Weekend takeaway: The Wheatsheaf, East Hendred

Last weekend I had the best takeaway of 2020. It was also my first ever takeaway meal from a pub.

I’ve eaten a lot of takeaways this year. It has been the treat that has kept us going through two lockdowns. However, sometimes you fancy something different from the usual pizza, Indian and Chinese takeaway options that abound in Didcot. Hence, after a good dining-in experience at The Wheatsheaf in East Hendred (between lockdowns), we were happy to discover they were also offering takeaways.

Menu

The Wheatsheaf takeaway menu offers options for lunch and dinner.

Lunch includes baguettes and jacket potatoes. Baguette fillings include steak and red onion, Stilton and pancetta and BLT. Jackets can be filled with tuna and spring onion, cheese, prawns or Stilton and bacon.

Steak, Guinness and mushroom pie
Steak, Guinness and mushroom pie

Evening meals include standard pub favourites such as gammon, burgers, pies and scampi. The vegetarian choice is excellent; three veggie plus a vegan option! These included mushroom Wellington, butternut squash tagine and a goats cheese and apricot nut roast.

There’s also a roast on Sundays and cod and chips on a Friday.

Ordering

Takeaway is available from 12-2pm at lunch and between 5-7.30pm in the evenings.

We placed our order via email the night before. You can also order via telephone or Facebook message. For obvious reasons there’s no app ordering option.

The Wheatsheaf Facebook page advises that Sunday roasts should be ordered by Saturday lunchtime, cod and chips by Thursday lunch.

Waiting time

We’d agreed a pick up time in advance. The food was just being boxed up for us when we arrived.

Wheaty burger and chips
Wheaty burger and chips

As the food was piping hot when we left it was exactly the right temperature when we arrived home 15 minutes later.

Food quality

We all loved our meals. Between us  we ordered the Wheaty burger, sausage and mash, steak and mushroom pie and apricot and goats cheese nut roast. All were served with mash or chips. The pie and nut roast came with a selection of vegetables (carrot, broccoli, cabbage and beans).

The meals were packaged in foil and cardboard containers. Whilst they looked well presented in the boxes I’m not known for my food presentation skills. The chef would probably have a heart attack if he saw the food I plated up (particularly the nut roast, I daren’t add a photo of this!).

Apricot and goats cheese nut roast
Apricot and goats cheese nut roast

Despite my presentation skills, all meals were incredibly tasty and came in good sized portions. Although the meals are standard pub foods they were home made with quality ingredients.

I couldn’t fault my veggie option. Whilst I wasn’t initially sure I’d like it I fancied something different and this fitted the bill perfectly. Indeed, it’s probably one of the nicest vegetarian meals I’ve had from a pub!

The only slight niggle came from my daughter who’d have liked some more mash to mop up the rich gravy that came with her sausages. That said, when I look at the photo now there seems to be plenty of mash on the plate.

Oxfordshire sausage and mash
Oxfordshire sausage and mash

Cost

Takeaway baguettes (with chips) and jacket potatoes are £6 each, irrespective of the filling.

Larger plates, basically evening meals, are all £8. Roasts (Sunday only) are £10. Chips are £2.50 per portion. Desserts are £5 each.

The evening meals offer excellent value for money. I’ve seen quite a few other pubs offering takeaway meals around the £15 mark which would be too expensive for us to consider.

Delivery service

I’m not aware of a delivery service to Didcot; I believe it is pick up from East Hendred only.

Reviews

Most reviews on TripAdvisor and Google relate to dining in or drinking at the pub so it is difficult to compare some aspects.

However, Google offers 4.5/5 stars (93 reviews), TripAdvisor 4/5 stars (91 reviews) and Facebook 4.8/5 stars. All are positive about the food.

More info

Address: The Wheatsheaf, Chapel Square, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8JN.

Website link to The Wheatsheaf, East Hendred.

Food hygiene rating: 4, as of August 2019.

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