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Restaurant Review: The Fox, Great Barrington

Had the pleasure of #reviewing yet another gorgeous #Cotswolds pub last night – #blog #post coming soon! #burford #oxfordshire

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a local PR company, the same one that asked me to review The Perch at Oxford, asking me to review yet another local Oxfordshire restaurant. I said yes (obviously) and headed over to The Fox Inn, located in the sleepy little Cotswolds village of Great Barrington, just past Burford, on a sunny Tuesday evening with one of my best friends.

The Fox Inn has been serving ale drinkers and food lovers for many, many years and it’s gorgeous riverside setting with large garden attracts tourists and locals alike. The pub is particularly popular with dog walkers, due to it’s fantastic location near the River Windrush and some of Oxfordshire best footpaths and bridleways, making it the perfect place to stop off and relax whilst enjoying a drink or a bite to eat in the most comfortable of surroundings. The Fox even caters for your canine friends with a unique Dining with your Dog Menu so your pooch will be just as satisfied as you are whilst you’re devouring your Sunday lunches!

 

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Image courtesy of The Fox Inn

 

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Image courtesy of The Fox Inn

Upon arrival we were greeted by bar manager Summer who looked after us during the course of the evening too. Summer was brilliant, she was super smiley, friendly and helpful and was attentive when asking our orders. The menu was eclectic with a number of options to suit every taste bud; diners could choose from hearty pub grub dishes including beef stroganoff, chicken curry, fish and chips or homemade pie. The starter menu was plentiful, as was the ploughman’s lunch menu which we will definitely return to try one day!

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We both skipped starters but opted for the crispy duck and bacon salad (£16.50) and the mega knuckle of Cotswold lamb (£22.95) for our mains. Both dishes were served promptly and both were truly delicious! The sticky balsamic dressing and hot pitta bread really complemented my crispy duck and bacon salad, whilst my friend said her slow cooked, melt in the mouth lamb went perfectly with the rosemary sautéed potatoes and fresh vegetables that came with the dish.

 

The dessert menu was varied and offered a number of different delights for adults and a smaller ice cream menu for the kids too. We chose the waffle with maple syrup and ice cream and the sticky toffee pudding and toffee sauce; both puds were A-MA-ZING and I could’ve devoured both of them all in one go!

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Overall we had a fantastic evening out at The Fox and will look to return with my little westie dog in the winter months.. I’m sure the Dog Menu will be a hit with her, and with us! The roaring fire will make this Cotswolds gem even more cosy and I’m looking forward to seeing what yummy dishes the winter menu promises!

A big thanks again to Summer for looking after us – we will be back! To book an evening, weekend, dinner or lunchtime meal at The Fox Inn please contact the pub directly.

NB. Thank you to Crimson PR & The Fox for sponsoring my visit. All views and opinions are my own.

Restaurant Review: Villandry Grand Cafe, Bicester Village

 

Last weekend I had the pleasure of reviewing the wonderful Villandry Grand Café at world famous tourist attraction Bicester Village, one of the biggest designer retail outlets in the country. I was visiting with my two close friends for a girly day out and all the shopping, gossiping and walking around had left us seriously starving and totally thirsty by the time lunchtime had arrived! Villandry was our first port of call and here’s why…

Known for it’s French and Mediterranean inspired menu, Villandry is a popular choice with locals and tourists alike. With just three restaurants in the entire country, two in London and this one in Bicester, Villandry is a small chain of upmarket eateries offering luxury dining in exclusive locations. We ate at lunch time and it was absolutely HEAVING – pretty much every table was full and there was a queue 0ut the door when we arrived; if that’s not a sign of a good restaurant I don’t know what is!

 

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Despite the busy lunchtime rush we were seated within around 5 minutes and were shown menus whilst we waited so we could drool over the sumptuous range of dishes that were on offer! We decided to share a couple of pizzas and a couple of portions of fries between us so opted for the French goats cheese, spinach and caramelised onion and the prosciutto, pesto and mushroom pizzas with truffle oil and parmesan fries. The food was INCREDIBLE; the toppings on the pizzas were delicious and the dough was cooked just right. We particularly enjoyed the fries with the truffle oil and parmesan giving an added flavour to the dish.

 

Other options on the menu included small plates, sharing platters, salads and hot sandwiches. Guests looking to enjoy main courses can expect to be treated to a number of impressive dishes including duck confit, lobster linguini,  roast salmon and moules frites as well as ever changing seasonal specials.

 

 

 

Villandry’s décor is beautiful, with elegant touches and classy designs throughout, allowing diners to relax and unwind in luxurious surroundings. The charming conservatory is light and spacious with views across to the rest of Bicester Village and its bustling shopping streets. Outdoor seating is available during the summer months for a true taste of al-fresco dining in the Great British sunshine.

 

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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week from 8.30am – 10pm, and with fantastic themed events including Steak Nights, Pizza and Prosecco nights and Afternoon Tea, Villandry offers something for everyone. Located in the classiest of settings amongst designer stores and high end outlets, Villandry Grand Café should be your number one choice for fresh food and delicious dining at the heart of the luxurious Bicester Village.

To make a reservation or to enquire about catering or private hire please contact Villandry Grand Café directly.

Love Jess x

NB. Some of the photos on this page are courtesy of Villandry’s website and Instagram page.

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Restaurant Review: Colleys Lechlade, The Cotswolds

 

Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing the fantastic Colleys Restaurant in Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire. We had booked as a family of five for my sisters 21st birthday and couldn’t wait to treat ourselves to a spot of fine dining in the heart of The Cotswolds. Open every day of the week, serving everything from Sunday lunch to Monday tapas nights and a-la-carte dinner, Colleys is home to over 80 gins from all over the world and also runs themed nights and foodie events monthly throughout the year..

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As it was a Wednesday evening the restaurant was pretty quiet at first but tables soon started to fill up and the atmosphere was a great balance between being lively but not too busy. The service was great and the wonderful staff ensured that our food and drinks were served promptly.

The décor inside is super sweet, with Georgian style influences and cosy touches making it feel as if you are right at home despite the glamorous surroundings. I’m a sucker for a restaurant toilet so I absolutely LOVED the cute little flowery décor that I found when in the ladies – I want this in my bathroom!

For mains we opted for various dishes; my dad and sister chose the grilled hake loin with patatas bravas and aioli and my mum chose the pan fried duck breast with Jersey Royals, asparagus and pickled cherry jus. My other sister opted for the shredded rib & blue cheese burger with house cut fries and I chose the sliced bavette steak with house cut fries and café de Paris butter – bavette steak was a first for me and it was INSANE!. Although slightly tougher than fillet steak, the slices were so flavoursome and the whole meal was fantastic.

 

For puddings we shared a couple of Cinheti platters, beautiful tiny desserts from Italy including mini meringues, pannacotta, macarons and sorbets. The staff brought one of the plates out with a candle and a ‘Happy Birthday’ in chocolate icing which was then followed by a birthday cake we had dropped off at the restaurant before we had the meal.

 

 

A big THANKYOU to everyone at Colleys for making our evening so lovely, and for making my sisters 21st so special! We already cannot wait to return!

Next time you’re looking to enjoy a delicious dinner in the heart of The Cotswolds choose Colleys – you won’t be disappointed!  For bookings please contact the restaurant directly.

Love Jess x

 

Had an amazing evening @colleys_lechlade for my sister's 21st birthday dinner and drinks.. blog post and review coming soon! 🍴🍹

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Restaurant Review: Alma de Cuba, Liverpool

 

Last Saturday night I had the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Liverpool, the fantastic Alma de Cuba, a South American and Caribbean themed eatery set in a reformed Catholic Church. We dined as a group of 30 – it was my cousins hen do and, yes, the girls were out in force!

I’ve never eaten in a place like Alma de Cuba before, the setting and the atmosphere was electric and the surroundings were beautiful. The reformed Church has been decorated in the most stunning way, with elegant touches and carefully thought out seating from booths to tables. We were on the restaurant’s top floor overlooking the lively bar and stage areas below.

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The menu offers a brilliant range of dishes catering for every palette. As we were dining in a party, we ate from the 3 course set menu with starters including duck spring rolls and pigeon breast, mains including jerk chicken and fillet steak, and desserts including Bailey’s cheesecake and raspberry tart.

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We all hugely enjoyed our meals, the food was superb and the whole evening was delightful. Live music played below as we devoured our three courses, and the entertainment went on late into the night. Every weekend Alma de Cuba is famous for its samba dancing finale which is sure to get everyone up on their feet – unfortunately we were leaving early so didn’t get to experience this, but I’ve been told it’s a sight well worth seeing!

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Until next time Alma de Cuba!

Love Jess x

💃🎉👯 #liverpool #hendo

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