So far in my brunch column I’ve reviewed similar styles of venue, so the choice of a pub on the outskirts of Oxford serving brunch into the early afternoon seemed like an appropriate place to check out.
The Bat and Ball is set in the quiet village of Cuddesdon in-between Garsington and Wheatley and is a cricket enthusiast’s dream, decked out with cricketing paraphernalia including signed bats, pads, gloves, balls and ties.
It’s also a great all-rounder offering accommodation, food and drink. I’ve eaten here before many times for dinner and enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere, but I was pleased to find out they serve a good selection of brunch from 9am to 2.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 9am until 11.30am on Sunday.
Brunch here is relaxed and is kept fairly simple, with eight options available from the Brunch Bar including the Bat Brunch which is the classic big full English and the Veggie vegetarian breakfast all the way down to a bacon or sausage Breakfast Sarnie and beans on toast.
Like the British love affair with cricket, I’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with the full English, so this week it was time to refine things and try something new. I chose the Eggs Benedict option – roast gammon on a toasted muffin, topped with a poached egg and served with hollandaise sauce.
My brunch was delivered with excellent presentation and the warm and runny poached eggs, roast gammon and sauce topped with chives combined to deliver a simple but fantastic brunching experience.
Priced at £6.95, this offers great value and anywhere where you can get a well-crafted brunch and a cappuccino (£2.50) for under £10 is surely worth a try.
I left the pub feeling like I’d had a great experience but not paid too much money in doing so.
The Bat and Ball, High Street, Cuddesdon. 01865 874379.
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