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Researched first chow-hound request for reccommendations London/Oxford/Reading

For a London meal, you might consider La Trompette, in Chiswick. It shared a founder with Ledbury (I believe), and still is highly rated, but more of a neighborhood rather than destination restaurant. It does have a superb wine list and knowledgeable sommelier. It might be a good spot for your set lunch. A bit west of center, so not such a good match if you also want to hit the tourist spots.

Jun 12, 2013
LongTermExpat in U.K./Ireland

Sunday Lunch on the Thames

Thanks for the suggestions. In the end, the day was nice and my guest had a convertible, so we went to the Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford, at the north edge of the University. It's a lovely setting on the river, and we got to watch the students punting by (and to walk off our lunch).

The experience was good, but not transporting. The menu is solid modern british. She had Lobster Bisque and Rump of Spring Lamb with a medley of vegetables. I had a tian of crab and salmon, followed by pea and asparagus risotto. Well executed, with good ingredients, but straightforward. Deserts were cherry clafoutis and sublime strawberries and cream. A good, affordable wine list, with a good mix of halfs and wines by the glass. With coffee, a half of Pouilly Fume and a glass of macon, the bill was £102, before tip. Service was friendly and professional. There are set menus that would lower the price a bit.

Jun 12, 2013
LongTermExpat in U.K./Ireland

Sunday Lunch on the Thames

A friend and I are planning to drive out from London for a simple lunch. Any ideas? We don't want anything as fancy as Roux or Blumenthal in Bray. The Trout and the Cherwell Boathouse in Oxford would do, but ideally, we'd find something a bit closer and more interesting. No need for an impressive wine list, just good food and a lovely setting. I promise a review. Thanks,

Jun 04, 2013
LongTermExpat in U.K./Ireland