I came on the Great Western Arms via the Oxford Canal in mid December, having being assured enroute that I'd not be disappointed if I tried it. Having an instinct for a good lead, I moored my boat close by and followed the hunch. I was not disappointed. In fact the visit was a delightful experience.
Ship's log Fri 13th Dec. 2013 says it as follows: "1600 moored up at Aynho Wharf. Dinner in Great Western Arms. Memorable."
An attached note expands. "Game Terrine _ real salad, nice toast, real butter" followed by "Pan-fried pheasant, excellent roast pots. sour cabbage, mashed broccolli, meaty sauce/gravy, pheasant" But that was not all that made the visit memorable. It was the staff! They were all working as a team, their smiles came from their eyes and they seemed to be hell-bent on looking after this weary traveller a long way from home and on a long gruelling journey.
The attention was muted, no rushing or hustling. They understood the tiny nuances indicated by crossed cutlery and I felt they were including me in their teamwork. Being so happy with the starter and main course I went through the menu to the other end, slowly and deiberately, taking over two hours because I felt totally comfortable and minded.
The Great Western Arms hit all the right buttons for this somewhat disorganised traveller. When I called for the bill, I did not care in any way what it was going to be. Writing this report exactly one later, I still don't care. For me, the GWA was one of the most delightful dining events I've enjoyed and when I don't care what the bill was, take it that this is the highest compliment I can pay a restaurant. Under no circumstances may you pass this gem on the Oxford Canal.
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