Country Lunch

This weekend took me for a little jaunt to the country – and lunch in the most charming Oxfordshire restaurant, The Mole Inn. Located down a leafy country lane in the rolling hills of Toot Baldon, the inn has stunning English gardens and a cosy dining room with wood-beam rafters overhead.

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The Mole Inn prides itself for its sustainably sourced meats and produce. Fish is caught off the English coast and delivered daily. The cheeseboard is entirely British – supplied from a local cheese specialist in the Cotswolds.

Idyllic Oxfordshire landscape

Bucolic Oxfordshire landscape

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Pan-fried sea trout | new potatoes, samphire, asparagus and carrots in a lime butter sauce

Pan-fried sea trout | new potatoes, samphire, asparagus and carrots in a lime butter sauce

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The meal was so filling we had to take the cheeseboard to go and finish it that evening in the garden. I am a card-carrying member of the UK cheese fan club – the British make delish cheese. Over time, I have become quite the fromage buff – my favorites are Wigmore and Stinking Bishop.

Oxford Blue | Montgomery Cheddar | Somerset Brie | Oxford Isis | Wigmore

Oxford Blue | Montgomery Cheddar | Oxford Isis | Somerset Brie | Wigmore

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As sun sets in the country, I am one happy and sated bumpkin!

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