We were invited to the newly refurbished pub in Alderley Edge that most of you will remember as the old Loche Fyne restaurant, which has now been refurbished to The Oakwood by Raymond Blanc. Before we went we hadn’t looked at the menu nor did I look online to see what the new pub was like. As usual I like to go and get my own view and feel on what the restaurant is truly like. On arrival to the pub the first thing we saw as we were parking up with the amazing outdoor area at the back of the pub, this was all lit beautifully with fairy lights, which we can imagine would make a beautiful setting on a summers night when the nights get a bit warmer. As we were seated at the table we were introduced to our waiter Mike who would be looking after us for the evening. He took us through the menu which we could see was all french food and then he brought over a bottle of Prosecco for us.
Looking at the menu everything looked amazing and I absolutely LOVE french food so I was so excited to see what was in store for us. For my starter I picked the Rainbow trout tartare with a slice of soda bread and my boyfriend ordered the special which was potted crab with soda bread. They both tasted so fresh and because it was soda bread it was a really light starter that didn’t leave us feeling to full for our main course.
After another glass of Prosecco our mains arrived. I ordered the Shetland Isles mussels steamed with saffron mouclade sauce and chips. and my boyfriend ordered one of the french classics Steak Frites: 9 oz rump steak, chips, ‘Café de Paris’ herb & mustard butter. When they both arrived the smell was incredible and we were not disappointed. Yet again we had to taste each others food and my mussels were the largest portion I have ever seen, so much so that Ainslee had to finish them off for me. I went for the saffron sauce as I normally go for the creamy sauce, but this was so good Im not sure if I have been converted. The portions were not only beautifully presented but you also got a lot of food which were though would be amazing value for money.
We were debating whether or not we should have a desert and Mike our waiter manage to sell the ‘Baked Alaska’ to us as we could share it and it sounded delicious…. we were not disappointed. When it arrived at our table it was set on fire and then once the flame went out we could dig in.
We cant wait to go back to The Oakwood already, this restaurant would be perfect for going out for a family meal, catching up with your friends or a cosy Sunday meal. The pub atmosphere really gives it that Cheshire feel and you don’t feel like you need to dress up like you would normally in a swanky restaurant. We thought that Mike our waiter was outstanding, from the moment we entered the restaurant right until the end he looked after us as if were were the only ones in the restaurant and it was really busy as they currently have the 50% off food offer on until 9th Feb… tomorrow!! He knew the menu in so much detail and could give his recommendation on any dish, I can honestly say he was the best waiter I have ever come across.
I hope you all visit The Oakwood and love it as much as we did. For all restaurant bookings check out oakwoodalderleyedge.com or give the restaurant a call on 01625 587 420.
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