I have to say from the start the Rusty Bicycle is superb!
After looking around on the net for somewhere to eat in Oxford I stumbled upon the Rusty Bicycle, the menu looked good and the prices seemed reasonable so I thought to give it a go.
Unfortunately when I arrived at 3pm the kitchen was closed, (they only open between 12 – 2:30pm & 6pm – 9pm) so I had to return at 6 and it was definitely worth the return journey.
Parking is a bit of a headache as there is no car park but, if you’re patient enough you can bag yourself a spot on the kerb nearby for free.
The rusty bicycle basically is a gastro pub, so you have to grab a seat and order at the bar, the menu is really simple so ordering is not confusing and waiting for the food does not take an not an age either.
For a starter I ordered a meat platter (for two) and it was a massive meat feast of: ham hock, salami, prosciutto, beef, red cabbage and toasted slices of home-made bread, delicious! Possibly the tastiest starter I have ever ordered!
Then came the main, which for me were slow braised sticky ribs, red cabbage slaw and hand cut chips. The ribs were really tender and prepared with asian spices which were great and a change from the usual American style.
My partner ordered the 6oz rusty beef burger, with a gherkin and chips, she definitely liked it because it was gone before I noticed, gherkin too!
With such a great starter and main we had to try the desert, so we opted for the chocolate brownie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (only £3.25), which turned out to be a great choice.
The warm gooey chocolate brownie with ice cream was just enough to fill my belly to the brim, (good thing I drove).
This Rusty Bicycle is a really good find ideal for a quick bite, dinner or just somewhere different from your standard restaurant.