Tap and Kitchen
One of the most adorable towns in England I’ve been to is Oundle. At the request of one of my very best gal pals, I made the journey to Tap and Kitchen in Oundle to say farewell over dinner. I was impressed my very first time so I returned bringing along my family so they could experience a Tap and Kitchen meal. This review is a combination of both experiences which were lovely.
Tap and Kitchen is just on the outskirts of Peterborough. Right as you pull into the town it is on the right hand side and it has it’s own little wharf. Don’t go too fast or you will pass right by. The parking lot is gravel, so on rainy days be sure to have some wellies close by. When you walk inside you are transported to a homey shabby chic place. There are velvet chairs and frilly lampshades hanging from the ceiling. There is also an outside seating area but I don’t suggest outdoor seating during rainy season.
Tap and Kitchen Oundle reminds me of one of my favorite places I like to consider one of the best kept secrets in Tampa – Stein and Vine. The menu changes daily so if you see it and want it get it, because chances are it won’t be there tomorrow. The bar is stocked full of gin and other spirits and flowing from the tap are local beers. Now to the best part…the food.
I ordered something new as a starter. Pea Kofta with minted paneer, harissa mayonnaise and pickled onion. The harissa mayonnaise is the perfect dip for both the pea kofta and the minted paneer. If you ever see this on the menu, order it.
These scallops were featured on my Instagram account and are quite possibly the best scallops I’ve ever had. These king scallops are served on a bed of peas, chorizo, samphire and potato puff. Not only are the colors visually appealing, the texture of the peas, potato puff and chorizo complement the scallops.
Main Courses and Sides
Ever since I had my first bite of sweet potato gnocci, I’ve been hooked. The first time I tried it was at Boca Brandon. Anytime I see it on a menu I have to order it and this time was no exception. There is just something about the sweet, savory, melts like butter gnocchi that can not be denied. Pair it with some asparagus for that added crunch and voila you’ve got yourself a star dish. I was so convincing with my order, three of my friends ordered the same thing. I’ll just say none of us were disappointed.
On my second trip I got the pork belly for my main. The pork belly was placed atop of wholegrain mustard mash, savoy cabbage with pan jus. The top of the pork belly was seared just right. My husband got the salmon with roasted vegetables. The mains were simply amazing!!
I was initially skeptical when I ordered the zucchini, tomato and chorizo side. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Somehow it worked. The zucchini was still firm and the chorizo gave it just enough kick.
One of the most common desserts in the UK pubs is sticky toffee pudding. As you can see from the picture below, it’s a monster of a dessert. If you haven’t had sticky toffee pudding, visit Tap N’ Kitchen for one of the best around.
Me and my one of my best gal pals as we say see you later. She is the reason that Tap and Kitchen is forever a part of my life. Thanks Brook!