I'm always interested in seeing what pub food is being served on my doorstep and after being through a number of uninspired refurbishments over the years, The Royal Oak pub in Twickenham is now under new management by new restaurant/pub group Hippo Inns. For this reinvention they have gone back to the original name and reopened with an exciting new menu in an attempt to attract family style eating.
|Medium Steak, The Royal Oak, Twickenham|
The menu options feature hearty plates of lamb, pork, steak, in-house smoked salmon, (didn't get to try this) a deliciously popular risotto starter and many other new dishes that are proving to be quite a hit - I really enjoyed the gazpacho (if you want a healthy choice).
|Two large copper beer tanks overhang the bar @ Royal Oak, Twickenham|
If you try excavating into one their pork schnitzels (they are large) opt for a lighter starter and pair it with one of the Trumans beers. These beers are a cut above the usual selection offered at most places and without the price tag but not only that, their beer is raw and real. Unfiltered and unpasturised straight from two copper tanks installed directly above the bar.
|Risotto, Royal Oak, Twickenham|
The downside: (I will always keep it real) The Royal Oak has only been opened a few weeks - already one of the ladies toilets is out of order, service (order taking) was a little slow on both occasions. More recently we were served raw egg on the schnitzel which had to be sent back to finish off cooking. The pic below is after it has been re-cooked.
|Hearty Pork Schnitzel, Royal Oak, Twickenham|
The food is however most certainly delicious, all seasoned well, steak cooked exactly as asked, friends reported that the lamb pizzas were very tasty but for me they need to keep their standards consistent otherwise they'll struggle to attract and maintain that family crowd they're so eager to please. If they do and I hope they do, they'll most certainly have a captive audience that will return time after time.
|Gazpacho, Royal Oak Twickenham|
|The Royal Oak, Twickenham|
|Lamb Pizza with pomegranate, The Royal Oak, Twickenham|
Despite the minor issues above, I believe apart from one or two other places in town, their pub food is by far better than anything else currently on offer in Twickenham.
Starters from £6-£8
Mains from £10 - £17.50
Offer: Mon to Fri Lunchtime Pizza & Glass of wine for £10 (Summer 2017)