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22 August 2014
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The Royal Oak Paley Street

Paley Street, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS

£64.00 British Berkshire

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  • Wine: £24.00
  • Champagne: £63.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) Mon-Sat 6.30-9.30pm (Fri-Sat -10pm)

Square Meal Review of The Royal Oak Paley Street ?

“It’s hard to imagine ever falling out of love with somewhere like this”, admits a long-time fan of The Royal Oak – a traditional roadside inn that’s been impressively remodelled with bags of comfort, style and panache. It may have Michelin-starred status and celebrity owners (Sir Michael Parkinson and his son Nick), but this Berkshire favourite couldn’t be more cheery or unassuming. Although Dominic Chapman has moved on to The Beehive in nearby White Waltham, his former sous-chef Michael Chapman (no relation) is right on the money when it comes to delivering sturdy food from an inviting seasonal menu. Starters such as candied beetroot and William pear salad with Innes goats’ cheese set the tone, ahead of punchy mains of diver-caught plaice with brown shrimps, cucumber and dill or duck breast with tarragon polenta, broad beans and roasted shallots. Memorable desserts could range from greengage tart to raspberry Arctic roll, and there are some glorious wines too.

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

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Foodess

    How could Lamb's Liver be so classy?

      Platinum Reviewer  (101)

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

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  2. The Royal Oak Paley Street

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, 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

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 3JS
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    Nelly Pride.
      Silver Reviewer  (11)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  4. The Royal Oak Paley Street

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, 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

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, 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

    Paley Street, Littlefield Green, 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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