A lazy Christmas lunch and Christmas Day afternoon with a box-set of Midsomer Murders episodes sounds like an appetising prospect but sometimes it’s nice to get away from home at Yuletide. If you do feel like taking a Christmas break then why not check out restaurants in South Oxfordshire? It’s the place where many episodes of Midsomer Murders have been filmed and is the perfect spot to spend December 25th since it boasts so many great pubs and eateries.

Le Manoir Aux Quat‘Saisons country manor house hotel in Great Milton offers a fantastic fest ive f east for Christmas Day guests. Who could resist tucking into a delicious meal with all the seasonal trimmings prepared by Raymond Blanc – the celebrity chef who has owned the restaurant since 1977.

Boxing Day promises to be an even more special day at Le Manoir since the morning will have wine tastings and a cookery demonstration in the Raymond Blanc cookery school while the restaurant will host a caricaturist drawing guests and a harpist serenading diners.

Raymond will face competition for Christmas Day trade from The Bull and Butcher pub in the village of Turville. Tucked away in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, the village has proved to be a popular filming location for TV shows such as Little Britain, The Vicar of Dibley and Midsomer Murders.

At the time of going to press (14th November 2011) The ‘B & B’s’ Christmas menu hadn’t been put online but I have been told that a 5-course Christmas menu will cost £75.

P.S. If anyone knows whether TV chef’s Antony Worrall Thompson’s Greyhound Free House and Grill, situated in the picturesque village of Rotherfield Peppard, is open on Christmas Day please let us know.

I’ve just phoned them in an effort to find out only to be greeted by Antony’s voice on the answer-phone!