When I fall in love, I fall hard. I can’t stop talking about them and showing them off to all my friends. However, this occasion I’m not talking about a tall dark handsome gentleman caller, no a deliciously delightful steak restaurant that just so happens I’m a huge fangirl of. The Ox on Corn Street was my first love. I have taken numerous friends there and this year celebrated my birthday there with a lovely group of friends, how all birthdays should be celebrated with lots of rare steaks, goblets of red wine and plenty of laughter. I’ve written my odes to The Ox here and here and their sister restaurant Pata Negra here.
So you can understand my utter excitement when an email landed in my inbox inviting me to the much-anticipated launch of the Ox restaurant to open in Bristol. They’ve just opened their first restaurant outside of Bristol, which so happens to be in Cheltenham not too far where my parents live! Wedged on Whiteladies Road, with a tad more natural light than their Corn Street brother, whilst still managing to keep the cosy and decadent surroundings The Ox does oh so well.
Whilst sipping on deliciously tart French 75 cocktails and munching on the insanely good Beef Dripping Popcorn, we took in the new surroundings.
As we were gossiping, catching up on the news and sipping one or two more cocktails the food started streaming from the open gleaming kitchen, like a shard of sunlight from the clouds above. I admit some of these pictures aren’t the best example of food photography but I was just too darn excited to taste the creations.
Goats’ cheese with walnuts on a beetroot crisp.
Jospered cauliflower, marmite butter, pecorino crumbs. Slightly smoky from the charcoal, so tasty with the savoury, almost meatiness from the marmite.
When in Rome. Seared Ox Heart, with oyster mushroom cream on a parsnip crisp. The heart was as if your favourite steak on steroids- to the next level of meaty heaven.
Fresh mackerel marinated with yuzu on a crispy wonton, delightfully fresh and flavoursome.
Go big or go home, and they went big – Pork belly with chicken parfait with kimchee slaw. Damn son!
Don’t you want to just sink into those leather booths, carve a hunk of flesh and crack into a fine bottle of red wine. I personally can’t think of a better way to spend an evening. Then get yourselves down to Whiteladies Road and sample yourself one of the finest steaks I’ve had the good pleasure to ever have.
Can’t wait for The Ox Clifton to be my new mistress to my old faithful Ox on Corn Street, in fact I already have a couple of rendezvous already in the diary.
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