The Oakley Arms lies on the outskirts of the pretty village of Brewood, just a twenty-minute drive from central Telford. The attractive traditional exterior belies its relatively short history; the Oakley first opened its doors in May 2016 following an extensive renovation programme, which transformed the once derelict building into the stunning country pub and restaurant that stands today.
On arrival we parked in the ample car park at the rear of the pub, from there it’s a short walk through the outdoor terrace overlooking the ornamental duck pond to the rear entrance, the heady aroma of the roaring log fires was very welcoming on a cold evening.
Stepping inside the interior is warm and spacious. The rustic wood flooring, leather chairs and roaring real log fires give a cosy, homely feel. The enormous bar takes the entire length of the far wall and is stocked with an impressive array of beverages. There are over 150 seats to choose from but thanks to plenty of intimate nooks and clever division of space, The Oakley retains an intimate atmosphere.
Upon arrival were greeted at the bar and shown to a comfortable table in a quiet corner of the pub, our drinks order was taken and we were given chance to look over the menu. The food style is modern British cuisine and the menu is updated regularly with dishes that reflect the season, there is a range of starters, light bites, mains, sandwiches and several tempting desserts to choose from.
To start I went for the five spiced duck leg (£7.95) and my husband Aaron went for the Thai spring rolls (£6.95). The starters soon arrived and were beautifully presented. My duck leg was succulent with lovely crispy skin, the meat was so tender is literally fell off the bone, ready to be wrapped in a wafer thin Chinese style pancake. The duck was served with a moreish hoisin sauce, crunchy spring onions and cucumber, which added freshness and crunch to the dish.
Aaron’s spring rolls were crisp and golden, the pastry encased lightly spiced vegetables with a distinctive Thai flavour. It was presented with a crunchy Asian slaw and a chilli, soy and ginger dressing. The quality of both starters was excellent and neither of us left a bite, needless to say I was already looking forward to the next course!
For main course Aaron opted for the 7oz fillet steak (£26.95), I took a while to choose as there were so many tempting choices on the menu, but in the end I decided to stick with oriental flavours and so ordered the katsu chicken curry (£14.95).
Aaron commented that the fillet steak was cooked exactly as requested and was melt in the mouth tender, it was served with a creamy peppercorn sauce, succulent Portobello mushrooms, grilled tomato, a large helping of fluffy handcut chips and a dressed green salad. He thoroughly enjoyed it and said that he would definitely order it again.
My katsu curry was really tasty, the succulent chicken pieces were coated in a golden crunchy breadcrumb, topped with a sweet and mildly spiced katsu curry sauce. The dish was served with tender ribbon vegetables, pak choi and sticky coconut rice, which really complimented the sweetness of the curry.
For dessert Aaron somehow managed to squeeze in the sticky toffee pudding (£6.25) and I opted for the clever ‘coffee and mini pudding’ option, which gives a choice of several mini versions of desserts from the main menu along with a coffee or tea (£6.95)… a brilliant idea for those who cant manage a full dessert but also cant resist finishing with something sweet!
Aaron said that the sticky toffee pudding was really delicious; the dark, rich sponge cake was topped with a silky sticky toffee sauce and was served with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream.
My coffee and mini chocolate brownie were the perfect ending to an amazing meal, the brownie was warm and fudgy, a scoop of vanilla ice-cream adding a cool creaminess to the chocolaty flavour of the dish.
I first reviewed the Oakley during its first year of opening back in 2017 and was so impressed that I have been back many times since, I’m happy to say that this visit was every bit as enjoyable as the first time! The food produced is always top quality and the service is attentive and friendly. Also with the regularly changing menu there is always something new on offer to tempt your taste buds.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our evening at The Oakley Arms, I love everything about the building and décor, the whole ambience is so warm and friendly. Whether visiting for a meal with friends or popping in for a leisurely drink in front of one of the many roaring fires, I promise that you wont be disappointed with a visit to The Oakley Arms.
Review by Charlie & Aaron Scott