Lunch@The Five Alls, Filkins

Another day, another favourite place – though we have not been back here for a while. The Five Alls at Filkins is owned by former London restauranteurs, Sebastian & Lana Snow. After creating a great vibe at another local gastropub, the Swan at Southrop, the Snows bought this place in 2012.

Rock orders a glass of Les Coteaux. It turns out to be a fine example of Cotes du Rhone Villages. I have enjoyed the Five Alls Ale before and I see no reason to try something different today.

We scan the menu and Rock selects the skillet roast fillets of mackerel with a warm Tuscan panzanella salad & crispy basil. I really fancy a steak and I know they will cook it well here. I order the 28 day aged, chargrilled ribeye with a red wine jus, fries and a green salad.


The mackerel and the Tuscan salad are fabulously flavoursome and the ribeye is beautifully tender. I only have two issues. First, my food is served on a board rather than a plate – where do I pour my jus? Second, the portion of fries is tiny! We should all be eating a healthier diet…. but even I don’t need to cut back that much.

The lack of fries has left me with room for dessert. I decide to try the baked alaska. It arrives in a small steel pan – soft meringue peaks rising over a cold ice cream centre. Not bad at all!


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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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