Sunday 22 June
Diane and Dag kindly took us and their visitor Jonathan out to the open garden day at Old Headington. We lunched beforehand at The Black Boy, the more gastro- of the village pubs. Its symbol is now a horse's head, so the name won't be taken as the racial profile it once was.
We started with a bottle of white, and two plates: succulent scallops on mashed avocado, topped with prosciutto and basil sprouts, and a savory risotto of crawfish, broad/fava beans, and dill.
For mains, the pan-fried sea bass with garlic and thyme mash was quite good, but the much-touted Chicken Kiev was dry (probably because it was served cut in half, so the butter could run out), and the oversized chips were soggy.
Still, we had fun walking around the amazing hidden gardens of Headington, buying scones and cake from the WI at the church hall, and ringing the bells in the tower of St. Andrew's Church.