IT’S awards season with Michelin, The Good Pub Guide, The Times and Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards all announcing their winners.

First up The Kingham Plough won both the National and County Dining Pub of 2019 in The Good Pub Guide.

In its eleventh year, The Kingham Plough has gone from strength to strength with Chef Proprietor Emily Watkins, above, at the helm. Focusing on using local, seasonal ingredients Emily and head chef Darren Brown continue to offer customers an exceptional British menu.

Michelin wise, The Nut Tree at Murcott celebrated 10 years of with its Michelin star, something husband and wife team Mike and Imogen North are immensely proud of.

Le Manoir in Great Milton also kept hold of its two Michelin star status, a record of 34 years. Raymond Blanc, right, said: “So proud of all my team, past and present, who have made Le Manoir the centre of excellence that it is. 34 years of holding two Michelin stars is extraordinary. We are so delighted.”

Then it was Oxford Kitchen’s turn, the Summertown restaurant receiving its first Michelin star, following its three AARosettes this week, much to the delight of new head chef Paul Welburn.

A Bib Gourmand was awarded to both The Magdalen Arms and Oli’s Thai, both situated on the same street, Magdalen Road in East Oxford, and The Bell Inn in Langford, West Oxfordshire.

Next up? The Magdalen Arms again, and The King’s Head in Bledington, which have been included in The Times’ best places to eat list top 100, compiled by food critic Giles Coren and his colleague Marina O’Loughlin.

Referring to The Magdalen Arms, Mr Coren said: “Best restaurant in Oxford by a country mile.

According to Mr Coren The King’s Head in Bledington is a “beautiful pub in a beautiful village with exceptional cooking and terrific staff”.

Coren also mentioned Zheng in Walton Street, Jericho, which serves Chinese and Malaysian food and The Hare at Milton-under-Wychwood.

And finally, Spice Lounge in Burford High Street won the inaugural Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards, for best in the South Central region, on Sunday, in London.

Finally local chef, Kuba Winkowski, head chef at The Feathered Nest Inn in Nether Westcote was crowned the new The National Chef of the Year.

On the same night, Henry Wadsworth, chef de partie from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons was announced as the new Young National Chef of the Year at The Restaurant Show this week.