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The Trout

The Trout

The Trout Inn, Lower Wolvercote, is genuinely part of the rich tapestry that is Oxford life.
Famous a long time before it was immortalised in Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse novels, it has been wonderfully restored – You really should book now!

  • Address 195 Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Oxford, OX2 8PN
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One review of “The Trout”

    Lucy Howard

    23rd January 2017

    This charming pub/restaurant, nestled in the pretty village of Wolvercote on the banks of the Thames, dates from the 17th century, and its cosy interiors of roaring log fires and wooden-beamed ceilings are said to have attracted illustrious visitors from King Henry II to Lewis Carroll. It also has a beautiful location: regal peacocks strut on the terrace, hot air balloons come in to land on Port Meadow, and the dreaming spires of Oxford can be glimpsed in the distance.

    The Trout is a perfect spot for a drink, a light bite or a leisurely weekend meal. The menu has a great range of fresh, seasonal dishes, from daily specials to delicious pub classics, which are presented beautifully and delivered by great service. We nibbled on a complimentary on-arrival taster of home-baked vegetable crisps, whilst we looked at the menu, took in the beautiful views over the river and sipped on a refreshing glass of white wine and a pint of local beer. We then enjoyed a mouth-watering crayfish and crab pot with Devon crab mayonnaise, a generous portion of salt and pepper squid with aioli, and deep-fried Somerset brie with an apricot and cumin chutney for starters. Following this, the slow-cooked pork belly with pancetta and thyme mash and an English cider and mustard sauce, perfectly partnered with seared scallops, was declared one of the “best meals ever” by my meat-loving dad, while the vegetarians in the party were also well catered for: the battered halloumi with chunky chips and minted pea puree, and the colourful wholefood salad with whiter-than- white fresh goat’s curd, also made more than the grade.

    After all that, we were pretty full and very satisfied, but couldn’t resist dessert. We opted for the house sharer, so we could try a selection from the dessert menu – including an irresistible gooey warm chocolate brownie, a zesty lemon tart, a delicate crème brûlée, a vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich and some fresh strawberries – all mouth-wateringly good, as expected!

    The drinks list is also fantastic, with a range of interesting wines and beers, showcasing both local and international options, as well as fruity cocktails.

    The Trout ticks every box, from its food to its setting to its staff, and it has to be one of the best places to eat in Oxfordshire. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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