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“Poor service saved (just) by excellent food”
Review of The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak
Ranked #12 of 94 Restaurants in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$25
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: All of our food is freshly prepared in house by our talented brigade of chefs. We are lucky to be located in an area rich with excellent local produce. This is reflected in our menu’s that change seasonally enabling us to use ingredients when they are at there best. We offer a wide selection of meat and vegetarian meals, with a mouth watering desserts menu alongside a carefully chosen wine list to compliment your meals.
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Walking in to "are y'awright there?" wasn't a good start - I never know what the expected answer to that question should be. A few youngsters eventually found the booking and at that point I was allowed a drink, but had to ask to be shown to the table. When my friend arrived we were hassled to order, but had to fight to get a wine list and the wine was a long time coming. Had the same problem with getting a glass of wine to have with our cheeseboard. We ordered the wine well before placing the cheese order but, in spite of reminders, the wine didn't arrive until we had nearly finished the cheese .As soon as we had finished the main course we were pressurised to order dessert which made us think they were desperate to get us out to use the table again.

The chef is a genius and, I suspect, wasted at the Royal Oak. Excellent food deserves service to match. Please, Royal Oak, train your staff. They are all delightful people and very friendly but they don't seem to have any sort of system. We come out to relax for Sunday lunch, not to be mentally exhausted at the end of it.

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1  Thank venusarising
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We booked this restaurant for Friday night as we were in Ripon for the weekend and we are so glad that we did as it was one of the best meals that we have ever had but to call it pub food is a crime!!! They have a very talented chef/chefs,hope you pass this praise on to them. We shared olives and bread with sun dried tomato & herb butter for starters then came the mains, we both ordered the sticky Ripon beef and OMG it was mouth wateringly delicious, the beef just fell apart as soon as you touched it(no need for a knife) we then had a dessert to share, the chocolate fondant pudding with popcorn ice-cream (must confess hubby only had 2 fork full's, whoops) it was GORGEOUS. Credit to you all at the Royal Oak. The atmosphere was really good and the service was excellent, all the staff were really nice and helpful with the menu choices. Thank you for an amazing meal x

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1  Thank EnglandJules
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Royal Oak R, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2014

Thank you for your feedback. It is always nice to hear back from our diners.
We have an extremely talented head chef and kitchen team, bringing fresh and adventurous ideas to our menu with all food locally sourced. The 'Ripon Sticky Beef' is one of our most popular dishes on our menu and it's nice to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed it.
Our front of house staff are all trained to give high quality full service with a friendly touch, I am glad that they looked after you well and made your experience with us enjoyable.
We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We came to the oak for a meal on Saturday night as part of my hen party celebrations - and what a great night we had! The table had been decorated for us by items provided by my friends, and they gave us a bottle of prosecco on the table which was a lovely touch. The food was great, as was the service. All the staff really looked after us. We had such a lovely evening! We will definitely be back :)

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1  Thank Reece86
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We were staying one night at The Royal Oak which we chose because we liked the look of the food they were serving. We weren't disappointed - it was all very different from standard pub fare and far superior. I can recommend the crab cakes with shrimp butter and samphire and the sticky beef which is really slow cooked beef that it melts in the mouth. In the morning we had their cooked breakfast which again was excellent. Not a total blow-out that wouldn't fit on the plate but a well cooked and presented amount - well done chefs at the Royal Oak.

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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

Called in last Sunday for a drink after we had been for a two hour jaunt around Ripon. After a glass or two of fine wine and ale we had lunch . It was absolutely delicious one of the best roasts I have had in a long time and staff were excellent too. Well done Royal Oak, we had our first date in this pub nineteen years ago and it's sure changed a lot but remains a special place for us. We are very lucky to have some excellent pubs and restaurants on our doorstep in Ripon.

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