Wednesday, 30 December 2009


£45 per head
Champagne cocktail and canapés
Terrine of Abingdon goose, bramley apple, sourdough toast
Beetroot panna cotta, marinated beets, Laverstoke Park buffalo mozzarella
Sweet potato and smoked paprika soup
Smoked bacon wrapped diver caught scallop, pearl barley risotto
Twice baked Barkham blue soufflé, green tea raisins, hazelnuts
Seared lamb noissette, potato cake, black winter cabbage
Gruyere and slow cooked onion tart, wilted spinach, roast chestnuts
We have two slightly boozy but completely delicious deserts to choose from pick one and enjoy the surprise:
After dinner liquor
After dinner cocktail
Organic Union coffee, petit fours

Thursday, 24 December 2009

BOXING DAY BRUNCH at The Cheerful Soul

Stumble along to The Cheerful Soul and join us for our Christmas Day recovery - a delicious Boxing day brunch with something for everyone!

Buffet £12.00

Cheerful Soul Muesli and Granola
Fresh and dried fruits and compotes
Homemade yoghurt
Fine English cheeses
Clove and treacle glazed ham
Fresh baked breads and pastries
Baked vanilla Cheesecake

Cooked to order

Porridge, heather honey £3.25

French toast £4.50

Gloucester old spot sausage, oak smoked bacon, slow braised Portobello mushroom, slow roast tomato, free-range egg £8.50

B.L.A.T sandwich, mustard dressing £8.00

Warm buttermilk pancakes, crème fraiche, blueberry compote, Canadian maple syrup £6.50

Eggs Benedict / Florentine £8.00

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Christmas Day feast...

We still have places available for Christmas Day...

CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST £65.50 per head

Thanks to Phil Bowditch and Peachcroft Farm of Abingdon, we have 6 outdoor reared, free-range geese for our traditional English Christmas Day Feast. We have hung the birds “long-legged” for two days to mature and develop the characteristic flavour of these Prince of Christmas Day birds.

Spiced, mulled wine or cranberry juice will welcome you in from the cold

Stuffed neck and confit thigh of Peachcroft Farm goose, peppercorn pease pudding, Bramley apple
Flageolet bean soup
Salad of beetroot, Comice pear, Coxs’ apple and pickled walnuts

Phil Bowditch oak smoked organic Scottish salmon
Warm Benliegh blue cheesecake, caramelised chicory

Pink grapefruit and Angostura water ice

Roast crown of Peachcroft Farm goose, roast King Edward potatoes, creamed sprouts, old spot lardons, mashed swede and real gravy made in the roasting pan

Chestnut and herb stuffed slow roasted onion, roast King Edward potatoes, creamed sprouts and mashed swede

St Clements

Plum pudding, brandy sauce, English custard
Chocolate and chestnut tart, chestnut puree, whipped cream

Organic Union coffee and petit fours

Russell has started to prepare the geese!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas at The Cheerful Soul...

We are delighted to announce that the festivities have truly begun at The Cheerful Soul, the fire is alight, the stockings are hung and our new winter menus are launched. We have outlined below our plans for December, for Christmas and for the New Year and look forward to seeing you over the festive season:-

Christmas festive menu
– Available through December for group bookings over 8, £25.50 per head.
Winter a la Carte – Available every day lunch and dinner except Sundays and of course Mondays (we are closed on Mondays). (This may not be available for group bookings of 10 or more throughout Dec.
Nip and Tuck - Available Tuesday to Thursday lunch throughout December, including 24thand 31st, £12.30 (2 course) £15.90 (3 course). (This is not available for bookings of 10 or more throughout Dec).
Christmas Days menu – Available on Christmas day, £65.00 per head.
Boxing Day brunch – Available Boxing day morning.
New Years Eves menu – Available New Years eve from 6.30pm.

To make a reservation, please call 01628 483343 or email
Sarah is in the office Tuesday to Friday from 10.30am to 3.30pm to answer your calls and return your messages.
Deposits are required on all tables from 22nd to 26th Dec and for 31st Dec dinner.
Deposits are required on all tables of 8 or more throughout December.
An optional service charge is added to all tables over 8 for the festive season.

Christmas Festivities
If you would like to reserve a table for 10 or more, we request you and your party complete a pre-order. This is facilitated by email.

Opening Times
(The following hours are available booking times and not the restaurants closing time)
Lunch Dinner
Thursday 24 December CHRISTMAS EVE 12.00-14.30 18.30-21.15
Friday 25 December CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH 12.00-14.00 Closed
Saturday 26 December BOXING DAY BRUNCH 10.30 – 12.30 Closed
Sunday 27 December 12.00-15.00 Closed
Monday 28 December Closed Closed
Tuesday 29 December 12.00 - 14.30 6.30 – 21.15
Wednesday 30 December 12.00 - 14.30 6.30 – 21.15
Thursday 31 December NEW YEARS EVE 12.00 - 14.30 6.30 – 21.30
Friday 1 January NEW YEARS DAY Closed for two weeks
Friday 15th January (back to normal) 12.00 – 14.30 6.30 – 21.15

Gift Vouchers
Gift Vouchers, for any denomination, can be purchased by calling 01628 483343. Vouchers can be purchased via telephone and posted to you or an address of your choice (a £2.00 administration/postage fee is applicable for this service). Alternatively you can also purchase gift vouchers from the restaurant direct.

We know it is not even Christmas yet but as we have had some enquiries already just a note to let you know we will be open for Valentine’s Day dinner even though it is a Sunday and we are usually closed Sunday evening. Booking as soon as possible is highly recommended to avoid any disappointment.