Royal Oak


To misquote the late Brian Moore, this is a pub of two halves. Upstairs is a cultured, calm and almost sedate dining room, within which nouveau Eastenders tuck into expensive but impressive Modern European cooking.

Downstairs in the good-looking pub, built around a handsome central bar, the scene is more boisterous, as easily distracted staff deliver pricey wines and ales to an assortment of vintage-clad creatives who keep the hum of conversation going throughout the night.

It’s at its best earlier in the week: Fridays and Saturdays can be uncomfortably frantic, and the flower market on the doorstep means Sundays can be a crush.

Keen-eyed sitcom enthusiasts may recognise the Royal Oak from its starring role in Goodnight Sweetheart, although the current owners seem strangely reluctant to advertise the source of the pub’s 15 minutes.

Venue name: Royal Oak
Address: 73 Columbia Road
E2 7RG
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun. Food served Bar 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; 11am-4pm, 6-9pm Sun Restaurant 7-9pm Tue-Sat; noon-4pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hoxton rail or bus 26, 48, 55

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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paul kelly

Bitterly upset with the Sunday roast on Mothers day. The smallness of portion was pathetic ; I had a paucity of veg and a slither of meat. This place used to have the best roast in London. Not any more. The price has gone up and the quality and quantity has gone down. Have they a new chef ? Have they new owners? I don't know. But I do know i shan't be eating here again. A real shame.


Fantastic food, great atmosphere, friendly efficient staff. Would recommend this to anyone. We had a shoulder of lamb to share between 4 of us - delicious! Compliments to the chef.


Beer is OK but the staff and managers are despicable...ATTITUDE PROBLEMS!!


Had a great evening there and food was surprisingly good. Service seemed OK to me - pretty relaxed - they leave you to it - but as a local, I guess they are not trying to offer a restaurant service.