Welcome to Whistlers Restaurant

An independently owned restaurant, set in the heart of the historic market town, Chipping Norton & surrounded by The Cotswolds. Whistlers has long been recognised as a hidden gem, tucked away on the beautiful pedestrian street "Middle Row". Its frontage is unassuming as you descend into a light filled den full of character & ambiance. Theatre posters splatter the walls, tea lights dot the tables & an array of plants bursting with life provide a warm & welcoming atmosphere. 

Built in the 15th century, Whistlers has seen many transformations, from toy shop, hardware, convenience store, & in recent years... wine bar, italian restaurant, café & now an easy going bistro & bar. New owners Kerry & Nathan purchased the much loved local hangout in August 2019, & although no-one could have anticipated the challenges that accompany a global pandemic, it reinforced the reasons why they decided to buy a restaurant in the first place. Quality & consistency is at the forefront of everything they do, using only the freshest ingredients from the best local suppliers. The menu's are seasonal & absolutely everything is made from hand. Recently awarded two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence & obvious that Whistlers has evolved into a class of its own. Its relaxed atmosphere & extremely friendly service make it the perfect environment to catch-up with friends, whether it's for morning coffee & cake, a quick bite at lunch, afternoon cocktail at the bar or a 3 course evening meal. There's no doubt they have the best menu selection in town. Now offering various dining options for those that are looking for quality at an affordable price. But that's not all because Kerry & Nathan are always seeking out new opportunites to make Whistlers new & different, just check out the events page to see what's coming up next. Whether its food, live music or something else.....

Whistlers is the place to be!

Meet The Chef - Nathan Phelps

Born in Minster Lovell, home of Oxfordshire’s first Michelin starred restaurant “Lovells” & the place where my cooking career began.

The first time I entered a kitchen in 1995, I was washing up for the talented chef Marcus “Gus” Ashenford, who was fresh from spending three & a half years at the Waterside Inn, the prestigious three Michelin starred kitchen & home of the roux dynasty. Working with Gus inspired me to want to be the best & soon enough I progressed from dish washer to sous chef. Over the next 4 years we gained & retained Michelin stars in three different restaurants. One of which was in Chipping Norton itself, where Thai Shire is now situated.  

In the first eight years of my career I worked under Gus & had many stages/training periods in some of the best restaurants in the country including the aforementioned Waterside Inn, & the innovative & exceptional Fat Duck with the amazing chef Heston Blumenthal both in Bray, Berkshire.

These experiences helped hone my skills in the kitchen whilst developing my understanding & appreciation for high quality fresh local foods. It also enabled me to take on many positions, culminating as head chef/manager in privately owned gastro pubs & high-quality boutique hotels. Although a wide & varied career, I also knew I would never be satisfied working for someone else. So when the opportunity to buy Whistlers with my partner Kerry came about in 2019, we threw everything we had into it, to give you the restaurant you see today.

My cooking style is very much placed in the classics with modern techniques focusing on exceptional ingredients & pure clean flavours. Whilst maintaining a level of consistency we rely heavily on the best produce available to us from the local farmers who we have formed great working relationships with.

It’s an honour to finally be doing exactly what I have always wanted to do & along with the rest of the wonderful team at Whistlers, we look forward to welcoming you.

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9 Middle Row
Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire, UK

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01608 643363


Wednesday - Saturday
12pm - 2.30pm
6pm - 9pm