Last week I noticed that Oxfork were going to be doing American Pancakes as a breakfast special. American Pancakes are my all time favourite breakfast dish, especially with eggs on the side. I’ve tried many, and liked most. But Oxfork is one of my favourite places in the area. I love everything they stand for: local, seasonal, independent. But not only that: They do brunch. All day, every day. And they have great tea. And amazing brownies. And free wifi. If I still lived in Oxford, I’d be a permanent resident. There is decent free parking in the surrounding streets too.
The dish came with bacon & maple syrup, but I asked to swap the bacon for some eggs, which was no problem. This was the perfect start to a fantastic Saturday. I really hope these stay for while, if not indefinitely. My mouth is actually watering while writing this! Along with this, I had a pot of the wonderful Jeeves & Jericho Breakfast Tea & perused some of the cookery books that they have on the shelves.
Is there anything better than a perfect brunch on the weekend?!
A little while ago I noticed that Alissa at Oxford City Guide was using the hashtag #supportlocalsaturday on Twitter. This is such a great way to remember to use independent companies while spending your hard earned pennies.
Today I pretty much out did myself. First port of call, after returning my library book, was to the local excellence market in the town square. Here I bought some soap from Beyond Bubbles. Then some potatoes, bread and pasties from local producers. My OH bought a book by a local author, MG Harris, from Mostly Books. I also took a trip to my local haberdashery Masons to buy some beads for something crafty I’m working on.
Then we popped into Oxford. We went to Comma Shop, which is a real favourite of mine. It is the perfect place for any stationery geek. And my OH bought me the awesome Slush Puppie badge! Then we went next door to the Magdalen Arms who were having a market. It was filled with handmade, vintage & retro goods. I bought some vintage tea spoons and some homemade jam from Porch Pickles. I can’t wait to try it!
After all that shopping, we headed to Oxfork. I could live here! They have amazing coffee & cakes and do the best fried egg sarnie I’ve ever eaten. We bought some of their coffee, their Simnel cake (it’d be rude not to!) and some Jeeves & Jericho Breakfast Tea. Perfect!
I feel really lucky to live in an area where there are so many independent places & I’m always more than happy to support them!
I don’t know if you were lucky enough to have a lovely Saturday yesterday, but I hope you were. My OH & I had a very lovely day. We went for a walk around Harcourt Arboretum. The sun was shining, there was a slight chill in the air. Perfect. We walked around a bit, took a few pictures that you can see over on my Flickr page. We saw some gorgeous red leaves & some Red Admiral butterflies drying their (damaged) wings on the path. We were so quiet & still taking these pictures that a bird wasn’t bothered by us. I tried to take it’s picture but to no avail. We kept pretty quiet & continued along our way. As we rounded a bend, I suddenly saw a beautiful female deer appear on the path in front of us. We stayed still & quiet & I managed to get a few shots of it. I felt like I was part of Autumnwatch! I couldn’t have taken such great pictures if my OH hadn’t patiently taught me how to use the lens well. I think we make a good team.
After our walk we headed into Oxford. We’ve both been wanting to try out the new Oxfork cafe as well as visit the awesome Comma shop.
I love Comma shop. It’s full of paper, stationary & pretty things. I knew we’d be buying something from there as soon as we walked in. I picked up a set of hair grips (growing my fringe out!) which were so pretty. I also got a roll of wrapping paper for some card ideas that are floating round in my head. Then, while we were waiting, we started looking through the pictures. Now I have to admit that there’s a pug obsession going on in our house. This naturally lends itself to a Gemma Correll obsession too. I’ve blogged before about her ‘Pugs not Drugs’ tote which I use almost every day. We spotted the print in the picture. It’s perfect! I knew we had to have it (just don’t tell the bank manager!) All I need to do is get a frame for it & it’ll be up. I love it so much!
As if this wasn’t enough enjoyment for one day, we then headed to Oxfork. We grabbed a great table & perused the menu. The weekend menu seems to be a brunch menu – perfect for those lazy autumn days. I ordered a fried egg sandwich & a pot of Oxford Brew tea, made by local tea company Jeeves & Jericho. Both were delicious. The tea stayed hot but didn’t stew & the egg sarnie was just what I needed after my morning expedition. My OH had a flat white & a sausage sandwich. The sandwiches were the perfect size for lunch. I could’ve happily sat there all day. There was so a great atmosphere and lovely happy staff. I really liked the look and feel of the place and am pretty much thinking about when I can get back there. The veggie cooked breakfast looks amazing! Plus I totally support their ethos – local produce feeding local people. The eggs I ate were from Witney. They stock the flour that I use from Wessex mill. You can’t get much more local than that. East Oxford is truly coming alive with great independent businesses!
We then headed home, lit the fire & started on the gin. I love these kind of days – I wish they could happen every day! x
I am a huge supporter of the local food movement & I love eating out. So when my OH asked if I wanted to go to Oxfork I readily agreed. What is Oxfork I hear you ask? It is a pop-up restaurant using local suppliers organised by two (amazing) chefs and this particular night was a vegetarian meal. I wasn’t disappointed!
Even though there was broccoli on the menu, I wasn’t going to be put off at all. There were stalls with locally made, up-cycled & vintage goods and great entertainment (although I wasn’t thrilled by the dog poem, which told the story of killing a dog – not veggie appropriate!) We were greeted with a lovely glass of fizz & some local bread and dips. The whole meal was lovely & the service was outstanding. I hope they do another veggie night as I would definitely go back. An excellent & eclectic evening.