Walking in on a seemingly quiet Monday afternoon, The Honor Oak is a hub of activity. Priding itself for serving the local community for over 100 years, it is clear from the outset that many of the patrons are on familiar terms with the animated staff, greeting each other warmly or even popping in for a good old catch up. Listed as an Asset of Community Value by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the warm atmosphere they have created instantly puts you at ease. The host to numerous playgroups, fitness clubs and local meet ups, it is clearly a welcome extension of the bustling neighborhood.
As well as locals coming in to grab a coffee, there are leisurely family lunches and business meetings going on alongside one another in the spacious and newly refurbished bar area. While we opted to nestle into this comfortable space, there is also an open plan restaurant and dining area open from 12pm daily, for the more sophisticated soiree. Having just had a total revamp, The Honor Oak is stylish to say the least with an eclectic décor and an extremely impressive selection of lights…you’ll see what I mean when you pay it a visit…
When the Honor Oak talks of having something for everyone, they really aren’t lying, and this ethos extends to their extensive menu. It took a good half an hour to whittle down the menu choices, with much needed advice taken from the lively bar staff. Some of their favourites being the traditional grilled sausages with spring onion mash and red onion sauce and the delectable homemade Honor Oak Burger, which comes with a whole host of mouth watering sides. You can view their various menus here.
Numerous mind changes later, we decided upon the Pan roasted breast of Oakham chicken, Trealy farm chorizo, baby potatoes & cherry tomato stew with tenderstem broccoli. A mouthful just to say, this dish is just one of many that tastes as good as it sounds on the menu. It was a perfect remedy to the cold outside, with the rich and warming stew base providing a great accompaniment to the tender chicken. A wholesome dish, beautifully presented, it left us both not only happy but extremely full.
We also ordered the Lemon & parsley crusted wild sea bass, savoy cabbage with citrus butter sauce. Although a light dish the flavours were amazing. It was such a delight to have such a fresh and inventive fish dish. We didn’t want it to end! With a whole range of ambitious dishes, which are wholly fulfilled by in house chef Robert Radcliffe, you can’t wait to go back to try something new.
Whether you’re looking to grab a quick coffee and a bite to eat, have a tipple at the bar or stay for quality restaurant food in a relaxed atmosphere, The Honor Oak will welcome you with open arms.
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