The Royal Oak is fantastic.
I've been a few times now and each and every time the food and atmosphere is perfect. It's a cosy, traditional type of place, nice and low key, but very warm and welcoming and in no way rowdy or weird.
The food is really what brings me to this place though. From what I have been told, the place is a husband and wife operation with the husband running the bar and service and wife working the kitchen. What a combo!
The menu usually has around 7 or 8 items on it each night and it changes from night to night. The servings are generous and the food is very tasty and of a high quality. It's not fancy food, it's comfort food as one of the other reviewers has stated. That said, it is always fresh and never cheap or 'fast food' tasting like what you'll find at many pubs these days.
This is authentic, fresh cooking at it's best. I highly recommend a visit (or two) if you're every in the Rye area. They take bookings so, give them a call before you turn up so that they know you're coming!
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