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“Another great pub-grub pub in Alcester”
Review of The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak
Ranked #27 of 40 Restaurants in Alcester
Cuisines: Pub
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Living in Alcester (a pretty small town, by the way!) we have no less than 11 pubs, 2 members' clubs, 3 dine-in indian restaurants, 3 indian takeaways, 2 chinese takeaways, 2 fish and chip shops, a tapas and wine bar, our favourite Essence restaurant (see my separate review!) and a new tea room seems to pop up every other week! We're certainly spoilt for choice for drinking and eating options! Given this, it's perhaps not surprising that even though we live a stone's throw from Alcester's High Street, we ate at the Royal Oak for the first time just a week or so ago, during the inaugural Alcester Beer and Cider Trail on the August Bank holiday Sunday.

We'd heard that there was a new chef at the Oak, one who used to work at another of Alcester's brilliant pubs, so we decided to try out the food to help absorb some of the aforementioned beer and cider...! Given the price of the food (very reasonable indeed), I must admit I wasn't expecting it to be a great meal, but I was very pleasantly surprised when my steak arrived - huge and cooked to perfection with a mound of chips and salad on the side - yum! My partner and one of our friends both had a burger, which again was enormous and reportedly very good indeed.

The only thing that stops the Oak from getting a 5 star review from me was the fact that the menu, although very good, was rather limited, and had only one vegetarian option on the day we visited. The fourth member of our party is a pescetarian, and the chef was more than happy to serve her the prawn starter with chips as a main course, but a few more veggie options would have been nice. Still, considering the Oak isn't really known as a 'foodie' pub, the fact that it does simple pub grub very well and at a great price is a plus point indeed. Just makes it even harder to choose where to go for food in Alcester!

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Situated in the High Street of Alcester this is worth a visit. We have been here quite a few times now and always had excellent food whether it has been from the menu or the Sunday roast. ( Tender meat and the best homemade Yorkshire puddings I've ever had.) Really good value for money and not stingy portions either! An imaginative menu that also caters for those that want something more traditional. Look out for the theme nights if you do fancy something different and want to try food from another country! We have been to a couple of these and they were superb!! Recently we have tried the mushrooms in creamy stilton sauce for starter (very moreish) and the chef certainly knows how to cook a steak to perfection!!

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We have been here quite a few times now and always had excellent food whether it has been from the menu or the Sunday roast. ( Tender meat and the best homemade Yorkshire puddings I've ever had.) Really good value for money and not stingy portions either! An imaginative menu that also caters for those that want something more traditional. Look out for the theme nights if you do fancy something different and want to try food from another country! We have been to a couple of these and they were superb!! Recently we have tried the mushrooms in creamy stilton sauce for starter (very moreish) and the chef certainly knows how to cook a steak to perfection!!

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Reviewed 14 July 2013

We went to this pub on saturday 13th july, as it was advertising a band. As we were visiting the area, we thought it would be a fun evening. The band and beer were good, however, we bought 2 packets of crisps, ate them, only to find they were both a month out-of-date!!! On showing the landlord, he laughed but didnt offer a refund or complimentary drink, just threw the packets under the counter and walked away. His attitude was so rude....no restaurant would get away with that. We were disgusted, so went up the road to a fantastic little pub called 'The Turks Head'. That truely was worth a visit.

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