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Fine Dining Interview with Nick Parkinson

We always love to welcone The Fine Dining Guide to The Oak. This time Simon Carter wasn’t there to dine with us he popped by to interview Nick about his long and colourful career in the hospitality industry. Click here … Continue reading

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Meet Head Chef ‘Matt Samson’

Matt found his love of cooking at a young age. He grew up in Kent and spent much of his time cooking with his Mum using fruit and vegetables that his Dad had grown in the garden. At 16 Matt … Continue reading

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Time to reflect as The Royal Oak turns 17

Today marks 17 years since The Royal Oak opened its doors : Friday 13th 2001, unlucky for some. When Nick Parkinson and his Dad, Sir Michael first set eyes on The Royal Oak Paley Street the hospitality industry was a … Continue reading

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Jigsaw Charity Fashion Show

The Jigsaw Charity Fashion Show took place on Friday, 8th June.  The event raised just shy of £1000 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service. The guest arrived at 12pm to enjoy a glass of fizz and canapes before settling down … Continue reading

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Great write up from The Staff Canteen

Thank you Staff Canteen for a lovely piece about Leon Smith returning to the Oak to take up the position of Head Chef; and for remembering some of the other chefs who have helped shape the Oak and made their … Continue reading

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Leon Smith Takes Up the Reins in the Kitchen at The Oak

We are delighted to welcome back Leon Smith as Head Chef. Leon, was Senior Sous Chef at The Royal Oak under James Bennett.  He left to head up the kitchen at the Artist Resident’s new opening; Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms, … Continue reading

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The Royal Oak Welcomes HRH The Earl of Wessex for DofE Fundraising Event

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Holyport Real Tennis Club followed by lunch at The Royal Oak Paley Street on Tuesday (27th February 2018) as part of a campaign to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Charity. … Continue reading

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MasterChef Dinners are a Winner – Sorry!

Through February we held 6 MasterChef Dinners, where Craig showcased 4 of his favourite dishes from the MasterChef : The Professionals competition.  Matched wines were also on offer. Nick quizzed Craig about his experience of the competition, which gave the … Continue reading

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Craig wins Gastropub Chef of the Year at Top 50 Gastropubs Awards

On Monday 29th January 2018, our Craig won the coveted Gastropub Chef of the Year at the Top 50 Gastropubs Awards ceremony which took place at Andrew Pern’s the Star in the City in York. The Top 50 Gastropubs is … Continue reading

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VIPs cause quite a stir in little old Paley Street

Thursday 18th January started out like any other day in little old Paley Street until a rather noisy entourage alerted the locals to the arrival of two rather special guests. Yep you got it!  Theresa May and President Macron popped … Continue reading

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