I have been here about 4 times for drinks and/or meals since this April and each time I come away indifferent. After my last visit I have decided that I will not eat here any more and will only have drinks here when we have friends or family in town, do to it's nice contemporary atmosphere.
Essentially, the menu is diverse and there is something for everyone. However, once the food comes you quickly realise you'd have been better off cooking at home and just coming for drinks. The food is marginal, but seriously over priced. It's restaurants like this that have motivated me to cook more at home. It's just not worth the £40-£60 you'd spend out.
OPO has a nice atmosphere for a drink and they do a good assortment of cocktails. However, on my last visit I ordered a cosmo for my wife and was asked if I wanted a 'classic cosmo' or 'Manhattan cosmo'. I asked what the difference was and was told the Manhattan was made with raspberry. I opted for the safer classic version and when it was delivered to our table it was not a classic cosmo, but was some completely clear variation not made with cranberry. We mentioned this to the barman who decided to argue the fact and not wanting to spend the entire time explaining to the barman what a classic cosmo actually is, we accepted defeat and have vowed to minimise the time and money spend we spend here.
It's a shame I feel this way and I truly wished it were better. I live very nearby and if it were something other than bog standard pseudo trendy corporate fare I would be by a lot more. Wallingford is a lovely place to live and needs a modern place like this to provide an option from the traditional pubs that dot the town. That being said, it needs to find it's soul and a purpose.
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