Review on The Royal Oak
Proudly billed as a 'local pub for local people', the Royal Oak at Bovingdon Green near Marlow is out of the same multi-award winning Home Counties' stable as The Alford Arms, Frithsden. Scooping The Good Pub Guide 'County Dining Pub of the Year' 2014 award, the fourth year in a row, it's a delightful whitewashed village hostelry, and inside it has all the familiar Country Living trappings – a snug with a wood-burning stove, dark polished floorboards, rich fabrics ; there's also a sprawling garden outside complete with a pétanque 'piste' and a sunny terrace.
The menu divides up into 'small plates' and 'main meals'. On the one hand you can expect seared soused salmon fillet on smoked potato salad or herb-crusted halibut with linguine and classic minestrone; other the other guinea fowl and seared pigeon terrine with rosemary flatbread or free-range coq au vin with sage and onion dumpling and chantenay carrots.
Also check out the Royal Oak's famous homemade Marlow venison sausages (which often crop up in a 'toad') and don't miss homely desserts such as cinnamon-spiced apple and custard crumble or banana and walnut whip ripple cheesecake. To drink there are real ales from the local Rebellion Brewery in Marlow, plus a short, sharp list of totally European wines with everything available by the glass.
Congratulations to the Salisbury group for also picking up the prestigious Pub Group of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2014.
The Royal Oak is also featured in: Good Food Guide, HardensRate this Restaurant
Gastro pub / Modern British
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (3.00pm Fri & Sat) (9.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Thu (6.00 -10.00pm Fri-Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express