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The Royal Oak

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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
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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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, 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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  • 4
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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
lovely English pub in the city

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 !

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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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 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Good quality food and friendly faces. Even if service at the bar on a very quiet day was slow. Good selection of real ale.

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Málaga
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I was there with some friends to drink some pints. Very good place, staff very polite and clean place.

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

Big thanks for writing us such a lovely review - glad you enjoyed some beers with us ! Keep an eye on our social media pages for some news of some great new products we are introducing very soon indeed ! More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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111 reviews 111 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
232 reviews 232 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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 

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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 - 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?