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Travellers' Choice2023
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We have lovingly refurbished the pub to create a warm, comfortable environment with great, friendly & relaxed service we are proud to serve homemade Pub classics & Chefs Specials for lunch & Dinner! We source the best local & seasonal produce to create our fantastic menu! We have created a great wine list from local and small vineyards and suppliers from around the world plus local & international beers & real ales. We look forward to welcoming you soon! Niki & John xx
PRICE RANGE
£8 - £13
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Dog Friendly, Family style
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent, food was great, staff are fantastic, the best roast locally, would definitely recommend it and will be back soon

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely relaxed lunch, food was excellent (the home made pies were glorious) and the service was friendly and attentive. Is dog friendly but can be a bit tight round the bar so perhaps book ahead if popping in after a walk. We were told that...they will be screening films in the pub garden over the summer - something to come back for!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food in a convivial atmosphere. Polite and helpful. Try the Squid or Whitebait as a Starter - Superb. Fish and Chips awesome

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Friendly welcome, good beers and great food, cooked on site by a proper chef and it shows. Pie was one of the best I have eaten.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Nicola Simons, Owner at The Rose and Olive Branch, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2024

Thank you for a great review ❤️

Reviewed 7 January 2024

Our second lunch at this lovely cosy pub. Great atmosphere, wonderful food, friendly and welcoming staff. Nothing too much trouble. Can't wait to visit again.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023

We all had a really lovely lunchtime get-together at this little Gem on Callow Hill, near Royal Holloway. We were welcomed by the owners , and chose a nice table near the fire place. The food was delicious, and so was the Procecco, missed the...Christmas menu by a day...May have to go back. A traditional Cosy pub, which we all would recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023

A fabulous stroke of luck we landed here last night for dinner with friends as we plumped for a venue 'halfway'. The food was amazing; we had the delicious tomato soup & whitebait to start followed by the fabulous pork belly, chicken in a Pretzel...bun & the seafood paella. All spot on, very tasty & lovely presentation. Finished off with the chocolate fondant oozing chocolate sauce & drizzled dolce latte - absolutely delicious!! (No photos as we all tucked straight in!) It is a small select menu but less is more for sure. We had a very warm welcome from Niki & the staff. Dogs are also welcome. Great that this little gem is up & running again & look forward to a Sunday roast one day soon!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023 via mobile

Offering delicious food. Only open for 6 weeks but everything about this place was welcoming. Owners very hospitable. Don’t forget to ask about the specials.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023

Under new management, a few opening hiccups, but finally the Rose and Olive is up and running and back to its best. As close neighbours for the past 30 years, this is important for us and we visited for our first tonight to sample the...evening menu. We were not disappointed. Pies are back on the menu as was a delicious sirloin steak, followed by scrumptious Eton Mess. Fish lovers would also be very happy with the choice offered. The service was excellent and with a friendly smile and as long standing customers who have been disappointed in recent years, it was such a relief to know that once again, we have a local venue which we can frequent every time we wish to eat out. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

First time back for food after the pub was shut for over 6 months after a fire. Now under new management, a lovely welcoming new team were very friendly and happy to have our dog too. They are serving the same Windsor & Eton brewery...ales and have a wonderful new menu. Had the king prawn and moonfish curry which was lovely, and cheese and biscuits after. So happy to see them open again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023 via mobile

Dinner at the Rose & Olive Branch. The pub is well run under Niki, serving staff were young & enthusiastic. The menu is still fairly small, with a balanced set of options and as everything is freshly prepared, dietary requirements can be met if outside...of the published list. The fish options are driven by availability and may change regularly. The quality & presentation of the food was excellent and a big step up from all other pubs in the area. Prices whilst on the high side for a pub are fair, given the quality. John & Niki are open to feedback to develop the food offering further. Prices do not include service. We had a most enjoyable evening, with good food, service & ambience, the Rose & Olive Branch is a most welcome new venue to the area.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

Visited our local pub the day after they opened for Sunday lunch. The lunch was fabulous. I had the roast beef and my husband enjoyed the cod with risotto. Great attentive staff. So glad the pub has reopened again. We will definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 January 2023

Windsor and Eton beers, relaxed and always friendly, great for Saturday and Sunday lunch, proper pub, not a wait to be seated look alike.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 January 2023

Very poor quality Sunday lunch. I rarely post reviews, but this pub does deserve one. We booked family lunch here for 10 adults on 27 November. When they eventually arrived, the roast lunches were very disappointing - vegetables looking like they had been cooked long...ago and kept tepid since then, and the meat looking similarly tired. (One of us had the fish and chips, which was okay.) It was not a cheap meal, which made the its low quality all the more disappointing. The two bar staff tried to be helpful, but overall the experience was very poor. We should probably have complained at the time, but just wanted to try to enjoy our family get together without unpleasantness.. If you’re considering booking lunch here, my advice would be not to do so. Or at least wait until there is a steady flow of positive reviews - which could take some time.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

Myself and a few freinds went to visit for a nice meal out. Had heard of the venue through word of mouth and wanted to give it a try. the place SMASHED my expectations. Kim the chef cooked all the food beautifully and had it...with us within no time at all! callum on the bar was so friendly constantly checking in if we were ok! lovely venue with amazing staff and management. Would Highly reccomend!!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Response from Alan B | Reviewed this property |
On Saturday 25 Sept there was not one meat dish on the menu which only had half available there was about 8 mains on he menu
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Response from cptnobby | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, apparently the pub has been sold and is currently being refurbished. Think it is due to re-open end of January/February.
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22 October 2019|
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Windsor & Eton brewery now own it been doing refurbishments on it , they told me due to open on 18th February
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The Rose and Olive Branch is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4