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“Impromptu visit with a large party of family! Served by a great waiter and entertainer - Dan!”
Review of The Ox Row Inn

The Ox Row Inn
Ranked #33 of 270 Restaurants in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $19
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: At the heart of Salisbury’s historic Butcher’s Row, The Ox Row Inn boasts succulent steaks and an outstanding range of ales and wines for those seeking respite from all that the city has to offer. Whether by the fire or in the sun, allow yourself a rare (or medium-rare) treat.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We recently went to The Ox Row Inn on an impromptu visit - with a party of 11, the Staff were very accommodating as we hadn't previously booked. The youngest member of the family was 2 - and there were mature members of the family. The menu has a good variety of meals to choose from and the children's menu was equally as good. I have to make a special mention of our waiter - Dan - who was a star! Very good at his good - but excellent at entertaining all ages of the group! We had balloon models made for the 3 children and a couple of the mature members of family. Overall a great atmosphere, good service, lovely food! Highly recommend. And if we were in the area we said we all would visit there again! :) Thank you very much to Dan!! :)

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

With an old friend visiting us from Australia, we looked for an historic pub in the heart of Salisbury for our memorable meal. What we experienced was the traditonal ‘curate’s egg’. Parts of it were excellent but parts of it were bad.

After casting around both on the web and with personal visits, we chose the Ox Row Inn which sits on Salisbury’s market square. Indeed, the deciding factor was the upstairs dinning room’s bay window that affords commanding views of the market place and I booked the table that sits directly in the window. Knowing our Aussie guest was a strict vegetarian and that another member of our party was currently eating a veggie diet, I ensured there were sufficient starters and mains choices for them and mentioned this at the time of booking to the duty manager.

Our Aussie friend, Val, remembers the pub from her miss-spent youth in the ‘60’s when it was infamous as a bikers pub, so imagine her delight to step into a beautifully restored English pub with its wooden floor boards and assorted, random tables adding to its charm on an early summer evening. I ordered drinks at the bar and learned that the barman, Daniel, was also waiting on our table. We sat at a high, heavy wood ‘butchers block’ table and enjoyed a cold drink while we waited to go up to dinner.

Upstairs the decor was superb, leaded light windows, stripped deal tables and a massive street map mural of Salisbury’s street plan in historic times on one wall. Our table was laid with a lighted silver candelabra centrepiece and the view of the market square and the historic Lloyds Bank building opposite was all I hoped.

As I hoped, our two veggies were happy with the choice of starters and main courses but when we ordered we were in for the first disappointment of the night – the better of the two vegetarian mains, Higgledy Brie & Root Vegetable Pie, was off – Daniel explained that they had simply sold out. How that came about at only 8 o’clock on a Tuesday evening beggars belief, but I’ll say more about that later. This left us with a Hobson’s choice of Roast Butternut Squash, which comprised potato gnocchi, curly kale, toasted pine nuts and rosemary.

The starters were good – a rich, homemade tomato soup, goats cheese and red onion tart and a sharing platter of Roasted onion hummus, pitta, marinated olives, feta, vine tomatoes, warm rosemary & sea salt focaccia, oil & balsamic vinegar. All delicious.
The other excellent thing was the service – Daniel should be a stand up comedian as he possesses a quick, dry wit and very soon gauged the mood and make up of the party and kept us laughing with his comedic asides and observations.

But it was when the all-important mains were served that we hit the gastronomic squalls. My chargrilled pork chop, sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes and kale was generous and succulent, as was my wife’s steak & ale pudding, which, with its suet casing plus mashed potato, buttered cabbage and gravy, proved more than she could eat.
Our son in law had gone for the Smoked Trout Fish Cakes with a poached egg, spinach and dill butter sauce and probably took all of four bites before he was staring at an empty plate! The portion size here was small and to add insult to injury, his poached egg was rock hard – someone in the kitchen has obviously yet to learn the art of critical path analysis!

But the real disappointment of the meal was the two vegetarian roasted butternut squash with potato gnocchi dishes. They were served without any sauce or moisture content making them impossible to eat. Both Val and my daughter left over 50% of their meals due to them being so dry they was actually inedible. Gnocchi without any sauce – not even olive oil – is like eating cold, hard stodge and this, the only vegetarian option left on the menu, was a real disaster.

What disappointed me about this was that it was so unnecessary. If the manager had told the chef this was a special occasion (I had explained about the Aussie guest and her vegetarian eating when I booked only the previous afternoon) the kitchen needn’t have run out of ingredients. But, a good chef would have rung up the sister pub (The Cloisters, only 5 minutes walk away) or any one of the nearby pubs that he should be on speaking terms with, and asked for a similar dish to be loaned. Alternatively, he should have used the ingredients he had to concoct an alternative vegetarian dish and briefed the waiter on the replacement. Food is such an important part of the modern pub experience that chefs have to be made aware of how their action can make or break a parties enjoyment and equally make or break the pubs reputation.

Conclusion - a potentially great City centre pub that needs to smarten up its attention to detail.

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Thank Iainfrazer
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I visited this restaurant with my family for sunday lunch on ordering i asked if the chips served with the fish were freshly cut as stated on the menu the waiter said no as they had run out of potatoes instead there was french fries which when they arrived they looked very annemic, cant resaurants cook fries longer until they are golden. We also orderd three roast pork main courses the waiter put one dish of vegetables for three roasts which was not enough until I asked for more also the three roast potatoes served with each of the roasts were so small that they really amounted to one potato per meal. The plus side of the meals were nice pork ,tasty leeks in a white sauce and the waiters were very friendly. Overall I was very disapointed and will not be visiting this Restaurant again

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Thank chinesederek
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Went to the Ox Row for a pub lunch and the Chicken and Leek Pie with Mash and buttered Cabbage the best darn pie in the UK friends had Pork Chops that filled the plate, service was very friendly and acceptionally helpful, thanks heaps Ox Row we really enjoyed your Pub.

David & Robyn - Australia
Mal & Sue - New Zealand

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Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Thankyou so much to all the staff at the ox row inn who made my mums birthday meal such a wonderful experience, you will defiantly see us soon thank you.

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