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Review: The Oakhouse in Axbridge

PUBLISHED: 10:50 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:50 05 June 2015

The rib of beef was served with triple cooked chips, a stilton sauce, a mushroom and tomato

The rib of beef was served with triple cooked chips, a stilton sauce, a mushroom and tomato

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The Oakhouse in Axbridge knows what works and it sticks to doing that well, says Charlotte Skidmore

The Oakhouse in Axbridge has long been known as a nice venue, but recently I’ve started to hear a bit more on the grapevine about its good food.

So off to the historical town I went on a nice sunny evening to see what was on offer.

Quite recently under new ownership, the bar and restaurant were steadily busy for a Wednesday evening and there was a contrast of ambience on offer. We could either choose a delightfully-sunny window seat a stone’s throw from the bar or more of a ‘candle-lit’ affair in the main dining area.

Grabbing the rare oppotunity for a bit of romance, my dining partner and I settled into the latter, encouraged by the appreciative comments coming from other diners.

The menu was mainly made up of good, wholesome dishes like soup of the day or chicken and black pudding terrine, followed by mains incoporating lamb, pork or beef, with us opting for fillet of beef (£22.95) and rib of beef (£20.95), preceeded by spicy parsnip soup (£4.95) and a seafood cocktail (£6.95).

The seafood cocktail was a refreshing

mix of crab, crayfish and prawns, which was delicious. It was served with a parmesan tuille, which for me was a little too peppery as it overpowered the lovely, delicate flavours of the fish a little.

The main course was exactly what the doctor ordered. So set on keeping ingredients local are the new owners that the meat comes from co-owner Luke’s brother-in-law (a special favour he tells me as he normally only supplies the likes of Waitrose and other top names in retail).

My rib of beef was delicious and the stilton sauce was a beautiful mix of creamy, salty loveliness. It was served with triple cooked, homemade chips, a mushroom and two tomato halves.

But the fillet steak which my dining partner had was absolutely superb. The knife glided through the meat and the fillet just melted in my mouth when I tried a piece (or two).

Not much room for dessert but a nice plate of cheese and biscuits was the perfect ending to a really nice meal.

The new owners are doing a good job here. They believe in good wholesome food, cooked well. They know what people like and they are meeting those needs really well.

For a warm welcome and a lovely

meal in a nice setting, The Oakhouse is one to try.

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