PREVIEW: The Spade Oak reopens

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The Spade Oak in Bourne End has had a comprehensive and impressive refurbishment, re-opening to guests with a new look and menu on Saturday 25th September. MyMarlow was invited for a preview, but before our review, here’s a summary of the changes:

The pub has received a full makeover, creating a stylish and modern feel. The newly opened private dining room, with bifold doors and the outside space adjoining is ideal for special occasions. There have been significant structural improvements throughout the pub, including the renovation of the pubs second fireplace.

Guests can choose from a broad range of grill dishes, fresh fish, Asian influences and plenty of healthier and lower calorie options, and a dedicated Vegan Menu. The lunch menu includes dishes under 650 calories, stonebaked pizzas and freshly prepared sandwiches. A brunch menu will also be served from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays.

General Manager, Chris Gowers said: “We’re thrilled with the transformation at The Spade Oak – the new design retains the pub’s fantastic original features, but with a fresh, stylish feel with a touch of glamour. The re-opening marks a new chapter, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

General Manager, Chris Gowers

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Review for MyMarlow

Lisa Ben Haj Ali was MyMarlow’s reporter in attendance, and here is her review:

I had the pleasure of visiting the Spade Oak in Bourne End prior to its official opening on behalf of MyMarlow, following the £1/2 million refurb. They have tastefully redecorated in colours and furnishings which complement the beautiful historical building. Graceful art and a real fire complement the overall effect. There is a private dining area opening out to a terrace perfect for family gatherings or team meetings.

The new menu did not disappoint with a great choice – something for everyone – from steaks and seafood to pizza and burgers and everything in between. We were offered a selection of artisan rustic breads and nocellara olives while we perused the menu, and a delicious starter cocktail -Passion fruit and blood orange Collins.

For starters I chose a tasty Salt & Pepper Squid and my partner tried the Paris brown and oyster mushrooms in a creamy white wine sauce served on a sourdough crumpet which looked divine.

The main course was a difficult choice – so many dishes I liked the look of but I eventually went for the rotisserie pork belly with scallops, mustard mash and cider sauce. Really good portion sizes, the crackling was perfect and the meat beautifully tender. My other half chose the battered tempura halloumi with chips which looked equally delicious. As a note he said he thought the menu was great for vegetarians.

We ended with desserts – again a difficult choice ! I had the Creme brûlée which had a crunchy sugar topping and a creamy vanilla custard, and also good portion sizes, whilst my partner opted for the sticky toffee pudding.

All in all I would highly recommend a visit, Chris the manager was telling us there will be lots of new promotions and events over the next few months including new brunch menus and breakfast meeting options so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Gallery of menu and interior shots

Article author: Paul Merchant

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