30 July 2014

The Royal Oak

73 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

£36.00 Gastropub Bethnal Green, Shoreditch
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  • Wine: £14.90
  • Champagne: £40.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 4-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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During the exuberant Sunday flower market, The Royal Oak is Columbia Road’s pub of choice. Its well-preserved, wood-panelled interior & small courtyard come alive as flower-laden shoppers pile in. The central horseshoe bar is a hive of activity, all the seats around it occupied & hipsters squeezed into the gaps. The venue is more relaxed midweek: all the better to enjoy the Brit-leaning gastropub food & snacks, either in the bar or the kookily furnished upstairs dining room. Rock oysters, Dorset crab with lemon mayonnaise, & grilled sardines with tomato & marjoram, are typical choices, though eggs Benedict & steak sandwiches are the real crowd-pleasers. Choose from continental beers on tap (Amstel & Leffe included) or Meantime LPA or Landlord on the pumps. That’s if you can resist the advice on the wine list: ‘rosé Prosecco. It goes with everything.’

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  1. On this particular Sunday, the gf and I headed to the Royal Oak to try out their delicious looking roasts. Standing guard over one end of Columbia Road, the Royal Oak has the look and feel of an established boozer, yet the kitchen served up a mix of British classics and more modern takes. The staff are friendly and up for a chat and the pub itself is very dog friendly – as evidenced by the number of pooches hanging out including one very large guy who tried to snag my Yorkshire pudding!...
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Essential Details for The Royal Oak

  • Address: 73 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
  • Telephone: 020 7729 2220
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 4-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area

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