The Royal Oak
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Summer diners can enjoy unsurpassed views of Windsor Castle whilst dining alfresco on the terrace; perhaps better still, The Royal Oak provides the ideal setting for a mid-winter meal served beside a roaring fire, the whole restaurant fragrant with the scent of meat and vegetables cooking in the kitchen. In support of nearby farmers, produce is sourced locally where possible - as a result, dishes are of the finest quality. Daytime and evening menus present British favourites alongside a welcome selection of pizzas and pastas, and there's a wonderful wine list to complement, offering something for everyone.
To start, we opted for the vegetarian field mushrooms topped with avocado and mozzarella, along with deep-fried Brie coated in herb breadcrumbs and served with luscious cranberry sauce. The menu, which takes influence from the changing seasons, provides the perfect antidote to a cold winter's evening. My half shoulder of lamb arrived in a deep pool of rich yet tangy redcurrant jus, accompanied by ample side portions of steaming vegetables and wonderful champ mash. The lamb was moist and tender, ever-so-slightly pink with a beautiful herbed crust. The lamb, like all meat served at The Royal Oak, comes from renowned supplier Aubrey Allen, a company that counts Rick Stein among its fans. My companion greatly enjoyed the chicken and bacon carbonara, the penne pasta enrobed in a silky sauce. Our desserts of warm treacle sponge with custard and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream were both deliciously gooey and indulgent. For top-quality food, with no unnecessary airs or graces, look no further than The Royal Oak - it's a real breath of fresh air.