The British Oak's got a spangly new menu
We've eaten it and everything
The British Oak's gone all seasonal and outdoorsy with new menus of the a la carte and bar variety. And as this would be a pretty poor piece of journalism to run otherwise, you'll be unsurprised to hear, we've seen, we've tried and we've likied.
Following a rapid fire trip to the tiki bar — as is customary — we took all our recommendations from those on the inside, in this case the walking wine list who is the restaurant manager, Helen. Entirely insistent that we try the updated take on the seared scallops, which comes with a perfect pea risotto and pea shoots (£7), the dish is balanced and executed adeptly. The heritage tomato, mozzarella and basil starter (£5) was a comforting reminder as to just how good fresh produce tastes.
In terms of mains, the spiced roast cod with tarka dal (£14) was good, and not the sort of thing you would previously have expected to find in a pub in Stirchley. The pork belly (£11 — another Helen 'must try') was however the dish to get before it's gone. Served with puy lentils, plus an apple and fennel salad, it offers the big hitting meaty centre that makes a meal for many, but is given a summery cut through, care of the punchtastical fennel and slightly sweet appley goodness.
Check out service times, menus and that sorta thing right here.
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