Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sunday - Stew & Oyster Part Deux

This is a follow up on our other Stew & Oyster posts as we have now finally tried the food.  You'll think we're obsessed with the place but you must forgive us as it's quite refreshing to have a good bar in strolling distance from the flat!  Anyway, we are a food blog so it's only right we do actually comment on the food!

On Sunday, after Joe had run the half marathon and I had made the short run from home into town (a pathetic 4.5 miles compared to all those marathon runners!)  we went to Stew & Oyster for lunch before watching the Super Sunday football.

When we arrived it was nice and relaxed, with good music playing and the papers distributed on the free tables.  We quickly settled down at the best seat in the house - the sofas next to the wood burning stove - and ordered a nice tea.  S&O have cottoned on to the trend of tea loving that has been growing over the last year or so and offer a variety of teas including a local Yorkshire, Chinese Jasmine, Earl Grey and some herbal types, complete with optimum brewing times and some seriously insulated tea pots. 

Once refreshed we moved onto the food, and how could we go to S&O without trying the oysters?!  A first for Joe, he looked a little hesitant before wolfing down the beast topped in one go.  I thought they were lovely, served with piquant shallots in red wine vinegar, Tabasco and lemon, and will definitely be having more when the sun finally comes out!
Our oysters
Me and my massive oyster!
Joe, looking a little scared of his oyster....
We followed the oysters up with the Mediterranean platter and half a Wilsons' pork pie plate.  The Mediterranean platter comes complete with tomato and herb focaccia, sun dried tomatoes, hummus, olives, oil and vinegar, salad and Italian meats, including a really tasty, spicy sausage.  The bread was really good, as were the meats and the hummus.  My only (and very, very minor) disappointment was that they put the oil and vinegar in a deep pot.  It matches everything else but makes it very difficult to get to the tasty balsamic!

As for the pork pie, well who can say a bad thing about a Wilsons' pork pie?  The menu has the option of a whole pound pie, or a half, which was more than enough for us and at the bargain price of £3.95.  The pie is served warm with a number of pickles including piccalilli, branston, brown sauce, mushy peas and mint sauce.  There is something to suit all tastes, but my personal favourite was the tangy piccalilli.

Overall, the food was great and perfect for a taster lunch.  You could eat as much or as little as you like, and while away the hours with good drinks, the paper and great company. 
The Mediterranean platter
The half pound pork pie

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