Three Oaks, SL9

Three Oaks Gerrards Cross Three Oaks, SL9It’s well publicised that the British pub industry has been going through a torrid time of late, particularly with so many closures and many of the major chains in all kinds of financial trouble. There does appear to be something of an upshot for the consumer however; whilst venues with weaker offerings are disappearing, there is most certainly a massive rise in quality provided by those that survive or open in the current climate. Indeed, nowhere is this more evident than the Three Oaks, where we came across some of the finest cooking of any pub in the land.

Located under an hour from London in Gerrards Cross, The Three Oaks is a perfect destination for those wanting a quick country jaunt or those doing the tourist thing in Windsor. As you’d expect from a country pub, the interior is all thick wooden beams, comfy furniture and a fireplace to keep patrons cosy in the colder months. The place was totally heaving on the Saturday evening of our visit, so it’s clearly a hit with locals.

The food is very much the main focus at Three Oaks and the exquisite cooking will leave you in no doubt that Head Chef Jack Woolner’s menu could stand up to some of the best restaurants in the land. As you’d expect, dishes are based on seasonal and local British ingredients and the deep flavours are a credit to them.

Starters show immense skill in working with delicate flavours, including Wild mushrooms on toast with a light fois gras sauce and decadent Lobster ravioli. Mains include a stunningly executed Oxtail Wellington, complete with a rich pastry and the most tender meat; similarly, Roast Duck Breast with confit leg & creamed cabbage provides mouthwatering flavours. Desserts are well worth keeping room for too, with the Caramelised apple tart providing beautifully buttery and tangy apples on a crisp and rich pastry; undoubtedly more than a match for the best Tarte tatin that the French have to offer. With starters at around £7 and mains £16.50, dinner here is good value for a meal of such unquestionable quality.

Food: 4.5/5
Venue: 3/5
Value: 4/5

Cuisine type: British/Gastro-pub
Meal for two (excluding drinks): £60
Beer: £3.50
Wine: £3.50

The Three Oaks
Austenwood Lane
Gerrards Cross
Buckinghamshire
SL9 8NL
Tel: 01753 899 016
www.thethreeoaksgx.co.uk