I love nothing better than browsing the shops of Bicester Village in Oxfordshire and no visit is complete without going somewhere for a bite to eat. On this occasion our place to eat was Villandry.
Villandry is a spacious restaurant with ample seating for such a large shopping village although you may have to queue at peak dining times. The menu is extremely varied and all sorts of diners are catered for.
Grandma Gourmand doesn’t have a huge appetite at lunchtime. I obviously don’t get my greedy tendencies from her. She opted for the Roasted baby beetroot & goats cheese salad (£10.20) with watercress, fresh orange, pine nuts dressed with orange & mustard dressing. Goats Cheese is a particular favourite of Grandma Gourmand, she is rather partial to it and thought that the flavour combination of the salad was just perfect, she even went as far to say it was one of the nicest salads she had eaten in the UK.
A creature of habit, I went for the Classic 8oz 100% beef burger dressed with lettuce and tomato relish (£12.95). The coleslaw was divine, that’s the only way to describe it, I could have quite happily eaten a bowlful. The chips were a nice accompaniment but if I’m honest the burger was so big I didn’t really need the chips.
I’ve never actually been able to have a dessert at Villandry as I’m always too full after my main meal but the ones I have seen really do look delicious, next time I’ll have to try a smaller main so I can indulge.
Villandry is situated at 26b-c Pingle Drive, Bicester
Opening hours are: Sunday – Friday 9am – 10pm Saturday 8.30am– 10pm