The White Oak

4.7
892 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 892 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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POVC
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
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
1 review
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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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MaryS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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TimM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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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.

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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.

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ClareD
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DylanW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Those roast potatoes are the best I've ever had at a pub and the beef was just as good, couldn't recommend enough

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RichH
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and outstanding food. Absolutely love everything about this place

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Andrew
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back. Usual high standards of food and attentiveness and lovely staff who are genuinely pleased to be serving great food to their customers again.

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AnneW
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant - always consistently excellent. So lovely and a real treat to be back there after lockdown. The hake dish was delicious. Never come away from here disappointed.

MJ
MarkJ
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal , great food in a marvellous setting. Our first visit to The White Oak and it definitely won't be our last . We would recommend it to anybody

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KatharineH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seasonal menu. All cooked fresh to order. Good sized portions and all cooked to perfection.

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fizz
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

welcomed and served by very friendly staff.
Felt safe despite the current restrictions.
Food and presentation extremely good and the right size portionsfor us.
We must go more often.

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julieh
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly Staff
well organised
Food was delicious

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CAF1
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely setting, and great wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, wonderful ambiance, shame it has to close for lockdown.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a special occasion party of 4, brought forward 3 days in a hurry because of lockdown. The White Oak is not a tranquil environment but we had the table we requested in a quieter area. They did well for us on all counts.

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David
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new Gastropub find. Cool shabby chic interior and warm ambience - and wonderful food ! Will deffo be going back.

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vipBoblet
Berkshire
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday Lunch at the White Oak is simply perfect. The food is of the highest quality and cooked to perfection. The wine list compliments the food incredibly well.
The staff are amazing and and can't do enough.

The whole meal is magical, but the roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese are out of this world.

I've been a number of times and its always sad to leave as it's always a wonderful experience.

Highly recommend a visit.

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AndrewG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was very busy as lockdown 2 had just been announced. Yes we were kept waiting but always attentive and kept us informed. Who minds waiting when food was just amazing! Even deducted some of the wine costs from the bill as gesture of goodwill. Of course we will be back when we can.

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Cooper
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff friendly, attentive

Heating Temperature a little cold

Would be good to add your own service charge.

JS
JamesS
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely staff; excellent food; slowish service due to the current situation and limited numbers.

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Sally
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We felt very comfortable eating here. Will definitely return

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fizz
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the charming welcome and charming staff - without being forward - to a pleasant farewell after being fed and watered very well

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SusanB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very enjoyable Sunday lunch with good food and friendly service in a very pleasant environment.

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SandraK
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is now our favourite place to eat nearby. The food and service are amazing. The ambience is as good as it can get during Covid.

FAQs

The White Oak is rated 4.7 stars by 892 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.