The Royal Oak Paley Street

“Contemporary British cooking chez Parkinson” - AA Inspector



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The Parkinson family have lavished heaps of TLC on the Oak, transforming it into a dining pub of our times. Inside, the low-beamed bar and brick fireplace retain echoes of its 17th-century roots, though, with winged armchairs, sofas and walls lined with posh artwork, it's more about aperitifs than pints at the bar these days. A bright extension, with a beamed ceiling and doors opening onto a splendid modern terrace, adds sunny day appeal. Head chef Leon Smith continues the Oak's kitchen ethos, built around prime seasonal ingredients, simplicity and bold flavour, while looking smart on the plate too. Starters like pig’s head and foie gras fritter with wild garlic mayonnaise and pickled vegetables illustrate the bold style. A three-way serving of lamb might follow, the loin, crispy sweetbread and shank ravioli teamed with heritage carrots and navarin sauce, while classy desserts, perhaps chocolate and hazelnut mousse with pomegranate sorbet, show form to the end.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Royal Oak Paley Street
Paley Street, Littlefield Green, MAIDENHEAD, SL6 3JN
Phone : 01628 620541


  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 80
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 40
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About The area

Discover Berkshire

Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.

Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.

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