So The Red Lion is my local pub. It’s a pub I’ve always drank in with my partner and my friends. It used to be awful for food and then it got surprisingly delicious when it had a huge refurbishment and became a pizza kitchen. I’ve often recommended it as the best place to eat in Kidlington and for a very reasonable price, especially with a Slice card!
On Sunday I went for lunch there with two friends. Before we had even ordered, we had a long conversation about how the food standard there had recently dropped. We asked who was in the kitchen and then based our choice of meal by who would be cooking them. Eventually we decided. Two garlic breads to share, a duck wrap with chips, a chicken burger without chips but with a side salad with Caesar dressing and a chilli quesadilla.
We received two burnt garlic breads, burnt chips, a burger on the tiniest plate they could find with a small naked salad and a chicken quesadilla. We weren’t asked, “how is your food?” we were asked “the chef wants to know if there are any complaints” which I found odd, as if they were expecting a complaint. Apparently they have been getting a lot of complaints recently, especially about portion sizes. I had the chicken, my tummy wasn’t very happy that night.
I popped in again on Thursday and bought a Santa Fe chicken salad which I often order because you never get the same salad twice so I like the surprise! It was quite nice but again the chicken gave me a tummy ache. I’ve learnt now not to eat there any more which is such a shame. i also ordered four scoops of ice cream. Butterscotch which tasted like frozen butter. Honeycomb was yummy! Apple pie flavour was okay but it had a very strong cinammon taste, I was told it had bits of crush in it but I didn’t find any. And lemon curd, absolutely beautiful!
Next time I will be ordering a pizza, without chicken, and lemon curd ice cream! I’ve learnt that lesson, order what the restaurant specialise in because it’s obviously going to the best thing on the menu!
Today I had lunch at a hungry horse. Yucky.
Today I am utterly shocked!
A Facebook friend of mine has just shared a photo posted by our local Asian restaurant/takeaway. It was of an award which showed that they had come 3rd in the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards. Now I’ve never been and sat in the actual restaurant to eat but I’ve had a takeaway from there not long after it opened and I must say, I was not greatly impressed. I’ve heard the restaurant is better but I’ve never been drawn to going there but after seeing their award I thought, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a go.’
As a lover of eating out, I decided to take a look at which other restaurants had won an award. Most of them I hadn’t heard of, there were a lot of places which aren’t easily reachable to me, not being a driver. I’d heard good things about some of the others but then I came across one ‘restaurant’ which I certainly have been to.
My local pub.
I say ‘local’ but I don’t even go there. I go to the pub two doors down which sells exceptionally good pizza (but won no award). I find it hard to even call this place, that won an award, a restaurant. It’s a pub with a food menu. People don’t go there for a nice meal. They go there to drink and if they’re hungry while they’re there they order some food. Yes, the menu has improved but it’s the same microwave technicians in the kitchen and the same people running the place. They probably do a good bowl of chips but so do McDonalds…
After reading the list of ‘Oxfordshire’s best restaurants’, it has become clear to me that people have absolutely no idea what good food is! I am by no means a food snob, I thoroughly enjoy a cheap meal. As long as the food is good! But I will also pay what is considered a lot of money or an outstanding meal.
So I feel it is my duty to educate the people of Oxfordshire, and beyond, of what the really good places to eat are!
Rant number one. Done.