The Royal Oak Twickenham

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A Twickenham watering hole fit for locals.

Twickenham may be the town of a hundred curry houses, but it also has decent pubs. And you can now add The Royal Oak to the list of top locals since, after countless attempts at rebranding, the pub seems to have finally hit the target. An eclectic collection of light fittings, tables, chairs and sofas surround an island bar; the far wall is now lined with bookshelves. Out the front, sumptuous cushions sit atop stacked wooden pallets ready for sunny-day drinkers and regular smokers.

Back inside, junk-shop chic sets off two bright copper tanks above the bar, filled with Truman’s Raw Tank Beer (as is the case at other pubs in the Hippo Inns family). The tank means the beer stays fresh and unfiltered from brewery to bar. Truman’s also seemed to be providing about half the selection of suds, but local breweries were still represented – Twickenham Fine Ales, The Kernel and Meantime all had tasty offerings when I visited.

In one corner, an open kitchen was turning out meals and snacks, and if our hot crackling with gravy was anything to go by, the menu would be worth further perusal. Chuck in a soundtrack that flitted from Happy Mondays, to The Smiths and Weller in one sitting, sport on TV and an open fire at the other end of the room, and I was in my element.

Prices are refreshingly competitive, but it’s just far enough away from the town centre to deter people who drift in and out of the area on match days. And so, for now, it’s just locals making The Royal Oak a rather cosy and palatable place for an evening drink.

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The Royal Oak Twickenham says
The ultimate pub for a pre Twickenham pint! Walking distance to the station and the stadium. Classic traditional interior mixed with contemporary touches, cosy comfortable and inviting with nooks and crannies. Open kitchen serving hearty and delicious food including pizza planks. Tank beer perfectly kept, fresh and like drinking straight from the brewery.

Looking to have a party or an event? Speak to our team about hiring our Roundhead private room which holds up to 80 people or for a more intimate occasion why not book the Cavalier Room.

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By: Dave Faulkner


Venue name: The Royal Oak Twickenham
Address: 13 Richmond Road
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday11am - 11pmFriday11am - 12amSaturday10am - 12amSunday12pm - 10.30pm
Transport: Twickenham Rail
Price: £25 and under
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The Royal Oak recently opened in Twickenham, boasting a big open dining space, a large outside area and a central bar adorned with two large copper tanks set to dispense specially brewed Truman’s beer, RAW.

The food is what I would describe as elevated pub food, which focuses on championing seasonal British ingredients in simple, no fuss dishes.

If, when you go, they have their garlic king prawns I would recommend tucking in. A mound of king prawns arrived soaked in pungent garlic butter that invites you to dive in, with thick slices of bread to absorb it afterwards. The finger bowl is certainly necessary as this isn’t a dish for those wanting to stay clean.

After something a bit more traditional? The chicken livers with smoked lardons on sourdough is a hearty, warming dish. Potentially not one for a summer’s day but as those seem to be few and far between this year, it is a tasty option indeed.

The chargrilled lamb gigot makes a great alternative to the traditional pub steak – although they do have what looks like a very tempting bone in sirloin steak on the menu too. It’s served with sauté potatoes – a nice change to chips – and a well-seasoned salsa verde dripping in olive oil. No complaints from me.

For something a touch lighter, the dressed Dorset crab is a fantastic dish. The crabmeat was smooth but still maintained texture, as in you could see each individual piece of meat. When you took a bite, it tasted sweet and creamy, with a slight hint of salt from the sea. The fries were well cooked – crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, just as they should be. The only slight disappointment was the saffron aioli, which had turned slightly bitter.

If after all that you still have room, the warm chocolate and hazelnut brownie is delightful. This is definitely a dish for chocolate lovers – a thick slab of rich, indulgent decadence. Just in case that wasn’t enough, they also drizzle it with chocolate sauce and add a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I had a great time at the Royal Oak. Friendly service, a great setting and very moreish food. There are so many things I would like to try on the menu, that I can definitely see myself heading back soon.