The White Oak

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661 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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TB
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service wasn’t great, wrong orders came out and we were left waiting for some time in between courses. Overall a pretty average experience, doesn’t in any way warrant a 12.5% service charge so we asked for this to be taken off the bill. Won’t rush back again.

B
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent wine list. Their Sunday Lunch is the best I've had all year. A real little gem.

PS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place & amazing food. Will definately be returning soon x

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with lovely staff.

AW
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely cozy pub. Great tasty food. A lot of options for non meat eaters. Great service and value. What more to ask?

M
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and friendly service. The food was excellent! Will definitely return.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Sunday lunch, excellent service, lovely atmosphere. The sticky toffee pudding was insanely good.

MH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were a party of 6 yet were asked to move off the table well before the allotted time of 2.5 hours for such a party. The lunch was only ok because I and others could not understand why the Yorkshire pudding took up over half the plate size and noticed that they had been cooked probably hours before service but then just heated up when required. Chosen lunches were said to come with a selection of vegetables yet we only had one buried half carrot plus some cabbage. For dessert , I chose the treacle tart but the tart base was rock hard and probably undercooked.
I rarely write reviews about restaurant meals but this time, I was rather astonished by the above facts whilst attending this establishment.

JN
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening celebrating our wedding anniversary. Received a complimentary glass of champagne at the start of our meal. Food delicious, attentive, pleasant staff. We both had starters, mains (steak and cod) and desserts. A side order of the Parmesan cauliflower cheese, the best we’ve ever tasted! We will be back.

YP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is excellent, but very rich (much use made of butter etc.).

JL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

After ten years away we preferred it as it was then and not as it is now which is OK but not worth a 10 mile trip.

r
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is our go to restaurant and were there twice this week. The food was up to the usual excellent standard.
If I have one comment it would be that with wood on the walls and tiles and wood on the floors it can be noisy when busy.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food but stingy portions, more beef/veg in the Sunday dinner needed. Delicious nonetheless

MP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

k
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
18 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall2food1service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent character inn lovely setting good food and service

CS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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
17 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

D
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow and food not that fantastic

OT
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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