We all love London with its ability to cater to all people at all times but if there’s one thing it has a shortage of, it’s space, luckily we have the countryside to take care of that. Roaming fields, unintimidating wildlife and the ability to actually see the stars at night, sans pollution galore. But city folk don’t tend do to well in camping situations, with no AC, no memory foam mattresses and no bar, it’s not ideal. Country houses are what it’s about so The Handbook ventured North West to Oxfordshire where The Lambert Arms is located for a cheeky country break.
The Lambert Arms has two sections, the main building where the bar, restaurant and 9 bedrooms are situated and then down a short pavement is the door to the Mews Wing where the 35 other bedrooms are. The bedroom we stayed in (Room 101) was big enough to be a flat with an enviable sized bathroom I was sad to say goodbye to. Spacious bathing seemed to be a priority as the bath tub was easily big enough for two people and the shower opposite had plenty of room for more than one guest, goodness knows what these country folk are doing to need so much cleansing space.
After working up an appetite birdwatching and cow tipping (this is correct countryside etiquette I believe) the restaurant is great to replenish your energy with a menu that offers imaginative modern British a la carte dishes. I’ve never seen the appeal of cheese as a dessert but I’m all on board for savoury options so went for the Baked Camembert for Two to Share as a starter – yes, I did share it. Camembert is a nice mild cheese which doesn’t overpower your taste buds and comes served with bread, croutons, apple compote and raisins.
All of the dishes are delicious, the Mille Feuille of Provençale Vegetables, which I didn’t dare to pronounce gave the impression of being healthy as it was only roasted vegetables served between layers of crisp pastry and wonderful tomato coulis, but I fear there were hidden calories otherwise it can’t have tasted so delightful. All of the desserts are a safe bet with solid options like Raspberry Crème Brulee and Banoffee Cheesecake.
The bar area has more of an upmarket pub feel to it so the cocktails are lacking but the wine menu is brimming with options and of course there are plenty of beer and ales to choose from.
The Lambert Arms is just off the main road so ideal for those specifically looking for a country retreat or those in need of a nice place to stay to catch 40 winks before continuing their journey. The food is of a high quality and the rooms are capacious, warning: The Lambert Arms is not responsible for room envy when you return to your London haunt.