Winding your way through Oxfordshire scenery towards the Nut Tree Inn, a short drive from renowned shopping centre Bicester Village, is reminder enough of the rural location of this excellent gastropub.
Sitting in the neigh-on comatose village of Murcott, the fifteenth Century inn and its chocolate box exterior (all thatch and whitewash) gives nothing away about the Michelin-starred modern British cooking found inside.
The Nut Tree Inn is a traditional village pub which serves modern British food in the restaurant but remains somewhere to stop and have a pint or relaxing drink at the end of a long day even serving its own Nut Tree ales.
Chef-patron Mike North has overseen a menu which balances British pub classics with modern twists.
Main courses have included Blythburgh pork belly porchetta cauliflower, pear, Iberico chorizo.
Diners in the past have also enjoy truffle and honey glazed celeriac barley, slow cooked Cacklebean White egg, chanterelles, hazelnuts, Madeira and celeriac jus.
Desserts have included Victoria plum souffle digestive crumble, plum brandy syrup, served with cheesecake ice cream.