We walk past The Oxford Café each time we go into town but had never ventured inside until last Sunday when we saw a sign outside offering Sunday lunch with fresh vegetables and homemade gravy and Yorkshire puddings for a really good price. The price, was in fact, a lot cheaper than any other restaurants in the area, so we decided to make a visit to see for ourselves if an inexpensive Sunday lunch could be as good as the many other restaurants of Leamington Spa.
Each Sunday The Oxford Café offer a choice of 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts for a very reasonable price as shown in the picture above. You can’t get much for £6.95, and considering most of the other places we have visited locally charge around £9.95 for Sunday Lunch, you really are getting a bargain if you choose to eat here.
After perusing the menu I actually decided against a starter as I wasn’t sure how long Baby Gourmand would sit quietly for, and went straight for a main course, there is no doubt about the fact I would have gone for the prawn cocktail had Baby Gourmand been asleep.
Mini Gourmand fancied something a little bit different so went for the Mushroom Wellington, it was served in a rich sauce and was beautifully presented on the plate. The wellington was stuffed with mushrooms, rice and what tasted like blue cheese, I did have a smell and as I thought Mini Gourmand was right about the cheese, I didn’t try it for myself as I am terribly allergic to the stuff. Mini Gourmand had no complaints with this dish which did appear to be homemade, the roast potatoes were delicious and the Yorkshire pudding was homemade as you can see. It’s not often that Mini Gourmand can’t eat another bite but this dish really did fill her up.
As I don’t eat pork, and Mini Gourmand had already gone for the Mushroom Wellington, I decided to go for the chicken; Baby Gourmand also loves chicken and I figured he would no doubt be helping me out. My chicken was served with a rich gravy, roast potatoes cooked in goose fat, homemade Yorkshire pudding and a stuffing ball. I don’t usually like to eat chicken on the bone with a roast dinner, I can understand why restaurants do this for portion sizes but I always seem to spend so long removing the skin and trying to take off pieces of meat that the rest of my dinner has gone cold. That being said I did really enjoy this chicken, it was moist, tasty and fell away from the bone easily.
Baby Gourmand ate half of my chicken, I probably should have asked for a child’s portion for him, but as he’s a grazer it wasn’t that long since his last meal so the chances of him eating a plate of dinner was pretty slim.
We were served a selection of vegetables to share with our meals which consisted of baby Brussels sprouts, mashed carrot and swede and cauliflower cheese, which is one of our favourite dishes. The vegetables were cooked to perfection and there was more than enough for the two of us to share.
Would we go back? Most definitely, in fact I have every intention of visiting this Sunday to try the rib of beef.
If you would like to try The Oxford Café for yourself they can be found at 21 Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa and Sunday lunch is served between 12-3pm.