Four of us visited the Durham Ox yesterday as part of our 40th wedding anniversary celebrations. It was our first visit there as a restaurant. My husband and brother in law had been many years ago when it was a public house. It has, I suspect, changed beyond all recognition since then!
We were greeted in a friendly, welcoming way and shown quickly to our table, -'the horseshoe'
We were quickly served with drinks by excellent, welcoming staff giving us time to muse over the well thought out menu. The menu was not too long and had a good selection of dishes for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
The starters were well presented and very tasty. I can reccommend the mushrooms in a cream sauce - it was delicious!
The main courses were equally as well presented and tasty. The chicken in a Madiera sauce was wonderful - the chicken cooked to perfection.The steak and ale pie was delicious and the t-bone pork chop was succulent. The gammon was also very tasty.
The vegetables were properly cooked - not swimming in water and colourless -[WELL DONE!! at last - someone who knows how to cook vegetables!!]
My pudding - elderflower presse and prosecco jelly with summer berries - was a triumph I would say - but all my companions felt the same about their choices!.
We all felt is was a memorable evening, made special by excellent staff, good service and very good food.
If you are not familiar with Ilkeston, it may be a bit of a challenge to find the Durham Ox. Don't be put off! The parking is free after 6pm and the experience well worth the journey.
Keep up the good work Durham Ox!!
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