Review on The Kitchen
The Kitchen formerly known as The Inn at Farnborough is set in the tiny village of Farnborough just six miles north of Banbury, this Grade II-listed Inn dates back to the beginning of the eighteenth century and once served as the local butcher's shop. A classy front porch leads to the spacious interior, which is a pleasing mix of old and new; heavily beamed ceilings, bare boarded floors and prints help to create a gentrified rustic feel throughout the place.
The menu is based around local produce, although most of the kitchen's inspiration comes from across the English Channel. Shellfish bisque and smoked haddock fishcakes are specialities of the house, but you can also expect deep-fried goats' cheese with haricot vert salad and plum compote, confit of lamb with pea and mint purée and roast red pepper jus, and 'plats du jour' like grilled langoustines with fries and aïoli. As for desserts, think orange and Grand Marnier crème brûlée or baked chocolate tart with bourbon ice cream. The wide-ranging wine list showcases the New World, although France also gets a fair look in.
Gastro pub / European