The Royal Oak

4.7
180 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 180 people are saying
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AnnabelC
Nottingham
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great night . Fast service - only thing that was disappointing was they had not updated their website to reflect the fact they weren’t offering 2 4 1 Friday cocktails yet as it said they were ..( or indeed any cocktails yet ) I booked Friday for that reason . Totally understand they are feeling their way for first week back after lockdown but a little disappointed. . Otherwise though ... faultless service, quality etc fir food amd drink

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MaB2
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, could be better wine choice. Some either Australian or American wine would be good choice. Comfortable seats. Because of the weather it was extremely cold.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

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michaelp
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Difficult to judge under Covid conditions.Service a bit chaotic with requirement to pay before receiving food. Cold with heater going off after 10 minutes so having repeatedly to ask to put back on. Uncomfortable for 70 year olds to sit on benches- refused request to sit on chairs with backs as allegedly booked out but some where empty all the time we were there. Outside bar only with limited selection of pre dinner drinks.Unable to recommend at the moment but would return inside when allowed.

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TommyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have eaten a fair few times and have never been disappointed

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and good value food

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Chantelle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely staff, I cannot remember our waitresses name, but she was very polite and accommodating, as well as all the other staff keener upon arrival and departure. I love visiting here and the food is amazing we sat near the cute fireplace which was nice as it was freezing outside !

Thanks again and I looked to my next visit

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David
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice lunch. Great food and service. Thanks

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vipAmari2525
London
58 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the perfect lunch. Friendly staff and great food, with large portions. Perfect for a greedy person such as myself.

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GrahamP
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good Sunday roast. Tasted really freshly cooked rather than having been over cooked. Very personable and efficient service too.

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STUARTW
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome and really homely and personal customer service from all of the staff.
The food was delicious, hot and served quickly. Side orders were offered and we chose the cauliflower cheese, which was wonderful.
Desserts are cheeky and traditional and a nice treat.
Drinks were spot on and even the walk home didn't save me from a snooze like a bear with a full belly.
Mentally penned in a return when the restrictions allow. We'll done to you all at the Royal Oak and thanks for taking care of us.

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AdrienneG
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal as always. Loved the new menu options as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All around, it was very good.

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Jilly
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Fish and chips was fab. Beef was quite small. Waitress was lovely and so was dessert! Liked the decor

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Tarassaass
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The staff were busy and forgot a couple of drinks, then it took a long time to pay the bill and it was the wrong one, however they managed it well and were very friendly and apologetic and all very genuine. They went out of their way to fit me in a few hours early for my booking.

Roast lamb was v. nice - burnt Yorkshires but otherwise good!! Beef quite overdone, not a great meal.

Great atmosphere in dining room. Very pretty interior.
Will return for another go.

BF
vipBrawnFan
London
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It’s a lovely pub with good beer on tap but the food is pretty awful! The roast was below average and the “southern fried chicken goujons” were simply deep fried frozen chicken nuggets without any seasoning

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Smith
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was a bit disorganised, desserts came in stages and we had to ask for spoons. It took a while to get the bill, the last time we ate there was a better service. We will go back but not for a while.

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DeniseD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the royal oak a couple of times, and the food has always been very good.

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EmmaM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good place for a Sunday roast. Really friendly staff.

PJ
PaulJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive staff, young but still proffessional. Good food, presented well, pub food and not pretentious. Good live music. overall a nice pub worth a visit

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MatthewS
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this pub in general but realised we had only ever eaten there for their Sunday lunch so we decided to check out eating there not on a Sunday so my partner and I went for a Saturday night.

We were impressed by the specials menu (although the main menu looked nice perhaps if you were in the bar area) so we went with that and we are super impressed.

Lovey food, attentive nice staff, great wine (Blush Rose), nice atmosphere and after if you fancy it then live music in the bar!

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JanetH
Essex
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was the first time we visited The Royal Oak and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. We will definitely be visiting again.

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Nicola21
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and excellent service for a special occasions!

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Joyp
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

we were able to book at the last minute which was good news for us - unfortunately the food wasn't up to the usual excellent standard - edible but not as good as usual.

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HollyD
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice decor and lovely food and cocktails! It was a bit quiet but that was probably because we the only ones in the restaurant at 12 noon on a Wednesday!!!

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HayleyG
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant attached to the pub. Generously accommodated our double buggy! Superb service and great food.

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DanB
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great tasting meal, and they dealt with our three (not that quiet) kids very well. Will definitely go back.

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Denbunny
London
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good deco, made the experience.
Food and service excellent
Highly recommend and will be back

RK
RubyK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really beautiful pub, with great personality staff, delivery exceptional service. Went for a Sunday lunch and had the roast beef - the food was delicious, fresh and hot and served quickly. Followed by the eton mess, which was just superb! Will defo be going back, great for lunch or dinner with children, family or friends, in a laid back, but smart environment!

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit and loved the Christmassy atmosphere. The service was slow because of a large office party (hence noisy) but we were made aware of this by our waitress when we arrived. Food was very good.

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SharonH
London
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very pleasant lunch at the Oak for our anniversary. Ate Goats cheese salad starter, slow cooked short rib of beef and Eton Mess all of which we enjoyed. We were served by Kelly who seemed very organised and on top of her job. She was also serving two large tables celebrating Christmas and didn't keep anyone waiting. She has a lovely personality, she obviously enjoys her job, you are lucky to have her!

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CasualKen75
London
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, the two staff members (one male, one female) couldn’t do enough and even though it was extremely busy managed to serve us with great ease and prompt. A lovely restaurant and pub with an excellent atmosphere. Bravo

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KatieD
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Royal Oak was delicious. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. The roast is a very decent portion too. 5 out of 5

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JuliaT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here last Sunday. Roast dinner was wonderful.
The staff looking after us and waiting on the tables were wonderful, deserve lots of praise, made our experience even better. Will hopefully be back next week! Thanks!

MP
MariaP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great , well presented. Staff were friendly and service was good . Lovely cosy atmosphere
We were a group of 8 and all got served very promptly

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Jessica
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We love coming here from Walthamstow, and are soon moving to the area - and so it will become our local!

Just a couple of small things I have been disappointed by in my last few visits, which I think they could improve upon quite easily.

The first being, there are never the right ingredients for a Bloody Mary, and tabasco without the Worcester sauce just does not work (the two times before there was no tabasco either).

The second being the slow service - granted it was busy. Our starters came nice and promptly, however, there was a long waiting period until we were served the mains.

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ValerieT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The menu has just changed to the winter menu. This was a shame as I was looking forward to trying the duck again. The food was good. My lamb came as a whole piece and would have been better served sliced - as it was a bit hard to cut with the standard table knife. The restaurant was busy and they were down a chef - so the wait was longer than usual - but this was explained as soon as we were shown to our seats - and the waitressing staff were very friendly and provided an attentive service. The restaurant is a lovely dining space and is a very comfortable place to spend time with friends over dinner. Will definitely be back !

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A nice family restaurant for a Sunday lunch. The portions were very substantial and all the roasts were enjoyed by our party.

SG
SimranG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent pub serving up some top quality grub. Would recommend to no end

MB
MeganB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super dinner on Sunday: thr food was outstanding, the waitress was friendly a d efficient and the food came swiftly. Highly recommended.

FAQs

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

The Royal Oak is rated 4.7 stars by 180 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.