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The Royal Oak

42-44 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT, England
01865 310187
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Ranked #123 of 483 restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $27
Cuisines: Eclectic, British, Pub, Gastropub
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: One of the cosiest pubs in Oxford.When it comes to Oxford pubs The Royal Oak is the genuine article. Much like our well-kept real ales and impressive range of world beers, wines and spirits, our interiors are drenched in class, character and a dash of urban cool, with lots of rooms and cosy little corners to kick back in. It's just the place to enjoy a plate of seriously good pub food.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: One of the cosiest pubs in Oxford.When it comes to Oxford pubs The Royal Oak is the genuine article. Much like our well-kept real ales and impressive range of world beers, wines and spirits, our interiors are drenched in class, character and a dash of urban cool, with lots of rooms and cosy little corners to kick back in. It's just the place to enjoy a plate of seriously good pub food.
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Oxford
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had booked a table here for our regular meeting and were looking forward to trying the food. The pub is lovely with lots of new touches since I was last here. We had a really nice table by the garden and very friendly helpful waiters. Our starters arrived were all good so we assumed out main meals would be... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback - we appreciate all honest feedback so thank you for taking the time to write a review. It appears we have let you down on this occassion and you were disappointed with your visit to us. From your feedback we will investigate further and find out what went wrong on this occassion. We would like the... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This has been one of my local pubs for the last couple of years, although I've often been with groups where someone else has been footing the bill. I've always found it a pleasant place to go for a pint or two, and the bar snacks are good quality, interesting and reasonably good value. The atmosphere's classier than many other... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Hi, Firstly thanks for your feedback for your recent visit to us - we appreciate all feedback as it helps us to give our guests a better experience when joining us . We are sorry that we have let you down on this occassion and will investigate what went wrong on this occassion. We would love the be able to... More

Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I came for a visit after being away from Oxford for several years and chose the Oak as a place to reconnect with former work colleagues at the University. I arrived around lunchtime and was greeted very pleasantly but the bartenders on duty and provided with a lovely pint of cider as I waiting for the rest of my group... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback from your visit to us - we would really like to discuss the situation further and resolve the issues you experienced on the day. We feel we let you down on this visit and would like the opportunity to try and put this right. 01865 310 187 enquiry@theroyaloakoxford.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you... More

Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Have recently discovered a pub in Oxford that is an all round gem...quirky, clean, great atmosphere, fantastic food and pleasant staff. We've recently been twice in as many weeks for their Sunday Roast...which is amazing. My husband and I have travelled a lot over Oxforshire in our quest to find the prefect Sunday Roast...you'd think it would be so easy... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review of our pub - especially the feedback on our Sunday roasts ! We look forward to seeing you again soon Michelle More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

we'd been walking miles and as it happens, you can never seem to find a pub when all you want is to sit down and have a drink and a bite to eat. We eventually stumbled upon the Royal Oak, which looked rather nice and original and the kitchen was still open for food despite it being around 4pm on... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write us a great review. We are glad our pub was an oasis for you on a summers day ! We look forward to seeing you again when you visit Oxford More

Baildon, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was my first visit to the Royal Oak and I have to say I was really impressed with the pub and the food. It has a great menu - traditional pub food with a modern twist. The southern fried chicken is amazing - lovely batter and chicken pieces, both the fries and the chunky chips served with the steak... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your great review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit to us. If you are a gin fan you should try our summer boozy basil lemonade we currently sell - I think you would like it ! We look forward to seeing you again More

Bedford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

we reserved an area to celebrate our sons' graduation. Buffet food was tasty and we were reserved a nice area by the garden.

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review - we are glad you had a great time hosting your event with us ! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Michelle More

North Sandwich, New Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Like all the older pubs in Oxford, this one is full of charm, nooks & crannies, low ceilings, atmosphere, etc. The food is standard pub fare with vege options for those not into staples like bangers & mash. The rump steak was excellent. And of course there were many ales to choose from. They have fun (& very crowded) quiz... More

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely feedback - we are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us and enjoyed the historic features of our building. Many thanks Michelle More

Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We met family in Oxford and ate here early afternoon. The food was basic, gammon, burger, etc but was tasty and was extremely good value

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Oxford
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37 reviews 37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

It's not my first visit to the royal oak but the first time I remember to submit a review for it. The royal oak serves traditional English pub food, and serves really tasty food. My friend and I were both very satisfied with the meal. The fish and chips taste awesome! Definitely the best chips I've ever had!

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RoyalOakOxford, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thanks for the great feedback - we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit to us ! More

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