Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Spicy Thai Tale at the Ox; This Week We're at THE BLACKWELL OX in Carlton-in-Cleveland. Laura Love Gives Her Verdict

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Spicy Thai Tale at the Ox; This Week We're at THE BLACKWELL OX in Carlton-in-Cleveland. Laura Love Gives Her Verdict

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NAME AND ADDRESS: The Blackwell Ox, Carlton in Cleveland TYPE OF FOOD: Thai cuisine alongside a few traditional favourites.

PRICE RANGE: Appetisers range from PS2.45 for prawn crackers to PS8.75 for the 'Blackwell Combo' for two people. Thai main courses range from PS9.25 to PS14.25.

COST OF A DRINK: Pint of lager from PS3.35; small glass of house wine PS3; gin and tonic PS4.50; fresh orange juice PS1.70.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: A cosy and traditional pub featuring a roaring fire, The Blackwell Ox is a relaxed setting with a lovely ambience. Staff were friendly and quick to greet us as we walked through the door.

MENU HIGHLIGHTS: The menu is extensive - you really are spoilt for choice.

There a good choice of starters and main courses - with the menu split into sections such as chicken, beef, crispy duck, vegetarian, seafood and noodle dishes to simplify matters!

As for people who do not like Thai food there is a 'from the grill section'. This features traditional dishes such as sirloin steak, lamb chops and gammon.

For children, there are a mix of dishes. These include egg noddles with chicken (PS5.95), fish and chips with peas (PS6.75), and sweet and sour chicken with cashew nuts and vegetables (PS5.95).

All dishes (unless specified) are served with steamed rice. There is a 75p surcharge for fried rice.

WHAT WE ATE: To start I went for the homemade king prawn spring rolls at PS5.95 and my husband went for the chicken satay. Both went down extremely well. The king prawn spring rolls were lovely and crisp and the prawns were cooked perfectly. As for the chicken satay, the hubby said the chicken had a lovely flavour and that the satay dipping sauce brought the dish together. For mains, I sampled the vegetable massaman curry. Being a bit of a spice freak, the staff were more than happy to add extra heat to the dish. …

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