BROWN'S HAS BEEN A FAVORITE OF MINE FOR 20 YEARS OR MORE. DECIDED TO PAY A VISIT AFTER A BREAK OF SOME FIVE YEARS OR MORE. IT IS AS FRESH AS EVER, VIBRANT ATMOSPHERE, BUSY, BUSTLING & NOISEY AS EVER. THE 45 MINUTES WAIT WAS WORTHWHILE-BROWN'S DO NOT TAKE BOOKINGS AFTER 1900.
ROSE & RIOJA BY THE GLASS WAS GOOD
STARTERS OF Chicken Livers pan-fried with raspberries served with brioche &
Grilled Somerset Goats Cheese with a dressed fig and hazelnut salad were both tastey, the brioche was perhaps too large making the dish somewhat filling for a starter.
For mains there was an impressive choice:
Seafood Platter smoked salmon, Browns crab mix, squid, kiln cured salmon with horseradish crème fraîche, large shell-on tiger prawn and marinated king, scallop served with brown bread and butter, tastey & well presented
The28 Day Aged Rib Eye Steak chargrilled 10oz steak served with chips and watercress was spot on
We couldn't manage puddings.
Excellent venue if you are prepared to wait/queue in the evening
Favorite Dish: Roast Half of Duck with an orange sauce, new potatoes and French beans
Well presented, perfectly cooked & a man sized portion
I remember when there were only two branches of Browns - Brighton & Oxford. Now there are several in other towns & Cities, & its less trendy & has changed hands a few times, but the food has been consistantly excellent throughout the changes. It takes a while to get your table (booking is usually required), but an extensive bar is there to entertain, though the waiting area is usually jammed with hungry prospective diners. Last time here I ordered Liver & bacon, not because the other items were unexciting, far from it, it was because I knew that they would do something special with what is normally a plain meal. I was not disappointed. The best Liver & bacon (except for my own cooking) I could expect. Over the years I have tried a variety of dishes at Browns, and have always been delighted.
My favorite is Browns, gets really nice decorated around Christmas and NYE..delicios food - try the lamb and ok prices..right on Woodstock Road, Others: All Bar One, right on High Street, very popular as it's a national chain, very large open space serving acceptabler food and everything from lager to coffee.
Head of the River, on the river at Folly Bridge.
Quod, should be Italian, very large bar in Old Bank Hotel in the High Street, upmarket and fashionable feel.
La Gousse D'Ail, definately French food, we had a company project on this resto:), restaurant set in a stylish villa but not sure if worths the money. U could have plenty of chinese and indian, for the last one, try Aziz on Cowley Road...could have excellent prepared chicken in Nando's, prepared in a portuguese african style. Typically English lunch in Duke of Cambridge, otherwise have a beer there
Loads of calories:)
Favorite Dish: Hot fudge brownie with ice-cream mmm...