Restaurant review: The OC Bistro, Brough, is a California dream on a winter's day
It was a cold, snowy, winter's day when we trooped through the slush to get seated at Brough's newest eatery. The OC Bistro has been open for a couple of months and has quickly earned itself a reputation for dining in a modern setting in this ever-growing town.
It is a café by day and bistro by night, with a trendy, relaxed feel that becomes more intimate when the sun goes down.
We ventured, with three children in tow, for lunch and were shown the OC By Day menu.
Although it isn't extensive, it is comprehensive.
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From the toasted muffins, jacket potatoes, and traditional full English breakfast, through to bangers and mash and fresh home-made beef and ale pie, with a good selection of hot sandwiches, the food was of very good quality and everyone left feeling suitably stuffed.
Simple choices are also available, such as crumpets for £1.75, a toasted teacake for £1.75 or a toasted muffin for £1.55 is offered with a choice of preserves or cheese.
You can also order eggs, as the menu boasts a "how you like them" section. Choose either poached, scrambled, fried, boiled or in an omelette. This choice comes with bacon for £4.50 or with ham and cheese for £3.50 – all choices come with either white toast, granary toast, soldiers or a toasted muffin.
We took the plunge and went in heavy, with two of the party opting for the Big OC Breakfast.
Priced at £5.25 and including what are described as "infamous, award-winning sausages", along with bacon, tomato, mushrooms, two eggs of your choice and a side of baked beans, it was good value.
The breakfast was hearty and the ingredients of obvious quality. For what was included, the price was very reasonable. Presentation also matched the taste.
Another member of our party selected the traditional bangers and mash with caramelised onion gravy, priced at £5.95.
It was excellent.
Three fat, plump, juicy sausages were accompanied by a generous helping of creamy mash, all swimming in onion gravy.
We also sampled the OC BLT, priced at £4.25. The bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise combo came with a side of coleslaw and was as good and highly thought of as the rest of the food.
Eggs Benedict, priced at £4.55, was also on our sample list. The two big, obviously fresh, poached eggs were cooked to perfection, with an English muffin toasted well and served with a good portion of hollandaise sauce.
When we visited, they had run out of ham, so this diner was more than happy when offered a replacement of bacon.
With three children to cater for, we were not left disappointed. Although the bistro is perfect for adult diners, the children were made to feel very welcome and well catered for.
For £4.95, they could choose from crunchy parmesan chicken breast strips and chips; sausage and chips; or fish goujons and chips.
All of these are accompanied with baked beans or vegetables, and the price includes a cordial drink and either ice cream or home-made chocolate brownie.
If a hot meal isn't required, sandwiches of either cheese, ham, tuna or fresh chicken are available.
All in all, five adults and three children ate for less than £85 and we had several drinks – including beers, wine and coffee.
We had no complaints over the food, though the service was a little slow. However, I did spot an advertisement for a waitress position in the window, so maybe by now there is an extra pair of hands to keep everyone happy.
By night, a second menu is unveiled. Again it is not extensive, but does boast locally sourced food and a constantly evolving daily specials board. The menu is frequently changed, too.
The full menu, which can be viewed online, includes fish and chips (£12.95) chicken stroganoff (£12.95) and penne romanoff (£11.95).
Daily specials include lamb shank, sirloin and fillet steaks.
The name brings with it connotation of the sunshine state of California.
If that was the intention, then it certainly works. The OC Bistro brought a little sunshine to a dark, dreary winter's afternoon.
THE OC BISTRO
Where: Skillings Lane, Brough, HU15 1BA.
Call: 01482 662285.
Open: Sunday 10am to 4pm, Monday 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 11pm.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.
Vegetarian: Options available.
Family friendly? Yes.
Parking: Limited spaces outside.
Quality of food: Excellent.
Atmosphere: Relaxed and modern.
Value for money: Good.
Best for: Brunch, lunch, supper, evening meal.
Would you go again? Yes.