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Is there nothing Oxbridge graduates can’t do – with precious little hospitality experience, a group of recent alumni founded Turl Street Kitchen and have added a new spark to casual dining in the
city. Local, fresh and seasonal are bywords, with most produce sourced from within a 35-mile radius and menus changing twice daily. The cooking here is simple, classic and ingredients-driven, but
with an eco-friendly attitude. Home-baked ox tongue and rocket roll; braised duck legs with little gem; goat tagine piled onto cracked wheat; grilled flounder with sprouting broccoli and tartare
sauce – it’s all robust, honest stuff, and astonishingly priced, with three courses clocking in at £15. A smart tiled bar and loungey coffee room are popular for locally brewed ales, Old World
wines and homemade nibbles, but they also offer the full menu should tables be in short supply.
The Turl Street Kitchen is an all day den of eating and drinking serving a limited selection of ethical British food with loads of wine and beer, some of which is also British.' This is from TSK's website and it's as good a way as any to describe the place. Part of the Oxford Hub social enterprise charity, which is situated in the old QI building in Turl Street, it's been open for about a year now. Some of the original hype has now died down and it's now a lot easier to get a booking than it used to be (and a few other things have been ironed out - I'm pleased to see that in the adjoining cafe/bar they've acquired the knack of clearing the tables). It was high time for me to try it out...
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