The White Oak

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640 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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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MP
London
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good food. Great service - the staff are so great here. We never disapointed

k
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was lovely and service great. V. noisy in there though due to another table being loud - didn't bother us but did bother a lot of the people around us!

g
Berkshire
17 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is always a good and safe bet for food. We were 5 people and most everyone really enjoyed their food. I would have given 5 stars, but the fish special of turbot, was a little disappointing, Quite a lot of large bones in a fairly bland sauce. Otherwise the scotch egg and all other dishes were fabulous.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Been here a few times and food has been good. Recent meal spoiled though by serious over-salting. Another table complained of same issue. Probably just a one off but meant couldn't finish by meal. Always a bit noisy (acoustics) so not the place for a quiet meal. Service was slow.

RP
Bedfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent character inn lovely setting good food and service

CS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely service from Russ and Nic. We had a couple drinks and truly enjoyed the evening. It was made extra special for my friend who was delighted to be surprised with bday bubbles and a dessert. Thanks so much.

L
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick the manager, so incredibly helpful to our guest, who has serious health problems and needed a special diet meal to be created. By talking to Nick in advance he
Loved his choices of menu and was blown away by the special customer service he received.

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We were a group of six and the table given to us was very comfortable. there was a good and interesting choice of food; vegetarian, meat and fish. The food was generally good. The service was friendly and charming and time between courses was well-judged. It was a little noisy but we were able to hear each other quite well. A very pleasant evening.

MP
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Fab cocktails, fab food and fab wine. Great staff

S
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was as excellent as ever, although I still miss the days when you could choose from a huge variety of steaks and sauces. I was glad that no-one was sitting at the next table, though, as things could've become rather cramped.

A
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS ever - great service and superb food from the team at the White Oak.

D
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely slow and food not that fantastic

OT
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The attention and food was great. We did wait a bit too much between starters and mains, but the food was worth the wait.

YC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I might recommend it, nothing special, food quite tasty but not a lot of veg within the dish although mentioned on menu. It would have been nice to be told this. We did love the triple cooked chips. Overall thought the menu choice limited. Price of dishes in relation to what you get seems to be excessive. When visiting another gastro pub last week, we paid a few more £ per dish but the portions were far larger! Only had 1 glass of Chenin Blanc - tasteless but the G&T was beautifully presented.

CH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a birthday meal and the staff made it a very special
Evening. Lovely evening, would definitely go back

MF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really enjoyable Sunday roast in a lovely setting. A special mention for the brioche donuts that rounded off the meal perfectly.

JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food from a varied menu, great venue and good service too. Will definitely be back...

SC
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food a cut above your average pub food. Service was good I would of liked a little bit friendlier. Will definitely return.

B
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, wine, and service was outstanding. A little gem.

DM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time our party of four had eaten at The White Oak. We were all very impressed by the whole experience: the food was delicious as evidenced by all plates being returned empty! Main courses of cod, pork belly and lamb rump were all cooked to perfection and presented with style. Not the cheapest, but well worth it.

YY
London
28 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch roast beef perfectly cooked great crispy roast potatoes everything seasoned correctly - cannot fault anything . Pleasant and attentive service

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a delightful evening. As I had mentioned it was a birthday celebration we were given a complimentary glass of bubbles whilst reading the menu.
Delicious food , attentive staff and a birthday treat again with dessert. Also the best coffee ever and even the waitresses own soya milk.
Will definitely be back and recommend to friends.
Thanks for spoiling us.

SR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place, the food is always great and Sunday roast is excellent. This time was rather noisy as screaming children did not seem to be under control by the parents.

PC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A return visit to The White Oak with family to celebrate a birthday. Both children were well catered for and really enjoyed their food, whilst the two adult meals were very good quality. The kitchen was also very good, taking into account the dietary requirements of one guest and providing an excellent meal.

GM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A slightly prosaic looking lunch menu turned out to be an exceptionally well conceived and prepared meal. We enjoyed such dishes as pot belly, panna cotta and cheesecake but each dish was prepared to a standard seldom, if ever, seen in a gastropub or in an up-market restaurant, for that matter.

Unfortunately we are not local to Cookham but I am manufacturing an excuse to re-visit ostensibly for some noble and selfless purpose but, more truthfully, to enjoy the Whole Oak lunch table.

Guy Morton-Smith

DG
Cornwall
18 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inadvertently we booked for Monday night which is 25% off steaks. The steak was beautifully done. But those triple cooked chips - I would go back for these alone. Recommended course for strength training - 16oz steak for 2 have for 1 person and follow it with the doughnuts (I know you’re all clamouring for strength training tips on here). The chorizo jam with brioche toast that came with the parfait is what has been described as yum-yum by anthropologists. Finally - Cookham itself - a wonder. Go to the Stanley Spencer gallery then repair here.

SI
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A group of 5 of us had a lovely meal last Saturday night. The staff are friendly, attentive and efficient - nice balance. The menu is quite limited but seasonal. Nicely presented and fair size portions. Good wine list and cocktail selection too. The atmosphere and decor is lovely - being a pub as well of course the noise level is buzzy. I do think that the prices are about 10-15% too high overall for the overall experience. If you accept the over pricing and slightly limited menu (esp for vegan/vegetarians) everything else is lovely.

N
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Ive been to the White Oak on a few occasions now. On my most recent visit I eat dinner in the restaurant with friends, menu has a good choice of options and the food quality and presentations was very good. I felt the service at the table on this evening was not as attentive as it could have been and no one came to ask how our food was either whilst we were eating or when the table was cleared! It also took a long time for someone to bring the card machine to the table so we could pay the bill at the end and the restaurant was only about half full. Overall we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere but I feel the service needs to be a bit sharper.

RH
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent high end Gastropub food. Have also eaten at sister restaurants Three Oaks and Number 5 .... very consistent standard across all 3

MG
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The portions of food were a little small

m
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely local pub in Cookham with back garden. Excellent food, with reasonable set-menu.

JB
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Midweek visit, and same wonderful service. I have strict dietary requirements and they look after me superbly. Its one of the very few palces I can eat out safely and they do it with little fuss and without making me feel a problem. Thank you White Oak. We'll be back soon.

MP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Met some friends for lunch and was shown to a table but the upholstery was filthy and stained so we didn’t want to sit there. We ordered the much vaunted KFC Cauliflower but it was bland, soggy and swimming in what we didn’t think was a homemade sauce. I sent my tomato soup back as there was no mention on the menu of peppers being in it. The main courses were okay although we thought the portions a little on the small side. Our server, Nick, was very pleasant. We probably would return and try again.

MA
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited White Oak with my family for dinner. Everything was amazing, starting from a lovely table outdoors, great selection of food, sweetest waitress (unfortunately don't recall the name), awesome tasting food. As my brother in law was celebrating his birthday, they even got a small cake and performed Happy Birthday song. HIGHLY RECOMMEND ;)

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place and we really enjoyed our meal for my Dad's birthday on Monday. The food was great and had many options for everyone (including gluten free). Excellent service, non fussy but swift and friendly.

DG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Gone down was always 5 star not sure what’s happened to there food

RR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent from start to Finnish. Great attention to detail and friendly. Lovely little touches like a glass of Fizz for my wife for her birthday and a glass of sparkling Elderflower juice for my 5 yr old to "join in". Food was delicious and service was exceptional.

SH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

a good choice on the menu, staff very polite and friendly, excellent food small criticism....a bit of a gap between starter and main

EI
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We really enjoyed our visit, both the service and good were excellent

AH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday, 3pm, son's 22nd birthday. A number of people arriving at varying degrees of lateness. This didn't cause any issues and all staff were friendly, attentive and very welcoming. Food and drink was of the highest order and everybody thoroughly enjoyed a relaxed and memorable afternoon, in an atmosphere conducive to going home feeling better than when you came out.

If you go, you will not be disappointed.