And just when we thought we’d missed the snow!!
Thank you to those of you who persevered and ventured out to visit us. Like most pubs and restaurants, after the last few winters, we live in fear of the white stuff.
Last week we were awarded 6th position in The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Top 50 Gastro Pub Awards. This is an annual industry award, where chefs, restaurateurs and other members of the industry are invited to vote for their top 3 gastro pubs. It is an honour to be held in high esteem by our peers who, like us, are some of the toughest critics to please. As always all the credit has to go to Dom, Mo and the team. Well done guys!!
Talking of awards, it is that time of year. The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year survey is now open. You may have seen the voting postcards in the pub. You can also vote online. To access the voting form on The Good Food Guide website please click here. Entries close on 23rd April 2012. If you think we deserve it please vote for us.
The Zagat Guide London Restaurant survey is also open; it closes on 11th March. If you would like to vote for us please follow this link. Scroll down to ‘Take a Featured Survey’ and click on London Restaurants. We are listed simply as ‘Royal Oak’.
Mother’s Day – Sunday 18th March 2012
We are offering a special Mother’s Day menu consisting of 3 course courses, plus coffee or tea and petit fours for £65 per person. So if you’re planning to treat your Mum book your table right away. Come on, you know she’s worth it!
Easter Weekend Friday 6th – Monday 9th April 2012
Easter falls at the beginning of April this year, much earlier than last year. We are open throughout the break; our usual hours of business apply. So if you’re not planning to flee the country, why not celebrate Easter with a meal at The Oak?
Special Set Menu
Our New Year Special Set Menu has been such a success we have decided to keep it on. You can choose from 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts; two courses for £25 or three for £30. Petit fours and coffee or tea are included. The menu is available at lunch Monday – Saturday and at dinner Monday – Thursday.
WHAT’S UP IN THE KITCHEN by Head Chef Dominic Chapman
February is a turning point in the kitchen calendar; all the wonderful game will now stop and my attention turns to Fallow Deer from Denham Estate, Tamworth Pork from Nick at Paddock Farm and the famous Longhorn Beef from Richard Vaughan. All these farms produce wonderful and delicious meat. They’re passionate about their product and for me this is an absolute must to my producing beautiful food.
Building relationships with suppliers is an essential part of any chef’s daily routine. My conversations to Brixham in Devon or Looe in Cornwall result in all the incredible fish we are able to serve from our kitchen. Jersey Black Bream are very special right now, Scottish Razor Clams, Langoustines and Scallops or my Huge and delicious Devon Cock Crabs. Sprats, simply deep fried with Tartare sauce or Seared Mackerel with Rhubarb. The seasons never really end, they evolve and change and bring new and wonderful produce. For me, this is cooking at its best.
Sea Kale and Yorkshire Rhubarb always excite me and provide delicious and colourful dishes. Wonderful January King Cabbages, English Spinach and lots of Beetroots.
The February turning point provides some very special food for us all to enjoy. It also reminds me that the cold, dark of winter will soon be over. I start to look forward to spring and brighter days. Now that can only be a good thing!!
Dominic Chapman – February 2012
Back to Nick…………..
We usually start promoting our Manchester United Legends Dinner around about now. For a number of reasons I have decided not to run it this year. It was a hard decision to take, but rest assured the event will be back with a vengeance next year!
That’s all from us; all that remains is for me to thank you on behalf of everyone at The Royal Oak, for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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