Ian Sewell enjoys an Anglo-French dining experience in the heart of the countryside at The Victoria Pub Brasserie
The Victoria Pub Brasserie re-opened its doors in May this year after a complete refurbishment by new owner, the White Brasserie Company. They’ve done a great job and given Oxshott High Street the quality pub it deserves. The front of house retains its previous low-beamed charm but now incorporates inviting leather and tartan seating with a hint of Scandi-style tongue and groove. And with the addition of new windows, the bar area and front restaurant are full of light.
The menu is a lovely combination of French brasserie and traditional English favourites, where Mediterranean fish soup sits comfortably next to Cromer crab.
On our sunny Sunday evening visit we started in France with the light and tasty goats’ cheese salad and the zingy chilli and ginger squid with courgette and aubergine. For the mains Scotland met England. The Shetland Isles salmon was served with pickled vegetables, a surprising and well-judged accompaniment, while the Cornish scallops with crushed potato and citrus dressing was a perfect combination of scallopy and lemony loveliness. It was all washed down with a crisp and refreshing wine from Kent, the Chapel Down Bacchus.
Not afraid to unleash our inner 1970s, for dessert we opted for baked Alaska for two, which was flambéed in Cointreau at our table – the manager Jonny explained that it’s known as a “theatre dish” with the spectacle prompting a number of simultaneous orders from surrounding tables, and was generous enough for four to share!
Leading out from the restaurant at the back there is an unexpectedly large, secluded and mature garden that’s a great place to eat and drink. As a child and pet-friendly pub, it’s the perfect space to bring the whole family. But whether you’re coming as a family, meeting a group of friends or just fancy a glass or two, the Victoria’s refurbishment and broadbased menu makes it an ideal choice and a really welcome addition to dining options in the area.
High Street, Oxshott, www.victoriaoxshott.com