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Royal Oak York Goodramgate York Pub - Reviews

Kevin Ireson says: This is an eye-catcher of a building. You cannot miss it if you are walking along Goodramgate towards the city gate at Monkbar. It has been some time now since I went in. However, I had been going in here for a good few years in the 1990's through to 2004. As a group we enjoyed many of the good Sunday dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire puddings in here. It is a nice place good atmosphere good beer good food.

History of the Royal Oak

This is a grade 2 listed building. There is documentation dating it back originally to the 15th century. It has both 18th and 19th century extensions to the back. It went through a major restoration project in 1934.

Kevin Ireson says: An open gas fire in the back room makes for a warm stay on a winters evening. A very traditional pub. No jukebox just chatting in the house. Rooms are cozy with a bar lounge and snug on the ground floor. They have even managed to keep the slot machine in the hallway so you don't get bothered at the nasty noise most of them make.

Traditional Pub and Landlord

Outdoor lavatory for the gents is a bit cold on a winter but hey, no man sits down in a pub toilet anyway's do they. It is just not done.

Sunday Dinners Varied

Sunday dinner has been taken here on a number of occasions and is variable. The beef has been from tender and succulent, to rubbery on different days. Mind you the steak and ale pie is definitely worth a try. Lots of it good mash well cooked veg and a nice crust. All round winner if you like traditional pub food.

Two star rating image Linda Jones tells us: This has to be the only restaurant ever to close its kitchen before the diners have finished eating. Last orders are 8.30 and before we had ordered dessert, we were told the kitchen was closed ! Mediocre food, much better places nearby.

Four star rating image Debbie Bradshaw sent this review in: It has been fascinating watching the changes in the Royal Oak in the past few years. The new management has evidently spent a great deal on the new refurbishment and all is clean and fresh. The decor is interesting rather than restful. The beer is still well kept, and menu is exotic but well cooked. One to watch, even if wearing sunglasses.

Three star rating image Stephen Scantlebury tells us: Cosy unspoilt pub well attended, friendly both staff and clientele.

Four star rating image Chris Britten and Isabella Musgrove say: Was gigging at the Opera house (lead guitar, Troggs) when came across the wonderful traditional real ale pub. The Abbot ale was the best and enjoyed jamming at the open mic night. to be recommended. The new landlady and chef have done a great job. The Henry VIII pie was amazing with the best home cut chips ever and the staff were so friendly and welcoming.

Two star rating image Lesley Cerff emailed in to say: I took 7 people to the Royal Oak on sunday. We waited 1 hour for the first of the meals to arrive and then the others came in stages over the next half hour period. The people who first got their meal had finnished before the last of the meals arrived. We had to ask for gravy, knives and forks and the gammon arrived with salad and no chips. By the time the chips arrived we gammon had been eaten! All in all I was very dissapointed in the meal and spolit what should have a lovely family get together.

Two star rating image Whistlingbaby tells us: As a visitor from the Newcastle area, I have visited The Royal Oak approximately 6 times a year for the last 14 years and I have always found the food excellent. I was dismayed to find on a recent visit to York that it seems to have changed hands. While the food was still edible, it was a shadow of its former extremely high standard. With Scott the Butcher having closed last year and The Royal Oak having changed, the reasons for visiting York are diminishing all of the time a massive shame!

Five star rating imageR Lodger knows the pub well and emailed us to say: This is a brilliant pub. I think they serve the best Abbot ale in York. They also provide a range of good home food. Sunday roast dinners are the best. Once you go in you feel as if you are at home and don't want to leave. Also, there is a good pub quiz on Monday nights.

James Fulton said: What a nice wee place. They have good food and a nice landlady / landlord. All in all this is a great place to eat drink and be cosy in my opinion.

J and J Thompson emailed us to say: The Royal Oak is no longer in Dave & Sally's hands. It has been handed to someone who has put the prices up, removed the traditional seating in favour of cafe style Ikea bistro seats! What a shame when the Golden Slipper next door shows the pub how a refurbishment should have been done.


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The Royal Oak
18 Goodramgate York YO1 7LG
Telephone: 01904 653856

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