I have a great emotional attachment to Jacobs and Field. On arriving in
Food is the important thing here and the menu is so wonderfully varied that our party could order brunch, pasta, and pizza. (We resisted salad and burgers.) For brunch we selected Eggs Neptune (poached egg, crab and hollandaise all on sourdough). The eggs were well cooked, the hollandaise sauce one of the nicer examples of its kind and the crab was delicious; the meal coming together well. The only drawback was that more crab was wanted, but I guess this is as much a compliment of the quality of food as it is a drawback. A samphire & crayfish linguine was the special of a day, a perfect choice for a seafood AND pasta addict. In their words it was 'scrummy' and was a well portioned delicious meal. Two of our party had pizza, which has a very good base (stonebaked sourdough will always be a winner for culinary excellence) with generous toppings. There was particular praise for the thick fresh mushrooms on top of the Chorizo pizza. Finally I had the free range chicken jambonette, a tasty dish with some very fine champ mash. I particularly liked the chorizo accompanying the meal and the chicken was cooked to perfection.
The portion sizes are just right to leave room for dessert, meaning all five of us had to have them. There was a 3 to 2 split with the Jacob's sundae (an indulgent mix of ice cream, honeycomb, chocolate brownie and chocolate sauce) proving a particularly popular choice. The rest of our group had the caramel chocolate pot. The sundae was as delicious and decadent as it sounded, complete with a healthy slab of honeycomb on top, while the caramel chocolate pot was heavenly; a thick layer of chocolate above caramel. The only drawback is that it was far too solid to dunk the shortbread biscuit into it, which was rather a missed opportunity.
Jacobs and Field is the jewel in the House of Jacobs' mighty crown. The food was delicious, the service friendly, and the atmosphere of this establishment lovely. Jacobs & Field is a great venue for brunch, lunch and dinner; but a warning: it is a very popular destination at the weekend, so booking is highly advised. A group in front of us couldn't be seated because of the popularity. This shouldn't stop you from visiting this restaurant though, as it is one of the finest places to eat in Headington, and maybe even the whole of