Dining out at The Oaks

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Dining out at The Oaks

Opened in July 2019, part of The White Brasserie Company, in the heart of beautiful Highcliffe in Dorset. I spent most of my childhood in Highcliffe and have seen the venue change hands many times. I even bought a BMW from the pub car park many years ago, but probably less said about that the better! 

It’s so lovely to see the building now standing proud in the village as a wonderful meeting, drinking and dining venue; The Oaks. My husband and I were lucky enough to be invited along for an evening meal last week. 

 

When I heard they have three beach huts in the garden which you can dine in, for a private dining experience I knew this was the place for me. We dined inside one of those a few months ago, it was very special. And in winter now they each have a heater so they are very cosy. 

This time we opted to dine inside as the decor was just stunning. Firstly, as we are right in the middle of these very worrying and uncertain times. We felt very safe indeed, their 5 point promise of procedures and rules made sure of this. Following one way systems, single use menus and cashless transactions etc.

The interior design which was created by Inge @ingewatrobski  is just stunning. I visited earlier in the day to see the pub in the daylight and it’s just fab. Quirky little pictures and mirrors on one wall, a library of colourful books on another. Faux plants in the conservatory area and even empty bottles as windowsill decorations. 

We received excellent service from Jack, and were made to feel very welcome. And the food well …oh my! My husband declared the steak as the best he’s ever had. The vegetarian choice for me was brilliant, as often there’s only 1 or 2 things to choose from. And my favourite, the ‘crumble off’ at the end. The pudding special, warm apple and blackberry crumble vs the chilled mango and pineapple crumble. Both were delicious, for me the warm crumble with vanilla ice cream won.

If you are local, or even if you’re not, but coming to visit the area I highly recommend The Oaks as a brilliant place to eat. They have even extended their Eat Out to Help Out scheme this October, all you need to do is sign up to their newsletter.

Thank-you again for having us. 

Two course dinner for two and wine kindly gifted. All views are my own.

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