The White Oak

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693 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Sunday Lunch
The White Oak is an independent contemporary pub restaurant in the heart of the beautiful village of Cookham, near Maidenhead in Berkshire.
We feature in the Michelin Red Guide & Pub Guide holding a prestigious Bib Gourmand since 2014, the AA Restaurant Guide, the Good Food Guide and Alastair Sawday’s.
Our seasonal menus are changed regularly and offer fantastic Set Lunch and Dinner Menus, available Monday to Saturday, Lunch and Dinner. We also have an excellent A La Carte and Sunday Lunch menus, not forgetting the little ones with their own menu too.
We have won several awards at The White Oak and a thank you to all those fabulous customers who help make The White Oak a success, without you there would be no White Oak!
We hope you enjoy The White Oak as much as we do.
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HH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as per usual! Such a great place to eat whether it is as a couple, with friends or with family.

M
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (had the mackerel scotch egg then ox cheek pudding), and service was polite, informative and happy. Perfect date day Sunday Lunch.

PG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

Richard really helped with a couple of dietary requirements and they were super flexible. Well worth it.

H
Berkshire
164 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food including good GF choices. Always a nice atmosphere and friendly staff

AW
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've tried many other local eateries, but keep returning to White Oak for it's consistency and fantastic value of the steak nights and fixed price menu, making at an extremely affordable option. Never disappoints.

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We always really like the White Oak. Service was not as good as usual but not bad

NS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Happy and prompt service, good food. A little noisy which is why I went for 4* rather than 5*, but I'll certainly look forward to another visit!

NW
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drink. Had the roast beef rump Sunday lunch. Great service and a lovely gastro-pub.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the staff were attentive and effective, without being over the top, the food was excellent, we went for the set menu which was excellent, we had the pork steak and ,the haddock, both fresh and tasty, the only incredibly minor thing to improve was the glass of wine i had was a bit tastless tasteles....we will be back.

AH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed Monday steak evening and BYO wine option. Excellent fillet steak

j
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was OK..... but OK doesnt cut it. The service was painfully slow, and the food was OK, but pretty basic. Certainly not a bad place to eat, but a £92 bill for Saturday lunch for two is too much.
I wouldnt say stay away, but i'm sorry, I coudnt recommend

TB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pity about the Crispy Squid starter, something don't taste quite right. No quibble, was not charged for these items. Also, the bacon and leek risotto with the fish was overcooked and not hot although the flavour was good. All other food good, service good

CP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This is the second time we have been and in both occasions the service has been quite slow. I was bought out the wrong main course which was then taken away in the meanwhile my husband’s meal was also taken away but obviously just put under a hot plate as the meat came back quite tough. The kedgeree was rather uninspiring.

NW
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round; food, drink, service, ambience! Had the mackerel Scotch egg then the ‘picana’ steak - fantastic! All washed down with a lovely gavi di gavi... 😀

DM
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent house red and sticky toffee pudding was really good. Would’ve been good to have the option of a side salad on the menu!

OT
Bath
9 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food from a tempting menu with plenty of choices and good value

KW
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, the steak was perfect. my starter of squid was really lovely. and of the the donuts to finish were delicious. This review is written by my daughter who I booked a table for.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday lunch ever!

H
Berkshire
164 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent value set menu - great food and only issue was the delay in serving side dishes - they didn’t charge for these, although we hadn’t particularly complained.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Plenty of good options on the menu and our dishes were cooked really well; will certainly go back to try a few more. Service was excellent; warm and casual which suits us perfectly.

JM
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the White Oak for a Birthday Celebration. We had previously been to the Three Oaks in Gerrards Cross and been impressed, so hoped for something similar. We weren't dissapointed. The service and food were excellent. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbles and the enjoyed the tasty set menu, new out that day! We were made very welcome and helped make it a special day! We would definitely recommend to others.

T
London
11 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Terrible unfortunately we could hear the chef having a shouting match whilst eating the food was such a disappointment as I have been before and enjoyed it

MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very busy because of the date and sat in bar area....food excellent, service friendly and efficient....will return although not sure 3 spoonfuls of rice pudding and diced pear is value for money

I
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is one of our favourite restaurants. We have never been disappointed and pick it for special occasions. Even though the food is slightly on an expensive side, we have always really enjoyed it. Staff is responsive and friendly with children. Kids fish and chips are best ever, so are triple cooked chips! Sunday roast one of the best in Bucks we think :) Will be back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Really good staff, they couldn’t be more accommodating. A very busy Christmas Eve, hair in my daughters food didn’t help. Still a good location!

JR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Disappointed as had been recommended to the Sunday roast. The pork was just about ok but no crackling. Tinned apple sauce. Gravy the consistency of water, carrot hard as were the roast potatoes which I suspect were not roasted in the oven but deep fat fried. Such a shame.

JD
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and good vibe. I think we will go there again.

NW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. We all loved our lunch choices, especially the Brioche donuts!

JW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fab food, great atmosphere - Xmas lively parties - staff excellent - one of our truly favorite places
Never lets us down and always so accommodating ... plus only a 5 min walk! How lucky

MH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jack was amazing.
He kept in contact with me before the event as one of my party had special dietary requirements.
He made suggestions, and took the time to check everything with me in advance.
Once we arrived he, and all of the staff were really lovely to deal with.

MG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a fantastic dining experience. Great food, fantastic service and great venue.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Oak looked really beautiful with the Christmas decorations

TB
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, wine and service - a bit noisy, not loud enough to drown conversation with others on your table

OT
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

As usual a really good meal. It was very busy so there was a slightly longer wait between courses. We had a very nice lunch set menu. My children loved their meals as well

KT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Very nice menu - but the last 2 visits we have had to either wait for our table for a long time or for our food - the waiters were very charming about this and without us complaining offered to make amends with a free drink or dessert which was appreciated.
I’ve never had a dish that wasn’t beautifully cooked here so I am quite forgiving

LC
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a slight problem with the menu but Richard put things right and the four of us were very happy. Good food, friendly service and our group of ladies will happily eat at The White Oak again.

J
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a lovely venue and staff so attentive and helpful.....just a little disappointing that the tagliatelle dish from the menu of the day only had one serving left and all 3 of us would have liked it! However not a problem we chose something else and are booked in again for next week

NS
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food very good. Service slow 50 minute wait between starters and main and had to remind staff to bring ths roast potatoes.

PS
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Set lunch is very good value for the quality of food provided.
Service could be more efficient.

MR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu selection. Great food, ambience and service. We took friends out for their 50th wedding anniversary and it was a nice touch when the waiter bought out a pastry and ice cream on a plate that had 50th anniversary congratulations beautifully hand written and decorated in chocolate icing.