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5.0 /6 Excellent 77 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!


77 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 77 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Food: delicious
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4 reviews so far 6
09.09.2017 11:54

Can't fault them, we like the Royal Oak because they get the basics right. What could be more pleasurable than a good steak washed down with wine?

3 reviews so far 6
04.09.2017 22:10

Had a pint of abbots ale in bar before meal which was well kept and staff very curtious. Selected home made parsnip soup came with toasted bloomer excellent followed by homemade mince pie with mash & veg beautifull

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 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
28.08.2017 16:32

Booked on the day on a busy bank holiday for 6 people, service was great thank you. Decent enough pub grub, a bit inconsistent in that some guys had huge meat portions and others had a mean scrimpy portion, we all would have welcomed a bit more veg, and the gravy (whilst nice) was like a tsunami flooding the plates....suggest serve a bit on the plate and a extra jug on the table, it made the presentation look sloppy and a bit off putting.

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
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
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
01.09.2017 15:12

Some of our group opted for the Thursday night beer & burger deal, which was very good value at £11.95. The food didn't take long to arrive and all of the food was nice and reasonably priced. The waiting staff were very attentive, making sure we had enough drinks during the night.