Nick and his father Sir Michael Parkinson first set eyes on The Royal Oak in 2001. At the time the pub was very ‘pink’ and showed little sign of any tender loving care. Sir Michael wasn’t as convinced as Nick but trusted his son’s judgment. In July 2001 after a lick of paint and a dose of Lady Mary Parkinson’s magic touch the Royal Oak reopened.
In 2008 the team gained a Bib Gourmand. Going from strength to strength in 2010 The Royal Oak attained the acclaimed Michelin star, which it held for 8 years across 3 chef different chefs. Today The Royal Oak is recognised by The Michelin Guide, AA Restaurant Guide, The Good Food Guide and Top 50 Gastropubs, to name a few.
Our menu can be described simply as ‘British food cooked to perfection’. We select the best seasonal produce, sourced locally whenever possible but we’re not afraid to go further afield to assure the quality. Our food is designed not to be pretentious, but rather to embrace the flavours of the produce and not disguise them with unfamiliar ingredients and complicated cooking methods. The result – deliciously tasty food; we defy you not to scrape the plate.
The interior of The Royal Oak is elegant, stylish and nostalgic – in keeping with her antiquity. In 2012 the pub was extended, doubling the size of the restaurant, which now seats 80. Horticultural Expert, Richard Vines, designed the modern garden, which features large planters, white pebbles and a contemporary waterfall. An eclectic mix of beautiful art adorns the walls and adds to the charm and magnetism of the pub.
The service is friendly, efficient and non-intrusive. There’s no standing on ceremony, we want you to relax and really enjoy your visit to the Oak so you feel at home and keep coming back for more.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE OAK
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