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“Great food and good beers”
Review of The Oak Inn

The Oak Inn
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Defford
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Malvern, UK
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Great food and good beers”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

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.

  • Visited May 2012
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“OK food, not spectacular”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Visited on Easter Sunday for lunch, party of 5. Of course the restaurant was busy but the staff couldn't cope. We waited more than 30 minutes to be seated even though we had booked.

Once seated we had another lengthy wait for the starters. They eventually arrived, well presented and well cooked. The asparagus/watercress soup was home cooked but seriously under-seasoned. The whitebait, goats cheese and asparagus starters were all well received and all were generously portioned.

Yet another long wait before we received the mains. Leg of pork, belly pork, fagg0ts, chicken risotto and Sole were all well received. The veggies were plentiful, more than enough to go around.

More waiting preceeded the sweets which were largely dissapointing. The chocolate brownie was a rock hard overcooked corner piece, the rhubarb creme brulee needed more rhubarb, the cheesecake was bland and the cheese platter almost didn't arrive at all as it was delivered to the wrong table at the first attempt. When it did eventuall come there was a choice of three cheeses and a portion big enough for three. What a shame because the sweets menu seemed to be a welcome antidote to the usual 'bought in' fare on offer in other places of this genre.

We were there for 3 hours, too much in my mind even for Easter Sunday. The reason for the delay was given as 'everything is cooked to order' which is not strictly true. Our soup would have been pre-prepared and the roasts obviously had been roasting for some time with fagg0ts also requiring more cooking time so this is not really a valid excuse. The waiting staff did not seem to be particularly well organised or attentive. They just need to get their act together for the busy periods.

Total cost, 110 Pounds for 5 with soft drinks

In summary, the food is OK but no wow factor and lacks attention to detail in some areas. Really no better than dinner party food from someone with modest talent. Service needs vast improvement. Atmosphere and decor are fine. Could not recommend and probably would not return. 5/10

  • Visited April 2012
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Worcester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

My wife and I have been to the Oak 3 times now and each time the food was superb, service outstanding and the range available off the menu exceptional!

There is something for everyone and the prices are very reasonable. Everything is prepared fresh to order and it really can't be faulted.

You might need to book as it does get busy

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank david_spring
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Lovely country pub serving top class food”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Dined at the oak last night 28th feb and the meal was outstanding. My wife and i chose the set 3 course menu at £15 per person. What value!! The choices were great and the quality of the food awesome. The only criticism was the delay between courses but understandable with how busy the place was. A lovely country pub that would suit romantic meals, family celebrations or a pint at the bar

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1 Thank Alastair S
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Worcester, England
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“smashing sunday lunch”
Reviewed 29 January 2012

Just returned from the Oak inn where we had Sunday lunch, the choice was excellent with some alternative dishes to the traditional, service, presentation, taste and food quality was excellent. A bit more expensive (17.95 3 courses) but worth it.

My only complaint would be that when we got there it was full and really noisy, but; once a few families with children had left it was fine.

We will definitely be back, keep up the good work, and keep the chef!!!!

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank suzy31
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