The Royal Oak Paley Street

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Silver Award

Owned by Nick Parkinson, son of national treasure Michael, this unassuming, whitewashed pub belies a serious restaurant within. Warm and stylish, the space is dotted with elements of traditionalism via beamed ceilings and wooden floors.

The black-beamed bar, with its high-spec art and comfy sofas, is now more a lounge for pre-dinner drinks, upstaged somewhat in summer by the herb beds of a leafy terrace garden where we’d suggest enjoying a pick from the generous wine list, which is crammed with both bargains and rare vintages.

The restaurant deals in a best-of-British menu, led by simple ingredients which are cooked to perfection and then artily arranged on the plate. Canapés are reimagined as “snacks” to match the pubby aesthetic, but the likes of devilled whitebait with squid ink mayonnaise or a geometrically precise (and runny centred) scotched quail egg are both a delicate league away from pub grub.

Mains to choose from include the likes of roasted cod with crispy cheek, sea vegetables and cauliflower, while carnivorous diners can indulge with an 8oz Berkshire sirloin steak, served alongside spinach, mushrooms, thick-cut chips and béarnaise sauce. For pudding, tempting options see dark chocolate ganache with a peanut crumble, or orange soufflé with cranberry sorbet. Staff are smartly suited, but in keeping with The Royal Oak’s mix of the casual and the luxe, manage to remain warm and friendly.


Good to know about The Royal Oak Paley Street

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cosy, Fun, Traditional
Other Awards
One michelin star
Food Occasions
Sunday roast
Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions

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Easter Sunday - 21st April 2019

Expires on 21 April, 2019
Celebrate Easter with family and friends at The Oak.  We’re offering 3 courses for £55 per person from our full à la carte menu. £20 for children under the age of 12.  We have two sittings : 12/12.30pm and 3/3.30pm with last orders at 4.30pm. To make your reservation please call 01628 620541 or email

Whisky Tasting - Thursday 25th April

Expires on 25 April, 2019
With our friends from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society we are holding a whisky tasting night at the Oak. All the drams are unique single cask, cask strength whiskies which have been passed by the society’s tasting panel.  The panel has no information on age, origin of cask or cask type so it is judged on quality alone.  After the society has selected a cask, they buy it for their members.  So, this is a unique opportunity to taste and enjoy four of their whiskies and be part of the club for one night. Bottles will be available to purchase on the night.  The evening includes Leon’s delicious ‘proper’ pie and mash dish; all for just £45 per person.  The event will take place in the private dining area so spaces are limited to 14. To make your reservation please call 01628 620541 or email

Flower arranging, demonstration & lunchon with Richard Elder Floral Design - Wednesday 8th May 2019

Expires on 8 May, 2019
We are delighted to invite Richard Elder Floral Design to The Oak for a flower arranging demonstration and luncheon. The demonstration will be by none other than Richard Elder himself. Those of you who know his work will be familiar with his standout designs and unique style. Richard and his team are based at Stubbings Nursery, Maidenhead and have been creating exquisite floral designs for the past 25 years. The event will open at 11am when coffee/tea and biscuits will be served. The floral demonstration will start at 11.30am and Leon’s delicious two course lunch will be served at 1pm. Richard’s displays will be auctioned to raise money for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. The price per person is £55.

Louis Roederer Champagne Tasting Dinner - Tuesday 21st May 2019

Expires on 21 May, 2019
Louis Roederer; home to the esteemed Cristal Champagne, needs no introduction. The story of the family owned Louis Roederer estate dates back to 1833 when the quest for perfection, that has spanned two centuries, began. Come and hear how the house’s innate inventive qualities, passion and dedication has driven their philosophy across generations. Thierry Wallaert, who heads up exports at Louis Roederer will compère the evening and tell the tale behind each of the titles and the amazing story of the house itself. The evening will include the outstanding Louis Roederer Cristal; Rosé Vintage; Blanc de Blancs and Carte Blanche, accompanied with canapes, Leon’s delicious three course menu, coffee/tea and petit fours. The price per person is £165. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner - Thursday 18th July 2019

Expires on 18 July, 2019
From vineyards dating back to Roman times with our friend’s from Armit Wines we bring you hand-picked titles from the varied appellations of the Spanish countryside. The price per person is £55 and will, of course, include Leon’s divine three-course menu paired with some alluring titles.

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Location for The Royal Oak Paley Street

Paley Street, Littlefield Green, Maidenhead, SL6 3JN

01628 620541


Opening Times of The Royal Oak Paley Street

Mon: 12:00-02:30
Tue: 12:00-02:30
Wed: 12:00-02:30
Thu: 12:00-02:30
Fri: 12:00-02:30
Sat: 12:00-02:30
Sun: 12:00-15:30
Mon: 18:30-21:30
Tue: 18:30-21:30
Wed: 18:30-21:30
Thu: 18:30-21:30
Fri: 18:30-22:00
Sat: 18:30-22:00
Sun: Closed
Mon: 18:00-23:00
Tue: 18:00-23:00
Wed: 18:00-23:00
Thu: 18:00-23:00
Fri: 18:00-23:00
Sat: 18:00-23:00
Sun: 12:00-16:00

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3 Reviews

Mr. Russ L

The Royal Oak at Paley Street never disappoints.
12 March 2019
Absolutely love this place. Wonderful and inventive food with flavour packed into every mouthful. The staff are attentive and very knowledgable about the food and the wine. It’s comfortable, stylish, and we’ll definitely be back.
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Never disappoints
08 March 2019
I have eaten here twice already this year and it was equally as good as my previous visits over the last year or so. It may look like an ordinary pub from the outside but the decor (and the art) set it apart from other gastro pubs. It has a charming light conservatory overlooking a very attractive garden. The food is all seasonal and it is as good to eat as it is on the eye but without the cheffy foams and garnishes to distract. Try the Scotch Eggs made famous by Michael Winner. Desserts are light and delicious so save some room. I don't eat cheese but my friends said they have a very good cheese board. Service is excellent, it gets the right balance of top restaurant professionalism but without the stuffiness. I look forward to my next visit which won't be too long.
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Paul A

Difficult to judge
26 February 2018
It is, of course, unfair to judge a restaurant on the basis of a special evening devoted to dishes served by the winner of Professional Masterchef as part of his successful participation on that programme as they are not usually on his employer’s menu. However, punters could expect the evening to demonstrate the overall level of quality and professionalism normal for the venue. We can begin with the waiting time before the activities started; our booking was for 19:30 and we were sitting there with no explanation of how things were to proceed until the owner appeared with a microphone to announce that he would briefly interview Craig Johnston and then the meal would commence. So, 45 minutes after arriving we saw some food appearing, having had no canapés, just bread to go with our fizz. Bookings were limited to 30 covers but serving everyone at the same time was clearly a problem for the front-of-house staff who gave every sign of being quite unsure of how to proceed. They did raise a bit of a smile, though, as they attempted to pour 30 glasses of the wines in the pairing to equal levels - using a measure to pour the first and then squatting down to try to judge the level in the rest of the glasses and failing miserably in some cases. The starter was mackerel, good taste and texture, served cold, excellent mackerel tartare, horseradish gel with a definite kick, very good salt baked beetroot and beetroot tartare. This was followed by not terribly tender squid with creamed roasted cauliflower, sea purslane, chorizo and a nice octopus broth, which should have been a good mix of ingredients but which failed to convince. The main came in the form of a generous portion of very tasty duck breast, cooked just the right side of rare, excellent duck hearts, perfect beetroot tarte fine, a large distinctly unpleasant chunk of red cabbage which needed far more intense cooking, and a passable (roast?) celeriac purée. The best effort of the evening by far was the dessert, accompanied by a very good Sauternes, which we believed to be a 1998 Chateau Coutet, the intense sweetness of the yoghurt mousse contrasting with the nitrogen cooled verbena rocks, and the beautiful bergamot curd and basil marshmallow making for a mix of textures, temperatures and flavours little short of genius. Nonetheless, the rather amateurish attempt at show-business presentation followed by service difficulties made one wonder whether dishes conceived for competition purposes are necessarily right for a much larger number of covers, and also whether it was doing the chef any favours to adopt this canteen fashion of service. The final negative for us was to be charged for tea which came without any petits fours when the cost of the meal was already twice that of the standard menu, so unfortunately for us the experience was not up to expectations.
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