What’s On


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We’re now into our second year of running Jazz nights on a monthly basis whenever possible.  Performances usually take place at the Wytham Village Hall just 50 metres from the pub, which we transform for the occasion with stage lighting and a professional sound system.  With a capacity for just 100 people, the evenings have a particularly special atmosphere and a very real sense of intimacy.  Previous performances have included the likes of Stacey Kent & Jim Tomlinson, Claire Martin & Ray Gelato and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars.  We also encourage and seek out lesser known names and local bands and if you’ve suggestions to make in this respect , do please let us know.


Valentine’s Day Dinner Wednesday 14th February


To begin


Poached Leeks, King Scallops, Leek Ash Mayonnaise & Wood Sorrel

Chicken Mousseline, Sun Blushed Tomato Gnocchi, Crisp Chicken Skin, Chive Butter Sauce

Goats Cheese Fondue, Red Wine Poached Pears, Ginger Bread, Pickled Radishes

Portland Rock Oysters, Spaghetti, Cucumber Veloute, Caviar

To follow

Beef Wellington, Pickled Wild Oxfordshire Mushrooms, Burnt Shallot Petals, Cep Powder

Jon Dory, Samphire, Nero Potatoes, Baby Squid, Compressed Granny Smith

Vegetable Flapjack, Poached & Candied Carrots, Beetroot, Turnips, Toasted Nuts & Oats

Five Spice Duck, Pumpkin & Star Anise, Bok Choi, Duck Leg Dim Sum

To finish

Cappuccino Crème Brule, Condensed Milk Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate Trifle, Black Olive Puree, Pistachio Ice Cream

Rhubarb Custard Tart, Rhubarb Sorbet, Compressed rhubarb Lemon Verbena

Muscovado Parfait, Chocolate & Peanut Crumb, Clementine Gel

£47.50 per person

Strictly by reservation only. A £10 per person deposit is requested.

Reservations now open – book via phone: 01865 244 372 or email: reservations@whitehartwytham.com

Tables available from 6pm onwards – Advance bookings only
£10 deposit per guest required –  please have credit card details to hand when booking



Thursday 15th February 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet – A Night of Food & Agony

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Founded in 2012 the fabulous Jay Rayner Quartet romps through a repertoire of two halves. In keeping with his international renown as a restaurant critic, Jay tackles songs that deal with food and drink. Alongside that, in a series of brilliant anecdotes, he also reminisces about his childhood growing up with a mother who was a famous agony aunt and sex advice columnist, the late Claire Rayner. Because, as he says, ‘so many blues songs sound like a letter to an agony aunt’. Cue tunes like Black Coffee and The Ladies Who Lunch, Food Glorious Food and Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me To The End of Love.
Jay is accompanied on bass by Robert Rickenberg, a formidably inventive player who rose to prominence with the Sheena Davis group and who has accompanied jazz greats such as Will Gaines and Mark Murphy. On sax is the highly-regarded Dave Lewis whose lyrical breaks power the groove in his own band, 1Up, and have seen him accompany the likes of Lamont Dozier and Bryan Ferry.

But what completes the show is the vocal performance from the extraordinary Pat Gordon-Smith, who gets right inside every lyric. There’s a special chemistry between Pat and Jay too, which isn’t surprising. They’re married to each other. This isn’t nepotism; it’s good fortune. Pat has been singing longer than Jay has been playing, and has trained with the legendary jazz singer Liane Carroll.

Join Jay and his quartet for a night of food, agony, cracking stories and music that will nourish the soul.

As usual, there are dinner and performance tickets available. A pre performance, two course dinner at the pub, from our new Head Chef’s winter menu ( no pressure on him 🙂 ) , and performance at the Wytham Village Hall is now on sale at £60 per person.  Tables for dinner are available from 6pm to 7.30pm and the 2 x c45min set performance starts at 8.30pm.  SORRY SOLD OUT FOR DINNER.  Please email me for performance only.

Please email me soonest to reserve your place markb@mindthe-gap.co.uk

Some performance only tickets NOW AVAILABLE at a special last minute price!

Read more about the Jay Rayner Quarter here

Thank you ! Baz









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