Unlike many celebrity affiliated restaurants, chat show host Michael Parkinson’s gastropub in Maidenhead has proved itself as a serious contender on the UK’s food scene, gaining a slew of accolades and critical acclaim, including a Michelin star in 2010. While Parkinson commented that getting the star was better than “winning a BAFTA” – it’s his chef Dominic Chapman (who opened Heston Blumenthal's Hinds Head pub in nearby Bray) on which the honour truly reflects. His menus consist of British seasonal ingredients cooked with technical flair – hearty, satisfying flavours that fit snugly together. Starters such as sauté of calf’s sweetbreads and bacon with peas, lettuce and mint lead on to main courses like line caught Cornish sea bass with samphire, cockles and mussels, while British puddings and cheeses are available for afters.
The Royal Oak is part of the following Editors' Picks:
"Not far from Ascot is The Royal Oak, an unassuming pub with a talented chef called Dominic Chapman. I have been many times to the Royal Oak and the cooking technique of British classics is superb, whether it be a wonderfully rich rabbit pie or a classic sherry trifle."
Information on The Royal Oak , Paley Street , Maidenhead
Open: Daily 12:00-15:00, Mon-Sat 18:00-Midnight
Closed: 25 Dec, 1 Jan
Seating Capacity: 50
Accreditation: Michelin Star, AA 2 Rosettes, Good Food Guide 5/10
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