I love a good pub. I really do.
The first time I came to England, I was a little bit awestruck by them. Of course in the states you’ve got your cocktail bars, dive bars and well, kind of meh bars. But in England? They’re traditional, they’re a staple within society. You go for catch ups, Sunday roasts, for a post-work pint. They’re quintessentially British.
And surprisingly, I’ve come to find over the past year, that pubs have excellent menus and brilliant chefs. Let me tell you, it’s been an eye opening discovery. So I didn’t even hesitate to go and try out a new opening in Twickenham, The Royal Oak.
Located just a short bus ride from Richmond station, you’ll find The Royal Oak on a brightly lit corner. Relaxed tables and sofas outside on the sidewalk sit intermixed with shining fairy lights above. Inside? A cosy, modern pub and kitchen. Seriously, The Royal Oak is beautifully decorated (and full of Instagram #goals) so hats off to their interiors team.
The bar is squarely in the centre, as the hub, while tables disperse around the perimeters. Upon our arrival, I was immediately presented with a cool Chardonnay, obviously.
I naturally, got a little bit snap happy before settling in for the evening. Our table was quietly situated in the back amongst bookshelves and quirky ornaments.
I did struggle with the lighting a little bit, so excuse the lightened photos, but that’s just what happens when you eat in the evening. So, note that in person, this all looks a hell of a lot better. Damn camera lens.
We started the meal by going through our favourites, Baked Camembert was a total win and we were recommended to try the chicken livers. Something I never thought I’d order in my life was now situated in front of me. Chicken livers, smoked lardon, on sourdough. Mmmm.
And I have to admit, you guys, I actually really enjoyed them. I’m as surprised as you. The flavour was super rich and fulfilling and we actually polished off the plate. I always love being able to explore my palette when trying new places, thriving on the recommendations from the staff. I’m always up for ordering what they recommend. Does anyone else do this?
Fully filled from our starters, we moved onto The Royal Oak’s mains. When my eyes spotted it, I immediately knew I needed to try the crab. Salty deliciousness, dressed Dorset crab, Saffron aoli and thick cut fries. On their menu, the pizzas are also pretty prominent so Joe decided that he had to have one, sausage and mushroom.
Again, I assure you, the lighting doesn’t do it proper justice (seriously, who knows the best lenses to sort this out?)… but what I do know, is that The Royal Oak are nailing their pub menu with both classic options as well as clever additions to hero and focus on their quality ingredients.
PS. They also have a little deal on that I spotted on the menu if you’re ever in the area during the afternoon. Grab any pizza and a glass of wine or pint for a tenner during the week from 12-4pm.
I couldn’t possibly have made it through dessert, but Joe is a champion for the both of us and decided on the Banoffee pot. I had a quick taste and then, of course, decided I needed a second bite. But that was it for me. Delicious.
We had a great night at The Royal Oak in Twickenham, and I’d say that if you’re in the area, it’s a must add to your pubs to visit list. The staff are excellent. Shout out to Billy for recommending the chicken livers and for looking after us so well.
We’ll definitely be back! (Also, can I please move to Richmond because it’s gorgeous…)
PS. We were guests of The Royal Oak, but all opinions, views, and poor lighting photos are my own.