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“More efffort on interior decor and garden required” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak
Price range: US$9 - US$23
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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 to this delightful village pub. Belinda and her team look forward to meeting villagers and visitors alike to share, identify and explore the areas of support they can contribute to, and be part of.
england
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75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“More efffort on interior decor and garden required”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Although it is in one of the most beautiful villages in the south of England the pub itself needs a makeover and some interior decorations to make it charming and cosy again. The garden does not look inviting.. It seems to be lacking in character for a country pub which is surprising given its location.


Food was reasonable with sea bass fillets @10.95 on offer a good choice and well prepared.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
East Horsley, Surrey.
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Very ordinary”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

Years ago this pub used to have some charm and character. And there was a good manager who had a giant labrador. Sadly all that has gone and all that is left are a couple of plain rooms with cheap furnature and carpet. The food is accepatble but no more. Oh, and the toilets are a disgrace. It continues to be a mystery how decent pubs are just let go to nothing.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Asurreytraveller
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104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent Club sandwich”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

The club sandwich is excellent, a meal in itself. Friendly staff and the great location make this pub on of my frequent destinations for a day out. Can get busy with walkers at times.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Geoffrey R
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Ewhwurst
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A perfect evening out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

We started our evening with a superb meal of sea bass fillets, followed by a wonderful dessert which was all beautifully presented. We think that the new chef is a great asset and couldn't fault the food. The newly refurbished bar and restaurant was warm and cosy and had a lovely atmosphere. We were entertained during the evening by a great band which made my birthday evening out one to remember! Thank you to all the staff and Geoff the landlord for making us feel so welcome.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank countrygirl068
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Lovely Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

We visited this pub following a trip to Leith Hill. Holmbury St Mary is also home to some family history, hence the visit. The pub had only been open for 5 days following refurbishment so was fresh and clean, There was a lovely traditional atmosphere and welcoming open fire on a chilly day!

The food was excellent and there was a wide choice on the menu I can recommend the homemade House Burger with rough fries.

The staff were friendly and nothing too much trouble.

Will definately return!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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