The Dining Room at The Oakley Court

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£26 to £40
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The Dining Room is a 2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant and offers a variety of seasonal dishes dictated by the produce being grown in our onsite Kitchen Gardens or via dedicated local suppliers.

Head Chef William Hemming and his team aim to create a mixture of creative dishes and family favourites to suit all tastebuds using their onsite gardens, beehives and smokehouse to provide a truly unique dining experience.
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CH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was nice and the service was very good. It was a nice gesture for the restaurant to give us something to celebrate our anniversary. Management needs to consider if they'd have at least a partition between the dining room and the kitchen entrance. When they got busy there were lots of noise and movements in and out of the kitchen which is close to the dining area. We'd imagine the atmosphere would be better if the kitchen is being 'hidden' away from the dining room.

DS
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

All clients put in one area , poor ambience and noisy .

Not anywhere near value for money with a very restricted menu.q

HH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our meal at Oakley Court. The meal tonight was exceptional as was the service.

T
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The decor in this restaurant is very understated, but that should not put you off visiting. Tha service was very good, the waiters very helpful and knowledgeable with regards to both the food menu and the wine. Some interesting ingerdigents used with a lot sourced from their own gardens. The portion sizes allow for a full three courses to be tried. The green and white asparagus served cold, which was not what I was expecting but was very nice and well presented, the asparagus was arranged so as appearing to be growing through the earth (mushroom dirt!). Both main courses where delisious. I had the fish which was perfectly cook, garnished with scurvy grass, which I have never heard off and it has an acquired taste. The lamb which my husband chose was again perfectly cooked and very tender. The cheese board had a fairly small portions of cheese, the honey which comes from Oakley Court's own hives was amazing. Would recommend giving this restaurant a try, maybe for special occasion as it is on the expensive side.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambience all spot on. Only small gripe was the menu on the website was different to the one on the day. My guest was particularly looking forward to a particular dish that was not on the menu

A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family dinner in the Dining Room for Father's Day. The staff at the restaurant were amazing. We arrived early and they were able to accommodate our request to be seated earlier. The staff continued to very attentive throughout our meal. Food was absolutely delicious! Full of flavour and beautifully presented. Restaurant is located on the grounds of the Oakley Court hotel which has beautiful grounds. Would highly recommend for a relaxing evening of fine dining!

HH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were eating quite early (because we wanted to enjoy the evening strolling by the river og lounging in the library, too)
At first, the music was too loud and a bit disturbing, but when more people came, the level was quite ok. Generally I don´t like background music when eating. Asking dinner guests about music might be a good idea.

BE
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wonderful service. A beautiful venue for parties and special occasions.

KB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A most pleasant evening. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. The food was very well presented and served swiftly, apart from a slightly over long wait in ordering the sweet.

PN
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a totally memorable meal for all the right reasons:
The maitre d' was excellent in aiding us in our choices.
The background music was subtle but entertaining and a low level talking point
The food was divine - the hotel stay was a 60th birthday celebration for one of our party and he was blown away by the meal and the subsequent breakfast the next day.

DB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic evening good food good wine and excellent service the hotel grounds make for a lovely walk after visiting the restaurant

DK
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I frequently recommend the Oakley Court. We came about a month ago, stayed and had an evening meal and breakfast. They even managed to accommodate some last minute friends. Maybe the meal on Saturday was just not to my taste.

f
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable dining experience we had a great Sunday lunch and the grounds were beautiful by the river

MI
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service.
Lovely setting.
Great food.
Definitely worth going.
Will have to go again

The Dining Room at The Oakley Court
Responded on 20 February 2019

Thank you for your recommendation and recent review of The Dining Room at The Oakley Court, we are very grateful for your feedback. We hope we can welcome you back in the not so distant future!

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P
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really nice environment. The place and the building are amazing. Food and service is OK but could be better.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Highly recommended.The food was very good and the staff very helpful regarding the menu.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed with food quality and portion size. Considering price the venison came as two very small pieces of meat ( about 40 mm round and 15 mm thick ) Starter was one very thin small piece of foi gras. No way worth the prices charged.
Staff friendly and helpful but won’t be going back. Give this a miss. Poor poor value.

J
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food in an historical atmosphere makes it special. The service is also outstanding.

T
Warwickshire
15 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent chef. Showed creativity and imagination. The design of the dining room is long with defined segments.
The ambiance therefore was not brilliant but if you want semi private then it would work for you.

e
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t that great ...very odd menu and very overpriced ..

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

The Food and service were excellent. There was very little choice on the menu which was the problem.

PE
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Overpriced for the quality of the food
No atmosphere
My carrot cake was the strangest dessert I have ever seen and did not have much of a taste

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

No character in decor

AC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very Good service
Not noisy
Pleasant outlook
Not crowded
Comfortable chairs

JS
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable. All of my food was good and the main course and dessert were excellent. My partner wasn't so keen on hers but it was okay. The service was first class.

You can walk outside on to the lawns that go down to the river and it is literally magical on a summer's night.

e
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and great place to stay. We moored our boat and stayed overnight for dinner and breakfast. Loved the building and history. Large rooms and comfortable beds. Will book again.

SA
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Although my mother and I enjoyed our meal, we did feel that it was a limited menu for both main course and desert. I have to say that the service was impeccable and we were made to feel very welcome.

RK
Anchorage
24 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Honeymoon trip. The staff and food were perfect. The setting at the Oakley could be very romantic.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was not quite up to par

CB
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, very friendly staff, special kids menue, food was good but not outstanding

BT
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

get together with 8 of us as pretty short notice. They accommodated us admirably and we had a quiet table for pre dinner drinks and then a super table for the meal. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was a creative and tasteful menu. Great experience and will do again.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff was extremely nice and helpful. We had a great time can't wait to return. Really nice place, the dining room is cosy, perfect for a date, anniversary or family celebrations.

JW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing: The Wait Staff were not attentive and we had to ask for service several times, ultimately waiting for 20 minutes for our check after we had asked for it . The beef was the chewy and tasteless. The roast potatoes were good and so was the broccoli the rest of the Sunday roast was bland and had no flavour. The Crown in Bray or The Hinds Head in Bray much better food / experience / value!

Nice views...

BB
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Special meal with family. Really good location. Only downside was the noise from other guests but I guess that's a consequence of it being a popular hotel.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely setting. We had a great Sunday lunch with amazing, attentive staff. The starters and main were good quality food; being a Sunday lunch it was no otherworldly gastronomic experience, and we didn't get very hot plates, but the service and setting made up for it. Definitely not an inexpensive place to dine -more so when the drinks were added the check almost doubled- but we enjoyed our time very much.

In short: good classic food, fair interiors with a beautiful view, great service, not for the budget concerned.

A
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I went because The Rocky Horror Picture Show was filmed there and to celebrate my 21st. They seemed a little confused why I was eating alone, but it was fine. The food was absolutely incredible!! I ordered the dumplings and I’m still obsessed with how incredible they were!! It was a bit disappointing that there were only five or six of them (they were smaller) for £19. I ordered pretty modestly, but my bill was really quite high. So delicious, but relatively costly

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were very disappointed - the rooms were a let down after the opulence of the other public rooms. While the service was good, the prices were much too high.

J
London
45 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The Dining Room is the restaurant of the Oakley Park hotel, which is a lovely old mansion in spacious grounds & has a tremendous ambiance. We had ordered Ducks egg in consommé broth & scallops. Both were good. For mains we ordered Sea bream , cod & steak. The fish dishes were good but I had ordered the steak rare but to my disappointment it came medium to well done. I left half of the steak & told the waitress. She was apologetic & said she would bring another but we had already finished our dinner so they said they would not charge us the service charge. It was not the fault of the waiting staff. Food was good n wine list was ok but prices a bit steep. I would recommend it for romantic evenings as the tables are quite apart giving privacy the ambiance of the hotel is great to impress.

M
London
29 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely venue riverside with plenty of outside seating for dinner. Smaller menu but with plenty of choice, meat, fish and a vegie option. Service attentive and without fault friendly. Food well cooked and nicely presented.

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