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This post is massively overdue! Not only because I haven’t written a full post in what feels like forever, but more so for the fact that since they opened back in November I’ve been to The Ox more times than I have fingers on both hands! I’ve been for Sunday Roast and loved it. I’ve been for their early bird offer (6oz rump steak, fries, a sauce and wine for just £12.50!) and loved it. And I’ve been for a fancy pants Friday night treat dinner and guess what…I bloody loved it!
For those of you who didn’t know, The Ox is the third venture from the fine folk behind Bristol’s best loved secret cocktail bars, Hyde and Co and The Milk Thistle, and it won’t come as a surprise that it’s just as quirky and atmospheric as it’s cousins. Tucked away under the Commercial Rooms on Corn Street the restaurant has Hyde and Co’s stamp all over it – soft lighting, plenty of cosy nooks and much to my delight, a fine range of taxidermy! The staff are as warm and friendly as the atmosphere, and as soon as you arrive you get the feeling of being in on something a little bit special.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been to The Ox multiple times and every time I’ve been it’s been cracking. The last time we visited was a bit of a special occasion to celebrate my boyfriend’s promotion, and having mentioned this when booking we were swiftly greeted with a glass of bubbly each on arrival – a good start in my book!
Having scrutinised the menu before we arrived Will was still maintaining he didn’t fancy anything from the starters when we sat down, but after seeing a plate of sticky BBQ ribs being whisked past us he miraculously changed his mind. I could have chosen anything from the starter menu as it all sounded so good, but after being told my first option of roast bone marrow, parmesan and caramelised onions on toast was sold out the decision was made for me, and I opted for the deep fried soft shell crab, chilli mayo. Even Will, who was utterly outraged at the concept of soft shell crab (“THEY’RE COOKED WHOLE?!!”) was converted, and I could have easily eaten it three times over. His BBQ ribs were without a doubt the best either of us have ever had, and fell off the bone before you’d even picked them up.
For main we both kept it simple and went for steak (when in Rome). Will chose the 6oz fillet and I opted for the 10.5oz Bavette d’alouya, both of which were served with fries and a sauce of our choice. We also ordered a side of fried cauliflower, chilli, tahini, lemon on Frankie’s recommendation.
All of the steaks at The Ox are cooked in a special charcoal oven, which gives them a unique smoky taste that I’ve never experienced anywhere else, and whether it’s the quality of the meat or the way in which they were cooked, we both agreed that they were the best steaks we’d ever had in Bristol.
Dessert had already been agreed upon before we’d even arrived, having sampled the Chocolate delice, peanut butter crunch, salted caramel ice cream when we’d been before for Sunday roast, and it didn’t disappoint. Ludicrously rich and silky, the chocolate delice was perfectly balanced by the salted caramel ice cream. I’m not a dessert person, but I’ve been badgering operations manager Karen for the recipe for this ice cream ever since!!
Including a couple of glasses of wine the bill came to just over £90, so whilst it’s not cheap it’s worth every single penny. Whether you’re after the perfect date night location, somewhere to take your parents for a cracking Sunday roast or somewhere simply a cut above the rest The Ox is your solution. Also, I’d highly recommend their early bird deal – £12.50 for steak, chips, sauce and a glass of wine for just £12.50 from 5-7 Monday – Saturday – it’s the perfect ‘after work’ treat, and is a total bargain!
The only downside? The lighting is so low you’re stuffed if you want to photograph any of your food, so apologies for the slightly shoddy pictures!!