The Royal Oak

4.6
254 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Since being rebuilt in 1906 The Royal Oak has been the pride of Highams Park.

It's beautiful structure and dominant position lent itself perfectly to both locals and passersby alike.

Following an extensive refurbishment and overhaul it will now, once again be the pride of the area.

The Royal Oak is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a warm, friendly and cosy atmosphere. Whether it’s for dining in our restaurant, a special lunch, snacks in the bar, or simply a thirst quenching drink, come along to The Royal Oak and let us spoil you with, our great service, constantly changing seasonal menu, and our extensive selection of, cask ales, craft beers, wines, premium beers & delicious cocktails.
What 254 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kwax
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely birthday meal at the Royal Oak. Always go for the Sticky Toffee Pudding as this is fantastic!

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GeoffP
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a really nice Sunday lunch here. Our server was very warm and friendly and the food was very good. Only slight downside is that the Sunday menu is a little limited, but we looked at the mid-week menu which seemed to offer a lot more choice.
The bar has a wide range of drinks on offer and the place has a lovely atmosphere.

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SteveW
Essex
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good choice of beers & ales, food very nice, staff polite & helpful

CW
CathyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Lovely food. Good service. Generous portions.

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JessicaJ
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A lovely evening and the food was really excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was ok. App is a bit annoying as it doesn’t always work, AMEX not accepted through app.
Guess they’re doing best they can with restrictions.
Kitchen electricity was out for 30min which was annoying.

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GaryS
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant meal in the covered garden

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JonG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice weekday lunch in a comfortable outdoor space. Service was excellent and the chicken salad spot on, recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

On arrival (6.15)we were told we had to eat in the restaurant not in standard as we requested. Due to tables being reserved, the male server was polite and professional in manner although he was wearing scruffy fitting jeans in restaurant.
One main meal was ok the ribeye steak was not great quite chewy and Veiny. I ordered one of the three rose wines from the menu they didn’t have it so I had to have one in stock which tasted as though maybe the bottle had been opened a few day’s earlier no crispness to it more flat tasting. Dessert was ok . Sitting in restaurant area was like sitting in your grandparents study. Quite dull, also a lot of people in and out using restaurant toilets. Would have preferred to sit in standard as requested. We left 8.25 and we could see that the “reserved “ table was still not being used.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely time catching up with a friend. This pub has such a lovely vibe.

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Mitch
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pub, great staff and good selection of drinks and food. Couldn’t recommend it more

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LHay
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All good enjoyed food as always and the waiter was more than helpful but was on his own could of done with some help he seemed to be run off his feet

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LisaK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great to be back. Foood was amazing
Staff were great. Could have been more attentive

KC
KarenC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely service best pub I’ve visited in the Chingford area. Other pubs take note this is how to do food!!

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PritiJ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very lovely place nice for lunch. We had good service and the staff made us feel welcome. We will be visiting again.

Would recommend it.

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MickM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dining experience at the Oak. Food was very good as was the service. Kelly our server was very friendly, accommodating and efficient. She is a advocate for the pub!

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RyanB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to the pub lots of times. It’s a lovely pub with great choice of beers. The food is lovely and the beer garden is the best around. All round great pub

JH
JanH
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Nice place to eat/drink but it would be nice to be able to have a few more drinks with my 18 year old after 8.00pm!

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Party
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely food and very accomodating. Good service

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First dinner with friends since lockdown, polite smart friendly staff. Efficient service nice food good portions. Ambiance was nice good music. Clean tables toilets etc
We had a lovely dinner time. Worth a visit. Good for family’s during the day and afternoon. Becomes lively of an evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere and service , staff always friendly.

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BenH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place for a dinner date, came a few weeks ago, had a nice dinner and some lovely beer

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GloriaM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy, helpful pleasant staff and lovely food. Nice area outside to sit.

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TracyS
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress who served us, was absolutely lovely. Don’t let her leave

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AbiT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday Roast and really helpful staff. Atmosphere was spot on for early Sunday evening - friendly and relaxed. A regular of ours and would highly recommend.

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SteveW
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food & choice of drinks, friendly service & atmosphere

PJ
PJJJ
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub! Having just moved to the area we were keen to check out the pub and it did not disappoint. We had the chicken supreme and it was amazing, properly restaurant quality. Lovely staff, good service, will definitely be visiting again. Also they were very good with my fiancée's gluten allergy.

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Pan4u
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice pub restaurant. Great service and good food

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vipJohn
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good really good. Pan fried salmon was delicious.

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Maggie
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really helpful staff particularly the dark haired woman. Wish I had asked her name but I will next time I go. Sorted out our complicated Bill with ease and remembered all the orders.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I cannot recommend this place enough! wether its afternoon/ early evening dinner with the outstanding food or the lovely ambience of an evening, never a bad time to visit The Royal Oak!

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Kebab
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I table was fab.. we were under cover and very warm as we were lucky enough to be seated under the heater.
Our host was brilliant and the service was very good. We will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect lunch, pretty outdoor seating. The staff were so welcoming!

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NinoM
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

the service and layout is outstanding excellent adaptation to create space and light as well as well spaced out tables and heating too

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Richarddsc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very tasty, service was pretty good, and prices reasonable. We were outside, of course, but seated near a heater which helped given nippy weather.

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PenelopeA
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the seating outside but the benches in the middle of the area could have had soft seating especially as it was freezing. Didn’t spoil our lunch as we took some cushions from the other seating area to sit on. We all enjoyed our food, the staff were very attentive, not overly so we had a very nice few hours.

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Sarah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a super lunch we had, we arrived post dog walk to top notch, super service provided by Kelly. The food was lovely, the ambience perfect and our dogs were well looked after too. One of my favourite pubs, their outdoor set up is so lovely.
Thanks guys

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Maggie
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for a quiz might outside in the garden. Had a Really good evening. It started
and finished early which suited us exactly. We will definitely book again.

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suzanne
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely to be back enjoying the quiz at the Oak! And love the outdoor space

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Lisa
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service since reopening, definitely has a different and better vibe. Drink order was wrong once but sorted straight away so that was great! Food was nice but I probably wouldn't get the chicken burger again, because it was a little dry, but that is literally my only fault, chips were really good!

FAQs

The Royal Oak offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8527 2022.

The Royal Oak is rated 4.6 stars by 254 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.