The Oat Hill
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
31 Kettering Road, Little Bowden, Market Harborough, LE16 8AN
The Oat Hill Public House & Dining Rooms is a haven for food and drink lovers alike. Since opening its doors back in 2007, The Oat Hill has richly deserved its growing reputation as one of the leading gastropubs in the area. Beautifully refurbished, the interior adds a contemporary twist to the original 1930s decor and Art Deco features. The spacious lounge bar with its swathes of oak panelling, leather Chesterfields and open fires is a place to relax and unwind. The drinks menu, boasting traditional cask ales and lagers, 50 bottled world beers, 40 bespoke wines, over 150 spirits and a comprehensive cocktail list, is unrivalled in the county. The elegant Art Deco feel is carried through into the 50-cover restaurant. Neutral wall colours and soft lighting complement the dark mahogany furniture and original oak flooring to create a relaxed and informal feel. The atrium, a favoured spot for many regular diners, looks out over the beautiful garden with its mature planting and manicured lawns. The Oat Hill kitchen prides itself on using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce to serve up a fusion of traditional and modern British cuisine. Depending on the season, expect to find such delights on the menu as smoked mackerel cakes with a beetroot and horseradish salsa, ale-battered catfish with crushed minted garden peas or loin of venison with spiced red cabbage. My particular favourite was slow-roasted crispy pork belly with Dauphinois potatoes, honey chantenay carrots and Aspall's cider gravy. Despite the unbeatable quality of food and the sumptuous surroundings, you can pay as little as £17 for a two-course meal with wine. To put it simply, The Oat Hill is a must visit, with a great restaurant, a great bar and a great atmosphere. It really does tick all the boxes. Enjoy.