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5.1 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews

The Royal Oak Staveley

Staveley European, British £££ +100
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About The Royal Oak Staveley

There are few more satisfying things to see on a wild moor than a cosy Yorkshire pub awaiting your entry, and if the pub that you see is The Royal Oak at Staveley, then you’re particularly in luck. Their take on the genre is exceptional – a menu featuring contemporary British cuisine and bar food classics – as well as real ale options, seasonal menus and a warm welcome that is characteristic of the best pubs. Head to Main Street in the village of Staveley near Knaresborough and find out for yourself.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
The Royal Oak Staveley, 1 Main street, HG5 9LD Staveley

Further Information

The great British country pub is one of the joys of the travelling through the UK, and up in Yorkshire they do them better than almost anywhere else. Out on the wiley, windy moors, they offer up a relief from the spectacular but often unforgiving scenery, but like a certain famous family, you don’t want to be told that there’s no room at the inn: so book your table in advance at The Royal Oak on Main Street in Staveley near Knaresborough.

The history of religion would be very different if the Holy Family had reserved ahead. Still, maybe Bethlehem doesn’t have the booking facilities that they have at The Royal Oak in Staveley, and frankly, it’s unlikely that they had the range of food – posh options like ale-braised duck leg, confit belly bacon for the kings, British pub classics like fish and chips, gammon, egg and chips and bangers and mash for the shepherds – and drinks – real ale from Knaresborough, Harrogate, Yorkshire and beyond. Main Street in Staveley is the place to be for a feed of biblical proportions.


42 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
19.06.2017 08:24

It was a perfect meal in perfect surroundings with wonderful helpful smilie people. We have been before and shall definitely return soon. Thank you very much

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 13:14

Thanks you for a great meal last night. My steak was cooked to perfection and the service was excellent. Have been many times and the quality is always consistent.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2017 22:48

Lovely country village pub serving delicious food, Sunday lunch roast beef, Yorkshire pudding crispy roast potatoes, Yorkshire caviar, with scrumy chocolate truffle and a large blob of caramel ice cream for dessert 😋

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 09:12

Great food in a great location. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed. The menu is full of good options and reasonably priced. Great value. Would definitely return and would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 4
01.06.2017 18:37

We had always heard good reviews so decided to try it on a beautiful summer evening. Staff very welcoming and polite, pub was very quite but pleasant atmosphere. Ordered pickled trout with beetroot relish and fennel for starter, attractive to look at but the trout was bland in taste, only the accompaniments made it interesting. I had fish and chips and my husband had the Ripon black bacon chop for the main course, delicious, and vegetables cooked to perfection. Only downside was that we were plagued throughout the meal by flies which was extremely off putting. Overall good experience, would recommend people to try for themselves.

1 review so far 6
28.08.2016 09:59

We ate at the Royal Oak for the first time last night, the staff were really friendly and made us feel very welcome. The choice of food was really good and the starters arrived quickly. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, we will certainly be returning soon and i can recommend this pub for a really nice meal with a good ambiance.

1 review so far 6
27.11.2016 11:20

The Royal Oak Staveley is a lovely warm friendly country pub. The food is excellent and the staff are really nice. We will certainly go back again. Would highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
18.04.2016 16:42

Brilliant Pub, food excellent and service first class. Walked in to warm and cosy bar area with an open fire and ushered into a nicely decorated rear bar with more tables. Unfortunately this part of the bar area had no heating on in it but luckily we had extra layers in the car to put on which saved the day. We will certainly be back, a great find.

1 review so far 5
03.10.2016 11:18

A thoroughly enjoyable meal , but when I checked the bill when I got home ( husband payed ) I had been charged for 3 courses and 2 courses , instead of 4 x 2 courses , we had a prawn cocktail and a pate for starters and 2 crumbles for dessert otherwise everything else was perfect Thanks Hazel

1 review so far 4
02.06.2016 08:10

Rating based on previous visits. Unfortunately this time round we were sat next to very loud family group that spoiled our lunch somewhat. The food on the whole is great but on this occasion my Beef was quite fatty and very difficult to cut. I ended up leaving about a third of mine. My Lemon Posset dessert was to die for though! Everything else is lovely - attentive staff, nice surroundings, beautiful village.

1 review so far 4
12.02.2017 08:34

Lovely setting ,staff excellent but food only average . Fish and chip had by 2 guests fish potions quite small .The Venison chilli was nice but not very warm another guest left her Macaroni cheese.The crumble wasn't very nice 2 pudding were left .We had enjoyable night with good friends and the staff were very helpful but spoilt by average food and quite a limited menu.

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 14:08

Fabulous meal and service as always! We have been on numerous occasions to the Royal Oak and each and every time we have had a fabulous meal with service that is totally faultless - nothing is too much effort for the staff!

1 review so far 6
27.10.2016 07:37

Such a lovely cosy country pub. A great start or end to the Staveley Cycle walk. Great service and beautiful food and wine. Ive taken all my visitors there and I'll continue to do so.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 22:02

Very good service nothing was too much trouble food was lovely. Nice atmosphere with lovely surroundings would definitely recommend a visit. Could imagine it would be lovely in the winter with the open fire

1 review so far 4
20.04.2017 08:27

Booked at short notice on Easter Sunday. Menu was varied but a little on the pricy side. Lamb was tasteless and not much of it. A couple of roast potatoes and a bit of veg. Service but good drinks were expensive. Won't be doing this one again. Can't recommend.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 18:38

As always great food, imaginative menu, portion size just right. Welcoming atmosphere. Already booked a return visit. Love the new make over too. Well done on keeping up this amazing standarsd

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 20:27

Excellent food you can tell the food is created and cooked with the love of food and dedication to presentation, the service was fantastic as always. Beautiful gin too (hic)

1 review so far 6
26.04.2016 20:19

The staff were very friendly, service very efficient and the food absolutely delicious. Will certainly be going back. Make sure you book on a Sunday and it was very busy.

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 07:54

Friendly staff and lovely food. Missing the previous little touches of 'theatre' in the food presentation though. Dining room was a little cold but that's nit picking. Really enjoyable evening and worth the drive from York.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2016 14:55

We visited for sunday lunch and found the food to be delicious, service warm and the ambience was top notch. Highly recommended!! Thank you very much, we'll be back soon.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2016 22:19

Excellent food, friendly service and a pub in a lovely setting close to a Yorkshire Wildlife Nature reserve. It is perfect for a day out in a lovely area.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 14:02

Highly recommend this pub the food was excellent and service too, and reasonably priced, found it whilst visiting Knaresborough and will be returning when in the area again

1 review so far 6
14.12.2016 18:45

Wednesday was quiet at the pub but a nice village atmosphere. Could have been warmer. Coffee was v good. Definitely worth another visit, poss at the weekend.

1 review so far 5
09.05.2016 20:37

Nice food and the outside tables were fab for the sunny afternoon we spent there. Good prices, nice ales and great service. Haven't tried desserts yet but definitely next time. Will return.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 07:43

Great atmosphere , and great food! Will definitely be returning ! We had a great table in the Window alcove. Staff very good and attentive .

1 review so far 3
18.10.2016 10:12

The pub was a little quiet for a Saturday night and there were lots of changes being made, however the food was lovely and service also good. BUT the flies were awful, landing of us and our food. Not sure I would go again, what will it be like in summer?

1 review so far 4
26.02.2017 08:57

Tried for afternoon meal after reading reviews. Found menu very limited for meals , nothing meal wise appealed so ordered sandwiches, which were tasty. Would try again if menu was more tempting. Service and bar staff was fine.

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 20:02

Lovely food ( except tartare sauce missing from fish and chips) service a little bit hit and miss but I would certainly go back and would recommend it to friends.

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 16:48

Worth a visit. Excellent food, good price, lovely people, excellent service. We would highly recommend to anyone. We will be visiting again soon. Thank you

1 review so far 6
06.09.2016 12:49

Fantastic Food and the staff and service were excellent! Perfect Sunday lunch enjoyed by all of us! I would highly recommend visiting this lovely pub.

2 reviews so far 4
03.08.2016 08:23

Good food and choice of drinks. Friendly and obliging staff. Four of us had lunch, two burgers and two steaks all of which were good quality and well presented. Followed by delicious puddings. Will go again.

1 review so far 4
29.11.2016 09:07

a welcoming fire, which was lovely. A simple lunch and we look forward to going back for a meal in the evening, when the atmosphere should be a little buzzier, as it was painfully quiet.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 20:41

Great fish and chips and service. Good welcome. Royal Oak is a typical country pub with good atmosphere and local community. We look forward to our next visit.

1 review so far 5
22.05.2016 20:03

Excellent Sunday lunch, with good sized portions, pleasant staff pity about the cold plates and more potatoes would have been welcome. Good value for money, will return.

1 review so far 5
30.04.2017 13:18

A very enjoyable light lunch. Good service, pleasant surroundings in revamped bar under new owners, will certainly come again and spread the word. Rate it a five

1 review so far 5
14.04.2016 20:54

Food was excellent again though potatoes seemed to be rationed , service was a bit slack, though to give benefit of the doubt it was very busy

1 review so far 5
02.08.2016 15:10

Very good food, only gets a 5 out of 6 as rarely give full marks on any review. Sunday roast was excellent. Will dine there again.

1 review so far 3
14.05.2017 09:26

Lack of atmosphere. Almost empty on Saturday night. Limited menu which is usually a good sigh as it means everything is fresh, however one of the starters (prawn cocktail) was not available!!!! Slow service - waited 45 mins for starter. Food very average

1 review so far 5
30.04.2017 07:47

Service with a smile and great food. Lovely village pub which offered a welcoming retreat at the end of a circular walk around beautiful Staveley

1 review so far 3
04.01.2017 14:23

Haven't been to the Royal Oak for a year or so but it has changed. No log fire burning in mid winter, few Xmas decorations, oak panelled walls all painted magnolia, no atmosphere anymore. Very limited menu at lunch time

1 review so far 4
02.04.2017 16:13

Food was excellent, service was inexperienced and probably needs some pointers. Wine was just handed to my wife, not opened for us or offered to taste it.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 11:48

Great food, friendly staff. The beer is really good as well