We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

CUISINES
Bar, Wine Bar, British, Pub, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
View all details
meals, features
Reviews (678)
Filter reviews
676 results
Traveller rating
384
155
56
45
36
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
384
155
56
45
36
Show reviews that mention
All reviews liver steak potatoes sunday roast pie salmon pork pudding the pub holiday park specials board service charge booked a table lovely meal an evening meal food was fantastic new forest
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed yesterday

where to start - the drinks took 20 minutes to arrive,. they are charging £16-£20 for a main meal - unless you are having burger and chips or fish and chips the portions are tiny and nothing to write home about... the main meals took...at least half an hour to arrive. I had an indonesian curry and it was so small it was more like a starter. The pudding took 45 miutes (!!) to arrive, and my crumble was luke warm. My wife was handed a very hot plate by a very unthinking waitress and it was hot enough to burn her hand... ignore the great reviews before may 2021. i dont know whether it has changed hands, changed chef or management, but for what you are paying it was a disaster in every way!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked in on a late Friday night, after calling to check whether we need a reservation on a short notice. Very friendly staff, lovely ambience inside the restaurant, quiet, although it was quite booked out. The food was great!

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were group of 6 with two celebrations in the party, service was terrible waited 20 mins for our drink, 40 mins for our food and 45 mins for our desserts! I had cheese n mac with crab and crayfish, it was bland and about...4 bits of tiny fish bits in it, my husband had a indenysian fish curry, the portion was so small it was a strip of the food in themiddle of the plate. We did complain about food and portion size. We waited another 45 mins for our pudding, 4 of us had crumble, which was basically cold, one had cheesecake which was a round thing in the middle og the dish. I ordered brownie and as the waitress passed me the plate, it was really hot and she didn't tell me so I burnt my hand. So the outcome is terrible food, small portions, overpriced and bad service. Never again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is now the third pub of the chain that I have been to and we have had terrible service along with dreadful food. I've had better food and service in weather spoons than at their pubs

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went today for what was supposed to be a pleasant birthday lunch but had a horrible meal. My mother had the hake with crushed potatoes which were inedible. The hake was overcooked and tasteless. I had the chicken dish with fondant potatoes and carrots....Again overcooked and inedible- really didn’t taste freshly cooked or a bad chef. We did complain but didn’t make too much of a fuss and paid the bill. Extremely expensive for a bad meal. Came home and had to make myself another lunch as had hardly touched the food in the pub. Will never return and do not recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Royal Oak is a short distance from Shorefield Country Park where we have a holiday home so we were delighted to find such and excellent pub on our “doorstep” Our first visit was in September last year, we managed another one in November and...then COVID took over. We had even booked and paid for our Christmas lunch there. We were not able to visit again until after the lockdown regulations were lifted in May; we accepted a credit for our aborted Christmas lunch and were very pleased that the management were on the ball and our credit was available. Now to the important bit. We enjoyed the food and found the table service excellent last Autumn, it was the same high standard in May 2021. The menus are restricted but that is not surprising for an establishment which prides itself on fresh, good quality and freshly prepared food. We had a lovely lunch and excellent table service. The pub garden is not open yet but it would be churlish to complain considering what the hospitality industry is having to cope with at present. This is a really great pub. If you are in the area give it a try.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little find, perfect food in a great cosy atmosphere, I had the Hake and my Husband the Downton Burger, both thoroughly enjoyable. Great that it was walking distance from our holiday apartment - Petite La Mer just down the road. I would recommend this...to anyone who stays at this great little find also.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?1  
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gastro pub with excellent customer service. This pub offered excellent free from options. Only negative was I requested my steak med-well and unfortunately it was burnt.

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Used to use this pub regularly before lockdown but arrived for a birthday meal- really sad to see that you can’t have a drink in the garden ( especially as weather so good) . Building looks sad and neglected. Sat down for meal and many...items on menu not available. Service lacking as short staffed. Steaks rubbish and expensive. Thankfully we had good company. We paid bill but a member of our party had been in to prepay money against the account- when bill paid we asked if prepaid money taken off account we we’re told it had but on further enquiries found that it hadn’t. Had we taken the word of first member of staff would have had a bigger bill ( and prices are not cheap anyway). As a local we won’t go back again, lacking atmosphere and feeling of lack of interest by owners.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Helpful?4  
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last minute booking for the Bank Holiday weekend. Great food, attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere. We were staying in the area and my parents travelled down to join us for lunch as they are in our bubble. Good covid safety in place. Well presented...and tasty meals, nice selection. I had the vegetarian burger and it was delicious. The crumble went down well with my son and Dad! I would visit again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
South Lawn Hotel
1 175 reviews
2.24 km away
Premier Inn Lymington (New Forest, Hordle) hotel
558 reviews
2.36 km away
Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
2 695 reviews
4.39 km away
Passford House
981 reviews
5.26 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
The Cedar Tree Restaurant
547 reviews
2.23 km away
The Lazy Lion
422 reviews
2.66 km away
La Perle
968 reviews
2.71 km away
The Cave
356 reviews
2.70 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
The New Forest Paddle Sport Company
78 reviews
2.71 km away
Taddiford Gap
5 reviews
1.34 km away
Forest Arts Centre
14 reviews
3.07 km away
Handmade New Forest
35 reviews
2.74 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Royal Oak staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5