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The village of Holmbury St Mary lays high in the Surrey Hills. The glorious countryside with far-reaching views is a popular location for walkers, ramblers, cyclists and mountain-bikers. The Royal Oak was originally a cottage, built in about the 1730s. The triangular green onto which it looks out, along with the church perched nearby on a slope with pine trees behind and houses dotted around, gives the impression that things haven't changed for centuries. Re-opened on the 1st February 2023, the pub is now owned and run by a small group of local residents. The traditional bar area, with oak beams, fireplace and stonework lead you through to another level with a fresh perspective to this delightful
PRICE RANGE
£7 - £18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely food; so enjoyed the cashew nut roast which was delicious.. so often the vegan/vegetarian option is not considered enough but this was excellent…friendly server and both mains and desserts for all four of us, including three meat eaters, were excellent.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A good country pub in a lovely quiet village , a homely feel with an open fire , friendly service excellent meal at a reasonable price. a big shout out to the owner (sorry didn’t get name ) who was very welcoming and full of...advice where we could visit in the area . Plenty of parking available if you want to take advantage of the countrysideMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

Post walkies lunch. Great food, fire. Corey pub lovely real ales and great staff/landlord. Dog friendly.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

For many years The Royal Oak has been on our list of frequented 'post MTB ride' pubs so we have experienced it in all its guises. Last Wednesday we dropped in for drinks and dinner and were met with the usual warm welcome including the...log fire. A good choice of beers and as Wednesdays are 'pie night' we all chose the pies. Nicely presented, tasty and great value. I have since picked up from FB that they have a new (returned) Chef Richie, so I am looking forward to more regular visits to this great pub.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Kizzie McDonald, General Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thanks for the review, John. That’s lovely to hear. See you again soon for a well deserved pint after your next MTB ride! Best regards, Kizzie General Manager

Reviewed 14 January 2024

Had a great Sunday lunch today at the Royal Oak. Great food but the biggest improvement was the speed of service. This was a serious & frustrating problem previously Today the service was quick and polite. We will be going back 😊 PS dogs are...allowed.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Kizzie McDonald, General Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thanks for the review, Debbie. Good to know we’ve improved! See you again soon. All the best, Kizzie General Manager

Reviewed 29 December 2023

Good location and friendly staff, however in comparison to other nearby pubs I would say it’s quite overpriced for the quality of food. The staff are all attentive and polite, but unfortunately the men’s toilet is in dire need of a refurb. The ceilings were...covered in mold, the floor wet and sticky, the toilet itself was filthy with a broken seat hinge. I left a similar review on google but it seems instead of acknowledging the problem instead my review was deleted…. strange way to approach the issue.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Kizzie McDonald, General Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thank you for your review, Escape. We take comments very seriously and listen to our clients. We apologise for the condition of the men’s toilets and wanted to make you aware that we have replaced the toilet seat with a new one as a temporary...More

Reviewed 24 December 2023

Lovely pub. Staff really attentive and accomadating. We turned up Christmas Eve with the hope they could serve lunch (we had made no booking)They had room for us. Food was good, however we waited a long time for our food to arrive, and between courses....I can forgive them though as they made up for it with the service, our young waiter was amazing.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023

We were accommodated as a group walking for a Charity Schnauzerfest, and the pub let us have the terrace outside to have a drink at the end of our walk. Then a few of of us stayed on for a supper- the fish and Chips,...chicken burger and beef burger were all cooked to order and absolutely delicious. Thee staff are so polite and friendly- and of course dog friendly. The pub is clean, 💙 the sinks in the ladies bathroom and the garden front and back are really well kept. Great pub thank you 🐾🧡More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kizzie McDonald, General Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2024

Thanks for the nice review, Colette. It’s always a pleasure to see you all for Schnauzerfest! All the best, Kizzie General Manager

Reviewed 27 September 2023 via mobile

I went with a group of friends, 12 in total. I put in a food order straight away; most of the others waited to order. The barmaid told us they would bring the food orders individually. 45 minutes later nothing had arrived and clearly they...had decided to keep everything to serve all together. I asked the barmaid what was happening but she seemed like she couldn't care less. It really spoiled the occasion for me because all the time I was wondering when on earth the food would arrive. I really don't find such an experience to be acceptable and I won't want to repeat it. I shall have to campaign for us to go elsewhere in future.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

A very warm welcome in a lovely village setting for Sunday lunch. The food was excellent. I had the roast pork and I can’t remember when I last had such tasty, delicious food. The staff are young (mostly) and very keen to help. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

We went for a quick lunch deciding to drive from Shere. But the food it wasn't too great as we had in our first visit... the taste for the battered fish wasn't too good however the chunky chips were quite nice. We wouldn't rush to...get backMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Very good beer selection! I'd say one of the best selections around. New seating (great sun trap) beautiful views of trees and a traditional English village. Definitely worth a visit or two this year!!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 10 June 2023 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch with a buddy. Nice location by a tranquil village green. Courteous service with a smile. Good beer at fair price. However, the food completely ruined the experience. We both ordered the 6oz beef burger. The food arrived reasonably promptly. No effort...made on presentation, with a small handful of chips scattered on a canteen-style dinner plate alongside an insipid beef-burger in a soggy-bottomed bun. Awful at any price, let alone £16!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023

This is one of my favourite places, but last week the food was well below their usual standard. It maybe because they changed hands and might have lost their new chief, who knows, but our meal was enough to deter us from returning.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023 via mobile

A rare find in the Surrey Hills - traditional pub with great food, friendly staff and reasonable prices. It was a family lunchtime meal out for 8 including two veggies during the Easter break. The local feedback on the pub had been improving for a...year or two but we hadn’t been in to eat yet. The menu contained the pub staples you expect plus the odd surprise including confit chicken and a veg arancini. My son’s french girlfriend loved the confit chicken. Extremely reasonable price (sub £200) and really friendly welcoming and attentive service. We will return!!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Daisyautumnrose2015
I do not generally feel obliged or feel it necessary to respond to Trip Advisor reviews, on this occasion I feel the need to put my own point across. So my Name is Darren and the General Manager of the Royal Oak Public house, the day in question was a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago, we had a table booked in for 8 people which was part of a car club " Very nice Jags infact" the table turned up individually and ordered drinks as they arrived. I was serving on the bar on this occasion when Tony ( The Reviewer) walked into the Pub, he spoke with the rest of his party and then came to the bar for a drink, I asked what he would like with which he replied anything? one of my locals looked at me to baffled, I asked the customer what anything meant i.e. soft drink, wine, beer, water. The customer then had a look at the beers on tap and pointed at one ( Legacy which we brew in house and is a must try) and grunted a pint of that. So I poured a pint of the legacy and put it in front of him, he took a sip and then pushed the glass back to me and said there is no lemonade in that! I replied I know as you asked for a pint that's what I did, this is where the customer "Tony L" started to become very abusive in a matter of seconds. He first said are you calling me a ****** Liar, which I replied no im not saying you are a liar I merely said you asked for a pint and thats what I gave you, I even then tried to talk to him and say its no problem I can just top the pint up with lemonade, he then called me a *****ing ***H**e and was pointing and screaming at me over the bar. At this point his friends intervened and asked him to calm down and was asking him what the issue is, they said "its just a pint" he continued to yell and scream as I tried to reason with him, one of his friends then ushered him towards the exit where he continued to scream. One of his friends said to me he was on the edge of explosion as soon as he arrived. He then said to his friends we are not eating here lets go somewhere else! anyway the short of it is, his friends stayed for a meal and he left, his friends praised the food and service and could not apologise enough to me for their friends behaviour and how embarrassed they all were. This all happened in front of staff and numerous local customers which would all vouch to what I have just replied. I urge Trip advisor to remove the customers post as it is hugely inaccurate. I also urge any customers that may have seen or heard or any of this and his friends to respond as a small pub in the countryside does not deserve that kind of review. I have felt the need to respond to this as we Run a friendly business and try to give 100% at all times, there will be times we fall short of this but on this occasion not. Darren GM
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Response from mikebQ6024IZ | Reviewed this property |
The roast is excellent.
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There is plenty of space - front and back for a spot of lunch and a drink. No problems and the local walking is fantastic. Try walking up by the cricket club and to the top of the hill - lovely views and so peaceful. Enjoy... More
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