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The Royal Oak

#194 of 512 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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British, Pub, Gastropub, Eclectic
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42-44 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT, England
01865 310187
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: One of the cosiest pubs in Oxford.When it comes to Oxford pubs The Royal...
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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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great pub lunch

We sat outside on a mild mid-March day, sunning like turtles, while very tasty dishes- caesar salad, pork sliders, fried squid, goat cheese risotto, baked brie, apple crumble and vanilla icecream- were rolled out for us. Heavenly! The prices are a little higher than you might be thinking for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Kate3717
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Lexington, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Lexington, Kentucky
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We sat outside on a mild mid-March day, sunning like turtles, while very tasty dishes- caesar salad, pork sliders, fried squid, goat cheese risotto, baked brie, apple crumble and vanilla icecream- were rolled out for us. Heavenly! The prices are a little higher than you might be thinking for a pub- but the quality of the food is as well.... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time out to write such a lovely review of our pub - especially glad you managed to enjoy some early outside sunshine !!! More 

Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

popped in for Sunday roast - very easy to order, fast service, great value for the portion size you get, fresh veg and large potatoes. will go back

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

Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our Sunday roasts - I will make sure I pass your comments on to our team ! We look forward to seeing you again soon More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

The Oak is an old staple of mine that I'm not overly fond of since it's rebranding. The building is lovely - I'd recommend tourists go for a drink just to admire it - and the staff remain knowledgeable and friendly. However, it now serves one of the most expensive pints in town despite having a fairly minimal selection, none... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time for writing a review for us and airing your concerns re pricing. We have tried to introduce some deals to offer some extra value. We now also run a Burger Club on a Wednesday - this includes a burger, fries,onion rings, a heap of toppings plus a drink for £9 ! We also run a... More 

Jerusalem, Israel
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This pub is located in Jericho, next door to the math department, It is busy, but friendly. Has the feeling of a neighborhood pub. Standard drinks.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Had a really pleasant visit, food was lovely. It's hard to find a nice pub that accepts dogs! It's completely different to any other pub I've been to before in the way of layout. Lots of little rooms to sit in, I loved that! Although quite busy the atmosphere was welcoming and the service was brilliant and friendly. Only thing... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time and trouble to write us such a lovely review ! We loving meeting new dogs , and they are always welcome with us. With regards to the menu - if you spot a dish that technically isn't available it is always worth asking the team , just in case we have it in stock. We... More 

Oxfordshire, UK
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Went for a quick lunch on a Wednesday, which happened to be the special offer day for burgers! My friend and I had a burger and a drink for a brilliant price, especially considering the quality of the food. Great selection of food (even outside the burger menu). Served by friendly staff. And the beers great too.

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

Firstly a big thanks for taking the trouble to write a review of your visit to us. It really means alot to the team to receive such lovely comments - I will make sure I pass them on. We are glad you enjoyed our burger club menu on your visit - we only introduced it at the start of the... More 

Cascais, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Went with a party of 10. We ordered in 3 lots but pretty much at the same time to the same table number. Food came out about 20minutes apart each so last lot wait for v long time for their food. Pay before you eat so nothing offered when we complained. Not even a smile or apology. Food that did... More 

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

Thank you for your honest review from your experience this past weekend. We appreciate all feedback as it is what helps us to improve and rectify any issues we may have. I will raise your issues with the duty manager from the day you visited so that we can ensure that these issues do not happen again. If you contact... More 

Bracknell, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Lots of seating inside and out but not rammed packed when I visited. Had a couple of beers and a pork and chorizo burger which was the best burger I have eaten. The staff are friendly, are prompt and efficient in their service so winter or summer I would recommend to anybody. But... Don't take my word for it, try... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to us and loved our burger ! I will make sure I let the chefs know that this dish has been a hit !!! We look forward to seeing you next time you are in Oxford. Michelle More 

Camelford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Found the Royal Oak by chance and boy was that lucky. Really polite and helpful staff and an excellent evening menu to chose a meal. The food was really good and excellent sized portions will be returning here when in Oxford again.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review - it really is appreciated. I will make sure I pass your kind feedback onto the team - we look forward to seeing you again next time we are in Oxford. Michelle Manager More 

Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Good food served by pleasant servers who were keen to assist us with allergies. This is a very old pub ( 1750 AD ) that is worth a visit. They serve Australian wines! It is on the expensive side, which for a student town I found surprising however. The roast of the day was huge.

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

Thanks for taking the time out to write us a review - we are glad you enjoyed your visit with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon ! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 42-44 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 01865 310187

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Gastropub, Eclectic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?