The Nut Tree
Main Street, Murcott, OX5 2RE
This thatched Grade II listed building may look like a traditional pub from the outside and, in many ways, that’s just what it is – inside you’ll find low beams, log-burning stoves and a bar fully stocked with well-kept real ale. The pub even has its own Aunt Sally team, and there’s a lovely beer garden in which to bask in the sunshine and enjoy a classic ploughman’s lunch. Yet while it may boast all the hallmarks of an unassuming country inn, The Nut Tree is also the proud holder of a Michelin star and has been for over ten years. That’s not to say dining here is a formal affair – proprietors Mike and Imogen North are dedicated to ensuring The Nut Tree is very much a down-to-earth pub that also happens to serve first-class, award-winning modern British cuisine. The Nut Tree is at once a destination dining venue and a relaxed local – a unique combination that has earned it numerous accolades and awards. Chef Mike and his team create everything in-house using as much free-range, organic and wild produce as possible. They also cultivate their own ingredients – pigs are often reared on-site and vegetables are grown in the pub’s garden. As you might expect, the à la carte and tasting menus are updated frequently to showcase this fresh produce at its peak. From the à la carte, a refined starter such as pavé of house-smoked Loch Duart salmon with whipped horseradish cream, pickled cucumber and avruga caviar will set you up nicely for a sumptuous main of grilled fillet of aged Charolais beef cooked medium-rare and served with pomme purée, wild mushrooms and red wine sauce. Finish with an inventive dessert such as prune and Armagnac soufflé with coffee ice cream. The Nut Tree has maintained its AA Notable Wine List award since 2013, so sampling a tipple or two with your meal is a must. Needless to say, The Nut Tree is a top venue for functions – there is ample room to seat up to 60 guests in three different dining areas. Larger groups can book a marquee on the lawn. Private parties, casual midweek outings and special occasions can all be catered for with aplomb at this versatile venue.