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Royal Oak

#101 of 671 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in York - A Timeless City
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18 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG, England
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food was lovely and the staff very welcoming, it was our first time in York and they made us feel very welcome.

Thank Hope891
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a family group visit and they couldn't have looked after us better. Special room upstairs then coffee in the snug. Great value, good food. Relaxed and friendly.

Thank Elaine M
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went to this pub on the recommendation of a resident who told us they had a reputation for good food. We went in the late afternoon on Sunday,16 October. The pub looks the part of an English pub, to me at least as a Scot, is comfortable and has a good range of beers. We ordered... More 

Thank SouterJohn
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really looking forward to a roast Sunday lunch and chose the Royal Oak in York City Centre. We had pre-booked and arrived on time. Friendly staff showed us to our reserved table and efficiently took our order for food and drinks. The starters arrived and were very good. Then disaster struck. We were told there would be a... More 

Thank John S
Margaret555, Owner at Royal Oak, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. You have made some good comments about your experience but clearly the delay was an issue. Shame you were so hard on the rating. I was informed you intended to write a bad review since you announced it to all. My staff tried to ease your wait but yes there was an unexpected delay. Due... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The pub was nice and staff appeared friendly, we were seated at a very small table which had another very small table far too close to the one we were seated at to be used for a separate set of diners. I was uncomfortable about this at first and I'm sure the waitress sensed this as on a couple of... More 

Thank Lin6123
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, good value set menu with plenty of options. Friendly and helpful staff. Food was great especially the goats cheese starter

Thank Suze2711
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled across the pub after a day of shopping around York. We were tired and had two hungry kids with us, we didn't know what to expect but what a fabulously warm welcome as the owner and his staff found us a table for four and then promptly brought menus. Inside the pub is historical but quaint, warm and... More 

Thank amblesideaddicts
Margaret555, Public Relations Manager at Royal Oak, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind words. It makes it all worthwhile when we please our customers. More 

Billingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

called in to this hostelry on Monday whilst enjoying a day in York excellent food and excellent hospitality from the host would definitely recommend a visit whether your just looking for a fine pint of ale or a steak sandwich or a meal

Thank 859brian
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent Friday the 23/9 on a weekend visit to York. Great food, pleasant staff & good beer. Don't miss it as it is well worth it. Good value for money as well.

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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

mixed reviews my Morrocan Tagine was more like stew not reccomended however the mixed seafood was much better friendly staff and a quirky layout offers throughout the week.

Thank Andymackie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $19
Bar, International, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: 441904628869
The Royal Oak is a seventeenth century inn situated two minutes walk from York minster. The original building dates back to Tudor times and boasts a fine, Tudor beamed, free function room on the first floor.The building has recently undergone a massive refurbishment, sympathetic to its history.The menu is locally sourced, traditional British cuisine freshly cooked to a very high standard.As a Cask Marque accredited inn, the Oak has six perfectly kept cask ales, Timmy Taylor's Landlord, Old Perculier, Abbot Ale, Leeds Pale, Copper Dragon Best and Yorkshire Terrier.

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