I don't really like the concept of meals being 'good value'. You're paying for the experience, not a specific quantity of food.
So the problem with the Oxford Blue isn't that it's overpriced per se. It's that the prices create a level of expectation that it doesn't quite match.
This was a very fine meal - but when the pork ribeye is nudging £30 (plus a £5 side of truffle mash), you imagine the quality must be nothing short of galactic. It's not - and therefore a slight disappointment.
That said, the food was great taken in isolation. We had a terrific venison 'bon bon' amuse bouche, then excellent starters of shellfish rarebit (essentially cheesy fruits de mer served in a big shell) and beetroot cured salmon.
Then followed a £27 chicken and ham pie (delicious, despite my blanching at the price) and the aforementioned good-but-not-great pork ribeye. The rhubarb bavarois was superb; the hammer-your-own chocolate a fun touch.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, enhanced by attentive service and a convivial atmosphere. There's really very little to fault, but the prices set an extremely high bar and it wasn't quite the all-time great meal we were hoping for.
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