After a few weeks of anticipation, we finally arrived at Savoir Fare situated in Garth Park. We were ready to see what all the fuss is about. When I say fuss, I mean a 4.5 rating on trip advisor, numerous positive news reports and more comments from our readers than we can count telling us it is a must to review.
Designed to reflect the style of the bandstand and turret on Garth House, in Garth Park it is truly a unique place. It’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter, fully insulated using lamb’s wool, heated via the kitchen, it is a multifunctional space that now caters for many local events in Garth Park. For events, using the serving hatches they offer unique and tasty street food and seasonal delights as well as a delicious lunch or snack 6 days a week.
The building uses solar energy as one of its power sources and even makes use of some rain water for the toilets. As we enter, our first impression is of space and light it is a wellplanned venue. Lorraine the owner meets and greets us warmly seating us by the window, a great spot. Not only can we really see all of the venue but also the outside park and playground close by.
With expert advice from head chef Steve Johnson, Lorraine expertly puts together a brilliant tasting experience. We started by trying one of their best sellers – the traditional 9 item breakfast. Consisting of: bacon, fried egg, sausage, beans, hash brown, black pudding, Magnus toast, mushrooms and a grilled tomato priced at £6.95. We also tried the pesto chicken, an item that has been extremely popular through the summer months and will continue to be so into the autumn. It’s served on rocket & crème fresh with cornbread and chunky chips priced at £6.50. The steak & mushroom pie, topped with puff pastry is also on the menu, it’s a heartier option for those looking to chase away the cold – perfection at only £7.95.
If you have dietary requirements you are well catered for at Savoir Fare, just ask and a range of options can be pointed out. So, a specially designed gluten-free bistro salad is a must try. At only £5.95 it fits the bill for value for money too! Finally, we have the opportunity to taste a brand-new soup and wrap option at £4.75 - a goat’s cheese, rocket & balsamic roasted red onion toasted wrap served with a roasted red pepper & tomato soup. Throughout the autumn and winter, the option to include soups or chips will be available so we were excited to try this one out for you!
During our short wait for the food, we enjoy our drinks. Priced from the £2 Americano to the £3 large caffè mocha the drinks are both soothingly delicious as well as reasonably priced. Soft drinks are also available not forgetting a selection of cake should your visit be focused on popping in for a refreshing beverage whilst the kids enjoy the park.
Feeling, relaxed, well come and tranquil we sat and took in the atmosphere along with the simplistic but elegant design of the building. It’s populated with a whole range of people. Behind us sat a business couple, to our left an elderly pair and toward the counter was a mum with her 8-month-old son.
The food arrived without much delay. Getting stuck in, the breakfast is quickly devoured, leaving nothing but an empty plate of satisfaction. Sourcing the meat from local butcher Peter Goss, Butchers of Bicester and baking their own bread on site pays off. The pesto chicken melts in the mouth, with just the right taste and texture combinations we can see why this is one of their best sellers to date. Full, the steak & mushroom pie defeats us, possibly because we had also gobbled down the bistro salad featuring feta, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, mixed leaf, chard corn & mixed herbs – truly scrumptious. The Goats cheese, rocket wrap with roasted red pepper and tomato soup is apparently too good to share as a colleague devours it before anyone else gets a look!
Just as we think we are full to bursting, out comes a stunningly crafted lemon meringue pie. Within a glass container, all the layers of the pie are visible and it tastes just as good as it looks, a perfect combination between bitter and sweet – eat your heart out Mary Berry!
When it comes to leaving we just don’t want to. Not only has it been one of the most delicious experiences it has also been extremely relaxing, no matter how many times we rewrite this review words do not do it justice – you just need to visit Savoir Fare for yourself to see what we mean!
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