Reviewing the Oxford Street Kitchen and Bar
On Thursday the Oxford Street Kitchen and Bar opened at the Chequers Hotel.
The new bar and eating area is an attempt by the owners to get more locals making use of their space.
It will have a lot of competition and being away from the town's night time economy, will it have enough to get a crowd?
Arriving on a Sunday just days after the opening, we found ourselves alone in the bar apart from a waitress.
There is a vast food and drink menu with a number of cocktails on 241 all day everyday available at the Oxford Street Kitchen and Bar.
As well as the cocktail deal, the new venue is also offering free membership that entitles those who sign up discounted food and drinks worth 30%.
We opted for a sharing board to start with. The plentyful platter featured a selection of meats sat alongside warm bread and olives.
The starter was quickly followed by our main courses. A pork chop with black pudding mash and cabbage for me, while my dining partner went for a chicken which came with chips at an extra £3.
Both dishes were as quickly devoured as they arrived. The pork was an example of how it should be delivered. A thick cut of quality meat on a jus with the black pudding.
The chicken was a healthy portion that was moist and perfectly cooked.
Unfortunately we couldn't stretch to a third course given how big the previous two dishes were.
This is another bow in the feather of Newbury's dining scene.