The Ox Cheltenham, oh they just serve meat, don’t they? Wrong think again. Yes the clue is admittedly in the name but as well as serving the very best of steak cuts, The Ox boasts a whole host of mouthwatering dishes to suit every kind of palate. Being a non-meat eater, I headed over there to try out the new Autumn Menu and a few cocktails too!
On arrival, the service bar was set high with the offer to hang coats and a warm welcome from the team. Then it was first things first with a fabulous Wyborowa Vodka, lemon juice, pear juice and fizz Autumn Cocktail for me and a fruity mocktail for my plus one. Cocktails in hand, we couldn’t wait to take a peek into the comfy and spacious private dining area and we weren’t disappointed.
Choice of tasty starters included Deep fried pig’s head, black pudding and poached egg, Home maple smoked salmon with roasted beetroot puree, Hickory smoked ribs and Josper roasted mushrooms on a sourdough toast.
Although I didn’t partake in the Pig’s head for obvious reasons, don’t be put off by the description as it doesn’t look anything like a pig’s head. It’s just deep fried pork with the perfect choice of accompaniments and was hailed as one of the best dishes of the evening. There’s always an opportunity to try a new taste sensation at The Ox, no more so than with a pot of marmite butter!
Next up was a fabulous selection of steaks with a choice of chunky chips and French fries, Pan fried cod with smoked pancetta, Chargrilled aubergine with heritage tomato and parsley couscous and Sweet chilli onion squash with kale and quinoa salad.
If this wasn’t enough then we were also treated to some of the best mac and cheese! In complete contrast to the starters, the clear favourite for mains was the vegetarian Sweet Chilli Onion Squash.
Desserts were a delectable treat with an option of Coconut cake bar served with coconut ice cream, Carrot and walnut cake with crème fraiche ice cream and a selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets. Definitely no meat in those!
The Autumn Menu at The Ox is definitely worth trying out and if you’re off to the theatre then a pre- theatre dinner package of a 60z rump, fries, peppercorn sauce and a glass of wine for just £15. This Early Bird offer is available Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm-7pm.
If unlike me, you’re looking ahead to the festive period, then Christmas at The Ox offers a delicious alternative to the usual turkey dinner. Make sure you check out the range of ‘top notch British food’ on the festive menus. All dietary requirements can be catered to on request. Just say the word; mine for this visit being ‘excellent’, just excellent.
Thank you to The Ox for inviting Jamie and I to try the fabulous new menu and some lovely cocktails. I only ever review the very best of the best. All views and opinions are my own.