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“The best sunday lunch”
Review of The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak
Ranked #612 of 1,623 Restaurants in Bristol
Cuisines: Pub
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Description: The Royal Oak, situated on Gloucester Road in North Bristol, reopened in July 2009 after an extensive refurbishment by owners Neil and Olivia Greenwood. The pub offers a relaxing environment to enjoy a range of quality drinks and fresh, seasonal food. We are very proud to have won Pub of the Year in our first of year of opening as voted for by Evening Post readers. We are very welcoming of children and have a large family friendly garden to be enjoyed throughout the year. A new addition to the garden for 2012 is our outdoor kitchen and wood fired pizza oven - check our What's on page for information on opening hours.
Bristol
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The best sunday lunch”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Given that I really don't like sunday lunch as a rule, I have eaten it here several times with the children and friends. I think that speaks for itself.
The most important thing is to book ahead and try and get an early sitting as you might be left disappointed on the second sitting as they sometimes have a reduced choice.
For us the best thing is the garden, so when the children are fed up with us adults they can go and run about.
We have also eaten there several times in the evenings and had excellent food with fab service.

  • Visited January 2012
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BRISTOL
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“One of the best Sunday Roasts”
Reviewed 2 March 2012

We have popped in here sometimes when going to the rugby but had not tried the food before, we decided to give it a go a couple of weeks ago and we will be going back there for more. The roast dinner was cooked perfectly, with crisp potatoes, plenty of vegetables and gravy. We opted for the beef which was very juicy and cooked just the way we like it, I can't comment on the taste of the huge yorkshire puddings as I don't like them but you can tell they are homemade. The staff are very friendly and helpful, always with a smile on their face. There is a big garden out the back with a childrens area, it also looks like they are in the process of building a pizza oven / area in the back corner too??? I would advise booking as it gets very busy, by 1pm there wasn't a free table available anywhere inside, luckily we had already booked.

  • Visited February 2012
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Saturday lunch”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Our friend booked a table here as a treat post-godson's birthday party. Parking was a nightmare as there was a football match on and the pub has no car park.
They thoughtfully moved us to a table in the corner of the room as the place was full to the gills with football fans.
Our order was taken promptly. We plumped for "Whitebait" with tartare sauce from the menu. Unbeknown to us the dish had been modified to include chilli in the batter which came as a shock to all of us. The staff quickly had the dish, three portions of it, re-done for us and it was delicious. Two of us had "Croque Monsieur", huge portions, looked yummy. One opted for a burger, beautifully cooked with all the extras. My husband had a mushroom ravioli which came, rather oddly, with a large rocket salad sitting on top of it. I had a lovely salad of roast butternut squash and goats cheese. It had pumpkin seeds in it which gave it pleasing crunch.
The toilets are nice and clean and have my favourite gadget in them, the Dyson Airblade. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly, the food was good, will go on Sunday next time to avoid the parking pain.

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Bristol
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Pub that deserves to be listed as a Restaurant”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

As a pub it's great. Very, very child friendly, with a huge play area in the garden that makes it extremely popular with young families in the summer, both afternoon and evening. Nonetheless it retains the feel of a ‘local’ and is frequented by many (very friendly) ‘regulars’ on any Friday or Saturday evening.
As for the food aspect; it’s more a gastro-pub than a pub restaurant. It does have a nominal eating area but dinners are free to dine anywhere and are sprinkled about the place fairly randomly. The menu is your standard with at least one fish, burger, veggie, ploughman’s, beef, pork, lamb and chicken dish along with a few daily specials. However the food is way above ‘standard’. It’s really good and superb value. May I recommend (if available) the battered fish – the batter is so light and explodes like space dust; the fish cakes – done with the emphasis on fish; and the ploughman’s – if you’re there for a summertime lunch share one with a friend or two, its huge without sacrificing quality.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank BristolTommy
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Level 4 Contributor
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“Cracking pub for a Sunday roast”
Reviewed 11 September 2011

Glos Rd has some fine contenders for a sunday roast, and this pub is right up there.

The roast pork belly is awesome, with plenty of crispy, chewy crackling to get your teeth in to. The roastie are crispy and yorkshires home made, as is the gravy. The winning part has to be the substantial side of veg, fresh red cabbage, carrots and mange tout all glistening in butter, lush!

They have a cracking range of ciders, and regularly hold cider based events over the summer, don't miss the pork and cider festival!

Plenty of tables, a big family friendly pub garden (but doesnt make it feel like a 'families only' pub) and board games free to use

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