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24 July 2014
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The Royal Oak

Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS

£42.00 British Berkshire

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  • Wine: £15.00
  • Champagne: £42.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-3pm 6-11pm Sun 12N-4pm

Square Meal Review of The Royal Oak ?

A traditional roadside inn that’s been impressively remodelled with bags of style and panache, The Royal Oak is a perennial favourite hereabouts. It may have Michelin-starred status and celebrity owners (Sir Michael Parkinson and his son Nick), but this Berkshire pub-restaurant couldn’t be more cheery or unassuming. The sturdy food chimes well with the top-drawer ingredients that make up a seasonal menu. Starters such as linguine with lamb’s sweetbreads, chorizo and saffron sauce set the tone, and high standards are maintained when it comes to main courses of turbot with salsify, buttered leeks, wild mushrooms and walnut pesto or the best-selling “sublimely soft and silky” rabbit lasagne – this is cooking that holds nothing back. Sides are “fabulous” and desserts provide a truly memorable finale, whether it’s a warm vanilla rice pudding with jam doughnuts or banana soufflé with toffee ice cream. “The best it’s ever been”, concludes one happy regular.

Wine List of the Year Award Finalist

This 17th-century pub got a Michelin star three years ago, and the 50-or-so Champagnes on its list suggest it’s rather more restaurant than it is pub. Nonetheless, the range of quality Rhônes, Burgundies and, particularly, clarets (a lot of good second, third and fourth growths) is impressive. The Sommelier’s Selection is also a nice touch.

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  1. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Foodess

    How could Lamb's Liver be so classy?

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  2. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Foodess

    Relaxed, welcoming and still improving.....

      Platinum Reviewer  (101)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  3. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Nelly Pride.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Steve H.
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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  5. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    James C.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  6. The Royal Oak

    Paley Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Steffi F.
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    1 of 3 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 4

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  1. Some of you might know The Royal Oak at Paley Street as the pub that Michael Parkinson co-owns with his son Nick. That along with it’s Michelin star gave me and my gentleman companion enough gusto to make the hour and fifteen minute drive from London to visit for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. Being one of only 13 pubs in the country to hold a Michelin star we had high hopes...
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