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 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.
The bar menu also offers homemade fish and chips.
The pub has been awarded a Michelin star for nine years in a row and has been named runners up in the Copa Jerez Sherry finals 2016 where eight finalists competed against each other in a live head-to-head challenge at the Restaurant Show.
The Nut Tree menu changes on a regular basis to make the most out of the best ingredients available.
Dishes include plancha grilled diver-caught scallops with cauliflower and curry oil (£16) and a torte of braised shoulder and roast best end of lamb with olive purée, anchovies and jus nicoise (£26).
Ingredients along with many house-made products such as smoked salmon, bread and meat from the rare breed Gloucester Old Spots in the garden, are carefully sourced.