The Royal Oak, Paley Street is a smart black and white gastropub. Inside this 17th century pub it’s warm and stylish with beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Most importantly it holds a Michelin star so you know it’ll serve great British food cooked to perfection. It is the pub of Nick and Sir Michael Parkinson (his father).
One of my favourite things in life is an impromptu meal out. So when my hubby asked me on a lunch date to The Royal Oak Paley Street it took me all of one second to say ‘yes!’. Even more delicious is that it’s a week day – naughty!
Greeted by a cheeky sign has us grinning at each other.
The smart decor of this delightful pub has a lot to do with Lady Mary Parkinson’s magic touch.
Polite and friendly staff took us to our table where we soon relaxed into the wine list which offers something to suit all palates and purses.
The elegant, stylish and nostalgic interior.We’ve settled on the fixed price lunch menu. Well, why not when it all sounds so lush!
Salt flakes on the butter is always a good sign in my book.
Happily diving into the bread. It’s exactly as you’d want it to be – both crunchy and soft and moist nom nom …
The starters of mackerel and white pork fritter are as pretty as a picture.
Two Scotch Eggs arrive which always causes a little anticipation. I mean, they have to have a runny middle…
Of course – they were perfect!
Scotch egg heaven!
My ‘coq au vin’ arrived eyed up by my hubby (a meat lover).
Coq Au Vin.Andy was served the bream which then I eyed up, it was so pretty!
The rules have for many years been that we try each others, which we do before we settle in and eat our own.
As the food has been so outstanding we go for the 3rd course. Mine was a celebration of apple and Andy chose a rum baba. We ended up swapping tho’ only because I finished mine first!
Coffee to finish, always a cappuccino for me. Lovely treats come too. I shared nicely this time as I was rather full up.
The meal was super good. Everything was a really high standard. But now it’s time to pay and after a few hours of wonderful escape the emails need checking.
The garden is peaceful and just the right place to take 5 before the journey home. The garden is modern and features large planters, white pebbles and a contemporary waterfall.
This is NOT a sponsored post, I’m just sharing the love!
The Royal Oak, Paley Street
Littlefield Green, Nr. Maidenhead,
Berkshire, SL6 3JN