Reviewed by Nicole Channer
After a very enjoyable evening at the James Figg, my husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Thame’s other Peach Pub, The Thatch, and we were once again very satisfied with our choice. On arrival we were impressed with the charming 16th century exterior and once inside the friendly, quick service and quality of the food met and exceeded our expectations.
We sat at a cosy table in the front dining room, but had the weather been more favourable we would have jumped at the opportunity to sit in the lovely beer garden. There is also a modern, airy dining room at the back as well as a room that can be hired for private functions so the Thatch really is a pub suited to any occasion or weather condition. The Saturday night atmosphere was lively without overwhelming our conversation, so I would say they’ve got the atmosphere just right. The tables filled up quickly, so it’s definitely one to book in advance especially with a larger group.
The menu features a range of pub classics such as sausage and mash as well as more adventurous offerings using lots of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients so there’s something for everyone. My husband went for the calamari and aioli starter from the extensive specials board and we were both impressed with its clean bite and light, tasty breading. My buffalo mozzarella, plum tomato, and balsamic vinegar salad was creamy and sweet and I had to resist the urge to lick the plate—luckily we had a basket of rustic bread to make sure not a drop of the delightful dressing went to waste.
After our generous starters we were presented with our attractive and equally tasty mains which we polished off in short order. The pork sirloin with new potatoes, confit garlic, roast red peppers & dijon dressing was moist and delicious. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to pork so red pepper struck me as a bit of an unusual pairing, but the sweetness of the red peppers really complemented the meat. My husband went back to the specials board for his main and opted for the fillet steak which was cooked to perfection—slightly pink in the centre and so tender you could cut it with a bread knife. It was served with a vegetable farce, which our server explained to be a steamed cabbage leaf parcel with a treasure trove of veg inside, and chips that were so chunky they were edging towards roasties. I can understand why they sold out of the dish later that evening!
We were very nearly full up with food and rose at this point but couldn’t resist a dessert each. The pear tarte tatin pastry was delicately flaky and the salted caramel ice cream that accompanied it was a perfect match. My husband’s white chocolate and Bailey’s cheesecake was just rich enough and the strawberry sauce that accompanied it was lovely.
All in all we had a fantastic evening of lovely food and I would not hesitate to book a table at the Thatch again, particularly to celebrate a special occasion or treat out-of-town guests.
Food quality: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
Service levels: 5/5
For more information or to book a table visit www.thethatchthame.co.uk