The Perch http://the-perch.co.uk/ is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs – it has been around for 800 years! In that time, the pub has been a favourite of some of Britain’s best poets and authors – this is the very place were Lewis Carroll first gave public readings of Alice in Wonderland. It was also a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse as well as being established as one of the most influential venues in the British Jazz scene.
The Perch serves food which has a classic British farmhouse focus, however, The Perch also offers a carefully considered Vegan Menu, offering delicious soups, the freshest vegetables and scrumptious crumble. I couldn’t wait to try their vegan options, so, booked a table and headed there on Saturday.
We were greeted and shown to our table, surrounded by gorgeous Cotswold colour stone and a cosy, relaxed vibe; notes of subtle Jazz sound waving through the air. Hunger kicked in so it was time to begin; for starter, I opted for the chestnut mushrooms with spinach and roasted garlic on toast – it was packed with flavour and just the right size for a starter. For the main event, I opted for leek and parsnip cakes, accompanied by greens, fresh tomato and a garlic and herb dressing. All of the flavours were so well balanced, the cakes were deliciously light; I absolutely could of ordered seconds! To finish off, I decided to go for a homely apple and blackberry crumble. The dish was perfectly sweet, but not too heavy, and brought back fond childhood memories. I would highly recommend the menu to all vegans, the chef at The Perch has definitely succeeded in creating fabulous dishes.
After saying our goodbyes we had a wander in the area, after all, The Perch is only a few minutes’ walk from the Isis (Oxford’s stretch of the Thames) and Port Meadow; a historic common stretching from Jericho to Wolvercote. I will certainly be back in the area for some sightseeing, and there is no second guessing that I will return to The Perch to feast on their delicious seasonal vegan menu once again!