The Eagle pub, Little Coxwell has launched a limited takeaway menu, offering home delivery for a charge or you can pick up your meal at a particular time slot between 12 and 7pm. Desperate for something a bit ‘different’ for a Saturday night, we decided to give it a go last weekend.
Their website is dedicated to their takeaway menu, which is small but features about 3 options for each course including a veggie option, helpfully supported by colour photos showing you what your takeaway course will look like. Prices are around £4 for a starter or a pud, and £8 for a main. They also offer a small selection of competitively priced wines, delicious home baked bread, eggs, flour (ssshhh!) and a couple of other basics. I believe some other local pubs are offering a similar service. The online ordering was simply laid out and easy to use and you can pay securely by credit card.
We ordered soup, pate and blue cheese creme brûlée to start, with lamb and potato dauphinois and Indonesian style noodles for our mains and we all had creme brûlée for desert. We also had a loaf of their delicious bread. A three course meal for five of us came under £80 with a tip.
I picked up our meal at 7pm from the pub window, following instructions on the wall.
I liked the mainly recyclable packaging and they had clearly taken care in how to present their refined cooking as takeaway meals. The quality of the food, right down to the homemade shortbread biscuits that came with the creme brûlée was delicious.
Only grumble was we could have done with a bit more gravy for the lamb (ask for extra sauce is my tip as you inevitably lose some on the packaging) and there was a bit of confusion with the order when I picked it up (top tip - check your order before you leave!)
The quality of the food was excellent and it plated up very nicely as a takeaway, giving us restaurant quality food at home without any reheating required. I thought it was good value for the quality of food and well executed by head chef Marcel and his team.
Highly recommend this new fine dining service if you’re looking for a change with your evening meal one evening. We are even planning a ‘locked in meal out’ from The Eagle with friends on zoom next time, to try to replicate that dining out experience - just need to persuade the kids to wait on us! And it’s important to support our local businesses as they seek to find ways to adapt to this new normal, in he hope that pubs like The Eagle will still be around when this is all over.
Lindsay Lewis and family