The Punter sits on the corner of South Street on Osney Island, adjacent to the river and is one of the better kept foody secrets of the city.
With most of the city’s watering holes on the river well known, this pub seems to have kept relatively quiet and not too busy.
Having cycled past the pub and enjoyed a drink on my way to Port Meadow on many occasions, the natural progression was to try the food having heard whispers of contentment from others who had dined here.
To start I opted for the whitebait which come without breadcrumbs, fresh and zingy, with a cayenne pepper mayo – nice to try a different take on how this dish is usually served.
For main, I chose the Onglet Steak (pictured) which comes complete with greens, bone marrow and dauphenoise potatotes – and comes rare as standard.
The meat was melt-in-the-mouth cooked to perfection and complimented by the other offerings, especially the bone marrow (pictured) which made for an exeptional meal.
Coupled with this, the value for money must be mentioned. Two drinks, a starter and two mains for £36 – money well spent for excellent food.
If you are looking for a gastro-pub offering exceptional food, try the Punter and you will not be disappointed.
Food of the Ox rating 8.5/10