The Royal Oak

4.5
222 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Since being rebuilt in 1906 The Royal Oak has been the pride of Highams Park.

It's beautiful structure and dominant position lent itself perfectly to both locals and passersby alike.

Following an extensive refurbishment and overhaul it will now, once again be the pride of the area.

The Royal Oak is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a warm, friendly and cosy atmosphere. Whether it’s for dining in our restaurant, a special lunch, snacks in the bar, or simply a thirst quenching drink, come along to The Royal Oak and let us spoil you with, our great service, constantly changing seasonal menu, and our extensive selection of, cask ales, craft beers, wines, premium beers & delicious cocktails.
What 222 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect lunch, pretty outdoor seating. The staff were so welcoming!

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NinoM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience5

the service and layout is outstanding excellent adaptation to create space and light as well as well spaced out tables and heating too

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Richarddsc
London
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very tasty, service was pretty good, and prices reasonable. We were outside, of course, but seated near a heater which helped given nippy weather.

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PenelopeA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the seating outside but the benches in the middle of the area could have had soft seating especially as it was freezing. Didn’t spoil our lunch as we took some cushions from the other seating area to sit on. We all enjoyed our food, the staff were very attentive, not overly so we had a very nice few hours.

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Sarah
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a super lunch we had, we arrived post dog walk to top notch, super service provided by Kelly. The food was lovely, the ambience perfect and our dogs were well looked after too. One of my favourite pubs, their outdoor set up is so lovely.
Thanks guys

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Maggie
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for a quiz might outside in the garden. Had a Really good evening. It started
and finished early which suited us exactly. We will definitely book again.

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suzanne
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely to be back enjoying the quiz at the Oak! And love the outdoor space

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Lisa
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service since reopening, definitely has a different and better vibe. Drink order was wrong once but sorted straight away so that was great! Food was nice but I probably wouldn't get the chicken burger again, because it was a little dry, but that is literally my only fault, chips were really good!

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AlexR
London
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, service good, food lovely, nice atmosphere

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SarahM
Essex
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon in the garden. Quick and friendly service.

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Steve2000
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well organised, quick and friendly service once everything ordered through the app. All five us were happy with the quality and quantity of food. A rather loud and excitable group on the table next to us and because we were outside they were able to smoke which constantly blew across us.

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Nigleb1
London
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

After a mix up with our booking cause the man was looking at a different day we got seated.. once we figured out how to use the app which was a nightmare we ordered our food and drinks which came quick and was lovely, the seating area under Canopy’s with heating was nice and cosy.
Had a lovely afternoon for my sisters birthday

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vipSwaltz
London
36 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed a venue in this area for lunch and found it on OpenTable. It was a great find.
Great food and service and lovely outdoor setting.
Only thing they didn't manage to do was keep the sun shining.
I imagine this would be a great place to go in the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Menu is not what is advertised online - and I wouldn't consider this a gastropub.

You need to order yourself via an app, the starters arrived the same time as main courses. The bar bought half an apple juice despite paying for a full pint - granted they changed it. I paid nearly £7 for flat plastic bottled coca cola.

The mayo on the chicken burger had skin over as if it had been in and out of the fridge or uncovered in the fridge for a long period of time. Was also cold. Skinny fries where just regular fries - nothing skinny about them.

At no point did anybody check on any food.

All in all food quality was poor, and apart from 1 or 2 options most of the food is fried, and medicure at best.

Definitely would not rush back

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ChantelleB
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and accommodating
Love coming here for a little Lunch

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vipVeggiediner
Aberdeen
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was lovely. Food was great. The only problems were as we have to eat outside currently, there were a lot of smokers which rather ruins a meal. And it was cold which is no-one’s fault ! But the outside set up which looks like it predates the pandemic, was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice evening in a nice setting

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice food, under heater so nice and warm. Great to be back!

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BenjaminB
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. Attentive and friendly staff. Place set up well to conform with covid regs.

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MeredithS
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Royal Oak in Highams Park is a local favourite of ours. The pub and extensive covered and uncovered garden are so lovely and well cared for. The Royal Oak team are caring, helpful and always have been wonderfully hospitable, and we’ve even had family rave about their stay in their upstairs Guesthouse rooms. A local favourite we’re just so pleased has weathered the storm of 2020!

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SamL
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff are very welcoming and friendly. Food is always hot and enjoyable.
Thank you for having us

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Nortoang
London
32 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at the Royal Oak, well organised, good service and great food as always.

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John
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, very helpful and accommodating. Food excellent. Atmosphere fantastic.

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Mkil
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service very efficient.
Tables well spaced out and very clean. Felt very comfortable would recommend

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ValentinaN
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very nice. All staff were excellent . Only complaint which can’t be helped it was freezing even when sitting under a heater.
Would definitely return.

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Bluebell
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

A lovely beer garden, but alas my food was very dry and my burger burned / over cooked.

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vipMichelleV
London
31 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely garden to enjoy lunch, nice food and good service. Looking forward to when you can order with a waitress and not an app, not easy to find all the drink combinations that everybody wants.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great roasts and superb service

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LanaS
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We booked our table via the app turned up 15mins early one of the waitresses sat us at a table then the manager Ronda immediately came over and got our table of 6 people up and told us our booking had not been made i showed her my confirmation email and she then said to go and sit down at the table we had previously been sat at? She was very abrasive nil customer service did not apologise for wasting our time and if it hadnt been for our wonderful server chris it would of ruined my brothers 18th birthday. On another note we were absolutely freezing despite bringing coats to wear as there was no heating lamps over our table also had to wait 30mins for our cake and had to ask four different people before we got it total rubbish do not eat here

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karenc
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food quickly delivered and pizza available

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant and very COVID friendly.
Enjoyed greatly.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Overall good experience
Customer service could improve

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AneesS
London
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outdoor table due to Covid restrictions but although some table had heaters ours didn't so it made for a very cold evening! They should have invested in more heaters! Otherwise drinks fairly priced service, friendly service, order by app. Didn't eat this time but foods average pub fayre.

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KatyP
London
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous staff, atmosphere & food. Thank you very much!

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited beers due to outdoor bar at present. Would be nice if a real ale was available.

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EileenF
London
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great staff and good service. Food was cold. Need more seats with backs for older people

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suzanne
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very happy to be back at the oak. Vegan burger was great and so was the fish and chips. My only complaint is that there was no ketchup!!

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love The Oak. The staff are always very friendly. They were also very well organised with Covid restrictions & on the ball to make sure rules were abided with. Food was tasty & had a lovely time.

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paperfriend
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our first visit to a pub after lockdown, we loved the atmosphere and friendly staff. Unfortunately there was only one vegetarian option on the whole menu, which was really disappointing. There was also only one beer on tap, and seeing this is usually a very good pub for beer, was also a shame.

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EmmettL
Essex
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food and beer excellent will go back

FAQs

The Royal Oak offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8527 2022.

The Royal Oak is rated 4.5 stars by 222 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.