Fallowfields – A Day in the Country

Fallowfields Country House Hotel, Oxford

Fallowfields Oxford
I had an invitation a few weeks ago from Energy PR.  They contacted some bloggers and suggested that we might meet at Fallowfields, just outside Oxford to talk informally about how bloggers and PR companies could work better together.  Now, most bloggers have some interest in understanding how PR companies work.  There’s a synergistic relationship, PR companies like getting ‘word of mouth’ publicity for the brands they support while most bloggers really do enjoy getting things to review and then writing about those things.  And of course we love being offered things we can use to give away to our readers too.
Medlar tree, Fallowfields, Oxford

It wasn’t that hard to agree to go to Fallowfields Country House Hotel.  I checked out the hotel on the internet and was actually quite intrigued.  It’s not a destination I know and yet, there seemed to be a lot on offer.  AND, it’s close to Bicester Village for a spot of pre-christmas shopping.

I arrived at a pretty country hotel.  I have to say, it wasn’t quite as isolated as I expected, on the outskirts of Oxford in Kingston Bagpuize.  But, roaring fires, a friendly house cat and home made cake with our morning coffee together with fabulous views from the large windows out over the hotel farm added to a real country living feel.

Anthony Lloyd, Fallowfields Oxford

We met owner Anthony Lloyd who enthusiastically explained how Fallowfields had evolved to what it is today.  And who took us on a tour of the kitchen garden, the farm and the falconry so that we could get a real feel for what makes Fallowfields Country House Hotel so special.  He also explained a little about the new ethos behind the restaurant and the appointment of Head Chef Shaun Dickens and Restaurant Manager  Benjamin Petit.

Happy Sussex Hens at Fallowfields Oxford!

The Fallowfields vision to deliver as much as possible of the restaurant menu from field to fork using their own produce is supported by a large kitchen garden, an orchard, free range sussex hens,  some very, very friendly pigs, ducks and quail!

Pretty pig - Fallowfields Oxford

Back in the house we enjoyed a glass of champagne and some pretty canapé before sitting down to lunch in the dining room.

Canape at Fallowfields Oxford

A Jerusalem Artichoke soup with truffled crème fraiche, served beautifully with home baked bread rolls,  True to form, the Jerusalem artichoke were from the Hotel’s own kitchen garden.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup Fallowfields, Oxford

Followed by local venison served with beetroot and wild mushrooms

Local venison, fallowfields Oxford

A Palate Cleanser

And then a real showcase of desserts with the last of the figs from the kitchen garden.
Dessert, Fallowfields, Oxford

 

 

 

Everything was perfectly matched with wines by Benjamin Petit, a master of wine who holds wine tasting evenings at the hotel in addition to managing the restaurant.  With a pedigree from some Europe’s finest hotels and restaurants, Benjamin takes the service at Fallowfields Country House Hotel into a new league

Anthony Petit explains Wine Matching at Fallowfields Oxford!

 

Finally we sat down to drink coffee watching an enthusiastic Head Chef Shaun Dickens demonstrate making an exquisite quail dish using the hotel’s own quail!

Shaun dickens fallowfields Oxford

Fallowfields Quail

 

Thank you to Energy PR and Fallowfields Country House Hotel for a fabulous day!

 

Over the Garden Fence at Fallowfields, Oxfordshire

FallowFields
Faringdon Road
Kingston Bagpuize,Oxfordshire,OX13 5BH,England
01865 820416
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Comments

  1. What a great day out! Any tips from the PR guys to pass on?

    • I think they were actually looking for feedback from bloggers on how they could work well with us! how fabulous is that, to be asked, listened to AND treated to a lovely day out too.

    • I do think it is a reflection of a growing awareness from PRs of the value a good blogger/pr relationship can give?

  2. It was lovely to see you on Saturday. Yes you are right, a good relationship with bloggers is important to us. We take care with journalists to ensure that our approaches are appropriate, so it makes sense (in the same way) to prioritise bloggers and make sure that we are working with you in a way the fits with YOUR needs.

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