Last weekend we managed to ship the kids off to Nanny’s for the night so we could have a night out. It’s a rarity but we are trying to make more of an effort this year for us. After a quick look on Groupon we had spotted a voucher for the Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant. I hadn’t even realised the museum had a rooftop restaurant! We decided it was something different and worth a try. Our voucher entitled us to a glass of prosecco each and 2 course meal. Here is the link to Groupon if you’d like to take a look at the deal we got: https://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/ashmolean-dining-room-5
On arrival at the restaurant we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us a table inside or out on the roof terrace. It was a beautiful evening so we opted for outside. Our server gave us menus and talked us through our voucher. We could have anything on the menu up to the value of the deal (£61.50 to be precise). Anything over that amount we could pay for as extra.
The menu isn’t huge but it is mostly local and seasonal produce so quality is good. It is more of a fine dining affair and the menu reflects this. For example, starters include waldorf salad, ham hock terrine and charred mackerel. I opted for the soup of the day which was red pepper and tomato. This was served with a slice of crusty bread although no butter was provided. The soup was delicious though. Danny had the waldorf salad which he really enjoyed.
The main menu includes black squid crusted cod, guinea fowl and there are daily specials. I opted for the mustard-marinated lamb rump which was lovely. It was served with spring greens and pea puree. Danny had the guinea fowl which was really tasty. We had never tried it before but would definitely have it again. One thing to note is that portions are not huge as you can see below. On it’s own it is a light meal.
For dessert I had the New York baked cheesecake with berry compote. This was delicious. Danny had the Peanut butter parfait which was also really tasty. I think dessert was definitely our favourite course!
The Ashmolean Museum Rooftop Restaurant is a lovely place to enjoy a meal with a view. It is modern and refreshing. The staff were friendly and helpful. The menu is somewhat limited and for this reason I don’t think we would be in a hurry to return again. We are glad to have been and enjoyed the experience but be prepared it is not cheap. It is, however, a perfect place for a romantic meal if you are celebrating a special occasion.