The Oak

Restaurants, Italian Notting Hill
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This former pub has a very distinctive look, a mix of moodily low lighting, untreated wood, leather banquettes and modern paintings that cover nearly every available inch of wall space. Opened in 2001, it was an early pioneer in baking pizza in wood-fired ovens and it's still turning them out. There are ten on the menu, evenly divided between meaty and meatless. 

But there's much more to the Oak than pizza. The menu combines elements of Italian and Spanish, and there's some pretty ambitious cooking in there: squid is stuffed with crab and served with a shaved courgette and sweetcorn salad; own-made prawn and broad bean ravioli come with truffle butter and dried green tomatoes; a salad of shredded duck, Marcona almonds and dandelion is served with a marmalade and shallot vinaigrette.

The wine list is a pleasure to read: 100 per cent French, Italian and Spanish, with prices starting under £20 and some very interesting bottles between £30 and £35. Upstairs is a lounge bar serving cocktails, a long list of high-quality spirits, and tapas.

Note: no bookings accepted.

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The Oak says
Getting ready for the weekend? Our cocktail bar and lounge, just upstairs from the main restaurant, is the perfect place to start (or end) your evening in Notting Hill with a delicious cocktail or choice whisky. Pappy Van W anyone?
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Venue name: The Oak
Contact:
Address: 137 Westbourne Park Road
London
W2 5QL
Opening hours: Bar open 6-11pm Mon-Fri; 5-11pm Sat; 5-10.30pm Sun. Food served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6.30-10.30pm Sat; noon-4pm, 6.30-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Westbourne Park tube
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Danette
tastemaker

Offering a very cozy and somewhat romantic atmosphere, tasty dishes and friendly staff- the Oak is very nice find in Notting Hill.  Deliciously blending Spanish and Italian flavours, the dishes are bound to leave a lasting impression on your taste buds. Think burrata di Puglia bruschetta or sautéed chorizo with fennel seeds and lemon to start the night. Continue your exploration of the menu with the wild mushroom ravioli with truffle butter or perhaps a healthier (but nonetheless bursting with flavour) option of roast cod, tenderstem broccoli and olive oil. Then finish with a decadent hazelnut cheesecake with berry compote or a selection of fine cheeses, such as 'picos de Europa’ or what the Oak describes as 'Spain’s answer to roquefort, cow and goat’s milk.’ Great for a catch-up with friends or a date, the Oak offers the perfect setting for a nice evening.

Christopher M
Staff Writer

Great restaurant with an Italian feel. Food is delicious and the ambience is amazing at night. Perfect for a first date or any date for that matter. Have some drinks upstairs at the cool bar whilst you wait for your table. First in first served as they do not do bookings. But that just means a few more drinks while you wait. :-)