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Sheffield, United Kingdom
February 24, 2007
Affectionally known locally as "the splash" the Royal Oak is in the picturesque village of Little Cawthorpe which is south of the Humber Bridge in what is known as Lincolnshires Poacher Country. It is a historic building of approximately 400 years old and is reached by driving through the ford (hence the nickname).Here there are bars, a restaurant and seven en-suite bedrooms. Lunches and the Sunday carvery are served from 12pm to 2.30pm. An over 60’s carvery lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm Tuesday and Thursday and evening meals are from 5pm to 9pm. Snacks and light meals are served every day from 12pm to 7pm.The inside seems dark on entering, but has had the original small rooms opened up. It was very busy on our arrival, but we managed to find seats in one of the opened rooms and obtained menus. After ordering we enjoyed our drinks until called to our table. As we were a large party we had made a reservation which was a good thing as the restaurant - although large - was very busy. We had hoped the popularity of the restaurant was a good sign and we were not disappointed, the food was very good and the service quick and efficient.We did not see the bedrooms, but a double room with en suite and full English breakfast is from £60 per night. Bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TV, and radio alarm. Dog kennels are available for £5 per night. All the accommodations and restaurant are non-smoking. www.royaloaksplash.co.uk email: email@example.com
February 6, 2005
It has recently been refurbished and offers high-quality food at unbelievable prices. Duck your head before entering the bar area; it’s divided into small, intimate areas (there is a pool table in a back room if you fancy a game) and has a choice of four quality, real ales. I chose Dixons, a brew from the nearby village of Wainfleet, although some heavier beers (Speckled Hen and Abbotts) were there for the hardened drinkers.
The restaurant is divided into three distinct areas (and you can "bar snack"), all set up with large, chunky tables and well-upholstered chairs. A variety of hunting and aircraft prints adorned the walls, and flowers decorated the tables—what a pleasant environment in which to enjoy your meal. We were lunchtime visitors, so there were plenty of spaces, but my inclination would be to book in advance—I reckon this will be a very popular restaurant, especially in the summer months.
We were welcomed by broad smiles from young serving staff, who were sensitive to individual needs and paced the service accordingly. We were slow to order, but we eventually switched our attention from the standard menu, which offered a range of steaks, roast dinners, and some decent traditional fries (including Lincolnshire sausages). The "specials" were flamboyantly displayed on blackboards and offered splendid starters (including grilled brie with sundried tomatoes, locally made pate, fried halloumi). The portions looked big, so we gave the starter a miss and opted for the roast crown of pheasant wrapped in bacon. It was not an easy choice, because Lincolnshire Lamb Henry marinated in a mint sauce was on the menu, alongside baked loin of haddock, salmon in a Hollandaise sauce, ocean crumble, and a range of meat and vegetarian lasagnas.
The meal was beautifully prepared and was accompanied with a choice of potatoes and a great and ample selection of freshly prepared, piping hot vegetables. The portions were more than adequate, and although we picked every succulent scrap of meat off the pheasant, we failed to eat all the vegetables. A valiant effort, and still, we left room for pudding—just enough room.
Good traditional puddings such as jam sponge and rhubarb crumble were available, accompanied by lashings of really decent, well-made custard—a great treat for a man who is just about to embark on a serious diet. These substantial "puds" were seriously hot, so we paused a while to let them cool down.
Freshly ground coffee followed. Although this came with a carton of cream, I asked for milk, and this was promptly provided without a whimper (not always the case in English restaurants!)
It was a superb, well-priced meal (even cheaper if you’re of pensionable age and visit on a Tuesday or Wednesday), which I would unequivocally recommend.
From journal Lincolnshire ain't all flat!