[Oxford] The Rickety Press
Took The Limey there for his birthday dinner last night. This place in Jericho opened up maybe a year or two ago. We passed by a few weeks back on our way from The Bookbinders, and thought we'd try it out. We were impressed.
The menu has nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, but they did everything very well.
For starters: beetroot tart and the cured meats platter. The tart was deconstructed- red and golden beetroot wedges with goats cheese on a rectangle of crispy pastry, with a surprise of sweet onions under the pastry. It was excellent. The cured meats platter was also very good, but I think the tart came out ahead.
For mains: rib-eye steak, rare, for him; mushroom gnocchi for me. These were both absolutely gorgeous, and were the highlights of the meal. The 300g steak was done perfectly- red in the middle, yet with a couple of small bits of fat wonderfully melty in the mouth (we are fat eaters). The string fries were good, but not earth-shattering or anything.
The mushroom gnocchi! It smelled soooo good when they put the plate down that I thought maybe the taste wouldn't live up to the expectations given by the aroma. But I needn't have worried. It was awesome. Lots of mushrooms, great sauce, large pointy nuggets of gnocchi. I could eat (and smell) this stuff every night.
Pudding: a berry pannacotta. This was good. I think maybe it was very good, but having to be compared to the standards set by our mains, it suffered a little.
We had arrived early to have some drinks with a friend in the pub, and The Limey says the beer is very good- better than at The Magdalen Arms, another Oxford gastropub we'd been to fairly recently.
We will definitely be back, and The Limey reckons it was one of the best meals he's ever had in Oxford.