Oscar & Bentleys want everyone to feel spoiled, and designed their menu to do exactly that. It sounds impossible, but whether your food desires are carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy free – you’ll find plenty of inspiring choice.
So much choice that deciding what to order with daughter number one (vegetarian), was trickier than anticipated. Both attracted to the Swahili curry (a traditional Kenyan available as vegan, chicken or king prawn) and myself swaying towards a steak, we decided that 10.30am was possibly too early and opted instead for a full vegetarian breakfast (with specially sourced Lincolnshire sausages), and a halloumi and red pepper bap (which included sweet potato falafel) – along with a cheeky portion of chunky chips. Then sipping tasty pear juice and flavoursome coffee, our knowledgeable waitress, Aisla (all staff are fully trained in allergies), told us more about the O&B experience.
“People are so pleased to be able to have a real burger in an actual bun,” she explained, “and one delighted celiac customer hadn’t enjoyed fish and chips with real batter for 25 years. Customers have described the food as the nicest they had been able to have in years, which can be quite emotional.”
And it was nice. Very nice! We dipped into each other’s meals, finding the breakfast hearty and tasty: herby home-made sausage, perfect eggs and hash browns – not a trace of grease and beautifully presented. The multitude of flavours in the bap blended perfectly, the chips were hot and tasty – and I would never have guessed that the bap was missing gluten.
Trying to be everything to everyone could all go horribly wrong, but at Oscar & Bentleys it simply doesn’t. If cakes are your fancy, you won’t find a more enticing collection: chocolate peanut salted caramel, lemon drizzle, strawberry milkshake and frangipane to name a few. Perfect with a coffee away from the winter cold! Cocktails are in abundance in the evening and light bites to full meals available all day. There’s a light and relaxed atmosphere, too, making Oscar & Bentleys an independent restaurant with skill and passion that attracts customers from far away, and of which Canterbury can be proud.
Christmas is coming! Christmas menu is available (booked in advance). Sample Simply Ice Cream’s Christmas Pudding flavour – and buy beautifully presented handmade Christmas pudding and cake (gluten-free, of course!).
• Oscar & Bentleys, 10 Guildhall Street, Canterbury CT1 2JQ, call 01227 454544
or visit www.oscar-bentleys.co.uk