You know when you find somewhere that you like so much you dont want to tell anyone about it because you want to keep it to yourself? The Oatsheaf is that place for me. It originally started as the place my friends and I would meet for a drink before moving on but now we look forward to our evenings staying there.
I have never been on a weekend or mid day but I can comment on midweek evenings. Perfect!
The look of the place is washed wood tables, comfortable chairs and open fire places. The furniture is not cramped in, I can relax and there is no squeezing between tables and chairs to get around. For me it has an alpine feel in décor and there is no need to shout over music or be distracted by a television.
Importantly, it is clean! I do not feel the need to wipe the cutlery or check the glasses, and as a person with a phobia of public toilets, the Oatsheaf is spotless in that department also, of course I can only comment on the ladies. I feel the staff carry on this trend and are presentable, friendly, helpful and professional. Nothing seems too much bother for them. They are a credit to their management and I have no problem with them handling my food.
So far I have never needed to book a table and I have to say it is more like an easy going restaurant rather than a pub. Which is nice for an evening out.
I think the menu is limited but offers a choice and caters for all, (meat, fish and vegetarian) although personally I would like to see more pasta options. I have noticed that the menu does change regularly and I have never been disappointed in what I have ordered. I have never had to wait too long for the food to come out and the portion size is satisfying and the food looks and tastes great. It’s the type of place where you see what the table next to you ordered and you resent only having one stomach!
There is a good selection of beers and wines as well as more than your average choice on soft drinks. So far during my visits there has also been a variation on the hot beverages, including tasty double espresso’s served in crockery which makes me feel I am in Italy.
On price, The Oatsheaf is not expensive. Currently a main course is on average £13. I think it is value for money and if you sign up to their website you often receive good discounts (most recent being £10 off a meal). Again I can only comment on the midweek evenings, but it has the type of atmosphere I would be comfortable taking anyone. I have seen business meetings, dates, anniversaries and general friends catching up.
Take someone here and you will impress them with taste and class without being overbearing.
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