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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

In the safe hands of the Parkinson family (co-owned by Sir Michael and son Nick – who runs things with bags of personality), the Oak has been reborn as a dining pub of our times. Inside the low-beamed bar and brick fireplace retain echoes of the past, though, with winged armchairs, sofas and walls lined with posh artwork, it's much more 'pre-meal aperitifs than pints' these days. A brighter extension, with pitched beamed ceiling and doors onto a splendid modern terrace, add sunny day kudos. New head chef Leon Smith (with Craig Johnston - MasterChef: The Professionals 2017 champion – as sous chef) continues the Oak's kitchen ethos, built around prime seasonal ingredients, simplicity and bold flavour, while looking smart on the plate too. On-trend 'snacks' (think chorizo muffins) pave the way, while starters like wood pigeon with caramelised chicory, walnuts and port illustrate the bold style. Roasted cod with a garlic crumb might follow, teamed with salsify, sea vegetables and a red wine sauce, while classy desserts, perhaps poached Yorkshire rhubarb with whipped custard and orange cake, show form to the end. Service is on-cue yet unstuffy, while the serious wine list reinforces the more-restaurant-than-pub status.

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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: 400
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from: £8
  • 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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