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5.0 /6 Excellent 72 Reviews

The Royal Oak, York

City Centre European, British £££ +100
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About The Royal Oak, York

Yorkshire is a haven for real ale enthusiasts and The Royal Oak, conveniently located in the heart of York’s city centre, offers an array of quality cask ales alongside a menu of hearty British pub food, with its cosy and traditional atmosphere topping it all off. Placed on the historic Goodramgate, just a short walk from York Minster Cathedral and a few moments from Monk Bar, The Royal Oak provides the perfect setting to refuel after a day spent exploring the sights of the city.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Royal Oak, York, 18 Goodramgate, YO1 7LG York

Further Information

Situated inside a 14th century building and decorated in a charming old-fashioned style, The Royal Oak in York’s city centre offers guests the full Yorkshire pub experience. Boasting an array of real ales – three permanent ones as well as a number of guest ales on tap – The Royal Oak will certainly delight lovers of Yorkshire’s favourite tipple. Great ale needs some great food to go along with it, and the menu here features British classics, all crafted from scratch using locally-source produce, adding to the pub’s homely feel.

Some of the choices on offer include beer-battered haddock and chips, homemade pie of the day and Scottish salmon fillet, as well as some dishes with international influences like the spicy Moroccan tagine, pasta and risotto. Why not head over to The Royal Oak on a Sunday and tuck into the traditional Sunday lunch? Located in the historic heart of York, this city centre pub is popular with tourists with its close proximity to a number of attractions. Book a table a get yourself down to Goodmangate for real ale, comforting cuisine and some good old Yorkshire hospitality!


72 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 72 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 16:07

We were a family of 7 and we had Sunday lunch at the royal oak. They had plenty of choice and a varied kids menu. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals served by a very pleasant waitress.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 13:44

Cracking pub, could not fault food all staff polite and attentive plus live music in the front bar Friday night. Spot on will pay another visit I am sure.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 16:45

Great food, really attentive and friendly staff. We had the fishcakes for our starters which were really tasty. Followed by the Sunday roast with enormous Yorkshire puddings which were cooked to perfection. The accompanying wine which we ordered was far better than the usual pub wine.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 18:37

What can I say? The service was swift and friendly, the food was excellent and the whole experience was just effortless. They will definitely be getting some return custom from us.

1 review so far 5
23.10.2016 10:11

Wonderful staff. I booked this venue for a family reunion. 11 family members travelling from all over the country from as far away as Aberdeen. We arrived to find several of our family members sat at a table having a good chat. We were shown to a lovely function room. Large table in the middle set out for our party. Ii was ideal and a surprise. We were given the menus, but we were so busy chatting and catching up none of had decided what we wanted. Absolutely no problem. Take as long as you want. He returned, and we gave him our orders which he took down in a methodical way so that when he returned with the meals he knew exactly who was having what. The meals were not 'gourmet' but all the plates were empty and everyone had enjoyed what they had. Because we were in the lovely function room we were able to share memories. laugh, and be very relaxed without disturbing anyone else. The gentleman came back and asked if we wanted sweets and/or coffee, and if we did would we mind decamping to the 'snug' as the function room was booked for another party. As we had taken such a long time we didn't mind at all. The 'snug' was another very pleasant small room which we had to ourselves. We enjoyed coffee and puddings. Only downside some coffees were brought before the sweets so the coffee was 'warm', but they did explain they only had a small coffee machine and it took a while to do. All in all for our leisurely gathering this was an ideal venue and the staff could not have been more helpful.

1 review so far 5
06.03.2016 18:56

Upon arrival at 11:55 we found the front door locked with no visible indication of opening times, when a member of the royal oak team came out to out to put the a frame outside he informed me 'not open yet' when I moved towards the door. When I informed him we had a booked for 12 noon he replied 'still got 9 minutes to wait' which was a little short tempered and unnecessary but proceeded to wait until 12:05 when the pub opened. Once inside we were seated promptly, service was efficient and polite. Food was excellent and the surprise of free prosecco and desert for mothers was a lovely and very considerate surprise on nothing Sunday. The staff were attentive without being intrusive and added to the enjoyment of our meal Russ

1 review so far 6
05.12.2016 17:38

The Royal Oak is a character pub and run by a lovely couple who make you feel very welcome. We arrived earlier than our reservation but where shown to a table no problems, two menus available a set one or one with more dishes which we opted for. Our meal was served in good time and was hot and very well presented so much more than a pub meal the prices were very reasonable and the service was great. After wards there was a pub quiz going on which we were invited to attend it was great fun and we had a great time.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 07:17

I am a wheelchair person I phone told no problem at all. We arrived a bit early again nothing was to much trouble tables moved so I could go right in . We had Sunday lunch which you could die for great portions and the Yorkshire pudding was light and fluffy we did not have a pudding but the service was second to none if in wheels go there if not still go one great place

1 review so far 5
02.10.2016 20:00

We went to the royal oak today, it is centrally located which is great, the atmosphere was really nice busy but comfortable. The food was fresh, and presented well we had Sunday roast. There was a 3 course menu for about £18.00. Or 2 courses for about £15. Decent value. The drinks were good and desert was a large portion. I would go again oh service vgood too. The only down side I suppose was the decor if I'm being picky.

1 review so far 5
31.03.2016 08:50

Set in a perfect location when exploring the City Centre of York, the Royal Oak is beautifully traditional but perfectly kept. We were looking for a traditional Sunday lunch and that is exactly what we got, including the best children's portion of a Sunday lunch and pudding. Highly recommend it for a family lunch. The landlord was very welcoming and gave us a useful historic update on York Minster.

1 review so far 4
13.10.2016 08:34

Booked for Sunday lunch. Starters were gorgeous but mains ok, beef was supposed to be pink but it was more well done and quite chewy. Yorkshire puddings were huge but a disappointment as not crispy they were soft. Sticky toffee pudding a little hard due to being over microwaved and service slightly slow but it was busy with only 1-2 girls working in lounge area Overall a good experience and I would probably return to try again even if just for the gin :-)

1 review so far 5
08.05.2017 07:15

Booked a table for Sunday Dinner. Arrived 5 minutes early but not a problem we were seated straight away. The service staff were really friendly and very attentive, didn't have to wait long to order hen food and drinks came really quickly. The food was lovely, massive Yorkshire pudding! Thought it really was very good value, with lovely staff and good food! Will definitely go back again.

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 21:54

We went for Sunday lunch and our party consisted of three adults and two children. The menus for both adults and children were varied and portions were of a good size. The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding choice was delicious. The beef was very tasty and the vegetables were freshly cooked. Staff were very welcoming and friendly, the price was fine so overall worth visiting.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2016 20:40

The staff are friendly, the food was cooked to perfection, I liked the idea that no-one disturbed us whilst we were eating, and it felt relaxed. There was a wide range of food available, and local specialities. I would highly recommend this place and I look forward to going again.

1 review so far 1
16.10.2016 19:35

We were really looking forward to a roast Sunday lunch and chose to the Royal Oak in York City Centre. We had pre-booked and arrived on time. Friendly staff showed us to our reserved table and efficiently took our order for food and drinks. The starters arrived and were very good. Then disaster struck. We were told there would be a 20 minute delay before our roast pork mains arrived. Yorkshire Puddings were mentioned. After approaching 30 minutes we were then informed there would be a further 10 minute delay. We were offered a reduction (non quantified) if we would accept our meal without Yorkshire Puddings. When you’ve paid over £5 to park, and are in York, 10 minutes seemed reasonable to wait. However after 20 minutes we had had enough – well actually we’d just had drinks and starters – and left, advising the staff and said we wouldn’t be paying for anything we’d had. They were apologetic and didn’t asked for any payment. If we had requested something exotic there might have been an excuse but this is a pub which uses its traditional Englishness (14th Century building etc). Surely they serve roast lunches every week and those will always include Yorkshire Puddings. I can’t imagine there were more customers than usual so how could they get their planning of meals so wrong? So after 1 hour 20 mins we were outside, hungrier than ever. Fortunately, on the corner of the street was York Roast Company. Ok so it was more McDonalds style in a cardboard box but we got an excellent pork roast and vegetables served promptly – and it was served in a Yorkshire Pudding!

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 12:50

Our visit to the royal oak was very pleasant and would definitely recommend the venue to other people whilst they're visiting York, the service and food was excellent. Atmosphere in the pub was very pleasant also very warm and welcoming Top pub and delicious food

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 09:14

We loved this place. One of the most memorable meals of our 3 week UK trip. Received the warmest customer service that I think I've ever had. Our food was delicious. If we'd had more time in York we would have eaten there again.

1 review so far 5
11.02.2016 16:46

The place was welcoming, warm and friendly - very pleasant and helpful staff. Eating area is a little on the small side but they seemed to cope with ensuring people were seated. Food very good and reasonably priced but my plate was a little on the cool side for me.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 07:40

Lovely place, great food and great service! Enjoyed a lunch meal with family and was a lovely setting for a traditional meal as well as lots of choice, will definitely be booking again next time as it does get very busy!

2 reviews so far 6
27.07.2016 12:45

A warm and friendly atmosphere in a historic pub, close to all the other attraction of York, the food and drinks are very reasonable with a good menu, we look forward to eating there again on our next visit to York

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 16:23

Good quality pub food at reasonable prices; good service from friendly and enthusiastic staff and great music. Will definitely come again. Brought along some American visitors who also very much enjoyed the experience. Thank you and see you soon.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 13:53

The Royal Oak is a traditional pub serving food. The menu offered a variety of options and our party were not disappointed with their food, delicious and freshly cooked, also good value for money. I would certainly recommend it

1 review so far 5
18.06.2017 21:47

Wonderful old english, charming pub. Very acomadating staff and lovely foid at affordable prce. Family of four eating . We always research wisely to make sure we not only get to eat great food in nice surroundings. But. Get value for money

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 17:07

My wife went to The Royal Oak for an evening meal expecting good atmosphere in traditional surroundings, good food and good service. We were not disappointed and our expectations were surpassed from "good" to "excellent".

4 reviews so far 5
25.10.2016 18:27

A very pleasant cosy room with friendly staff and good food. The menu was varied with lots to choose from and we particularly liked the deal on the Prosecco (I am duty bound to say that other sparkling wines are available!)

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 21:13

Fantastic service and very personable and friendly. Food was delicious! We were there on Mother's Day, and they were busy, but still we felt well taken care of. Would highly recommended a visit!

1 review so far 6
08.12.2016 10:41

Great restaurant, lovely staff and delicious food. We had the three course Xmas meal which was amazing! We picked The Royal Oak out of many other restaurants in York and were not disappointed.

1 review so far 5
31.03.2016 07:43

great food and a good atmosphere. So nice to be in a proper old style pub and not a chain. The home made fish cakes were tasty and the home made yorkshire pudding delicious. would recommend. Staff very friendly

3 reviews so far 5
20.04.2017 07:40

Really nice table, friendly quick service, good sized portions, really tasty food! Was a but of a washout outside on our visit so this helped to warm us up! Will definitely return on our next visit to York!

1 review so far 6
16.02.2016 15:19

Good food, attentive but not overbearing service. Gave us nice gaps between courses, did not feel at all rushed. Being Valentines day the special menu was on, it was excellent.

2 reviews so far 5
27.03.2017 12:18

the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were amazing!! best roast I've had ain a long time and what a beautiful establishment it was! A proper traditional boozer, lovely atmosphere and traditional furnishings. A must visit!!

3 reviews so far 6
26.02.2017 19:47

Lovely pub, excellent service and a warm welcome, we arrived early for our reservation but this was no problem and we were taken through to our table straight away.

1 review so far 4
16.03.2017 08:28

Sunday lunch was very disappointing, basically one very large Yorkshire pudding with nothing much else tiny amount of meat and veg! I did complain and it was put right but my husband still had a small plate! Nice old pub on the upside.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 20:52

Fantastic food served in attractive surrounding. Good service from both members of staff on duty and nothing we asked of them was too much trouble. Definitely going back.

2 reviews so far 6
27.10.2016 21:27

Bar is well kept and run and real ale is kept excellent. Had the Morrocann Lanb which was perfect. The Royal Oak is perfect well worth a visit

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 18:27

Lovely menu and great atmosphere. Friendly and efficient service and I would recommend and will visit again. The gin choice is a bonus....wide range as previously dinner drink

1 review so far 6
11.04.2016 14:58

A nice Sunday Lunch with excellent ale to boot. Lots of veg , lovely gravy and a huge Yorkshire...this really hits the spot! Well worth a try

2 reviews so far 6
30.01.2017 00:27

Very tasty food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Perfect for Sunday roast. We had a lovely afternoon there and we enjoyed our dinner. We will come back.

4 reviews so far 6
07.01.2017 08:36

Really tasty food and a very friendly waitress. They didn't rush us afterwards and we stayed all evening - it all made a very pleasant eating experience.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 13:25

Lovely food and cosy atmosphere. Excellent location which is central to all major York attractions. Service was great, couldn't fault them. Went for a birthday meal.

1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 08:44

Staff excellent. Very good service and food hot and delicious. Overall, a very enjoyable lunch. Our food was served quickly and the wine selection was good

1 review so far 6
12.05.2016 12:39

Delicious food. Amazing service! Would certainly return and highly recommend! We had the Sunday lunch and one of their wonderful selection of fine cask ales

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 13:33

Very polite and helpful staff. Food was very good. Booked over the internet and although it was busy our table was ready upon arrival. Would recommend the establishment without reservation.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 08:09

Friendly clean and good food. Good value and a good choice of different dishes. Realy nice atmosphere with good decor. I will go back again.

1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 11:45

Lovely homemade Sunday lunch very friendly and polite staff highly recommend a visit so hard to find homemade Sunday lunch these days in city centres

1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 15:46

Service was excellent.- friendly and attentive but not over powering.Food good value and given time to eat at our own pace Will definitely go again.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 23:49

We had a great evening. Friendly atmosphere and staff. The food and beer were excellent Thank you. Would highly recommend the Old Peculiar very good

2 reviews so far 6
24.04.2016 09:37

The food was very good cooked to perfection and well presented. Made to feel welcome nothing to much trouble.The pub/restaurant is perfect well recommended perfect

1 review so far 5
14.06.2016 03:54

Great food and service would come again I had a Lovely roast beef dinner with enormous Yorkshire puddings and my companion had really good fish and triple cooked chips

1 review so far 3
09.11.2016 07:39

Fish and chips was lovely, but other two meals ordered were cold in middle. One meal was sent back (chicken), and even on return was not hot all way through. Disappointing, as used to rate this place highly. Bar and waiting staff were very helpful and attentive however.