One of our many resolutions this year is to get out into the beautiful great outdoors as many weekends as possible to photograph the local area and visit some of the more historic sites in and around Dorset and Hampshire. We began yesterday not so much with a particular destination in mind but mainly to take a leisurely drive into the New Forest to enjoy the wintery landscape, as well as to test out our new Canon 17-40mm EF L lens, putting it through its paces with some landscape photography of the sprawling Dorset countryside in the gorgeous winter sunshine.
It being a Sunday, we decided we were more than entitled to indulge ourselves in the pleasure of dining on a traditional Sunday roast. We had passed one establishment during our short expedition that advertised a ‘Roastery ‘, this we assumed was a ‘Carvery’. After poking our heads in the door to take a look around the place we decide against it as the noise level was a little high for our quiet Sunday vibe and we were looking for something a little more laid-back to keep us in that mellow mood. We also wanted to enjoy somewhere with a more traditional feel. To our great delight just a short drive down the road we came across a sign advertising The Oak Inn – Sunday Roast £7.95! Now salivating at the very thought of delicious roast potatoes smothered in gravy, we made our way directly to the traditional English pub.
The Oak Inn is nestled down a narrow lane in Burton, Christchurch and proudly owned by Mick and Gill Macauley – a husband and wife team from Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Cleary this friendly couple have put much care and effort into presenting their small and friendly pub that offers a fantastic Sunday roast dinner.
Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding
My companion and I both ordered the Roast Beef with all of the trimmings and honestly, neither of us was disappointed. When it arrived the food looked the part – Traditional roast dinner with a glorious selection of vegetables including carrots, green beans, cauliflower and broccoli. And of course, no roast dinner would be complete without yummy Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes, thick tasty gravy and horseradish .
The vegetables were beautifully cooked, retaining that firmness that sits in between firm and soft – basically, homemade perfection. Our real delight with regard to the vegetables were in the roast potatoes which were perfectly crisp (in the right places) and golden brown… yum. When soaked in Gill’s rich delicious gravy they were one of the highlights of the meal.
Of course, the most important part of a Sunday roast has to be the meat itself and you will not be disappointed with the Oak Inn’s offering. Mick Macauley claims nobody makes a better roast than his wife – and you know, I think he could be right – certainly in this part of town. The roast beef was tender and neither of us found any fat on the meat. A joint perfectly cooked and so very flavourful!
Overall we give the Sunday Roast at The Oak Inn a BIG thumbs-up, not only for the taste but also for presentation and good old fashioned British Inn friendliness. While many establishments who serve a roast pay little attention to the vegetables it is clear that the Oak Inn have gone that extra step.
If you are looking for a traditional Sunday roast lunch in Bournemouth then I would recommend the Oak Inn as your venue. The Oak Inn has plenty of parking so call ahead and make your reservation for next Sunday.
We will definitely be returning to sample more delicacies from the fairly extensive menu of traditional food that Mick and Gill offer their clientele.
The Oak Inn
57 Martins Hill Lane
T: 01202 486033
The restaurant features their full menu on their website here: The Oak Inn
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