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  • Writer's pictureCraig Webb

A Taste of Italy in the Heart of Woodstock: Our Menu Philosophy

A Taste of Italy in the Heart of Woodstock Our Menu Philosophy

At Brothertons Brasserie, nestled in the picturesque town of Woodstock, we strive to bring the essence of Italian cuisine to every dish we serve. Our menu is a thoughtful fusion of traditional Italian flavours and the bounty of Oxfordshire, a true blend of classic and contemporary culinary worlds. Here, we explore the philosophy behind our Italian Bistro Classics, guided by the seasoned hand of our head chef, Giovanni, and our unwavering commitment to freshness and locality.

Roots in Tradition, Eyes on Innovation

With his rich heritage rooted in Naples, Italy, Chef Giovanni brings to Brothertons a deep respect for the traditional recipes passed down through generations. However, it's not just about maintaining tradition. Giovanni is a culinary innovator who believes in adapting classic Italian recipes to reflect modern tastes and local produce. This blend of old and new is evident in every aspect of our menu—from the handcrafted pasta dishes to our rustic, flavour-packed pizzas.

Crafting the Menu

When crafting the menu, Giovanni starts with the basics: premium ingredients. The philosophy here is simple: start with the best to produce the best. Our menu is built around the seasons, changing as the local harvest evolves. Spring might bring a risotto vibrant with green peas and fresh mint, while autumn sees the introduction of heartier dishes like pumpkin gnocchi topped with sage butter.

Each dish at Brothertons Brasserie tells a story of meticulous preparation and passion. Take, for example, our homemade pasta. Each batch is prepared in-house, rolled and cut precisely, and served with sauces that simmer for hours to develop profound flavours. This attention to detail turns a simple meal into a memorable dining experience.

Commitment to Local Ingredients

Our commitment to local sourcing is a trend and a cornerstone of our culinary philosophy. We believe that the freshest ingredients produce the best flavours. That's why we source our meat from Woodstock Butchers and our vegetables from Woodstock Grocers and other local farms in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. This not only supports our local economy but also reduces our carbon footprint, ensuring that the food on your plate is as sustainable as it is delicious.

Fish and seafood are chosen with the same care, with regular deliveries from trusted suppliers ensuring that only the freshest catch makes it to our kitchen. This freshness is the secret behind favourites like our pan-fried fillets of sea bass and the linguine pescatore, bursting with the flavours of the ocean.

A Dining Experience Like No Other

Dining at Brothertons Brasserie is more than just eating out; it’s an immersive experience where each bite takes you on a journey through Italy’s culinary landscape, adapted through the lens of local British produce. Our wines, carefully selected by our knowledgeable bar manager, Luis, complement every dish, enhancing the flavours and adding an extra layer to your dining experience.

👨‍🍳 Behind the Magic

At Brothertons Brasserie, our menu is a heartfelt ode to Italy, crafted with care and cooked with passion. It reflects not just our chef's skill but also our local environment's quality. We invite you to join us in the heart of Woodstock to savour a taste of Italy, beautifully blended with the essence of Oxfordshire. Here, every meal celebrates tradition, locality, and innovation—a true gastronomic delight.

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