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137 Westbourne Park Road
Originally a boozer, The Oak now plies its trade as a rustic Italian osteria complete with scrubbed wooden tables and a wood-fired pizza oven. Kick off with vitello tonnato, seared squid or
toasted bruschetta piled with creamy burrata before tackling an authentic thin-crust pizza, described by one reader as ‘probably the best in London’. If you’re looking for a sophisticated topping
try char-grilled zucchini, salted ricotta and truffle oil, otherwise satisfy any carnivorous cravings with Tuscan pork sausage and porcini. There are also a few please-all mains ranging from
calf’s liver with ratte potatoes and butternut squash to seared tuna with wild rocket and salsa verde. The no-bookings policy can irritate, but you can always head upstairs for ice-cold
martinis and dinky cicchetti nibbles while waiting for a table. Service receives praise.
137 Westbourne Park Road
020 7221 3355
Westbourne Park Tube Station 352m
Westbourne Park Station 441m
Westbourne Gardens 487m
Portobello Road 645m
Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30pm Fri-Sat 12N-3pm Sun 12N-10pm
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
What a great find, though a little out of my manor. Situated in an ugly part of west london, the atmosphere of this restaurant hits you the moment you open the door. We had drinks in a very comfortable bar upstairs where the lighting is what ambient lighting is all about. After a very good bottle of picpul, we went downstairs for our meal.
There was some confusion as the barman said our bill could be transferred downstairs, but then we found out, that we might not get a table. They do not take bookings, which is fair enough, but surely if you have clients on the premises already, upstairs drinking, and they intend to eat downstairs when they finish, it is possible to book them a table!
The dining room is again well lit and comfortable. The wood burning pizza oven dominates the room and as I found out, turns out delicious pizzas with fresh toppings and an excellent tasting base, thin with just the right amount of crispness and taste of wood. The wine list is superb with a huge variety catering for all budgets.
The service was attentive and polite and special mention must go to the doorman who was cheerful and welcoming.
The locals are very lucky to have such a bright spot in such a dismal area.
If you are in a group, don’t even think of coming to this restaurant, the food is excellent, but the service is the worst I have experienced in London for a long time! The manageress on our visit was by far the rudest person I have ever encountered. Even to the point of hostile! You would hope that a restaurant in this neck of the woods would pride itself on service but clearly not. As a birthday lunch, we were treated to ‘a hands on hips’ stand-off shout in the middle of the restaurant when additional members of our party arrived. Although the restaurant was empty (3.30pm towards the end of service on a Saturday) when the final members of our party arrived we were told off for sitting 3 people at a table for 2, not allowed to join the tables in an empty restaurant and made to sit on separate tables apart from each other! All of this would have been fine but even after trying to talk with the manageress she proceeded to conduct a stand up row with us in the middle of service. No apology was issued and no compensation was offered. When we asked to take the service off we had to explain ourselves again to the next shift manager, who seemed at least to take an interest in our situation, but again offered no recompense. In summary good food but not somewhere I would ever recommend or come again. Neither would any or our 15 strong group. A blight on an otherwise lovely day, such a shame.
Food + drink: 5
Amazing Pizza, probably the best in London!!!
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