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Reviewed 15 February 2024

Stayed 2 nights here Convient, on site free parking Friendly staff on arrival, shown to our room, lovely ensuit room with tv, coffee machine ect(room 5) Lovely cosy pub, good prices Breakfast was good, although coffee from machine was warm not hot Freshley cooked food,...also had an evening meal and only observation was they was 1 cook who took order(at breakfast) cooked, served and had to wash up wich we felt was too much for 1 person, was 1 bar staff in the evening who did help but extra staff would be a plus Overall and very pleasant stay would recommendMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

I stopped over at The Royal Oak while travelling on business. It's a very nice traditional pub with rooms. Instructions are given for keyless entry and, if you didn't want to interact with anyone, you could. I prefer people and was shown to my room...efficiently and with personably. The room was small but had everything and felt clean and recently decorated. I had a steak and kidney pudding for dinner and could not eat it all, portions were very generous. Breakfast was excellent, with good quality ingredients. A few small issues that are to help rather tan complaints and I certainly wouldn't downgrade the five stars. There is some sort of generator on site that is not loud but constant. I travel with earplugs so it wasn't an issue, but don't forget yours. The carpark is very small and requires maneuvering. There is a coffee machine but I don't think the pods are the brand and they make an awful cup of coffee. All in all good value and I would recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

I had absolutely lovely Sunday lunch with my family today. Food was good quality, plenty of vegetables and a cauliflower cheese to die for. For pudding we had banana waffles with ice cream and sticky toffee pudding… delicious. The young waitress that was serving our...table was very attentive and very cheerful. Would definitely recommend others to eat here.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023

We were staying at the Royal Oak for two nights, and since the downstairs pub was convenient, we decided to have dinner. The service was friendly and quick. The atmosphere was pleasant for a Saturday evening. I had something akin to Shepherd's Pie with peas...and carrots. The food was good, though not outstanding. My wife had grilled chicken and a salad, both of which were good. We had dinner on Sunday night as well, mainly because we were tired, didn't want to go back out, and there was not much close by. We had pizza which was good, but not outstanding.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023 via mobile

was walking past the royal oak when some horrible man started shouting abuse at me . so i went in the pub where this man told me to leave as i wasn’t welcome in the pub ., he said he owns it. he had a...picture of his dog in the wall that he pointed to when telling me to get out ( because he owns the pub ) this is actually the local man that entered the pub with a gun a few years back . i’m really writing this in hope that the real owner will see what is going on with his business investment. This character is actively putting customers off . The owner should be aware of the nasty people who are dragging this business downMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

Great Sunday roast. Plenty of food, gravy , condiments. Excellent service. Food hot, delivered optimum time. Cost £105 for four including 2 pints Guinness, pint of beer, bottle of wine, two starters, 4 main course, one pudding. When husband said he wanted pudding but nothing...mentioned with custard, they bought out especially for him sticky toffee pudding and custard. Exceptional customer service. Friendly atmosphere. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 May 2023

This was a unique stay. I reserved and paid for the room through a well-known on-line booking firm, received check-in and check-out instructions via e-mail from the B&B, so I never met or even saw a person regarding our stay. Entry to the building and...room was gained using a keypad with code which was in the e-mailed instructions which also had a phone number to call if there were issues. Fortunately, we had none. The room was clean and comfortable, though sparsely decorated and very small. The bathroom was tight. I'm 5'10", 160 lbs,, not generally affected by close spaces, but felt confined. The shower was modern with plenty of hot water and good water pressure, but don't drop the soap. Our room was right over the entrance to the pub, and there was a lot of loud talking until about 2300 hours on Saturday night. Sunday night was very different, but the pub closes at 2200 on Sundays. Breakfasts were served in the pub and were quite good. Pretty standard fare, coffee/tea, juice, toast, full English breakfast available, and the service was very friendly and fast. There are a few spaces for parking, and we managed to get one the second night, but had to park on the street the first night. Overall, we had a good stay for what we paid, but I left wondering if there were other options close by. The pub downstairs was convenient, and I will cover this is in a separate review.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023 via mobile

What a lovely pub used regularly in the past But the food has gone down hill rapidly over the last 6 months please bring back the old chef as this meal we could have got at table table for half the price ditch the frozen...foodMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2022

We stayed one night at this pub in a cosy room. The roast was excellent and breakfast the next morning was tasty and service was speedy.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022

We first went to the Royal Oak a couple of weeks ago for Sunday Lunch with friends. It was a very nice meal, quality & quantity very good. We returned today for a weekday lunch. My wife chose Steak & Kidney pudding (£10.95) which, by...and large, was fine, though the mash could have been creamier. I chose fish & chips (also £10.95) but was very disappointed. The fish was tiny, a tail end which before being battered had about the same amount of fish as 3 fish fingers. The price was not excessive but the portion was very poor. I can point to several pubs locally which get their fish direct from Folkestone fish market and the portion size is around x3 at the same price so the cost of the raw material is irrelevant. I did not complain at the time as the quality was ok but I left feeling as though I had not eaten. Needless to say we will not return (even for Sunday Lunch). There were only a couple of diners aside from us - my local pub, main courses under £4 would have been packed. The owners are not doing themselves any favours by providing such small portions.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 19 September 2022

Wow we have just had a fabulous wake at this quaint pub in River for my Aunty. Her briefing was she wanted an after tea. Wow the food was so fresh and an amazing selection THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the staff at the...Royal Oak River, and Hedi for making the wake perfect.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Went for a sunday roast and it was fantastic. Large portions and really fresh food. The pub has updated their menu a lot recently to incorporate more varied dishes and now caters for Gluten free. For 6 of us food cost £75 so very reasonably...priced.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

Made it too the pub after a pretty terrible journey, though this wasn’t the pubs fault. Well received by the bar staff who quickly set a table up for us. With 3 tetchy children that had spent way too long in a car together the...server quickly went and got a colouring book and game to help distract them. Drinks arrived and food ordered, staff were even able to offer a dish that wasn’t on the menu as the children’s menu isn’t great. Food arrived, whilst the service had been good the food was pretty poor, fish and chips was very oily with limp chips, it was like it had been precooked and reheated in the microwave, ribs were similar with very tough meat and not fall off the bone as you’d expect. According to my son the pizza was ok though looked to be a ready made base with the toppings put on. Didn’t stay for dessert, went to the co-op instead.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 24 July 2022

First trip to this little pub in River. The pub is cosy and has a nice feel, however the food is overpriced and really bad. £15 ribs were burned black and sprinkled with sauce and the Hunter’s chicken was dry and awful. The worst part...is £5 for garlic bread and you literally get 3 slices from a cheap pre-bought baguette (think the tesco value kind)! This place honestly needs to review their food prices and their chef. We ended up going to the coop down the road to source our dinner.. Would return for a drink definitely, but definitely not food.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

Second visit to this lovely pub for a few days stay. Hiedi and her staff were brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. Room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast freshly cooked and delicious. Great evening food and decent selection of drinks. Real ale in good condition....Locals welcoming and friendly. Perfect location for exploring this corner of Kent. We will be back.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Yes dogs are very welcome. We have them in the bar area though and not the restaurant area. If you wish to eat then there are tables in the bar area to eat.
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