Like lots of people who’ve been and enjoyed the food at Jacobs and Field in Headington, I was really excited to learn that the guys behind it were opening at much larger premises in Wolvercote, Oxford. And so, in the summer of 2013, Jacobs Inn opened its doors. Naturally, I was keen to see what veggie offerings they had so it wasn’t long before we headed there for breakfast.
We arrived on a Friday morning and sat outside in the sun. The garden area is lovely, with pigs and chickens to entertain you – one of the chickens was making a bid for freedom while we were there and the waitress had to catch it up to return it to its home! I opted for the porridge, while my OH enjoyed the Salt Beef hash. And enjoy he did. He had a huge portion of really well cooked beef and veg. He really enjoyed it so much that he still talks about it! And I really liked my porridge! It came with bananas, honey, cinnamon & hazelnuts sprinkled on top. It was delicious! The only disappointment I had was the tea. I was expecting a pot, but was brought a cup of hot water and a separate tea bag. I was gutted – I am a tea addict and love two cups in the morning, which you can get out of a pot. As everything else is kind of old school at Jacobs Inn, I had expected a tea pot.
Despite my disappointment with the tea, it hasn’t stopped me going back since! My Mum joined my OH and I for dinner there on a Wednesday evening. We had quite high hopes after such a successful brunch and the menu looked great. However, we were all disappointed at various stages of the meal. I initially asked for a glass of the homemade lemonade, but sadly, they’d sold out. Oh well, not the end of the world, plus the weather was great that week so I can understand that. They have plenty of alternatives to enjoy anyway. I then asked for the Fennel and Cherry Tomato Crumble Gratin. It was the only veggie option in the main meal section and it looked delicious. Sadly, and rather annoyingly, it was sold out. Now, in all fairness to Jacobs Inn, I am a fussy veggie, so the other options didn’t really appeal. But if you’re going to only have one main veggie option, it might be an idea to get a few more bits in. The waitress tried to big up the salads, but a salad isn’t going to cut it for my dinner! A lunch, maybe, dinner? Not a chance! I settled on grilled leeks & goats cheese on toast, a side of skinny fries and we all shared the coleslaw. My Mum & OH both ordered the chilli jam ham.
Mine was fine. The leeks were cooked well, but there were loads of them and not enough cheese. I’m not quite sure about the portion sizes of the sides either – the portion of skinny fries was huge, which was very good. But the portion of coleslaw was tiny! They cost the same, so I’d like more coleslaw please! Both my Mum & OH were disappointed with their ham as it was more like a thick slice of bacon than ham with some chilli jam just spread on it. We had all thought a joint of ham would be cooked with the jam on the top and a nice thick slice would be served, but that’s not what they got. It looked a little sad to be honest!
Then it came time for dessert and I told my waitress that if they didn’t have the brownie I wanted, there would be tears! Fortunately, they did and it was delicious! Recently, a lot of the brownies I’ve eaten have been over the top – too much chocolate so that it’s really sickly. But this was perfect. Just moist, nicely warmed and a generous portion, without being overwhelming. It saved the meal!
I’ll definitely be going back to Jacobs Inn. I’ve read a lot of other reviews from people who have had a fab time there. The place has a great feel and the service is excellent. I love how they’ve redecorated it, especially the loos! They’ve not been open long so they’re still finding their feet. I just hope the next time I go, they’ve got more veg in so those of us who don’t eat meat aren’t left feeling left out. If else fails, get the skinny fries and the brownie!