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The Royal Oak

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International, British, Pub, Gastropub
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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
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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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations
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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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great place

we met two friends who go to Oxford University. They told us The Royal Oak was the best pub in Oxford. It was burger night so for 9 pounds each we got a very tasty burger and fries and a pint of beer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Paul1228
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Tacoma, Washington
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Reading, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This was a for a family lunch. First of all we loved the beautiful old pub, but that is when it went down hill. My relatives had booked a table 2 weeks previously which was denied. They found us a table. The menus were handed out. Sunday lunch menu looked quite inviting. Beef, half chicken,pork, salmon, fish and chip. Two,... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My family went to The Royal Oak today on a visit to Oxford after recommendation from a friend and we weren't disappointed. The burgers were delicious and the portions generous. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly and welcoming staff on duty and they even found time to direct us to the biscuit jar to get a treat for... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a excellent review on The Royal Oak. I am very happy to hear that you had such a great time with us. We look forward to seeing you and your group again :) More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Two couples agreed to meet at the Royal Oak for a drink before going on for lunch at a restaurant. We had arranged to meet at 12.00 but because it was the 3rd July we arrived 2 minutes early in order to observe a minute of silence for the atrocity in Sousse. We arrived at 11.58 in order to be... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your visit to us. Firstly we would like to respond to a few points. Your group was knocking on the door during the one minute silence which we didn't respond as the team were gathered away from the doors marking the silence themselves but we opened the doors immediately... More 

Tacoma, Washington
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

we met two friends who go to Oxford University. They told us The Royal Oak was the best pub in Oxford. It was burger night so for 9 pounds each we got a very tasty burger and fries and a pint of beer.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review - we hope that you enjoyed your visit to Oxford and we look forward to seeing yu again next time you are in town ! Michelle More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Nice little pub. Quaint & quintessentially 'Oxford'. Drinks are a little pricey, but to be expected of a destination boozer. Nice little coutyard gardens which buzz in the summer. One thing though, don't look too closely at the glassware. It's consistently grim!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review :) I am sorry to hear about the condition of the glasses you was given for your drinks.I will take a look at out glasswash machine to ensure it is working 100%. Thank you for letting us know. More 

Bucharest, Romania
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I would rate my burger with cheddar and avocado with 3 stars, the meat wasn't medium rare as I ordered, but the fries were good. We had to ask the waiter several times for things (as sauce, for example). I think there were too many table in those small rooms, but the atmosphere is ok for dinner.

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

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback from your visit to us. We appreciate all comments as this is who we strive to constantly improve. You have highlighted some issues for us for our training team - we have a number of new starters for the summer season and we obviously have some points to work on. We cook... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We went to The Royal Oak to get out of the rain...and ended up going there for two lunches over subsequent days! Big wholesome dishes, that left desiring but having no space for dessert. My husband had fish and chips and I had a salmon on the first day. The chips were gorgeous and one could tell they were freshly... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write such a wonderful reveiw - it is really nice to hear such great feedback. We look forward to seeing you again next time you are in Oxford Michelle More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We picked this place based on it being dog friendly with an interesting looking menu. It was dog friendly, but the meal was one of the worst we've had for a long time and completely over priced. One starter was not bad (the croquets) but the spiced cauliflower and chick pea dish was absolutely swimming in oil and had virtually... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am really sorry to hear that your experience with your visit to the Royal Oak was disappointing with the food quality. We always try to aim for the highest food quality possible and in this case, we have failed. I will be doing a full investigation into this to... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great atmosphere with lots of small cosy rooms. food that we ordered was fantastic. Service good and in our small room the other 2 tables had very friendly customers too !

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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171 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

It was daylight, but where we were sat we needed some lighting and counted 8 bulbs out of commission! The staff are friendly and excellent - especially our waitress who was looking after us and a party of 12! Starter (squid) OK. My wife's veggie main looked brilliant, but had obviously been hanging around waiting for mine as it was... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. On reading through your comments I am not 100% sure you have the correct site as some of the dishes you mention are not on our menu. I will check throughout the site for faulty lights just in case it is us you visited. regardless of whether you visited our site... More 

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Additional Information about The Royal Oak

Address: 42-44 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT, England
Phone Number: 01865 310187
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
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
Average Prices: USD 14 - 25
Cuisine: International, British, Pub, Gastropub

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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 14 - 25
  • Cuisine: International, British, Pub, Gastropub

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?