As the weekend beckons, I felt that it was about time to share another great foodie haunt in the Cotswolds. On our last bank holiday, Tom and I headed to the White Horse in Duns Tew for our latest ‘assignment’.
We had insider information from Tom’s brother, Matt, who’s best chum happens to be a chef at the White Horse, and had already sampled some the menu. I quote the advice was – “those chicken wings are something quite extraordinary” – high praise indeed.
The White Horse definitely doesn’t have any of those Cotswold pretensions and that’s reflected in the reasonably price menu, you don’t feel you are paying ‘Cotswold Tax’. It’s clearly a well loved and well visited pub with a steady stream of regulars. It’s also got a quirky decor to – make sure to look up when you enter the front door.
It is a gastro pub with a really interesting menu – how many pubs with stoned flagged floors and wooden beams serve Korean style chicken wings? But it had a relaxed, familiar form of dining as the tables around us quickly filled up over the evening with merry groups of friends and family and couples out for ‘date night’.
We’d already decided what we were having for our dinner by the time we got to Duns Tew – which is about 20 minutes from Bicester – Korean style chicken wings. Quite possibly the messiest thing to eat, but well worth nibbling your way through the 15 odd mini wings…
The pub sources its ingredients from local supplies including Dash Wood Zwartble Sheep – a high pedigree of tall black sheep which are reared by Jane McBean in Duns Tew; and North Aston Organics, based near Deddington, which supplies the organic veg.
You can taste the care that’s gone in to the White Horse’s menu. I had the fried flat chicken with spring greens (I think), aioli and fries – simple, but smashing and Tom had lamb with butter beans. To be honest both dishes were good, but were eclipsed by the chicken wings. Tom has since tried to get the recipe, but it’s a closely guarded secret – so you’ll have to go to the White Horse to try it for yourself.
Disclaimer – our dinner was organised by Crimson Edge PR and the team at the White Horse, but our obsession with Korean style chicken wings is definitely home grown!
You can book here: http://www.dunstewwhitehorse.co.uk/