The White Oak

4.7
913 reviews
£26 to £40
British
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.
Due to government restrictions, from the 14th April 2021 we will be serving outside only, accepting bookings of up to six guests.
On re-opening we will have new and stringent protocols of operating to secure the safety of our guests and team. We ask all bookings to be on time to allow social distancing & separate arrival times, thank you.
Our Oaks Garden Dining Pods are available for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 guests. To book these, please email us info@thewhiteoak.co.uk with your booking requirements. A deposit of £15 per person will be required to confirm your reservation of the pod.

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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 913 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be able to visit again, after lockdown. Felt very safe. As you are eating outside and maybe have not been lucky to secure a pod, we took blankets. We didn’t need them!

JM
JuliaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever a fabulous meal. The garden is beautiful with the clever oak pods. The elegant ambience and beautiful weather felt as though we were in St Tropez. This place is a gem and we are so lucky to have it on our doorstep

CD
ChantalD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, fillet steak was superb. Wonderful staff.

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Tuffs
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous first lunch out after lockdown. Food was incredible, service very friendly and professional. Really loved it!

JA
JanA
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service, as usual, lovely friendly staff. I miss some of the old favourites from the menu, eg calamari, fish and chips, triple cooked chips, but understand why the menu has been altered. We will be back, one of our favourite locations for lunch.

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Sarah
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening, for our wedding anniversary- thank you

AZ
AliZair
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as ever was absolutely delicious, great little wooden pods in the garden and excellent service

SP
ShannonPhillis
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever, the White Oak's experience was amazing. All the food was delicious, their outdoor area was atmospheric and lovely staff.

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vipBoblet
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent that the white oak has weathered the virus storm. A great meal. Food was cooked exactly as I wanted. Service attentive. Wine stunning. Eating outside was one thing new, but the staff handled everything well. Excellent.

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vipGriffin72
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular to this beautiful pub and never been disappointed but may I say they have excelled themselves with outside dining superb food and great friendly service!
I cannot wait to go back congrats to the staff!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Service brilliant as ever, food great, and the outside setup was really lovely for a day in the sunshine. Thanks guys.

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SarahK
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never fail to have a wonderful evening at The White Oak. The food is always excellent and the staff are very attentive. They have responded to the COVID restrictions brilliantly. We dressed prepared for the cold and were very happy sat outside.

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larris
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So lovely to be out again. Good food, the staff are really lovely and the dining pod was a nice setting.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service.

KJ
KathrynJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely evening- first meal out for months- food superb and everyone so friendly and helpful

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Alisonw
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A lovely spot and an alternative for day trippers to Cliveden. Ambiance was charming, food was delicious ... I would go back again. I was impressed with the well thought out, clever, quirky and probably very expensive coach wagon outdoor dining structures .,, posh Gastro grub!

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CASl
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. The food was excellent and the ambience was lovely too. My only criticism is the staff were wearing visors and, although every staff member was wearing them properly and they were covering their entire faces, Government advice is that a visor should not be worn on its own but with a mask because of aerosol transmission.

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vipHungryHorse
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic first dinner back out at The White Oak. Really lovely service and excellent food. It was cold though so my only wish would for the night to have been longer - people didn’t linger, most people seemed to eat and run!

DS
DinerSmith
London
20 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely to be back at the white oak. Delicious food. Divine cocktails. Ambience of being in the garden was just perfect. Really fab to hear the hubbub!
There are cosy pods they've invested in, for the moment they have to be fully aired, but I'm sure as restrictions life they will be a great addition to the garden and mean people can eat out all year round!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly delicious and generous cocktails, stunning food (best roast chicken I’ve had in years... and the doughnuts...) and lovely staff who really wanted us to relax and have a good time. First time going here, totally worth the cost, would definitely go again.

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POVC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very impressed; we will come back once we can eat inside

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vipCharlotte
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good! Bit stingy with the veg but other than that delicious.

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to the restaurant a few times now and have a 3 year old always accommodating and very welcoming, food is exceptional and never had a problem and staff are warm friendly and welcoming, keep up the wonderful work!

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PeterW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Despite the restrictions it was a very good meal. The staff and the service was excellent. Excellent location for a festive lunch..

JM
JuliaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever an amazing meal from my favourite local restaurant (perhaps the best in Berkshire)! The steak was sublime and for dessert the whole poached apple coated in crumble topping was ingenious. The only ask I would have is please put the triple cooked chips back on the menu!! Now Cookham is n tier 4 this local gem has to temporarily close again. I cannot wait until the restrictions are lifted so we can return!

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Zozogs
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food as always. Great for our wedding wedding anniversary. Thanks White Oak!

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ChristineR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a delicious meal at The White Oak. The food was beautifully presented and of high quality.
Service was good and the ambience was lovely! Loved the candles & silver decorations! Thank you for making it such a special evening!

MC
MikeC
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful evening from the moment we stepped inside the restaurant. Tables well spaced - the food excellent & excellent presentation. We couldn’t fault it - such a treat. The Christmas pudding / the best I’ve tasted / even better than the one I’ve made for years. Lovely just to enjoy the ambience & chat with my husband. Felt in a safe Covid free environment. Will return early next year.

SJ
StephJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner here was fabulous! The hake was beautifully soft & I could eat the doughnuts (in particular the salted caramel sauce!) all day long.

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edel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely food. Nice chilled place and views of the Thames river.

CH
vipColleenH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family always enjoys our Sunday lunches at the White Oak. Food & service is always at a very high level!

MS
MaryS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Food was great & the service was outstanding

NB
NealB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First class meal. Lovely setting. Great wine choice and ace cocktails!

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Jjk111
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for all 4 diners, excellent service, definitely recommend

JS
JamesS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever, the Staff were delightful and efficient. The food was exceptional. Overall, it is our favourite local restaurant.

PS
PeteS
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first meal out post 2nd lockdown. Nice ambience, great food and really pleasant staff - almost didn't notice the extra screens between tables etc. - gave it more of a snug/booth feel.

TM
TimM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just great. Exactly what you want from a local. Great food atmosphere and service

CH
vipCarleyH
London
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal and although they had run out of roast beef they gave us an amazing steak replacement. Thanks to you all and see you next week.

KH
vipKatieHarcus
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Sunday dinner as usual.

The three of us had the Artichoke soup with wild mushrooms and white truffle followed Roast chicken breast with tarragon dauphinois, hispi cabbage and tarragon sauce!

Delicious! Great service, nice atmosphere and they couldn’t have done more to look after us.

CD
ClareD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant. Food is always amazing. Great place!

FAQs

The White Oak is rated 4.7 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.

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.