Tried the Oak Inn largely based on positive reviews on TA, and we were not disappointed. Food was very good, nice choice of real ales and was particularly impressed with relaxed, friendly but very efficient service. The place was fairly busy but not full on the Saturday evening, and the orders, drinks, requests for refills and food just arrived in good time with no fuss.
My starter of crevettes with chilli, ginger and garlic was very tasty - buttery, garlicky, spicy juices were a genuine treat. The crevettes were a bit overdone, and peeling them was a bit fiddlier than usual as some of the meat was stuck to the shells. But they were tasty, and the small side-salad was well balanced. My wife's starter of crab, crayfish and prawn cocktail went down with very appreciative noises.
My main of braised pork belly with cabbage, leek and bacon was truly delicious. The meat was soft and very-well flavoured, the gravy and apple sauce and veg were well cooked and seasoned. My wife had baked plaice with herbs which she said was superb (matched only by a recent visit to another pub with food of similar high standard). Side salad had some interesting and tasty leaves and was nicely dressed. Chips were a bit disappointing though. The menu said hand-cut chips but... well they didn't look or taste like it: rather soft and a bit pale.
Desserts did not disappoint: excellent ice cream and eton mess.
All in all a really great meal with the kind of service you wish you found everywhere. A tweak or two to the minor weak points is all that's needed (apart from keeping up this level of food and service). Total bill was just over £50 for two (three courses), excluding drinks.
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