Sunday, 22 May 2022

Charmed by the setting, delighted by the food

Restaurant: The Fat Fox, Watlington

Restaurant: The Fat Fox, Watlington

Prices: starters £4–£5, mains £10–£16

Contact: (01491) 613040,

THE Fat Fox Inn in Watlington is in quite simply a stunning setting.

Having been welcomed by head chef Mark Gambles and the team, I was walked under beautiful beams into olde world charm and to a choice of comfortable dining settings.

Mark was snapped up by the Fat Fox in August last year, after an impressive career to date and a battle for his expertise. He was largely based at Bibendum in London and other prestigious establishments but has travelled from Malaysia to Australia to perfect his flavours and unique style.

He prides himself of providing a mixture of traditional meals, full of flavour, with an emphasis on local produce and the history of food to tantalise the taste buds.

On the gorgeous sunny day we popped in, the treats in store were three cheese tart with curly kale and venison ragu pasta.

As a normally hard to please vegetarian, the three cheese tart was incredibly rich and full of flavour, complemented by the fresh vegetables threaded through.

The salad was beautifully crisp and well dressed and worked well with the plethora of flavour. The venison was succulent and perfectly cooked â?? so hard to perfect. The sauce was beautifully seasoned and all was polished off a little too quickly.

Then we were utterly spoilt with the desserts. Three gorgeous (yet lethal!) dishes appeared for our delectation that seemed to scream â??eat me quickly’ (followed in quick succession by â??and jog back to the office!’).

First came the sticky toffee pudding, full of rich sweetness with a comforting and satisfying consistency. The sauce was just to die for!

Then the bread and butter pudding with a light cream worked beautifully, with the perfect combination of artisan bread and fruit flavours, the latter which I certainly counted as several of my five a day. Finally the piece de resistance was a homemade chocolate brownie with fresh vanilla ice cream.

With its deep chocolatey flavours and moreish texture this in itself is reason enough to frequent the Fat Fox.

I will undoubtedly be back for another special meal soon, although I will be sure to perform a few star jumps mid meal to limit the guilt over enjoying the feast.

Katie Thomas

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