The Royal Oak
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
We arrived at The Royal Oak in the early evening, but already the pub was buzzing with locals drinking, dogs milling around and the friendly hum of conversation and laughter. The dining area is at the far end of the pub, with a large blackboard detailing the day’s specials.
There’s a wide choice of beer and wine, from which we chose a glass of very reasonably priced Portuguese wine. After much deliberation, my companion and I decided to share the meze selection, which comprised stuffed vine leaves, cheese, hot artichoke hearts and olives presented attractively on a wooden board with toasted baguette and garlic bread.
My mushroom Stroganoff was deliciously creamy without being too rich, while my dining partner’s trio of haddock, lemon sole and monkfish was served in a very light lemon butter sauce, which enhanced the delicate flavour of the fish. She opted for fresh salad and Dauphinoise potatoes on the side, while I chose a delicious accompaniment of red cabbage, carrots and broccoli. We didn’t have room for dessert, but we heard rave reviews from an adjacent table. Delivering fresh, local food, with friendly service and plenty of room to park, The Royal Oak exceeds expectations. Its convenient location at Perranwell railway station, within easy reach of Truro, makes it a must-visit.