Last Saturday, it was my OH’s birthday. After a busy few days in London, we decided that we would take it easy. After a lazy morning, we headed to The Rickety Press in Jericho, Oxford. We hadn’t eaten there before but we have wanted to for ages, especially as it keeps getting great reviews. I didn’t really know what to expect, but as it’s run by the same people who run The Rusty Bicycle in East Oxford, which I love, I knew I’d enjoy myself!
When we arrived, we ordered our drinks & sat down in the restaurant, which is at the back. It has a lovely feel, with lots of old books & vintage bits and pieces decorating the restaurant. It also has a wood burner & I can imagine enjoying a good bottle of red wine there in the winter with good friends! (You know I’m going back don’t you?!)
The menu looked amazing, with lots of good quality, wholesome food. It did have some veggie options, but because I’m fussy & I don’t like gnocchi, I had to ask if I could have the Pea & Bean Risotto starter as a main meal. I was told it wouldn’t be a problem, which was perfect. I didn’t fancy any of the starters but my OH had oysters – for the first time! They were available as a pair or a larger portion, which I thought was a great idea as it made it perfect as something to try if you’d never had them before. They oysters came with a balsamic dressing, lemon wedges & a bottle of Tabasco. The waiter advised to add all of them to the oysters, which my OH did & enjoyed them, saying he would have them again.
Our mains came out, in a timely fashion, & we weren’t disappointed. My risotto was, quite possibly, the best I’ve ever tasted. It had a lovely creamy texture and you could taste the lemon in it, but it wasn’t over powering. I loved the green colour too! My OH had lamb & veg and wasn’t disappointed. The Rickety Press is not a cheap option, but it is a great one. The service was excellent and it has a lovely feel. The food was amazing, as was the wine. I will definitely be back, but will maybe save it for a special occasion.