Only in middle England would you find two neighbouring villages with a pub going by the same name – and this is the case in Tysoe, where we live and it’s neighbour Oxhill, both are home to the Peacock Inn.
I am ashamed to say that we have now lived here nearly a year – or at least it will be come Easter and we had yet to venture to Oxhill’s Peacock, although only being a two minute drive and a comfortable Sunday strolling distant away. So we were delighted when we were invited round for dinner one Wednesday night – a great midweek treat!
Tysoe’s Peacock Inn is very much a hardy locals pub, whilst its superior neighbour boasts a cosy village atmosphere with excellent grub. Inside its dining room makes the most of the Peacock connotations with striking wallpaper and the log fire is welcoming on a rainy day – which it certainly was when we visited.
Pint in hand, (Warwickshire’s Purity), Tom settled for the scotch egg to start. This wasn’t your normal scotch egg though, but was beautifully runny inside – the kind of scotch egg you watch Tom Kerridge make on Saturday Kitchen but never quite get round to attempting yourself. I had the cheese fondue made with Oxford blue cheese – tasty.
To be honest the best bit was my pie. I’d go back for the pie alone. With light flaky pastry, it was a pie with all its sides, top and bottom (none of this casserole with a puff pastry lid nonsense) with a good dollop of creamy mash. Tom equally enjoyed his crab linguine and raspberry pannacotta.
If you’ve read my blog at all, you’ll know that after profiteroles, I can’t resist a chocolate fondant. In fact, I would go to say that taking photos of oozing fondants is one of my photographic specialties. The Oxhill’s offering certainly doesn’t disappoint and I’ll be gutted if they take that off the menu before I get back.
Before we’d even visited the Peacock in Oxhill, I’d already suggested it as a destination for a Sunday lunch for a few family members – I knew it wouldn’t dissatisfy from the get-go! Thanks to the team at the Peacock for our dinner, all opinions our own. Sorry it took so long to get to you!