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We visited The Star on a Sunday and were treated to their outstanding roast. Before this was our starters of garlic prawns and grilled halloumi on flatbread. The prawns were appetising, with a flavoursome sauce, with the only downside being that I ended up sharing this dish with my daughter, thus limiting the prawny goodness I could have. My partner loved the grilled halloumi, cooked to just the right amount of crispness without losing the cheese's flavour, with the accompanying flatbread being a crunchily satisfying treat. Our starters were light, leaving plenty of room for our mains.
It was in the mains that The Star came into its own. I chose the pork roast, while my partner went for the chicken option. We were given plenty of time between courses to enjoy our surroundings and for our daughter to look out at the passing dog walkers. When our roasts arrived they were worth the wait. Alongside a generous amount of meat there was a hefty amount of accompanying vegetables including roast and boiled potatoes, carrot, swede mash, a giant parsnip, and cauliflower cheese. Each element was outstanding, with nary an overcooked vegetable on the plate. This might be the finest roast I've had in Oxford and the crackling with the pork was some of the best of its kind I've ever had.
I'm not ashamed to say our huge roasts defeated us and so puddings were out of the question. There's always the next visit. I have to commend the service in the pub, which was exceptional, and we felt incredibly welcomed. The Star is the kind of pub you could spend many evenings in, warmed by the fire and playing one of the board games stacked in a corner. Coupled with the outstanding food and the ample character the pub had and this is one establishment I will surely be returning to not before too long, if only to try a pint of Pug Ale, made to commemorate their awesome pub dog.