The Royal Oak Pub in Marylebone
The Royal Oak is a lovely corner pub in Marylebone, just a few minutes from the station. It has a gastro pub feel with a large open bar, dark and woody walls and flowers dotted around the tables. For the warmer days, there is also a small area at the front of the pub for sitting outside.
The beers at The Royal Oak have been selected by Rod Jones, the institute of brewing and distilling beer sommelier of the year 2015/2016. They also work closely with a few key wine merchants to offer a broad selection of flavours in their menu.
As it was a warm day, we just had to have an Aperol Spritz (my staple drink…) as well as a cappuccino.
The Royal Oak has plenty of space downstairs in the livelier ‘pub like’ atmosphere or there is a separate dining room upstairs. We took a pew on stools by the window, so we could people watch as we eat.
We weren’t quite prepared for three courses, so we skipped the starters. It was a difficult decision given there were a great selection of small and larger dishes. This included the Nduja scotch egg, roasted garlic aioli (£7) which we spotted a customer avidly tucking into. Other choices include glazed confit chicken wings (£5.50), Asparagus, miso, black garlic (£8) and Chicken liver mousse (£8). We could not resist some sourdough bread (£3) though – so good!
We visited on Sunday so could choose from four roast dishes all served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, season greens, roasted shallot and honey roasted carrots and parsnips. The Lamb with black olive and mint sauce (£25) called out to us. It was cooked medium rare and was succulent (there is fat which you can easily cut off). The roasties were fluffy and veggies were delicious with the glaze. However, we thought the price point was too high (for any roast really, not this one specifically).
The desserts completely stole our hearts! The Apple and pear crumble, vanilla ice cream (£7) was outstanding. With generous layers of warm fruit and crumble with rich ice cream, it was divine. A very close second was the Sticky toffee pudding, pecans, vanilla ice cream (£7). It was a moist sponge with a rich toffee sauce and the extra texture of the pecans was great.
The relaxed atmosphere makes The Royal Oak pub in Marylebone inviting for a drink and a bite to eat. We would definitely return and would be keen to try some of their seasonal mid-week dishes on offer. They also run London themed beer and food evenings throughout the year which sound great.
East London Girl: The Royal Oak
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