THE PEACOCK is a lovely country pub, tucked away in the south Warwickshire village of Oxhill.
Reviews of The Peacock online are glowing – the food and the atmosphere are to everyone’s liking seemingly, so I was excited to see if it would live up to the expectation.
And I was not disappointed. Everything about The Peacock is welcoming, from the cosy bar to the rustic dining area and the friendly staff who are always around to make sure you’re well taken care of.
You would be comfortable here after a long walk across the fields or dressed up for a special occasion.
And the menu has something to suit all tastes with pub favourites like a homemade pie or fish and chips to choices of pork belly and confit duck featuring on the specials menu.
To start I went for the Shropshire blue cheese soufflé with spinach and cream sauce which was beautifully indulgent and so light. My other half chose salmon fishcakes with spinach, poached egg and hollandaise sauce which was also rich in flavour but not too filling.
For main I continued being indulgent and opted for the braised feather blade of beef with roasted carrots, kale, gratin dauphinois potato and jus. The beef fell apart with one touch of the fork, the carrots were slightly charred on the outside and soft on the inside – the way I can never manage to cook them at home – and the entire plate was just packed with flavour.
My significant other and I both agree that if a pub or restaurant are going to offer a homemade burger then it had better be a good one. He spotted this on the menu – with bacon, cheese, onion rings all packed in a brioche bun – and wouldn’t even look at the other offerings.
And it was a burger that didn’t disappoint. Aside from coming with all the trimmings he likes best, this burger is proof the chef knows what he is doing – not over seasoned or cooked within an inch of it’s life and constructed so the fillings don’t fall out the back of the bun when you take a bite.
We were both feeling well fed after two courses, but the selection of homemade desserts – which included sticky toffee pudding, black forest mess and apple crumble with custard – were too good to pass up.
I chose vanilla pannacotta with raspberry coulis and my other half went for the hot chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream.
The pannacotta was light and the kitchen are very generous with the raspberry coulis! And the fondant was so more-ish – a top choice for any chocoholic.