Harden's survey result
“Rustic French food in the heart of the Chilterns” wins high ratings for this old village pub, “a lovely venue for lunch or dinner”. Chef-patron Olivier Bouet’s “reliably interesting cooking” has earned him quite a following in the area, after 12 years at The Sweet Olive (RIP) in nearby Aston Tirrold.
“A new French landlord has brought back this lovely restaurant to the high standard of food we were used to!” – Olivier Bouet moved on from The Sweet Olive (RIP) in Aston Tirrold to take over this old pub, which has enjoyed quite a foodie reputation over the years. “Excellent food, a good wine list all at a reasonable price: a lovely French experience in South Oxfordshire”.
Olivier at the Red Lion Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Still our favourite French restaurant in our area, though a lot farther away than it used to be (as the Sweet Olive). Signature starter of sweetbreads in mustard sauce excellent as usual, tuna tartare wasn't quite what we were expecting as it was small pieces with avocado, but pleasant. Escalope of muntjac was good, quite gamey (which we like) - too often venison is tastes too much like beef - it came with surprisingly nice cabbage and triple-cooked chips. Duck breast with wild mushrooms very nice, came with skinny chips and some steamed veg that was ok but nothing special. Wines start at £19.50 (with some choice) but we spent more as it was my wife's birthday. Too full for a "real" dessert but their perennial espresso cup of salted caramel ice cream (not shown on the menu) was a nice way to finish."
"Interesting and very good, reliable French food. We've been enjoying Olivier's food since his previous place in Aston Tirrold, and this meal was a good example. All listed mains under £20, and several wines likewise - so not bad value either. Starter of sweetbreads with wild mushrooms in mustard sauce is a signature classic we've always enjoyed. Cuttlefish in black linguini superb. Fillet of seabass with wild garlic risotto excellent, and what was billed as escalope of muntjac was actually a saddle - lovely. Nice bread with a wonderful wild garlic and oil spread, and although too full for dessert we had another always-on small dessert of sea-salt caramel ice cream in an espresso cup. Pays d'Oc cabernet sauvignon very pleasant. Service excellent and very cheerful. Our only regret is that now they are further away we can't walk there on a summer evening."
|Wine per bottle||£19.50|
Britwell Salome, OX49 5LG
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2:30 pm|