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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
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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
Cookham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We dropped in on Saturday, we didn't have a reservation but we were able to sit in the bar area. The White Oak is local to us and we often pop in for a meal. They are always welcoming, including when we take our grandchildren aged 1 and 3. The food is always delicious and the staff friendly and efficient.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We booked for a group of 7 and had one of the private dining rooms. The service was very good and everyone enjoyed their food. Overall, lovely and we will be sure to visit again.

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Cookham Dean, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I have eaten a couple of times here. I find the establishment pretentious and not living up to expectations. The staff is friendly, the restaurant itself nice, but the food is nothing special and therefore quite expensive.

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Cookham, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Having been regulars at The White Oak for a number of years, where we have experienced consistently excellent food and service, when it came to our Wedding there was only one place at the top of our wish list to hold our reception. Throughout the planning process, Marianne the General Manager (Mo) and Chef Patron Clive Dixon, ensured that they... More

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UK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Tasty lunch in semi-private room off the main bar. We were 10 and ate a combination off the Auberge set and a la carte menus. Delicious pea soup and fillet of plaice. Attentive service. Worked out at £40 per head, with half of us having 3 courses, pre lunch drinks, couple of bottles of wine, coffees and service. Thoroughly recommend,... More

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Cookham
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is the second time I've booked for a larger table at lunchtime - they have two private dining rooms / areas that you can use for no extra charge (great if you think you're going to be a bit noisy!). The service is excellent - friendly and attentive (especially good for private dining room where sometimes you can feel... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We have eaten here many times over the past few years and think it is superb - great quality dining, nice surroundings, definitely good value for money and very pleasant knowledgeable staff. A big well done to all the White Oak team.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is my first ever review on Trip Advisor, but I just had to make my wonderful experience publically known :) Mo and her most wonderful team at The White Oak made my special 50th birthday celebrations run perfectly. The food and service were all excellent and I cannot express my gratitude enough! I am an extremely fussy person and... More

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Pickering, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This restaurant is the best one in Cookham. we stayed in the village for three months and practically ate our way through the entire menu. Great food never disappointed.

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Maidenhead
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Just visited with good friends we were treating and we were not disappointed! Perfect evening, delicious food, great ,friendly service and everything perfect! What a triumph! I had the rabbit- amazingly soft and tasty,served with wonderful risotto! Others had gorgeous plaice and shepherds pie. Everyone delighted! Have been quite a few times now and never disappointed. Keep doing what you... More

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