The White Oak

“Modern British menus at friendly pub and restaurant” - AA Inspector



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Like its sister pub, The Three Oaks at Gerrards Cross, this contemporary village inn and restaurant has been run with huge success by former London restaurateurs Henry and Katherine Cripps for the past decade. Diners at The White Oak can tuck into award-winning, daily changing, modern British dishes, so perhaps start with dressed Devonshire crab, sourdough toast and mustard cress; or game and apple terrine, blackberry and apple chutney; then pan-roast halibut, poached lobster, lobster bisque and braised celery or roast partridge, rainbow chard and chilli polenta. To finish, perhaps creamed rice; caramelised pear and ginger crumble; or marmalade and vanilla cheesecake with vanilla ice cream.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The White Oak
The Pound, COOKHAM, SL6 9QE
Phone : 01628 523043


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

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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