Living in London gives you a lot of activity on your door step but sometimes you want to grab a coach, bus, train and just go. It is easy to get out of town and visit local cities, villages and the countryside. On a recent venture to the Cotswolds, en route back we stopped in Oxford for some lunch and a walk. It was a Sunny day, so perfect for looking at some historical buildings and impressive universities.
We ended up on Turl Street, which had a cute little bistro which we were drawn too. This buzzy small but perfectly formed spot had an eclectic mix of student types, family groups and seasoned tourists.
I have long been in search of a good roast. I have tried a few places in London and at this point, I had not found the one that rocked my world. Turl Street Kitchen offers a simplistic menu with a staple roast for their Sunday offering. The food we experienced here was very close to rocking our worlds and certainly raised the bar whilst we continue our search for the perfect roast.
My companion shook things up by ordering a salad of heritage tomato, lettuce, peppers, cheese and peas, with a lime and coriander dressing. It sounds light weight, but was substantial and very tasty.
I opted for roast beef topside with yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips and a gravy on a bed of steamed cabbage. The beef was tender and pink, the carbs cooked properly, as sometimes roast potato can be served a tad too hard in some places. Rather than red wine, I washed it down with an un-oaked French Chardonnay – crisp and clean, peachy and pear notes, gorgeous.
The pricing was reasonable at around £18.00 per head for two mains with wine and water. That said, they do offer some great deals and also 15% off if you happen to be a student.
Turl Street Kitchen
16 – 17 Turl Street
T. 01865 264 171