The Royal Oak 👍👍👍👍
We followed the GPS to a dead-end street before doubling back to find this unassuming pub surrounded by fields of green and yellow. This is THE definition of a gastro-pub. The Hinds Head could learn a thing or EVERYTHING from this competing, Michelin One Star establishment.
– location: Nowhere, literally according to our GPS.
– character and atmosphere: Very friendly.
– style and comfort: Pub with nice artwork and a light, fun, slightly professional feeling.
– table and glassware: Good.
– other guests: Very local.
– ambience rating (1 to 5 thumbs up/down)
– reception: Outstanding…Mo better!
– floor staff (knowledge and presentation of food, attention to details and awareness of guests): Pleasant, knowledgable staff obviously influenced by the manager, who is excellent.
– sommelier, maitre’d, chef, manager: Head Chef Dominic Chapman (now opening his own place). Mo Gherras is the Manager and a rock star from a service perspective.
– service rating (1 to 5 thumbs up/down)
– bread: Too good. I cut off my hands and considered pulling my teeth in an effort to stop eating!!!
– ingredients: Fresh. Zucchini off the hook, which reflected the freshness of the vegetable more than the light breadcrumbs.
– presentation: Very well presented by staff.
– creativity: Excellent
– taste: Excellent, but a touch too much salt. This is true of most “Modern British” efforts we tried on the trip. What they lack, happily, in butter and oil, they almost over-compensate with salt.
– smell: Lovely.
– execution: Perfect
– food rating (1 to 5 thumbs up/down)
Mixed grain bread, dried tomato bread, flat bread with olive oil. Robuchon-good!!!
Rabbit on toast. Basically a pate, nice, light.
Fried courgettes. Outstanding, lightly fried, yummy flavor.
– selection: Very good to excellent with some UK wines, particularly bubbles from Gusbourne Estate and Nyetimber.
– variety: Excellent
– value: Slightly expensive.
– wine rating (1 to 5 thumbs up/down)
Half pints of London Pride and Sprinter. Both pretty good.
Glasses of Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs, Kent, England 2009. Impressive.
Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc 2011. Slightly dry, good exotic fruit, well-balanced, not bad.
Glass of Corbieres, Cuvee Reservee, Ch La Voulte-Gasparers, Languedoc 2012. Nice
– type of cuisine: Modern British
– dress code: Very casual
– overall rating (1 to 5 thumbs up/down)
The Royal Oak
Littlefield Green, Nr. Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3JN
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