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“Not so royal oak”
Review of The Royal Oak Hooe

The Royal Oak Hooe
Ranked #299 of 743 Restaurants in Plymouth
Price range: US$4 - US$41
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Royal Oak is the old lady of Hooe Lake. The sign says circa 1857. Well with some research we have found a landlord in situ in 1799, but we know it's much older. The south facing beer garden was once a covered wood store, the remains of the walls now form the beer garden boundary. She even survived the Blitz on Plymouth, standing proud amongst the rubble.Hooe is a quiet village on the outskirts of Plymstock in Plymouth. It has the appeal of being close enough to and far enough from Plymouth all at the same time, quite quirky really. The local transport is by car, taxi, bus (number 2 First National) and water taxi via Mountbatten.Having said that we are on the South West Coast Path and welcome walkers and cyclists too. Adjacent to the beer garden is a public slipway. So you can visit by boat (tides permitting) if so inclined.We are very proud of our homestyle cooked food, made fresh to order. There may be a wait at busy times so we do recommend making a booking.We have a good selection of beers (including real ales), wines and ciders. We welcome families and dog owners at The Oak.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

A welcoming staff did little to embellish the ambiance of this pub.If you like one armed bandits flags of St.George and multi coloured chalk boards this is the place for you. A rather ordinary menu had run out of fish ,for fish and chips, by 7.30 and the food served up was edible but unappetising. I realise that people work hard in catering but this is a place I would have passed by without a second glance in town, as it was I was encouraged on the strength of previous reviews to pay £8 for a taxi to a venue totally unsuited to me.I am posting this review , not to pan the people who run this place , but to inform people realistically of the venue . The price of £19.50 for 2 meals and pint of lager was extremely reasonable but to be fair was probably about what it was worth and the decor was , well distressed is the only word I can think of for it!

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TheRoyalOakHooe, Owner at The Royal Oak Hooe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2014

I'm sorry to read of your bad experience at our pub. The St Georges flags are up as we are a local pub for many people and those people are supporting England in their world cup run. We are proud to support our nation and have a few flags up. The muti-coloured chalk boards are outside of the pub and are there to catch the eye with simple single colour icon style infomatics. We only have one 'one arm bandit' in the corner of the pub. Our menu is in no way ordinary and is kept refreshed. Our kitchen shuts at 8pm, so to have run out of fish by 7.30pm isn't that bad, especially when busy. We'd rather buy in fresh fish every day from the fish market, than have it sat around and that applies to all the meat on our menu too. We do offer a booking service and food can be preordered for the later bookings to secure the dish you require. This is really necessary during busy periods Wednesday to Sunday . We don't have the biggest kitchen and storage is restricted, which is why our hours are limited and we recommend booking. The menus are usually on the website, but as they are currently going through a seasonal change they are currently not there. You have said your meal was edible, but unappetising? I wish that you'd reviewed the food further I would then have feedback I need for Mark on a specific dish and make sure the problem is rectified. We really take all our reviews seriously. I'm also surprised that you didn't give feed back at the time. You've also stated that the price of the food and drink is extremely reasonable, but this isn't reflected in your review scoring? Distressed decoration, well she is over 200 years old and started life as a barn, so you won't make a sleek bar out of her and to be honest we wouldn't want to. She's full of 'old' character. The outside is a little worn, but there are plans and tenders being dealt with there for a much needed lick of paint. I can tell from your review that you won't be back. That's a shame, but each to their own.

Louise, Mick, Mark & Team.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

This little local pub just gets better and better, the new chef is delivering fantastic food, it's well worth the wait at busy times, looking forward to eating there again soon.

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TheRoyalOakHooe, Owner at The Royal Oak Hooe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Hello again Plymspear,

We're so glad you came back and tried our new chef out.
Mark is very keen on keeping the specials boards refreshed with new ideas.
He's currently looking at the on-trend street foods, especially Mexican.
He's also ready to relook at the menu and where we can take it.
The BBQ area will also be getting a lot of use this year (won't mention weather, don't want to jinx it!), with lots of new flavours and a move away from just hot dogs and burgers (but thats in the planning).

Thank you for your review

See you soon

Louise, Mick, Mark & Team

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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

I have eaten here a fair few times and was keen to try the new chef's menu. I was really pleased. I had my favourite, veggie burger and my mum had a special. Delicious.
Still my favourite place to eat.

Thank Emma M
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TheRoyalOakHooe, Owner at The Royal Oak Hooe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2014

Emma M
Thank you for coming back and trying our new chef.
So glad to read that you weren't disappointed with your food.
We are very lucky to have Mark and his food is fresh and tasty.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Louise, Mick, Mark & Team

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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Booked on the Trip Advisor rating and friends recommendation. Loved every minute of our vist. Food was prompt and excellent especially the mega mixed grill. Service was the best bit even though it was quiet we were not forgotten about. All in all a wonderful evening will definitely be back. Thank you to the lady behind the bar you were amazing and a credit to the pub. See you soon

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TheRoyalOakHooe, Owner at The Royal Oak Hooe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2014

Thank you for your review. Did you manage the mega mixed grill? It certainly is a 'gutbuster'. We have passed your review onto Ross and Wendy (behind the bar), both were very pleased. We look forward to seeing you again soon too.
Louise, Mick & Team

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Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

Always have a great meal and service. Great value and you always leave feeling full and very well looked after.
Well worth a visit. X

Thank Emma M
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TheRoyalOakHooe, Owner at The Royal Oak Hooe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoy our pub and from your comments you've been more than once. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Louise, Mick, Ross & Team

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