We've wanted to eat the Blackwell Ox for ages. A Groupon voucher encouraged us to do so. We booked for lunch on a Wednesday. The lady who greeted us at the bar seemed to have left her smile behind today, so not a good start. I ordered the burger and my husband the chicken with onion tarte and carrot and swede. We asked the lady....who still wasn't smiling....if that would be enough or should he order a side dish. She said the onion tarte was the carbs suggesting nothing else necessary. He decided to have chips as an extra. We had to wait some considerable time for the food as a party of 7 was ahead of us, but the lady did warn us of this. After 50 mins from placing the order my burger arrived and my husbands chips. The lady said his food wouldn't be long, they were waiting for the onion tarte....still no smile....... 8 minutes later his meal arrived......my face was a picture...not much on the plate for £13.95...a chicken breast, 2 halved tiny cherry tomatoes, a small but tasty onion tarte and 2 small spoons of mashed carrot and swede. Good job he'd ordered the chips!!!!! Sadly my burger was so dry I had difficulty swallowing it and the leaves were covered in an oily dressing which had no flavour. I've had far far better elsewhere. My husbands chicken was dry too and was nothing special. All in all, disappointing, not living up to expectations and we won't be back. There is another fabulous eatery in this small village, The Rose and Crown, where we have always been welcomed by lovely staff who happily make small talk, the ambience is wonderful and eclectic and the food is consistently excellent and value for money. The Blackwell Ox could learn a lot from the Rose and Crown.
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