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The Royal Oak

€€ - €€€, British,
36 Kirkgate, Ripon HG4 1PB, England
+44 1765 602284
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“scotch egg” (10 reviews)
“mash” (17 reviews)
“pie” (28 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
36 Kirkgate, Ripon HG4 1PB, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited on a Wednesday while on holiday in the area. The special was pie and a pint, but other drinks (and food) were available. We both agreed the pie with horseradish mash was absolutely top notch. This is a Timothy Taylor's house, so had...More

Thank geedee5
Reviewed 5 days ago

Have eaten here many times. Unfortunately on this occasion, my food was pretty much inedible and we experienced incredibly surly service. Appetizer of Hummus was covered with Feta, nothing subtle about it Pie and mash (which I have had previously and was excellent) had overpowering...More

Thank Guy P
RoyalOakRipon, Manager at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Guy, We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review and are extremely disappointed that you left The Royal Oak dissatisfied. Your experience with the food is one that could have being rectified if yourself or another member of your party had...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting the Cathedral we wandered towards the Market Place and decided to give this pub a try. My husband had been there before, but well over 20 years ago! We had not seen as big a range of Timothy Taylor’s ales before, but in...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to start a couple of weeks off with a night in Ripon. We have stayed many times before but never at the Royal Oak. The room was comfortable and clean with (sad i know!) charging facilities near the bed. We had a few...More

Thank GrandTour226928
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We'd just arrived in Ripon for 4 nights and had a quick reconnoitre of the centre of town before we prepared to hit town for our first evening meal. It had to be the Royal Oak on Kirkgate yards from the great market square and...More

Thank Ray S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three of us went to The Royal Oak last Wednesday night and very pleased we were that we did. The Royal Oak had a 'Pie Night' which cost a tenner and comes with a lovely hot and tasty beef pie, mash and veg AND a...More

Thank OldBill2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice pub which was quite popular early evening when we went for our evening meal, 6.30 - 7.30. The menu was typical for this type of pub restaurant. Food was good and they had a reasonable choice of beers. I can recommend the Timmy Taylor’s...More

Thank AnthonyTelford
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very near the cathedral great place to eat great food good service good price nice atmosphere been here once before and remembered how good it was . Kat our server was so friendly and professional

2  Thank Sandie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is delicious with unusual pairings e.g. lamb rump with curried aubergine and a succulent and tasty couscous with mint, feta and yogurt. Never thought I'd think couscous tasty. Good choice of real ale too. The pub is a mix of traditional and modern...More

Thank WandaSnow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked for dinner based on the rating and proximity to our hotel, thoroughly satisfied that we followed trip advice. Superb food, some of the best gastropub dishes we’ve tried: both the lamb rump & pork were wonderful. The young staff are very friendly and efficient...More

1  Thank Stuart S
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Questions & Answers
10 July 2018|
Response from Sean D | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so but it is just a couple mins walk from market Square where you can park and plant of parking around the center
marjorie c
31 October 2017|
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Response from RoyalOak R |
Hi. We are a dog friendly pub so your westie is more than welcome! If you are eating I recommend that you call us and book a table as we only have 1 dog friendly table in the restaurant. Or you can eat in the bar area. Which... More
17 December 2016|
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Response from Theresa F | Reviewed this property |
2017 CHRISTMAS DAY - Christmas menu available on-line shows the Royal Oak is closed on christmas day but open the rest of the festive period.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36 Kirkgate, Ripon HG4 1PB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  Ripon
  • Phone Number: +44 1765 602284
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at The Royal Oak Hotel
All of our food is freshly prepared in house by our talented brigade of chefs. We are lucky to be located in an area rich with excellent local produce. This is reflected in our menu’s that change seasonally enabling us to use ingredients when they are at there best. We offer a wide selection of meat and vegetarian meals, with a mouth watering desserts menu alongside a carefully chosen wine list to compliment your meals.
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