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“don't bother”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of The Oaken Arms

The Oaken Arms
Ranked #118 of 473 Restaurants in Wolverhampton
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Take an off the beaten track location in Oaken, a menu bursting with fresh seasonal dishes and a cellar full of real ales and fine wines and you have the ingredients for the perfect country pub and restaurant. It's a winning formula of traditional mixed with a few contemporary touches that makes The Oaken Arms a special place to visit.
Shropshire, UK
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“don't bother”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Although this pub looks very appealing from the road and tries hard to present itself as a gourmet eatery, these impessions are very wide of the mark.

On entering the bar we were greated by a young waitress ang given menus. We found a table ourselves and ordered food from the bar. The calamari starter appeared very quickly, freshly cooked, and was nicely presented with an adequate salad. What a shame that there was no dressing or sauce of any description, just a half of a lime.

Our main course of grilled gammon saw things go rapidly downhill. Firstly, portion size - you won't get fat here! Though the gammon itself was nicely cooked and tasty, the rest left a lot to be desired. The chips, like cheap, frozen chips, were dry and covered with an amount of black pepper as to make them almost inedible. A small portion of frozen peas and a fried egg which had been overcooked in over-hot oil to yeild a very solid yolk and very crispy base rounded off the meal, there was no garnish. Having asked the waitress for vinegar, mustard and ketchup she returned promptly with a tray of condiments. Strangely, she would not leave this at the table and we had to serve ourselves whilst she held onto it. There was barely any ketchup in the bowl and she told me that I might be able to scrape enough for a spoonful from it, no offer to refill it though!

No one came to check if everything was okay with the meal and even when paying the bill, no one checked if we were happy with our meal. The waitresses all seem to be very young and all of the ones we met were very polite and smiled a lot. There was no conversation from them whatsoever and the whole thing seemed rather impersonal.

The quality of the main was enough to stop me ordering a pudding so I can't really comment on this aspect of their menu.

Also, the toilets, though not terrible, do need a good, thorough cleaning.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Pleasant pub at reasonable food prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

I have now eaten here a few times, as it is convenient to meet family. Loads of parking. The food menu is quite extensive and, I thought, good value for money. The service was good and quick. I would certainly visit again as convenient and good value.

  • Visited April 2014
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
“Enjoyable Sunday Roast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Booked here for a family celebration. Excellent food and service, would certainly visit again. Thanks and well done!

Visited April 2014
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Wolverhampton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Was good now worse than terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Used to eat here 2 or 3 times a month and was usually good for a family get together. But after the last few times it's dramatically gone to the dogs bad food, badly cooked food, dirty plates ( underneath) bad service and the kitchen staff seen smoking out the back as we walked past an open gate as we left. I've complained on the vintage inn website but had no response.We won't be going back in a hurry which is a shame as it's a nice pub apart from the food. We now use the bentlands

  • Visited November 2013
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“Don't bother making the effort to get out of the car here !!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Having chose the rump steak having checked the size was 8 oz I was dissapointed to receive a meal which was a "lite bite " the steak was around half the size I was told that it would be, the staffs attitude when questioned about it was wellwe've cooked it for you what am I supposed to do about it ? All in all not a very nice meal and certain aly not worthy of receiving your cash !!!!

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