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The Perch

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This restaurant is an exquisite Phoenix that will not disappoint...

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Binsey Lane
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Tel: 01865 728891

www.the-perch.co.uk
 
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One might associate dining in Oxford with the staid culinary offerings of college dining halls. But away from the gown, and even the town, a hinterland of interesting eateries has emerged.

Insiders have long known The Perch in Binsey to be a little gem. A mere twenty-minute stroll along the meandering Isis river brings one away from the centre to a hidden world of thatched cottages, well-removed from the throng of bright-eyed students and camera-touting tourists.

Under French management now and with a French head chef, this establishment is attempting to compliment its undoubted charm with quite ambitious cooking.

An enticing open fire and luxuriant leather coach greeted our arrival, while that stalwart of any rural pub, the large, dopey dog, lurched beside the bar.

Elegant menus were presented and, with a variety of alluring choices, we confronted the dilemma of what to order.

The wine list is short but eclectic and, in a welcome development, beverages are paired with dishes. Obviously restaurants should avoid being prescriptive about this, but I find it encouraging that chef and sommelier have taken the time to work out interesting combinations and are communicating their conclusions to the customer.

As an aperitif, I chose a glass of dulcet Moscato paired with the gravlax starter, making that decision quite straightforward. For my main I persisted with the fishy theme, ordering Cornish scallops which I have trouble resisting. With Coquilles St Jacques in the hands of a Frenchman I expected satisfaction.

The gravlax dish was a splendid arrangement, lustrous pickled cucumber and beetroot providing a lush accompaniment to the coiled salmon that I charmed towards my expectant gullet with the whirling motion of a fork; while the horseradish cream gave the ensemble a hearty balance and the wine was indeed well matched. My dining companion seemed to enjoy her pan-fried foie gras and roasted pigeon breast, but for all its elegance, I was thoroughly absorbed by my own dish.

After a judicious break the mains arrived and while visually my choice did not arrest to the extent of the starter, it proved enjoyable, the braised chicory and Noilly sauce combining with the mussels, chorizo and scallops to good effect.

My companion meanwhile was presented with an elegant medley of pork belly, sausage and sauerkraut: the effect overall was Alsatian, with an architectural arrangement faintly reminiscent of the glorious city of Colmar. Its splendour was, however, soon laid low with gusto – the inevitable fate of comestible ephemera, alas.

Now almost replete, I chose the Café Gourmand de Chef which provided an assortment of profiteroles and mousses of an intoxicating blend that lived up to the billing which our helpful waiter had given. Ideal preparation for the walk back to the centre.

With mains under the £20 mark, and most starters offered for less than half that, The Perch offers fine dining at prices that don’t make you flinch.

Review by Frank Armstrong

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