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Restaurant at The Royal Oak

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73 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG, England
+44 20 7729 2220
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went for a Sunday roast to the Royal Oak with ten friends. We were asked to pre-order the week before, but when we arrived the veggie option (which five of us had ordered) had been changed from mushroom Wellington to roast butternut squash and beetroot; one thin strip of butternut squash and one beetroot, served with carrots, greens and roast... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The outside is not inviting but once you go through the threshold , you get a much cozier feel. Food is nice and if you go any day other than sunday (market day) you can easily find a table. In summer they also have a backyard that opens onto the road at the back, very lively. Staff can be rude

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Thank Jari R
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Visiting locally , I called in on Friday 29th to find a heaving happy bar, oozing charm and camaraderie! Although I was on my own and elderly I was treated with courtesy and humour! Having my favourite ale on tap - Cowcatcher- may have affected my judgement. The clientele seemed all very contented and cheerful - service was fast but... More 

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Thank Jerry M
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

i used to drink in this place for years. it's such a shame to see a decline in a once great pub, that they no longer value their clientele. its a place where they will always get footfall, so losing a few customers is no skin off their nose We went for a birthday with a number of friends on... More 

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Naomi R, Owner at Restaurant at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

The behavior of this customer was so rude, abusive and unacceptable they were asked to leave and anybody who acts like that I would ask the same. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

Visited here with my boyfriend and friends for his birthday. The service is awful, after sitting upstairs for five minutes I asked for a menu only to be told "I'll be with you in a minute, we have quite a lot of people were already dealing with". I should have left then. For such a pretentious menu the food is... More 

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Thank CatVstyle
Naomi R, Owner at Restaurant at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

there is no excuse, it was a bad day for the waitress and we were having problems with the burger and have changed it since but still no excuse I am really sorry More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

The woman who served me was the rudest person I've ever been served by. I asked her to hold my card to reach the ten pound minimum, itself a loathsome but acceptable evil, instead she added 50p to the bill and put it straight through. As you sometimes have to put your card through anyway to do this I thought... More 

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Thank Alex S
Naomi R, Owner at Restaurant at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

this was the most stressful insanely busiest day of the year, with everyone wanting to pay for one drink on a card but I am sorry that we didn't keep our cool More 

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Waited 75mins for the main course. No explanation from staff. Food was mediocre at best Service was awful. No idea how to deal with customers. Very disappointing

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Thank db42015
lee f, General Manager at Restaurant at The Royal Oak, responded to this review

i'm really sorry for the way this was dealt with, things can go wrong all the time any where especially on such a busy shift at this time of year but if customers are feeling things are wrong from the start it's hard to make it better ...I'm really sorry we didn't do this for you and should have More 

London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

Busy, lively pub. Nice atmosphere and everyone enjoying lunch, drinks and bundled up with flowers and/or plants galore. A favourite end to a nice browse on a lazy Sunday afternoon

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Wow Columbia Road a parcel of London I would hate to see changes to too. Loved the ambience of the pub sat there and enjoyed a family afternoon........ah lovely thats what memories are made of.......

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

We came down from sunny Manchester for the weekend and found this pub. Great location, beer and more importantly the food was amazing. We visited on a Sunday afternoon and had to have a roast dinner. The waitress recommended the roast chicken, and boy when It arrived it was a feast, you get a whole chicken to carve yourself at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$64
Cuisine
British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Columbia Road, London E2 7RG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7729 2220

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?