Lunch@The Nut Tree, Murcott

We are heading into Oxfordshire for lunch at The Nut Tree in Murcott. It is a few years since we last visited the Nut Tree but we have been encouraged back as an opportunity to catch up with friends, Roland & Jasmine.  Plus, the food should help us finish our 2015 eating adventures on a high!

We start this stage of our culinary tutorial with an amuse bouche of warm parsnip soup, curry oil and toasted almonds. It is an interesting start….and earns high marks. Rock, Roland & Jasmine all have the pave of smoked Loch Duart salmon with whipped horseradish cream, pickled cucumber & Avruga caviar. The salmon is simply beautiful. I have the Cornish crab salad with citrus fruits, seaweed crisp & coriander. The seaweed crisp is an education in itself … it tastes far better than it looks and works really well with the crab and citrus flavours.

Roland and I move on to the roast saddle of Scottish venison with potato puree, creamed spinach, sautéed wild mushrooms and a thyme jus. The meat is beautifully tender, all elements of the dish are cooked perfectly – I’ve had venison numerous times this year and this one is top of the class. Rock has the pan-fried fillet of sea bream with a green herb rissotto and a wilted pousse (which I learn is French for shoots). Jasmine has the fresh open lasagne with a fricassee of wild mushrooms and tender leeks.

Between main and dessert courses we are served a complimentary white chocolate mousse with caramel and salt, presented like an out of context Easter egg, in a real eggshell! For dessert, Roland chooses the artistically presented sticky toffee pudding with caramelised apple tart and praline ice cream. I am unable to resist the warm vanilla rice pudding with Armagnac marinated prunes, honeycomb and caramel ice cream. But, I find it too sweet and the honeycomb tastes slightly burnt – that will teach me to give in to temptation. A small blemish on an otherwise fabulous meal.

Overall the Nut Tree has performed to high standards and passed the oral examination with ease.

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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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