THE OAK APPLE
Spetchley Road, Worcester
Phone: 01905 355121

THE Oak Apple sits prominently on the roundabout in Spetchley Road, Worcester, looking for all the world like a village pub.

It appears welcoming and inside the decor is traditional, with exposed beams and low ceilings, but it still manages to be light and airy.

When my friend and I arrived a mix of locals and businessmen were enjoying the early evening and as the night progressed a number of younger people came into the bar, demonstrating the popular appeal that the Oak Apple holds.

We sat at our chosen table and looked through the menu, which had a large, though not overwhelming selection from which to choose.

For starters I had loaded potato boats (£3.25), with ham and cheese. The portion size was perfect, they didn’t leave me feeling full and there was the right amount of filling.

My friend chose barbecue chicken wings (£3.35) which were also a hit. The skin of the chicken was crunchy, which was to his taste, and again the portion size was ideal.

For main course I had lamb kofta (£5.25) which came with a choice of either chips or rice, a poppadom and a naan bread. The tomato sauce was mildly spiced and was absolutely delicious, although those keen on a spicier curry might have found it a little too mild.

The lamb meatballs were perfectly cooked and delicately flavoured with a hint of mint.

The only thing to mention was the naan (my favourite curry accompaniment), was a bit tough on the first bite and I decided to leave it.

My companion had BBQ ranch burger (£5.40), which was filled with cheese and bacon and he said it was delicious.

By this point, we were both pretty full but managed dessert in the form of a chocolate Jaffa cheesecake (£2.85) and chocolate indulgence sundae (£2.80).

My cheesecake was delicious and not too heavy, although I found it a little strange when the barman asked if I would like it served with custard. I had it with ice-cream which I thought was far more appropriate.

My friend enjoyed his sundae but was a little put off by the amount of ice in the ice-cream.

Overall the Oak Apple serves perfect pub grub in welcoming surroundings with friendly staff and our three-course meal, for two, came to just over £20.

HOW IT RATED

Food: 4
Service: 5
Value for money: 4
Ambience: 3