The Oak W12

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After the success of The Bird in Hand (W14), Jasper Gorst has remodelled his Shepherd’s Bush local (a fading West London gin palace) along the lines of The Oak on Westbourne Park Road. Lazy weekend brunch and lunch deals bring out the area’s young professionals and design-conscious Kooples, who sip cocktails while picking their way through plates of oysters, portobello mushroom bruschetta, savoury croissants or salt beef hash with duck egg. In the evening, order a pint of Doom Bar or something from the reasonably priced wine list to go with Anglo-Med dishes that might include crab, dandelion, radish and broad bean salad, quail saltimbocca, pea shoot and parmesan risotto or sautéed rabbit with chorizo and roast tomatoes – plus pizzas from the wood-fired oven and puds such as lemon polenta cake.

Wine List Of The Year Finalist

With its focus on Mediterranean food, it’s entirely understandable that this addition to Jasper Gorst’s stable should have a wine list that’s heavily dominated by France, Italy and, to a lesser extent, Spain and Portugal. Its 60 or so bins are well priced (there’s not much over £40) and there are decent tasting notes for each one – which is handy for a pub/restaurant cross-over. There’s only one rosé, but otherwise customers will find plenty to drink at a good price.

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The Oak W12

The Oak W12

243 Goldhawk Road ,London W12 8EU

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Nov 2013

Very busy place when we just popped in on a Wednesday night – great atmospheres and great pizza – not blown away by the other choices on the menu and the portion of crispy squid we had was rather mean but the service was fabulous and overall a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood – needs more tables in the restaurant!

Tomato's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Essential Details for The Oak W12

  • Address: 243 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8EU
  • Telephone: 020 8741 7700
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -1am)

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