Having recently re-opened in the centre of Botley, The Bugle Inn retains all of its olde-worlde charm. Sympathetically and stylishly updated by the new owners Paul and Lou, with wooden flooring, subdued lighting, and a suntrap garden terrace, the restaurant serves first-class, locally sourced food made to order.
Seated comfortably in the spacious dining room, we admired the photos of bygone years and the gleaming glassware, candles and flowers that decorated every table. From the well-stocked bar, with its polished brass rail, we relaxed with classic gin spritzers and read the mouth-watering menu.
Hungry from our walk along the Corbett Trail to the town quay, we were tempted by sharing platters of olives and cheese, and the Piggy Platter of spare ribs, Scotch egg, pork belly cubes and charcuterie. Next, I couldn’t resist pan-fried chicken and chorizo, deliciously honey-glazed, while my partner opted for a generous serving of baked mushrooms. For mains, we tucked into glorious lamb rump served with creamed mash, buttered greens and baby carrots, and succulent rib-eye steak, prepared to perfection and served with a sprig of vine-roasted tomatoes, and triple-cooked chips. Finally, before leaving, we succumbed to chocolate fondant with ice cream and summer fruit Pavlova. Treat yourself to lunch with the family, drinks in the courtyard, even live jazz on a Sunday afternoon and share the pleasure of fine food, a warm welcome and a delightfully atmospheric setting.