Main Street, Murcott, OX5 2RE
Proud holders of a Michelin star since 2008, The Nut Tree is a true highlight of Oxfordshire’s exceptional dining scene. Nestled in the quaint little village of Murcott, The Nut Tree puts this location on the map thanks to its world-class dishes, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and attentive and friendly service. Although this thatched Grade II listed building may look like your average and unassuming country inn from both inside and out, with its low beams, log-burning stoves, lovely beer garden, and bar fully stocked with well-kept real ale, once you’ve sampled what chef Mike and his team have created in the kitchen, you’ll discover its anything but. After all, it’s no easy feat to be awarded a Michelin star, let alone to retain one for more than 10 years.
Despite being destination dining at its very best, showcasing delightful and award-winning modern British dishes made with as much free-range, organic, and wild produce as possible, The Nut Tree’s proprietors Mike and Imogen North are passionate about ensuring the country inn remains a down-to-earth and relaxed local like its traditional and cosy façade implies. This rare blend of culinary excellence combined with accessibility and the warmest of welcomes has earned The Nut Tree numerous accolades and awards, and deserves to be experienced by all, whether you’re a foodie with the highest of expectations or a local craving a refreshing pint of real ale.
If you’re looking to experience Michelin-star dining, this is a great place to start. Diners are never disappointed by the indescribably indulgent a la carte and tasting menus that are frequently updated to showcase the finest and freshest local, seasonal ingredients. The Nut Tree even cultivates their own ingredients, with pigs that are often reared on-site and vegetables which are grown in the pub’s garden. Along with the Michelin star it has managed to retain since 2008, The Nut Tree has also managed to maintain its AA Notable Wine List award since 2013, so savouring a glass or two with your meal is highly recommended.
A typical dinner at The Nut Tree will begin with a complimentary appetiser, such as roasted garlic and courgette soup with blue cheese cream, before its choice of refined starters will have you salivating. Choose from the likes of pavé of house-smoked Loch Duart salmon with whipped horseradish cream, pickled cucumber and avruga caviar or Nut Tree garden beetroot tart with pickled cabbage and ricotta. When it comes to the main course, the mouth-watering seasonal dishes on offer deliver exquisite tastes you’ll always remember. Whether the grilled fillet of aged Charolais beef cooked medium-rare and served with pomme purée, wild mushrooms and red wine sauce takes your fancy, or the risotto of wild mushrooms is more your thing, there is no wrong choice. Round off this rare culinary triumph with an inventive and tempting dessert such as the traditional sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, praline Chantilly, toffee sauce, and Calvados apple or the Oxfordshire plum pavlova with lemon verbena, honeycomb, and yogurt sorbet, and you’ll be planning your next trip here before you’ve put down your fork.
Not only is The Nut Tree one of Oxfordshire’s finest places to dine, but it’s also a top venue for functions too, with ample room to seat up to 60 guests in different dining areas.
For more on The Nut Tree, look out for our review in our soon to be released Oxfordshire Food & Drink Guide 2020 (read a digital copy of last year’s guide here where our review of The Nut Tree also features) or visit their website.