New Years Eve at The Ox

The last dinner of 2015 was spent at The Ox in Cheltenham and it was delicious! The restaurant is downstairs in a building in Cambray Place and you enter through a leather, padded porch. The restaurant is dark, cosy and eclectically decorated (including a stuffed peacock and a ceiling mural). The staff were great: really welcoming, professional and I particularly loved the response of “yeah, that’s well lush”, in response to my dessert choice. Some of the best bits about living it the West Country! My photos aren’t great- low light and wobbly hands, but you can get a sense of how good it was!

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Bellini Bambino to start with and the beer was from the Wild Beer Company, which is also in Cambray Place. We then had the fresh bread (£2.50) to start (we hadn’t really eaten all day, knowing that we were coming for dinner!)

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For starters we had the Hickory Smoked Sticky Ribs with Chopped Salad (£6.50) and, from the “Toast” menu the Fois Gras Terrine with chutney and pickles (£8.50)

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Then, this really was the star of the show! A 30oz T-bone steak to share with triple cooked chips, green peppercorn sauce, leeks & greens (£65 to share). I have written before about how good the steak is in America and this is the first time I have had anything in the UK that resembles it.  The whole place had a bit of an American feel and they played great music: a whole load of soul and Motown, which perfectly suited the mood.

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Because it was New Years Eve, we also had dessert! It was a chocolate and salted caramel delice served with Chantilly Cream (there was something in it- but it’s not on their online menu!) and poached pear.

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I really loved this place, and it is such a good find. They have a restaurant in Bristol as well, but (to be honest) the parking in Bristol is such a nightmare, I would rather go over to Cheltenham! (You can park at either Beechwood or Regents Arcade and it’s a short walk)

Well recommended!