The Angel in Burford

We've been chatting to the guys at The Angel in Burford for a few weeks now. This weekend we had Sunday lunch spare so it seemed the perfect opportunity to head down to our neighbouring village to check it out.

Burford is packed full of pubs along the high street, but The Angel is down a little side street. From the outside it's unassuming and quiet yet inviting too. Inside is just the same, the decoration is simple and welcoming with the bar immediately in front of the door and a cosy nook area to the left and the potential for a roaring log fire in the winter.

We were the first ones in as we'd booked for 12pm - baby timetable you see, but we were greeted kindly by Gemma the manager who showed us to our table in the window.

We'd invited some friends along to sample the pub's fare with us and all four of us were quickly sold by the idea of a roast dinner, the question being was it going to be leg of lamb or rare roast beef? Two of us opted for lamb while the other two went for the beef.

Pretty swiftly after taking our order our dinner was in front of us. A generous helping of veg and a decent sized Yorkshire pudding adorned the plate alongside our chosen meat. The ceramic sheen on the plates at the end of our course certainly suggested they'd been well received - the meat, the beef in particular, was juicy, perhaps not as rare as the menu suggested, but cooked well nonetheless. The vegetables were well seasoned and sweet - the carrots and parsnips offering an autumnal feel with every bite. All in all a successful round of meals.

We'd been tempted by the Sticky Toffee Pudding from the moment we had walked in so it was only right we followed this desire up with a portion or three, and a Rhubarb Fool for Rich. 

The Sticky Toffee Pudding was delightfully light, not at all stodgy and heavy like some sticky toffees can be, but delicately sweet and fluffy. Although on the slightly expensive side at £7.50 every mouthful was worth it and I certainly didn't feel robbed at the end of it. Rich reported that the Rhubarb Fool was well balanced and not too sweet with the real star of the dish being the accompanying homemade ginger biscuit which complimented the rhubarb perfectly.

I'm sure we'll be popping by The Angel again, especially as the colder days set in and the fire gets going. It's the perfect pub to snuggle into the sofas and enjoy a pint of local ale (Hook Norton beers) and a newspaper or opting for food if the fancy takes it. The Angel happily ticks both boxes as a pub and restaurant. The fact that it's slightly away from the hustle and bustle of Burford high street is what makes it such a delight, it's able to maintain a certain charm just off the main tourist trail.

Whether you're after a good dinner or just a drink in comfortable traditional country pub surroundings, The Angel in Burford should be right up your street.

5 October 2014