Lunch at The Ox

Meeting my girlfriends for lunch is one of my favourite things to do. It never ends up being just lunch, and more often than not, it’s 7pm before we know it. True to form, that was exactly what happened when we caught up last Saturday for lunch at The Ox.

Until recently, The Bellevue had occupied this prime location at the bottom of Broughton Street, and when we heard it was under new ownership, we were excited to try it.

The menu was really good, making our choice pretty difficult. There was a good mix of small dishes and larger mains, all of which were reasonably priced and there was some really tasting sounding vegetarian options.

After we had toasted to 2015 over a glass of Prosecco, all three of us decided on smaller plates, supplemented with sides of chips and potatoes – it was a snowy day, perfect for carb-loading.

The Ox courgettes on toast

I had courgettes on toast. This was so good! I love courgettes (I have a great courgette recipe for you, which I’ll be posting on Sunday), so having them as the star of the dish is right up my street. They were sautéed and served on a slice of sourdough toast and topped with fresh chilli and cheddar cheese. It was absolutely delicious.

The Ox ham hock potato cake

One of my friends had the ham hock and potato cake, topped with a quails egg (above). I have to admit, when her dish was put down on the table, I got serious food envy. Doesn’t it look amazing? But one bite of my dish and that was all forgotten. She did say it tasted as good as it looked though, so next time, that’s what I’ll be ordering.

The Ox cod tempura

Cod tempura was the dish of choice for my friend, Nic. The batter was crisp, the fish was fresh and the salad accompaniment was well dressed. Another tasty dish from The Ox.

Not only was the food good but the staff at The Ox were friendly and attentive, and the warm and cosy atmosphere meant that we were happy to spend the whole afternoon there without wanting to leave. This is the sort of thing that Saturday afternoons are made for.


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  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    This all sounds and looks delicious! I’m all about egg, so I’d probably go for the ham hock and potato cake. I’m also all about Prosecco :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re a girl after my own heart, Gianni!x

  • http://www.wanderlyn.com/ Lynsey @ Eternally WanderLyn

    Yum! That all sounds amazing.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Lynsey! It was amazing x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    Girlfriend dates are the best! I usually plan on taking the rest of the day off when I meet up with one of my girlfriends ;) They all look delicious, but I would have went for the courgettes on toast. I actually might make go and make something like that for myself right now!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The courgettes on toast were really good Brooke and you’re right, you could easily replicate it at home x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    The ham and potato cake with quail egg looks heavenly! x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Doesn’t it, Amanda? I’m definitely getting that next time :-)

  • Cat

    Yum! I have to admit, that ham hock and potato cake definitely caught my eye too. I don’t even know what a courgette is, so I’ll definitely be looking out for your recipe!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It seems like the ham hock is a winner! It’s so strange how we have a different name for zucchini in the UK, I have no idea why x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    This looks so good! I’m absolutely fascinated though – I never knew that courgette was another term for zucchini. Learning something new – thanks, Chiara!

    xx Kathryn

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re welcome Kathryn! As I was saying to Cat below, I have no idea why we have a different name for zucchini in the UK, it seems a little odd ;-)

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Oh yummy, that all looks so delicious! The perfect way to catch up with girlfriends :) xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Miranda x

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    Yummy that food looks delish



    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks very much Laura Jane x

  • http://www.splendorway.com Jaclyn

    The ham hock and potato cake topped with the quail egg looks fantastic! I had to look up courgettes and it’s definitely prettier than just calling it zucchini, like we do in my area. Can’t wait for your recipe!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ll definitely be having the ham hock next time Jaclyn. Not only does it look good but my friend said it tasted amazing! And as for courgettes, I cant get enough of them at the moment :-)

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Your lunch looks incredible!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was Melanie! I can’t wait to go back :-)

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday! Glad you girls had a good time. The food looks so delicious!


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much Jessica! I must say, the food was delicious!x