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If you ask Andrew Carter, a man named Frank Oxley is the epitome of British culture. The owner and executive chef named his restaurant after the Englishman after a chance encounter with him at the Queen and Beaver Pub on Elm Street, Andrew’s first restaurant. They got to talking and Andrew learned that Frank landed on the beaches of Normandy when he was just 15, that he’d been a prolific journalist, and that he once brought a British sports car to New York—decked out in Union Jack colours—and drove it all around the country to publicize the benefits of trading with England.

When Andrew was trying to decide on a name for his second British gastropub with co-owner Jamieson Kerr, Frank Oxley came up. “Frank encapsulated what we really wanted to do with our place, which was to produce something of style and substance, and Frank is that,” says Andrew.

He called Frank and told him he was going to name his restaurant after him. “That was the first and only time the guy has been speechless in my company.”

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Best ten dishes of 2012

Best ten dishes of 2012

Rabbit and Potato Raised Pie: Good old fashioned English pie is a speciality at this Yorkville pub. But it's a rabbit and potato raised pie ($17) that numbs us with awe. The crust alone looks like it popped out of a Rembrandt still life, with layers of beautifully spiced bunny and perfectly tender spud slices.

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This British gastro pub boasts fantastically dressed rooms (even the loo is gorge) as well as a fascinating menu. Once you go, you’ll want to return straight away. After all, where else can you find Arctic Char with Lemon Sparrow Noodles & Fava Beans ($27), Red Prawns & Dumplings with English Peas ($18), and Mushroom Pithivier & Young Leaves ($19)?

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The best restaurants in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood

The Oxley offers exquisite top-tier British dining and seasonal ingredients in an inviting and warm atmosphere. While it bills itself as a pub, the menu here puts other restaurants to shame with lots of upscale dining classics like pheasant galantine with brandied plum chutney and slow-roasted lamb with fresh navarin of root vegetables. Be sure to check out their drink list, which includes the best in local and international beverages.

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