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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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At a glance

Open all year
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The Parkinson family have lavished heaps of TLC on the Oak, transforming it into a dining pub of our times. Inside, the low-beamed bar and brick fireplace retain echoes of its 17th-century roots, though, with winged armchairs, sofas and walls lined with posh artwork, it's more about aperitifs than pints at the bar these days. A bright extension, with a beamed ceiling and doors opening onto a splendid modern terrace, adds sunny day appeal. Head chef Leon Smith continues the Oak's kitchen ethos, built around prime seasonal ingredients, simplicity and bold flavour, while looking smart on the plate too. Starters like pig’s head and foie gras fritter with wild garlic mayonnaise and pickled vegetables illustrate the bold style. A three-way serving of lamb might follow, the loin, crispy sweetbread and shank ravioli teamed with heritage carrots and navarin sauce, while classy desserts, perhaps chocolate and hazelnut mousse with pomegranate sorbet, show form to the end.

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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(s): Leon Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 80
  • Wines over £30: 560
  • Wines by the glass: 40

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9
  • Main course from £18
  • Dessert from: £9
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • 2-course dinner from: £25
  • 3-course dinner from: £30
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Additional information

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

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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