Not too far from Twickenham station, you will find The Royal Oak, a popular neighbourhood pub that is just a stone’s throw from the river. Part of the Hippo Inns group, The Royal Oak is spread across two floors: on the ground floor, you can relax in the cosy pub that comes complete with a wood fire and tank-fresh beer which is stored in two copper tanks hanging above the bar. Upstairs is where meals are enjoyed, ranging from cosy dinners to a lively knees up.
The Royal Oak’s menu is all about celebrating the best of British ingredients, with the a la carte comprising pub classics alongside some more contemporary propositions. You can order tempting dishes such as half-roasted chicken served with a rocket and vine tomato salad or opt for an aged sirloin steak cooked to your liking and accompanied by confit tomato, Portobello mushroom, watercress, fries and your choice of sauce. To finish up, choose between the likes of sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream or an indulgent ‘Hippo-Bocker’ glory.
For more casual meals out, there is always the option to order from The Royal Oak’s succinct dedicated pizza menu, which features classic varieties such as Margherita and Marinara, as well as a tomato-based pizza topped with chicken and spicy nduja. Be sure to check out the seasonal set menus too, which serve up winter warmers or summer favourites depending on the time of year and are always great value.
For days that call for outdoor dining, The Royal Oak is home to an intimate street-side terrace, complete with attractive planters to give some privacy and an awning to keep you dry should the weather turn. Families are welcome too, with children eating for half price from Monday to Thursday, between the hours of 4-6pm.