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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 August 2016, after a mindful refurbishment, bringing it's former customary warmth back to life, the traditional bar area, with oak beams, fireplace and stonework lead you through to another level with a fresh perspective
US$10 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Bar, British, Pub
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very very long wait for your food after ordering. Starters came 45 mins after ordering and after an hour and a half wait we decided to cancel the mains. Frustrating for both ourselves and the staff. Hope they can sort the problem out because...More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basically come here for its location as it's near to where I live. No more I can tell you on that apart from it was a mistake. It's a burger nearly £16 for the burger what makes it so special must be really big or...More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a disappointment love this pub but they seem to have reduced to cheap brought in frozen catering , 3 starters as tapas , barbecue chicken wings were fried chicken in a batter with barbecue sauce poured over , calamari below average “ break brothers”...More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

We had a lovely meal at the Royal Oak. There menu caters for veggie and vegan. Good portion sizes. I had the vegetable tart which was yummy. Very friendly staff. We sat out side in the heated marquee so we’re covid safe 👍 and warm.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 18 December 2020 via mobile

Had a lovely Christmas bap with all the trimmings and had a festive ale yesterday,sat outside in the heated marquee, very covid friendly. very friendly staff and darren the landlord very flexible at changing anything on the menu to meet highly recommended lots to choose...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 December 2020

I was out with the family on sunday to our local pub and how amazing was the meal . I had a trio of meat, my dad had a sirloin steak and my mum had pork belly. The meal was excellent and me and my...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 December 2020

Excellent service, well spoken young lady named chloe and Mikey, couldnt ask for anymore to be done. Stunning menu, fast service, highly recommended, will be back as soon as we can, must be pub of the year, and had an amazing experience, covid 19 safe,...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 11 December 2020

Whilst driving around the Surrey Hills and looking for somewhere to have lunch we happened to take wrong turn (thank goodness) and found this lovely restaurant - The Royal Oak. A very warm and friendly place which was beautifully decorated for Christmas with a log...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 11 December 2020

I can honestly say that our Belly Pork lunch was very nearly the best I've ever had! It was served with the best gravy and wonderful mash & veg proper home cooked food The"Festivity"beer brewed on site was one of the best pints of winter...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 4 December 2020 via mobile

Lovely food! We came as a group of 6, I would wait until they have heaters as it was super cold! We chose to stay outside and they did try to accommodate us as best as possible. Food was lovely. I think because we were...More

Date of visit: December 2020
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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
10 July 2019|
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Response from IANC123456789 | Reviewed this property |
The Royal Oak is a very warm, welcoming and friendly pub. I have no idea why this customer had such an issue , they sound like a complete idiot and I will gladly respond to their post with the same, and I would urge anyone... More
22 September 2018|
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Response from mikebQ6024IZ | Reviewed this property |
The roast is excellent.
4 September 2016|
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Response from Jan11c | Reviewed this property |
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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  • The Royal Oak is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4