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Royal Oak

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The Royal Oak is a charming 19th century pub in the village of River near Dover in Kent. Formed from 18th century flint cottages we have been serving the village for over 150 years. A friendly warm welcome compliments our range of real ales, lagers, ciders and stout. From a morning coffee or hot chocolate to a late night spirit we will look after you. Come read the papers, enjoy a cool beer on a sunny afternoon in the garden or a warming cask ale in front of the fire on a winter's night. Whatever you prefer we hope to see you soon.

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Booked 1 time today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01304 829433

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Dover

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Whitebait*GBP 5.95

    with lemon & tartare sauce

    • Baked CamembertGBP 6.50

      with rosemary & garlic, served with onion marmalade & crusty bread

      • Creamy Garlic Mushrooms*GBP 4.95

        on crusty bread

        • Nachos*GBP 4.95

          with guacamole, salsa & sour cream

          Baguettes

          Served only at lunch time. £4.95 or £6.95 with chips

          • Chicken Salad

            with mayonnaise

            • Mature Cheddar

              with red onion & tomato

              • Fish Fingers

                with tartare sauce & rocket

                • Bacon & Brie

                  with cranberry sauce

                  Mains

                  Build Your Burger: Extras is +£0.95 per item: +Bacon, +Brie, +Stilton, +Mushrooms, +Egg

                  • Hunters Chicken*GBP 9.95

                    with chips, bacon, cheese & BBQ sauce

                    • Scampi & Chips*GBP 9.95

                      with garden peas, lemon & tartare sauce

                      • Mighty Oak BurgerGBP 9.95

                        with relish, tomato, gherkin, salad leaves, coleslaw & fresh cut chips

                        • Double Up with a Second Beef Pattie & Extra Chips forGBP 12.95
                      • Margherita PizzaGBP 8.95

                        mozzarella, tomato, basil & olive oil

                        • Lasagne

                          with salad & garlic bread

                          • VegetarianGBP 7.95
                          • BeefGBP 9.95
                        • Pie of the Week*GBP 9.95

                          with an option of chips, mash or salad (vegetarian & meat options available)

                          • Chicken Burger - Coriander MarinadeGBP 10.95

                            with garlic mayo & chips

                            • Pepperoni PizzaGBP 9.95

                              pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan & oregano

                              • Beer Battered Fish and ChipsGBP 10.95

                                with garden peas, lemon & tartare sauce

                                • Gammon Steak, Egg & Chips*GBP 8.95

                                  with pineapple ring

                                  • Halloumi Burger*GBP 8.95

                                    with tomato salsa & chips

                                    • Hawaiian PizzaGBP 9.95

                                      ham & pineapple

                                      • Succulent Sirloin SteakGBP 14.95

                                        with mushrooms, grilled tomato & fresh cut chips garnished with watercress

                                        Little Acorns Children's Meals

                                        £4.95

                                        • Sausage & Mash

                                          • Chicken Goujons & Chips

                                            • Fish & Chips

                                              • Chicken or Vegetarian Pasta

                                                in a creamy sauce

                                                Sides

                                                • Fresh Cut ChipsGBP 2.95

                                                  • Cheesy Fresh Cut ChipsGBP 3.95

                                                    • Tomato & Red Onion SaladGBP 2.95

                                                      • Buttered Mash PotatoGBP 2.95

                                                        • Giant Onion Rings with Garlic AioliGBP 3.95

                                                          Desserts

                                                          • Chocolate Pudding*GBP 4.95

                                                            with ice cream

                                                            • Weekly Cheesecake*GBP 4.95

                                                              please ask for flavour

                                                              • Autumn Fruit CrumbleGBP 5.95

                                                                with custard or cream

                                                                • Cheese & BiscuitsGBP 6.95

                                                                  with brie, stilton & cheddar with onion marmalade

                                                                  • Ice Cream Selection*

                                                                    • 3 ScoopsGBP 4.95

                                                                  Featured Items

                                                                  • Thursday Night is Curry NightGBP 10.00

                                                                    curry and a drink with vegetarian option

                                                                    • Wednesday Night is Pie NightGBP 10.00

                                                                      pie and a drink with vegetarian option

                                                                      • Sunday Roasts

                                                                        Choice from 3 meats or a vegetarian option. All served with Roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, stuffing and sauces

                                                                        Cold Drinks

                                                                        • J20 Orange & Passionfruit

                                                                          • 275mlGBP 2.50
                                                                        • J20 Apple & Raspberry

                                                                          • 275mlGBP 2.50
                                                                        • Schweppes Slimline Tonic

                                                                          • 125mlGBP 1.50
                                                                        • Fever-Tree Tonic

                                                                          • 200mlGBP 2.00
                                                                        • Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Lemonade

                                                                          • 454mlGBP 2.40
                                                                        • Folkingtons Fruit Juices

                                                                          • 250mlGBP 2.90
                                                                        • Kingsdown Water Still or Sparkling

                                                                          • 330mlGBP 1.50

                                                                        Hot Drinks

                                                                        • CoffeeGBP 2.00

                                                                          Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso

                                                                          • Irish Coffee with Jameson's Irish WhiskeyGBP 5.00

                                                                            • TeaGBP 2.00

                                                                              • Hot ChocolateGBP 2.00

                                                                                Ask for cream and marshmallows!

                                                                                Last updated: 24 September 2019

                                                                                What 38 people are saying

                                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                                4.1
                                                                                4.1 based on recent ratings
                                                                                • 3.9Food
                                                                                • 4.4Service
                                                                                • 4.3Ambience
                                                                                • 4.4Value

                                                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                                                1. AT

                                                                                  AmandaT

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Tasty, great value for money, prompt tentative service. Would recommend to others.

                                                                                2. RG

                                                                                  RamonG

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 10 October 2021

                                                                                  overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                                                  Food was really lovely as was the wine and ale. Service was efficient but felt it could be a little more personal

                                                                                3. J

                                                                                  Jokim

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 10 October 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  We were made to feel welcome by the staff. We Had a beautiful roast dinner, I had pork and my friend had chicken. We were very impressed by the quality and quantity of the food. We will definitely be going back another time.

                                                                                4. s

                                                                                  sarah

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  3.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 1 October 2021

                                                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                  Even though I had confimation through Open Table of my booking when I got to the restaurant they had no record of it. Luckily there were some free tables.

                                                                                5. L

                                                                                  Loubelou

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 26 September 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This is our third time having a roast dinner at The Royal Oak and as usual delicious, this time I had room for pudding a chocolate fudge cake which was yummy, I would highly recommend

                                                                                6. J

                                                                                  Jordan

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 22 September 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Amazing little local restaurant and bar. Great atmosphere amongst the locals and great service. Small bar team can’t do more for you even when they are run off their feet. The food here was great and came out quickly.

                                                                                7. RC

                                                                                  RichardC

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 16 September 2021

                                                                                  overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                                  Prevented obviously from visiting our local for a very long time, it was good to see it has has been very nicely brightened up and titivated - It happened to be curry night -£10 including a pint (or wine) and excellent value.

                                                                                8. L

                                                                                  Loubelou

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 12 September 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  In my opinion had the best roast dinner I’ve ever had in a pub,there is a choice of three meats,nut roast and vegetable lasagna and a menu for children and a choice of three deserts if you can fit it in. The staff are friendly and efficient and the pub is quaint and nice and clean I would definitely recommend.

                                                                                9. B

                                                                                  Beverley

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fabulous village location. Great food, attentive staff and nice outside area.

                                                                                10. A

                                                                                  Alex

                                                                                  London

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Beautiful food and a gorgeous little village outside of Dover.

                                                                                11. BT

                                                                                  BrianT

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 5 September 2021

                                                                                  overall2food2service4ambience4

                                                                                  Overall, an enjoyable meal with the family. The main plated meal could have been hotter when presented to the table and the deserts seemed expensive for what you were given but, all in all, a pleasant experience and we would be looking to return for another meal at some stage.

                                                                                12. OT

                                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 20 June 2021

                                                                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                                  Low quality

                                                                                13. S

                                                                                  sapnaS

                                                                                  London

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  2.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 29 May 2021

                                                                                  overall2food1service4ambience4

                                                                                  I rarely write reviews but would not recommend eating here. The menu choices were basic and the food was extremely poor quality. They did not have any herbal teas, we had to go to the co op to buy done ourselves. The service and atmosphere was great. Go for a pint but do not eat here.

                                                                                14. MN

                                                                                  MichaelN

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 20 February 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Good food, reasonably priced and excellent service.

                                                                                15. s

                                                                                  susanc

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 9 February 2020

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Brilliant sunday roast and very good service as always

                                                                                16. DC

                                                                                  DaveC

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  1.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 2 February 2020

                                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                  Booked for 1645 only to be told kitchen closes at 1530 despite booking on line really poor won't be going back

                                                                                17. MN

                                                                                  MichaelN

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 29 December 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  Excellent service, friendly, fast and helpful. Great roast lamb and vegetables, and starter of garlic mushrooms. Good value for money. Tasty adnam’s bitter. A cosy historic local pub.

                                                                                18. CK

                                                                                  CherilynK

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 2 November 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Nice, local, cosy pub. All very friendly and accommodating!

                                                                                19. LG

                                                                                  LouiseG

                                                                                  Brighton

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 1 September 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  I very rarely order roast in a pub as it is usually disappointing but this was delicious. Great roast beef, crisp potatoes and plenty of gravy. I would definitely recommend this pub for food!

                                                                                20. B

                                                                                  Beverley

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 21 July 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic food and service from our local pub. We also discovered they had a beer garden up the steps to the rear, nice sunny spot. Highly recommended.

                                                                                21. J

                                                                                  Janice

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 20 April 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                  A good choice of food. The offers for a 2 or 3 course meal are good value for money.

                                                                                22. JC

                                                                                  JasonC

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 24 March 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  Tried the Oak as recommended by a friend. Sunday lunch menu, limited but enough to please most people. Food was presented well and was of a good standard. Plenty of vegetables to go with the main course. Was a little quiet and etmisphere a little lacking, but hopefully the trade will pick up and a buzz will be in the air.. overall I would say it was a good experience

                                                                                23. m

                                                                                  margotw

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 23 February 2019

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  Good food, good choices, nice pub, good service. price was right

                                                                                24. B

                                                                                  Beverley

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 16 February 2019

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic meal. Ordered from special valentines menu and the food was superb.

                                                                                25. B

                                                                                  Beverley

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 30 December 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic local pub and always made to feel welcome

                                                                                26. JH

                                                                                  JeffH

                                                                                  Atlanta

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 25 December 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Wonderful experience. Great time. Super pub.

                                                                                27. A

                                                                                  Angie

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 14 December 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                  Great food, great atmosphere, warm friendly local pub. Will definitely use again.

                                                                                28. LH

                                                                                  LouiseH

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 7 December 2018

                                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience3

                                                                                  Haven’t been here for some years but what a little gem of a local! Just met a couple of friends here for food and drinks. Service by Mandy was fab and it was nice to be able to have a conversation as well!!! So good we have booked again for next Friday 👍🏻

                                                                                29. MI

                                                                                  MICHAELG

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 2 December 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                  We really enjoyed our Sunday lunch, the food was very good and the staff were very attentive and welcoming. We shall certainly eat there again. It is good to see that the pub was full and dogs are welcome. Mike

                                                                                30. MT

                                                                                  MaggieT

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 1 December 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                  We spent a really enjoyable evening in the Royal Oak; they have a lively bar and eating area, then we were in a quieter but tasteful restaurant area, full of old character. The staff were so friendly, very willing to help and make sure you had everything you needed. We felt they were interested in us as customers. The food was very good and well presented. If we went back to Hythe we'd definitely eat there!

                                                                                31. PS

                                                                                  PaulS

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 30 November 2018

                                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                  Nice local pub with set aside area for diners who like privacy as well as area for local drinkers out for the usual.

                                                                                32. BH

                                                                                  BellaH

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 18 November 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Yet another fantastic Sunday lunch at the Royal Oak. Food was amazing, the beef was cooked to perfection. Really great size portions and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Won't be long before we make another booking!

                                                                                33. WD

                                                                                  WarrenD

                                                                                  London

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 13 October 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  This is the second time we have eaten here in the past few weeks and on both occasions the food has been fantastic. Had a lovely Sunday roast a couple of weeks ago with family and friends and found the food to be fantastic in particular the beef which was to die for. The past weekend visited on the Saturday evening and had the fish and chips which again was very good indeed. Cod portion was big with lovely crispy batter and the chips were amazing. Local singer Andy Lawrence was playing in the bar area and made for a very enjoyable evening. Will for sure be visiting again very soon.

                                                                                34. JF

                                                                                  JoanneF

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 23 September 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                  First time we had eaten here and will definitely be going back!! Great service delicious food HUGE portions be hungry when you visit...a small friendly local pub we would highly recommend 😊

                                                                                35. RA

                                                                                  RevAndy

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  1 review

                                                                                  Dined on 20 September 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Easy to book, tasty food, ample space. Real ale, local pub, ticks all the boxes Good place to take colleagues.

                                                                                36. DS

                                                                                  DavidS

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  vip
                                                                                  4.0

                                                                                  33 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 12 August 2018

                                                                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                                                  A really warm welcome upon arrival. Excellent service throughout. Sunday roast was good.

                                                                                37. DS

                                                                                  DerekS

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 21 July 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  This was the first time we had returned since the new owners have taken over. We had a great evening, the service was good and food great (especially the puddings according to the girls!!). In addition the entertainment was enjoyable, playing music from most genre's and era's.

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                                                                                  Beverley

                                                                                  Kent

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  5.0

                                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                                  Dined on 8 July 2018

                                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                  Fantastic food and service. We will definitely be back in the future.

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                                                                                Royal Oak is rated 4.1 stars by 38 OpenTable diners

                                                                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                                                                Google Map for Royal Oak

                                                                                36 Lower Road River Dover, Kent CT17 0QU

                                                                                • Area

                                                                                  Dover

                                                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                                                  Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                                  British

                                                                                • Dining style

                                                                                  Casual Dining

                                                                                • Dress Code

                                                                                  Casual Dress

                                                                                • Payment Options

                                                                                  AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                • Additional

                                                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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