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!