This time we had a proper chance to check out what is on offer drinks-wise. Apparently it had been a busy few days as they were out of one of the five white wines on offer, but I was able to try the pinot grigio rose (nice and easy drinking) while Joe made his way through some of the beers on offer. These included Stew & Oyster's own brewed ale, another ale from the Burley brewery, and a pint of Vedett. Anyone keeping their eye on twitter yesterday might have seen that the Vedett stirred up a bit of a debate - it's a bit on the pricey side! The warning that should (and wasn't) given is that a pint of Vedett in Stew & Oyster costs a slightly inflated £4.95. No worries if you really fancy a Vedett, but perhaps their beer prices should be a little clearer - it was more expensive than my wine, which was a first. This coupled with the fact that a very small plate of pistachios costs £2.00, and I was in a bit of a grumble for a while - it feels a little mean compared to what you get elsewhere in the local area. Roundhay might be affluent, but it doesn't mean that people don't value their cash. I only point these things out as constructive criticism as I like the place and want it to be a success.
Anyway, these were my only real negatives - it's a great space, the rest of the drinks are nice, and the food that we did see looked fantastic. I spotted the pork pie plate, the Sunday stew topped with an enormous Yorkshire pudding and the ploughman's platter complete with pork terrine, pork pie and cheese, as well as some tasty looking oysters. I'll have to get some more drinks in Joe before he will join me with the oysters unfortunately!
|The oyster menu|
|The stews on offer - I haven't spotted the blackboard yet but it will be there somewhere|
|The £2.00 pistachios|
|Vedett - which is probably off the drinking list now!|
|Me trying the Burley ale - not quite my tastes!|
|In case you haven't seen it so far...the outside|