If you’re local to Brewood then you’ll already know that to enjoy amazing food, a fine selection of drinks and a fantastic dining experience there is only one place to visit, The Oakley Arms.
And, if you’re not local, then it is time to discover just what the fabulous country pub has to offer, which is exactly what I did when I treated myself to a well-deserved Saturday night out with my partner Matt.
Making our way through the pretty village of Brewood, we headed a short distance outside of the centre before pulling up at the pub. Despite it still being fairly early when we arrived, the car park was already busy, and, it would soon become clear why.
Stepping inside we were met by the warmth of a roaring open fire which was the perfect welcome on a bitterly cold February night. Heading straight to the bar, we passed plenty of happy-looking diners who were enjoying all manner of delicious-looking dishes.
With a bar stocked full of fine wines, spirits and beers, there were plenty of tipples to choose from. With a glass of wine in hand, we were led to our table by bar manager Tom and sat down to take a look at the restaurant’s impressive menu.
Admiring the beautiful decor, which exudes country charm, I glanced outside and was amazed to see a lake set within stunning grounds and a pretty stone terrace that undoubtedly provides the perfect outdoor seating area in the summer months.
Despite the lovely view outdoors our attention quickly turned back to the menu which was complete with a selection of mouth-watering starters and delicious-sounding main courses.
Rooted in modern British cooking but with an exotic twist, the seasonal menu has something for everyone and is supported by a wine list offering quality yet affordable selections.
To start, Matt chose ‘pan seared scallops with caramelised parsnip puree, crispy pancetta, chestnuts and apple gel’ £11.95. I adore halloumi so, unsurprisingly, I opted for the ‘halloumi fries with sweet chilli sauce’ £5.25.
Beautifully presented, each started combined a delightful blend of flavours which proved to be the perfect introduction for the courses to follow.
Our waitress, Yas worked hard to ensure that our every need was met as we eagerly awaited our main course choices: ‘deep fried cod in beer batter with chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce’ £14.25 and my selection, ‘wild mushroom tortellini with baby leek, king oyster mushroom and Madeira broth’ £13.95.