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“Excellent Pub, Excellent Beer, Excellent Food”
Review of Royal Oak Inn

Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Withypool
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$81 - US$82
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Rickmansworth
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Pub, Excellent Beer, Excellent Food”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

This Pub situated in Wythypool offers a friendly welcome, good atmosphere. We have eaten here many times and always found the food to be of a very high standard.

Visited May 2014
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  • English first
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English first
warks
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A Tale of Two Sittings”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

A Tale Of Two Sittings…

A short break on Exmoor and after a wet walk from Tarr Steps arrived here hoping for a hearty snack.The pub is wonderfully untouched with aged pictures,period furniture,well worn tiles and a cosy little fire..A real delight.We had baguettes which were generous and just the job .The lady behind the bar was warm and welcoming.Five stars all the way.
As we had been delighted we decided to book and bring three guests the following evening for dinner.The web site menu looked just the ticket and what could go wrong?

We walked in and told the chap behind the bar we were here.Not a hint of a welcome in fact more of a frosty glare.Made my wife and I feel we were a nuisance .Gave the impression that he hated his job and given that this was apparently the new owner did not inspire confidence.I ordered a diet coke which was a small mixer bottle.It was flat.I ordered a pint of ‘Smoothflow’ to be told ‘You mean Tetley’s?’ Quite sarcastic.Returned the coke and got another without the benefit of ice.Oh dear he really is not in the right job.

The offered menu was **totally different** from the one on the website.No other options offered.I asked ‘Are there any Specials’ to be told by the waiter ‘Theyr’re all special’.That’ll probably be a no then.

The food arrived ,all basic pub fayre but not worth it.My mixed grill was some very salty gammon,overcooked lamb chop,a mushroom a venison steak which I had not anticipated and did not like and chips from a catering bag.I think there were some packet peas too.The only ‘Sauces’ were Colemans English and French Mustard. Which were banged down in front of us on the table.My mother had ordered the same and was similarly disappointed.Perhaps I should have asked what was in the mixed grill as both of us don’t like venison..The other meals showed that there was not a real chef in the kitchen that night and given that the restaurant next door was empty I assume they may have been given the night off..A final shame was that the fire had not been lit.

This is a lovely little pub.Our food was a disappointment and the service was awful….suggest they sort their web site out too.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank harveyjackWarks
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Fordingbridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“High class pub grub”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Arrived without booking and were shown to the only table unreserved at opening time on Sunday evening. Excellent roast beef with fantastic variety of fresh vegetables.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Jenny B
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Bideford
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lovely”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

The food was excellent. The presentation fantastic. The location was wonderful and the owner Jake was welcoming. Would go back again and certainly recommend.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Yvonne F
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Varied menu and gorgeous food... you need to book in advance as the pub is frequented by locals and tourists!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Annushka N
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