Review: The Perch, Binsey, Oxford
Gerald Manley Hopkins lamented in 1879 about the loss of the poplar trees in his poem “Binsey Poplars”; I wonder whether he stopped off at The Perch for a repast and to contemplate the loss of his beloved trees?
This wonderful 17th century village pub with thatched roof and gardens running down to the Thames – where you can see the aspiring college rowers going through their paces – is a must!
Serving British food inspired by seasonal ingredients with a good selection of real ales and wine, this pub is sure to delight.
My meal started with the Butcher’s Board, which consisted of smoked goose, home-cooked corn beef, Kelmscott salami, game terrine and a lovely warm mini loaf served with pickled vegetables. To follow I had the daily special: a lovely piece of hake fillet accompanied by a Spanish-inspired butter bean and Cotswold chorizo stew and chargrilled courgettes – absolutely delicious!
To finish I had a lovely St Clements posset with blackberries and lavender shortbread. My wife particularly enjoyed her pot-roasted lamb shoulder with roast baby onions, celeriac, kale and redcurrant jelly, and her dessert of spiced plum, blackberry and almond crumble served with stem ginger ice cream.
I am looking forward to my next visit!