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The White Oak

The Pound, Cookham SL6 9QE, England
+44 1628 523043
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Ranked #5 of 17 restaurants in Cookham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bridging the gap between country inn & local restaurant, The White Oaks has established itself as a local favourite. The White Oak is an independent and contemporary 'Gastro Pub' where the kitchen & service sets out to please, & covers all bases from pata negra ham & goats chees and walnut salads to chicken liver parfait & their signature roast chicken ravioli. For mains lots of fresh fish features including Whole Lemon sole, whole Dover Sole and Hake as well as the Suckling Pig Belly to share & daily made pies along with Aubrey Allen British Highland free-range steaks. If that's not enough the desserts tend to be classic but executed very well including creme Brulee, pannacotta and excellent brioche donuts. Set menus also offer decent value (£14/16 for two/three courses at lunch and £19/21 at dinner) running alongside the A la Carte menu. The traditional Roasts is served on Sundays alongside the A La Carte. There's also plenty of good drinking on the Corney & Barrow wine list (look for Delamotte Grand Cru Champagne, Archaval-Ferrer Malbec, & 'Psi' Tempanillo from Michael Sisseck) and a barter bin where you haggle for top end clarets (one has 98 parker points!). The dining room's taupe shades, thick pine beams, cream chandeliers and widely spaced, bare tables match the food's smart, unfussy tone, while warm, engaging staff and a compact, broadly priced wine list also fit the bill.
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English first
Essex, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

During a short, late afternoon visit to Cookham, we decided to have dinner in the village. The Tripadvisor reviews persuaded us to dine here (it could have been the Bel & the Dragon, but this appeared to be even more expensive). A very warm welcome from Mo (the patron?) on arrival. I enjoyed my Bang Bang chicken starter and burger... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We have been twice to the White Oak, once for lunch and recently for dinner taken out by friends. So as not to upset the friends, we could not say much at the time, but the service, menu and food were all disappointing. The staff were polite but some spoke poorly which necessitated repeats. Some of them had obviously just... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We held our wedding reception here last summer and couldn't have made a better choice. The menu Clive prepared was top-notch and he was very flexible in allowing for our likes and dislikes. The choice of wines and champagnes was also excellent. Many guests commented on the quality of the food and drink! Mo & the team did everything they... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I went to this place after hearing good reviews and attending a very well catered wedding at the venue. I was a little disappointed due to the quality of the food. Firstly the venue is lovely, with a rustic yest expensive feel. It also has a small but beautiful garden area. Overall, the restaurant has a sense of being very... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We met some friends at the White Oak for lunch before a visit to Cliveden. The exterior looked a bit down-at-heel (although it appears to be in the process of being redecorated). That belied the interior though as this is simply lovely. The staff were always attentive and polite while not at all intrusive (a tricky balancing act it must... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited The White Oak for dinner whilst on our 'mini-moon', staying in Taplow. We found it whilst looking on Trip Advisor due to the good reviews and were certainly not disappointed! From arrival, the staff were welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back in the future.

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Cookham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We have been twice for lunch & the food and service were impeccable. The menu looked a bit boring but the food, when it arrived, exceeded our expectations. Proper service from professional staff made us welcome and special. Not the cheapest but the best in Cookham by a long way.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

This gastro-pub could get expensive if you choose the specials and fresh fish like the turbot available at £26. We elected to pay £21 for the 3 course Auberge menu offering at least 2 choices for each course. I had pea and mint soup, fish fingers and chocolate mousse with passion fruit. All courses very tasty, and the Cornish Ling... More

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Winchester, England
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286 reviews 286 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
505 helpful votes 505 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We visited as a four, for lunch on a Wednesday. The dining room is very elegant, with grey walls, wooden floors and wooden tables that are set well spart from each other - a pleasing place to enjoy a meal. We ordered a mixture of dishes from the set menu and the a-la-carte. A selection of bread was served from... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Been here many times before and today was as good as usual. We sat in the garden and the main courses (lemon sole & ling) were lovely. My only negative thought is that as we were in the garden we felt like we were forgotten - i had to ask for bread, and for drink orders. When the bread came... More

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