Review on The Royal Oak

The fact that the Michelin-starred Royal Oak is jointly owned by chat show supremo Michael Parkinson and his son is enough to attract celeb spotters to this white-painted pub in Paley Street village - just a few miles from Maidenhead. As you might expect, the interior is filled with photographs, TV memorabilia and cricket mementoes; it's a top-drawer destination for fans of live jazz, too.

Wild fish, seasonal game, locally reared meat and much else besides finds its way on his menus. There might be fried sand eels or ox tongue with pickled cabbage to start, ahead of line-caught Cornish sea bass with celery, roast partridge or salt beef stovie with fried egg and mustard sauce; we can also confirm that the kitchen serves up 'world class' chips.

As for desserts, expect mango soufflé and chocolate fondant as well as Cambridge burnt cream and rhubarb trifle. and chocolate fondant. The 100-bin wine list is loaded with Champagnes and heavy-duty clarets to please the pub's affluent, Bentley-driving clientele.

The Royal Oak is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Gastro pub / Modern British


James Bennett

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (12.00 - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Thu (6.30 - 10.00pm Fri-Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Royal Oak

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 55 covers
  • Family Friendly


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Royal Oak
Paley Street

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