The Royal Oak Swindon

4.4
93 reviews
£25 and under
British
Since opening our doors in November 2015, we have taken pride in being Wiltshire’s first Champagne, Gin and Oyster Bar with the largest collection of gin in the area.
Specialty cocktails, a huge variety of gins and high quality spirits, 10 different lagers, Ciders and ales on Draught, and a wide range of carefully considered wines from all over the world and closer to home Our knowledgable staff are always happy to assist to ensure to have the ultimate experience when coming to visit us
Colchester Rock Oysters are now being served in the bar area.

Support The Royal Oak Swindon during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 93 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ClaireB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space to meet with friends and family, whether it’s a drink or their amazing roast. Dan & Tash are super friendly. Nice mix of being a restaurant & bar.

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scrabbly
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We booked for 2.45 - the band was on 3-5pm.
At 4.30 we were told that we had to leave as table had been booked for someone else
I understand they need as many customers as possible but we had travelled to get there and should have been warned there was a time limit in the table !

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JueyField
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food
Fantastic gin
Great atmosphere
Lovely staff

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ChrisM
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for drinks with friends ! Really good selection of drinks, good service.
Good atmosphere in there and will definitely go again, very noisy but that’s fine. Very busy on Fri night but booked and very enjoyable night 😀

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IanB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Warm welcome, really nice staff, clean venue with all covid measures proactively managed. Great selection of draught beers, wines and spirits, especially gin, but this is their specialty to be fair.

Please note: this was for drinks only, we didn’t eat but this survey forces you to score food.

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CarlaT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab evening! Really enjoyed bringing my friends here who dont live in Swindon!

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DarrenB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Booked a table for 3pm on Sunday - asked for menus. No roasts left - which wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t the only thing on the menu. Waitress then came back after approx ten minutes and said it was ok they could 4 roast dinners. Another 10 minutes after that , a manager came back and said that he was sorry but there was no roasts left. We could all however have Risotto - just Risotto , no other options. We rang the “Bank” and booked a table for four and shared a great family meal.

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PeterG
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very nice evening - bar service was a little slow when we arrived - usual issues regarding table service at busy times - overall very nice evening

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GeorginaN
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

It was a pleasant afternoon however we were not told at the time of booking or arrival that our table was booked out to someone else at 4pm. We had just ordered a round of drinks at 3pm and something triggered me to ask the question...the response was Yes the table is booked at 4pm. Then our drinks were delivered 2 cocktails each and the chap working came over around 3.20pm to advise us the table was booked at 3.30pm but we could have it until 4pm, no mention of seating us elsewhere...I understand that this situation we are in at the moment is difficult and no problem with time limits on tables IF you are made aware at the time of booking or when you arrive. Other than that we had a great time!

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AliH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table for my friends birthday, we had a few of the 2 for £10 cocktails and they were all beautiful. We also ordered a pizza to share, I can't eat tomatoes so was really pleased with the pesto base and it was delicious. The member of staff that was looking after us was so attentive and lovely, so overall very happy and definitely coming back 😊

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KimM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere as ever and the best pizza we have ever tasted! Highly recommend!

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Anon
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I did not have food here so unable to rate it. Poor score on service as took 40 minutes to get drinks once seated which is not great when you are on a timed slot and now minimal people in there.

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Kathryn
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really good atmosphere and the drinks are great value.

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JueyField
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink
Lovely staff
The owners really fit!

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scrabbly
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Didnt eat but it looked good. Ambience excellent. Service super. Distancing very good.

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EddieB
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

I marked the food down because didn’t eat anything. But the food does smell really nice so it’s probably top-notch. My only issue with the Royal oak is that although I booked a table we could only have it for 2 hours.
I would definitely recommend the Royal oak it is one of Swindon is best pubs

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mouthwatering
Gloucestershire
17 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience4

Booked a table for four people for my birthday. Had a few drinks and then we were going to order some pizza’s but was asked to leave as they needed table back. Booked in for 5.15pm and was asked to leave at 6.55. The turn around is meant to be two and a half hours not one hour and forty minutes. Couldn’t go anywhere else as would have had to book.

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Kathryn
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails were really good and great value with the offers!
Seating was all socially distanced without ruining the atmosphere.
I’ll be back next week for birthday celebrations part 2 :)

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shele
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't eat but pizzas smelt delicious
Service was good

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SharonR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Service was very good and friendly staff, very clean. Didn’t eat there but the food looked great

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scrabbly
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Didn't eat but it all looked good. VERY organised re social distancing. Staff superb. Very enjoyable afternoon

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CharlotteL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t eat but wished we had. Cocktails were amazing! Lovely atmosphere, so friendly. COVID secure as well. First time drinking in there and we will definitely be back 🍹

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kwelsh
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sit in the chophouse but that was also quite noisy. Good, fun atmosphere though :)

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RachelH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pizzas, great service (especially the bottomless prosecco!). A really nice evening.

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JaneH
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service lovely atmosphere would recommend

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LakenJ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite place to go for all occasions. Perfect for a chilled after, cocktails with the girls or even football with the other half

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ClaireD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, the front of house lady was lovely and found us a quiet table (it can be quite noisy in the bar area). Good cocktails and nice pizza. The cocktail trees looked amazing but I think you need to pre book these. We will definitely be going here again.

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KimM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere!

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RoseS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and felt really
Comfortable with everything in place due to Covid19.

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NatashaD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good evening at the Royal Oak. Staff are fab making it a lovely atmosphere. Feels very safe too with regards to COVID

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AnnaJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening, amazing pizza! Delicious cocktails and lovely quiet environment. Will definitely be going back for another visit.

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SophieN
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza ever! I had two small ones as I couldn’t decide and they were both amazing, lovely staff too

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Fionap
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food with a relaxed, safe and lovely ambience. Had a wonderful evening.

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MissJ
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There's better places to go for pizza. It felt more like a place for drinks rather than food.

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JulieS
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived late but they were very Accommodating thank you

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KimM
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lots of choice :) Really good atmosphere and great music too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening cocktails amazing pizzas were fantastic Social distancing measures that are in place are really good

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Jack
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as usual, they really do go above and beyond. Didn’t eat this time but the pizzas they make are phenomenal. The manager couldn’t be a nicer guy really. Give it a go and try their extensive gin collection it’s great.

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We were seated in the Chophouse restaurant although the booking was for drinks only, which we didn't mind but the restaurant isnt as nice for a drink as the Royal Oak side of it. The music was too loud and felt more like a club, this meant everyone had to shout to speak and made the noise levels even worse. The bar staff were lovely and friendly but didn't tend to our table so we struggled to get a drink. We were also sat within a metre of the table next to us and social distancing went out of the window. For what is considered a nice place to go for a drink in Swindon, we were really let down by our experience and sadly won't be rushing back!

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AndyZ
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The Royal Oak used to be a prestigious pub to enjoy quality sea food and well prepared cocktails.
I am very sorry to say its now 'just another pub' and one my partner and I probably won't return to. The menu has been reduced to just Pizza, which in itself is fine.
The real problem we had was the lack of social distancing regulations being upheld within the premises. I was sat within arms length of a group of chaps all obviously from different households. The ambiance has been lost, football was playing on every television at volume, which is fine for a sports bar not a venue that markets itself as somewhere to unwind with friends enjoying cocktails and prosecco laughing and enjoying life.
If I had wanted the sorry atmosphere experienced there I would have gone to a Weatherspoons.
Very sorry this venue has slipped so far....

FAQs

The Royal Oak Swindon offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01793 977337.

The Royal Oak Swindon is rated 4.4 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

The Royal Oak Swindon does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://theroyaloakoldtown.co.uk/offers/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.