Oxfordshire OX20 1SX
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Parking: Parking on Street
Wheelchairs: Very old building/difficult
Loos: Above average
We 4 LWL enjoyed a little jaunt to the Cotswolds. We had dinner, bed and breakfast at the delightful Feathers Hotel in Woodstock, Oxfordshire using a great offer from Amazon Local. I am not sure, as the others treated me for my birthday, but I think it worked out at £75 a head so excellent value. Amazon Local has some great deals!
On the way we took a little detour to Bicester Designer Outlet Village Nr Oxford. interesting! Coach loads of people (mainly visitors to the UK) arriving from London and looking ready to shop until they dropped! The number of designer carrier bags some were loaded down with was amazing… to us even the Outlet prices were astronomical. BUT we did have a wonderful lunch there at Carluccios … wonderful because we were sat in the sun (in March!) and had 2 bottles of the most delicious Rosé…. SILVIUM, BOTROMAGNO, PUGLIA You can only buy this at Carluccio’s, or if you live near the D’Agostino brothers’ vineyards in Gravina, Puglia. Almost a light red, rich and fruity with a crisp finish. £18.50 a bottle. The staff and the atmosphere were great but sadly the food wasn’t memorable.
On the other hand the food at the 2 AA Rosetted Feathers was but before we went to the dining room we visited their award winning Gin Bar! They have 280 bottles on display, we only managed to sample 3 different G&Ts each. To be honest we were a little disappointed as we expected to find a gin expert on duty who could introduce us to some interesting new brands. We ended up choosing our own from the gin menu and then having to ask for more ice, less tonic etc ….. we could have served them better ourselves! The result of our research….. our favourite is still Tanquery, preferably a double or a treble, with good old Schweppes tonic which we still like better than Fever Tree or all the other new trendy tonics, loads of ice and either lemon or lime. Simple tastes!
The 5 course tasting menu was amazing, far better than we expected! A Parsnip Velouté, Hampshire Beef Crudo, Shetland Scallops, Cotswold Venison (so busy ooooing & aahing forgot to photograph it), Yuzu Sorbet and one of the best puddings ever, Bananas and Custard, marmite ripple sorbet, kalamanzi, white chocolate, caramel. It was all well presented, beautifully served and would normally cost £55. (Our scoring is for dinner and the tasting menu).
We slept well, big squashy beds and loved our antique filled good sized rooms. The next morning we enjoyed a delicious full English breakfast. The Feathers gets a high recommendation from us!
When we left we visited the splendid Benheim Palace which is only 10 minutes away and really well worth a visit. By the time we got home late in the day we felt we had been away for ages, what a lovely break and a fabulous b’day present, thank you girls, I was very spoilt.
Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Feathers
5/5 Quality of food
4/5 Variety of menu
4/5 Staff and service
4/5 Ambiance and décor
4/5 Value for money
21/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!