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.
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.
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.
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.3 likes