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The Royal Oak, Marlow. Quite a common name for a pub – I think maybe The Red Lion and The Kings Head beat it with numbers – but not with food at this place!
Yes – been before (including for my 50th birthday). Management has changed over the years, but the passion and style haven’t.
This is another place that does that small plate thing. I’m all for that at lunch times – we do have the three plates between two quite often. Thus was a blow out evening though. 7.45 to 11. Always a bad sign when the drinkers order a taxi before they imbibe the first sip. They were on a mission to make the most of the car keys being left at home.
Chris had his drinking head on – and an old-fashioned one at that. “It’s traditional for the men to take the birthday boy to the bar for pre-prandials”. I think the tradition had only just been invented, really! A swift half, then the food started.
We shared 3 starters and some home cooked breads with a whole roasted and smoked garlic globe. Vampires were nowhere to be seen. Liver pate, grilled haloumi and deep-fried whitebait gave us all a little taster.
3 had medium grilled Rib Eye steaks – all different (two with the garlic butter, one with fat chips). I know it’s easy really, but it still impresses me when the waiters and chefs get it right. One had slow cooked pork below (described with silence – and coo-ing noises: always a good sign), Jane had baked hake , and I had Duck Breast. The meals are always a well thought out plate of complementary items. You don’t really need more. The pork came with polenta and tiny mixed veg, my duck with wilted spinach and potato cake, and the fish with real mashed spud. All the sauces are well reduced too. OK – none of this is rocket science, but the attention to getting the plate right and well thought out does make a big difference to the outcome. And the enjoyment.
The Italian Merlot was excellent. especially the fourth bottle. As was the cheese board and the one pudding (for greedy birthday boy) – baked custard tart with poached rhubarb and clotted cream. What’s not to love? Brandies, coffees and taxis – the favoured finishing trio.
You can see why The Royal Oak has been awarded Buckinghamshire Dining Pub of the year by the Good Pub Guide for 2012. Book now, or forever wonder. 01628 48 86 11. Enjoy – we did (again).
I’m involved in a very exciting project – Just Cook! It is designed to help people with Ostomies – people who have had to have surgery to remove some of their gut or even their bladder, and have a Colostomy ileostomy or urostomy fitted to take it’s place.
Naturally, there are a few rules that have to be adhered to if this happens. But a lot of the time, people can carry on with their normal diet that they had before their operation. Sometimes there are consequences – like green leafy veg and salads can cause a very fast and watery flow. Sometimes people will live with this, or avoid that food. Everyone is different , I am finding.
There are some good points – you have to eat more salt, because you excrete more than if you didn’t have a bag fitted!
I am having to learn a lot from my nutritionist friends and colleagues and the nurses who do a sterling job looking after and advising their patients. The first session is in mid April, and I am really looking forward to it. Yes, a learning curve for me too – but there are ways around most things. Apart from everyone wanting vegetarian options (and I never know what gas mark to cook a vegetarian on!!) – so suddenly Tofu is top of my shopping list – and the need to have no tomato seeds in anything (so have discovered strained tomatoes – called pasata – in all supermarkets…but never noticed it before).
Fun exciting and potentially very helpful to the audience – what could be nicer? Just
Cook – that’s what it’s all about. Keep it simple, and do it from scratch. That’s our philosophy, and I know it will catch on! This is the set we are using for the event.