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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Contemporary British cooking chez Parkinson

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Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Under the tender loving care of the Parkinson family, the Royal Oak has been reborn as an elegant village pub for our times. Its trim whitewashed frontage and modern garden, complete with waterfall, look bold and inviting, and inside, low beams and brick fireplaces retain something of the Oak's past, even while James Bennett plots a course into the realm of the culinary contemporary. There is a conscious effort to emphasise the inherent flavours of seasonal ingredients, and dishes look the part too, full of vivid natural colour and contrasting textures. Leek and potato terrine with a purée of alexanders are the inspired accompaniments to an opening serving of corn-fed chicken, while a dressed crab salad might be spiked with blood-orange to point up its bracing freshness. Main courses keep one foot in the heritage British camp, so a majestic pie of guinea fowl and pork, served with mash and gravy, comes as no surprise, but there may also be garlic-crumbed cod with salsify in red wine sauce, or braised veal shin in bone-marrow crust with sweetbreads, broccoli and almonds. Desserts make exciting things happen with some familiar luxuries: a baked chocolate mousse comes in a scatter of hundreds and thousands with honey ice cream, or you could wait a genteel quarter-hour for a freshly baked plum frangipane tart.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: James Bennett

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 80
  • Wines over £30: 400
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Starter from 7
  • Main course from20
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

M4 junction 8/9. Take A308 towards Maidenhead Central, then A330 to Ascot. After 2 miles, turn right onto B3024 to Twyford. Second pub on left

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