Last week I got the chance to visit The Oakwood in Alderley Edge. Not my usual Tuesday night dinner.
It was just as it started going pitch black at 3pm and was approximately 2 degrees, so naturally I was furious that I had to do anything more than walk the long 100 metres home from the office, but that hideous winter feeling lifted as soon as I arrived in Alderley Edge at the front doors of The Oakwood, a perfect little pub.
The White Brasserie and Brasserie Blanc are part of the Raymond Blanc’s empire. And the menus are created by Executive chefs and change seasonally.
Alongside a well thought out autumn menu, sits a wine list with a perfectly thought out selection. Red, white & rosé with a choice of light, dry, indulgent and crisp wines.
I was assured that the wine also changes with the seasons to reflect the menu, and in the summer you can enjoy a cocktail or G&T in the beer garden. Bloody lovely.
In all honesty, whilst I am not the usual reviewer of things, I can tell a good pub when I see one, and I was already happy about this visit within approx 20 seconds of entering as it was WARM and the staff were incredibly inviting. I visited The Oakwood with my mum, she also liked it a lot.
Now, down to the good stuff. Food. We had a quick chat over the menu, recommendations included Cheese Soufflé (£6.95), Chicken Liver Parfait (£6.95) for starters and Smoked Pork Belly (£17.95) with apple & crackling and Moroccan Lamb Tagine (£18.95) for mains.
Naturally I ignored all suggestions and went for Crab to start. I was trying to be healthy for some reason, and thought crab would be the one. The actual dish, titled; Potted Cornish Crab (£8.75) with guacamole was served with a PRAWN BUTTER (!) and sourdough toast. Maybe not healthy but definitely delicious.
I’ve not eaten lot of crab in my life but the crab I have eaten has been at seafood restaurants on the coast, and this was good enough to rival any previous crab experiences. The guacamole was also a nice addition, served in a cute pot which made for a nice photo and an impressed “ooh” from my ever discerning mother.
Barbs had the Moroccan Mezze Platter (£7.95) as she was feeling rather inter-continental. You can get this as a starter for one or to share, the starter for one was actually shared between us both as I demanded to try the aubergines and artichoke, which incidentally were incredible but a little too much for a starter. Worth the £7.95 though!
Moving on to the main courses, I ordered the Slow Cooked Beouf Bourguignon (£17.75) as I felt it appropriately matched my autumn mood and was the warming comfort I wanted from a pub dinner. It was served with mash which was creamy AND fluffy.
The red wine gravy was just indulgent enough without being overly rich and I could have eaten it twice if I wasn’t saving myself for dessert.
Wine wise, I went for a Pinot Noir red to compliment the beef but something a little lighter so I wasn’t overfed with heaviness as well as a three course meal. The glass was a tenner so a little more expensive than I’d usually go for but as I was only having one I thought I’d treat myself.
We also tried the Duck Leg Confit (£18.50) with blackberries which sounded absolutely delightful. Blackberry season comes into its own at the beginning of autumn so I was looking forward to trying this. The duck was beautifully cooked and fell off the bone, complimented perfectly with a little sweetness and seasonal veg. I mean, look at it.
Ok so, dessert. Meringue, berries and rose marshmallows. If you’re a fan of sweet things this is the one for you.
Crunchy and squishy, the perfect combination of flavour and texture and a delightful end to the meal. The dessert was shared as neither of us could fit anything else in.
We did actually spot a family at the next table ordering what only can be described as mountains of ice cream which also looked delightful (obviously) and would have been my next choice if I wasn’t sitting with an adult who wanted a ‘real dessert’.
The Oakwood is the perfect place for a quiet mid-week dinner or weekend treat. I’d also opt for Christmas menu if I was back in the area at any time soon.
We were told their roast dinners are a sell out and I can’t think of any reason why they wouldn’t be from what I’d eaten already.
The cosy area near the bar also looked like a place I could sit in for a pint or 10 after a countryside walk which the surroundings so conveniently lend themselves to.
The Oakwood Alderley Edge
Brook Lane, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7RU