable! 
This 15th century coaching inn has low beamed ceilings and guest ales are always on tap. Whether you are supping away in one of its nooks and crannies or just outside the front door watch the thwack of leather on willow on the cricket pitch, it is hard to escape the aroma of delicious cooked food.  
Canny foodies will time their visit for a Friday or a Saturday to eat fish which has just been caught and delivered from faraway Cornwall.
2. The Bull & Butcher pub, Turville – if you want to enjoy some great food in surroundings which seem reassuringly familiar then make a beeline for the village of Turville, hidden away in the beautiful Chiltern Hills but much sought out.  
This pub has provided a shooting location (and some delicious pub fare) to many hungry film crews over the years. Items on the menu such as Dibley Pudding and Midsomer Burgers might provide some clues as to why this pub seems instantly recognisable.
3. Henley-on-Thames. This bustling market town is arguably the culinary capital of South Oxfordshire – it is just six miles away from Turville and has over 20 restaurants, bistros and pubs to choose from. You can have lunch washed down with real ale in the Anchor Inn, enjoy dinner at the Hotel du Vin and Bistro (“classic European cuisine with a contemporary edge”) and fit in watching a Henley Regatta rowing race in between. 
4. Mapledurham. The many great eateries in South Oxfordshire mean that you will probably have to pace yourself. Mapledurham village, the place where key scenes in Where Eagles Dare were shot, is a great place to have a light English tea break; tucking into scones and cakes made with flour from the last working watermill on the River Thames. 
5. Le Manoir Aux Quat ‘Saisons, Great Milton – the last and most prestigious place on the list; this is the only country manor house hotel in the land to get (and even more importantly, retain) two hard-earned Michelin stars (see pic).
Come along on the right day and you might even hear a rather famous voice shouting Gallic instructions from the heat of the kitchen; TV chef Raymond Blanc opened the restaurant in 1984.
Look around the neighbouring tables and you might see a few famous faces such as lyricist Tim Rice, popping in for a bite to eat in the village he calls home. But you’re probably more interested in the food; modern French cuisine with organic vegetables and herbs sourced from the manor house’s garden.
If you don’t know what to order, then the Menu Decouverte (discovery menu) should cover all bases; ten small courses guaranteed to inspire your taste buds.
At present, the restaurant is taking bookings from non-residents three months in advance. If a culinary break in South Oxfordshire from July onwards appeals then get booking now, eateries in South Oxfordshire don't come much better than this! 


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