The Oak W12

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5 Love It
Shepherd's Bush

Everyone needs a neighbourhood hangout. The kind where chirruping couples sit at the bar for a first-date cocktail, or where friends come to lounge on a sofa with a drink. Where you can enjoy a few small-plate snacks midweek, or drop by for a full-on meal. The Oak, sited on a corner of Ravenscourt Park, has the potential to fulfil all options.

It’s a welcoming spot, with friendly staff, high Victorian ceilings and an interior that mixes antique and industrial furnishings. Like the original Oak in Notting Hill, this sibling draws culinary inspiration from France, Italy and Spain.

To start, aromatic fennel seeds and a squeeze of lemon made unexpected yet successful companions to sautéed chorizo.

But niggling inconsistencies persisted throughout an otherwise enjoyable meal: scallops were expertly cooked yet overshadowed by a busy assortment of crispy pancetta and courgette purée. Notting Hill’s Oak is known for its pizza, but here the dough under a tasty topping of asparagus and Tuscan sausage was still soft. Nevertheless, ambition, charm, good ideas and quality ingredients are all present and correct; with just a few tweaks in the kitchen, this could be the ideal local.

Reviewed by Clara Perez

Venue name: The Oak W12
Address: 243 Goldhawk Road
W12 8EU
Opening hours: Open 6pm-11pm Mon-Thu; 6pm-1am Fri, noon-1am Sat, noon-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Goldhawk Road or Stamford Brook
Price: Meal for two with drinks and servie: around £85

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Elizabeth M
2 of 2 found helpful

Fantastic pizza, fantastic cocktails (especially the Plymouth Sour) charming staff & great of my favourite places in the Shepherd's Bush/Chiswick area! 

Mike T
1 of 1 found helpful

I just can't understand the lack of love by other reviewers for this great pizza place in W12. Great cocktails and a decent wine list too. I've never had a bad night at the Oak, always had great food and service. Worth seeking out because it's WAY above your average pizza.


Write a review...Fantastic Pizza - the new black one with bamboo charcoal is awesome. Great food and very nice vibe. They do also know how to make a mean drink here too. Awesome West London Pizza. Well worth a visit.

1 of 3 found helpful

I went soon after it opened. Overpriced for its location. Pizza was tasty but not amazing. If you zip down to Franca Manca in Chiswick the pizza is better and 2/3rds of the price.

Anoush G
0 of 3 found helpful

Management has a real problem with been polit. the food was good. the embience was very good .... but the staff ... the "managers sister" was completely out of mind.