“Good food and welcoming” We were staying nearby in a B&B and stopped in for dinner. Although there was a large group in the bar, the staff made us feel very welcome. The service was good and also quite fast. Would definitely visit again if in the area.
“Very good food served by very friendly staff” Our group had not pre-ordered food but it was served in an acceptable time. Staff very helpful & friendly. Food, of which there was adequate variety, was very tasty & not over-priced. Do not be put off by the smallish car park because there is plenty of space to park in nearby Deanery Road.
“Great beer and decent pub grub” Right on the main road but there is a nice beer garden to the back, behind the small car park. The Westerham Brewery ales are excellent. I love the Summer Perle and the Finchcocks is a tasty pint too. J enjoyed her scampi and skinny chips, so much nicer than jumbo, chunky chips; nicely cooked and crispy. Finished with a jam roly-poly and custard. I had a ”Jacques” – baby shrimp and prawns, of which two jumbo; mussels and squid rings, in a creamy sauce with creamed potato, having started with a smoked mackerel pate, served with brown toast and butter and a hot horseradish sauce. Very enjoyable. Efficient, friendly service. Good lunch.
“Absolutely love this place!” Our group was greeted by very friendly bar staff. The atmosphere was extremely friendly and relaxing. The food which our large group sampled was absolutely delicious, both main meal and the deserts. There was a wide range of ales, spirits and soft drinks available, I did not sample all of these but would have liked too 😉 Whilst here we were very pleased to have the good fortune to meet the couple who run the pub. The couple are great company and very friendly which adds to the great ambiance of the establishment. Cannot recommend this place enough . Well worth a visit A********
“Halfway refreshments for country walk” Pub very well placed for walking the greensand way and through froghole. Only had a pint of beer, no food, but very friendly and great setting. Toilets top trumps with hand cream, a personal preference of mine! Will def go back to try the food.
“Delightful Sunday lunch” Lovely Sunday lunch, oodles of tender meat and various veg. Cooked really nicely, friendly service. Thoroughly enjoyable.
“Wish this was my local!! ” Visited this pub whilst my local was closed for a refurbishment. It’s great ! Welcoming landlady and bar staff , great pub food and cosy atmosphere!! A proper pub!
“Just perfect for pub lunch” Really good proper pub, excellent beer, very good food and lovely people. I am very critical but I found this pub delightful in every way.
“Quick lunch at a brilliant little pub!” From the minute you step in the door to this wonderful pub you are made very welcome! I went for the sandwich menu which was very good and reasonably priced. Food was served in good time in a very friendly manner! All very good and would happily visit again!!
“Friendly pub with great food.” The pub is surrounded by lovely countryside and fourteen of us did a circular 5 mile walk followed by an excellent lunch provided by Dawn and her team. The friendly welcome and warm atmosphere is just what you want to find in a village pub.
“Absolutely fabulous.” Great little pub, warm welcome and food to die for at reasonable prices. Thank you for making our lunch so enjoyable. We will be back soon.
“Cracking Pub Food” Popped in for lunch after a long walk in Tenchley’s Park. Friendly staff, cozy old fashioned village pub. Food was exceptionally good – probably the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Great local Westerham beer and homemade English puds to finish Good value – we’ll be back
“Old School Pub” Dawn runs a proper old school pub that happens to do excellent food as well. My brother has come over from Australia and visited an English pub for the first time in five years and couldn’t be happier with his beer and food choices as well as the great traditional atmosphere generated by this friendly mix of staff and customers.
Whenever I come to this pub I always get a warm welcome and would recommend it to anybody.
“Reliable authentic country pub” A great welcome whether you’re a local or a visitor. Darren the chef is a real asset who always provides fresh and tasty food, with a menu to cater for all tastes. Well kept beers from Westerham Brewery are popular with real ale types but there are lagers and a very good wine list. Dog friendly on the bar side and a much improved garden area too.
A great pub for lunch or a drink, whether you’re a walker or driver. Crockham Hill is a special village and the Royal Oak remains at its heart.
“everything a pub should be” Lunch with two friends after visiting Chartwell. Friendly but not overbearing welcome. Good menu and specials which were “lovingly” described by the manager/landlady (?). Friends had mussels and duck salad. I had a ploughman’s lunch – ham AND cheese, various pickles and warm fresh bread washed down with an excellent pint (or two) of bitter from a local micro brewery.
We all agreed that the food was extremely good; quality, taste and presentation. So well worth a visit.
“AN OASIS OF HOSPITALITY AND OLD WORLD CHARM” We stumbled across this pub on Sunday lunch time by chance after leaving another local Westerham Brewery pub after a bad experience. The contrast between the two could not be more different. As soon as we walked in were greeted by two smiley ladies behind the bar. They were busy but offered us a seat by the bar. We ordered the Hill Platter with baked Camembert which was divine and well presented. We were asked if everything was ok with our meal.
The pub is full of Annie Tempest cartoons on the walls, which are great fun! The landlady even took time to chat to us and tell us a little of the history of the pub. We will definitely make the effort to come back here. Thank you for great customer service.
“St Georges Day lunch” Just had the best lunch at a pub EVER.Well done Royal Oak , Crockham Hill, Kent. Great service and fabulous food. Wonderful friendly atmosphere as well.
“Friendly warm welcome to a good evening meal” We were travelling by looking for somewhere straightforward to have an evening meal, and stumbled on this place. The welcome on coming through the door was great, the service flexible and friendly. Food was straightforward from a varied menu, with a good range of sweet courses (yes, some include custard). Good value on the food items we chose. Clearly a place that folk regularly come to, it was quite busy when we left. They serve food almost all day, it seemed
“Light lunch” Tried here on route to Sussex. Limited ale choice on the day we called but well kept. Interesting soft drinks, not just coke & J2O.
Had the warm pork & apple baguette tasty with home made coleslaw and dressed salad. Pleased with my choice
“We felt welcomed.” A very friendly, happy and charming lady welcomed us and served us when we visited during a Friday lunchtime. Nice Finchcocks beer from the Westerham brewery and a good varied choice for lunch. We had a warm pork baguette and a fish finger baguette which were both very good and fresh. There were other more substantial dishes on offer and what we saw that others were eating also looked good.
There were several locals and visitors here at lunchtime but we felt welcomed. Thanks to all at The Royal Oak for making our lunch stop during our circular walk from Toy’s Hill most pleasant.
“Beautiful little homely pub for a lovely Sunday roast” My fiance and I met a few friends for Sunday lunch in this pub (We were trying to find somewhere central to us) and we found this pub. When I rang to book my table, the person on the phone was very helpful especially when I asked for Vegetarian options for my friend.
The food was lovely (probably one of the best pub roasts I have had) and the customer service was excellent. Our waiter was very friendly and kept checking if we were happy with our foood and ok for drinks.The vibe of the pub was relaxed, warm and friendly.
We will definitely be visiting this pub again.
“Very enjoyable little pub” Visited for lunch, had a tasty lunch and some very reasonably priced drinks. Odd that they were out of chedder…but did not detract from the choice of sandwiches/ baguettes. Very nice country feel with a nice restaurant section if you fancy.
“Great little pub” Food is much improved , just need menu to change regularly. Beer is excellent with the local Westerham Ales. Parking is an issue.
“GREAT LITTLE PUB” Sunday roast is beautifully cooked. Desserts delicious too especially the crumble and custard. All good home cooked foods by Darren. This is a much improved, delightful, unpretentious little pub offering a warm, friendly welcome from Dawn, her team and the locals. Small bar area with a small open fire too; also a little snug with leather lounge suite – both areas lovely for a quiet drink of the superb Westerham ales – Gods Wallop on tap at the moment! Parking is an issue however we have managed to find a park in front of the pub on the 3 occasions we have visited – two for the roast and one for drinks only. Definitely recommend.
“Village pub feel” This pub felt like a proper village pub when we called in for lunch. We both chose the trio of sausages – good quality sausages which came with perfectly cooked veg, unusual with sausages and mash in most pubs but a welcome addition. The skin could have been browned more but the flavour especially of the spiced ones was great. My husband enjoyed the well kept real ale and my wine was lovely. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We would recommend this little pub and will visit again when in the area.
“Excellent pub food” The food was excellent – all freshly cooked and tasty. We arrived just after a large group and had to wait, but it was well worth it! The staff were very friendly and attentive.
“deserves better patronage” We found the food excellent quality, with good choices and with reasonable veggie choice as well. My beetroot, pear, apple and pecan salad was really good and well presented, my companion’s tuna likewise, there was a good choice of puds and decent quality coffee to finish. There is also an excellent list of wines and the service was efficient and friendly, the dining area comfortable with pleasant ambiance, the walls lined with the works of a local well known cartoonist. We have previously been several times for a mid week evening hot drink but will certainly go again for food.
“Excellent Experience” I loved the Royal Oak, the choices, service and food was all very good and I really liked the hospitality. Also has a great wine list.
It is somewhere that I would definitely return to and recommend to friends,
“Nice, friendly” The Royal Oak provides good food and drink with good service. Nothing overly special–but good. When weather permits, the outside is superb and leaves one feeling he’s truly in the country–despite being close to Oxted.
“Very good proper pub type food.” We do like our food. And there are some wonderful gastropubs around. But we wouldn’t want to eat in them every day even when on holiday. So The Royal Oak who do really good “ordinary” (definitely not a criticism) simple pub food e.g. proper home made pies with tops and bottoms and really good home made lasagnes with salad and garlic bread at a good price (round about the £10.50 mark) gets our vote.
It is a charming pub, with a happy atmosphere and very pleasant, smiley, helpful service from the friendly well-trained staff. The “Tottering-by-Gently” cartoons by local Annie Tempest on the wall are fun too.
There was a choice of four Westerham brewery bitters available when we visited as well.
Thank you for a really good enjoyable dinner to all at the Royal Oak.
“Great food and service” We had lunch at this pub. Parking is good. The food was excellent – tasted all home made. The waitress was very attentive and friendly.
“Wonderful atmosphere” A delightfully quaint village pub. Excellent hosts, selection of drinks and food at great prices. Very welcoming with a friendly and warm atmosphere. Food portions very generous with a lovely choice. My partner loved the local brews on tap.
“Lovely country pub” We recently chose the Royal Oak for Saturday lunch with some friends as it is about equi-distant from where we both live. We are sometimes wary of trying somewhere new, but the Royal Oak met our requirements perfectly. It has good beers from the local brewery, great food freshly prepared, is in a lovely setting, and the staff are friendly and extremely helpful. They even offered to mix and match items from the menu to accommodate our friend who had recently been put on a Gluten free diet. We’ll definitely return when we’re next in the area and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Royal Oak to others.
“Great Business Lunch” We went back the other week to take some business friends out for lunch. A great choice of menu the wife is veggie and she had good choices . Dawn has now taken over the Tenancy I understand. She runs a great little pub she has great chefs and staff. Not an expensive menu but has a great choice of wines and beers .
“A good lunch time venue.” A good lunch time venue.visited on Mothers Day was not disappointed. Westerham range of beers and good wine list
“£15 for a good lunch for two with drinks in lovely friendly pub.” There are very good walks nearby: to Limpsfield Chart, Chartwell, Emmetts Garden, Westerham, Toy’s Hill and Ide Hill. We stopped here for lunch on a lovely 8.5 mile circular walk from Toy’s Hill.
The staff (and many of the customers) are all very friendly. There were several locals there who also appreciate the friendliness, pleasant atmospher and good food. There are a number of framed “Tottering-by-Gently” cartoons on the wall and we understand that their artist Annie Tempests is a regular here too.
We shared a fish finger baguette and a sausage baguette and had a half of a very good Westerham brewery beer (can’t remember the name) and a pint of lime and soda. The large fish fingers appeared home made and were excellent with a home made tartare sauce and the sausages were very tasty and slightly spicy like a kofta. Both came with salads. This at just over £15 we consider to be very good value.
We know the evening meals are all home made and cooked to order and are pretty large too.
Thank you for a very enjoyable lunch all at the Royal Oak. We will be back.
“Highly recommended” This very welcoming pub/restaurant had been recommended to me by friends and so over the Christmas period, four of us booked a table. We each had a great meal which was excellent value. Between us we managed to try all the ales on draught which were all most enjoyable as was the very decent red wine we chose.
Excellent service and was made to feel very welcome by hosts Dawn & Paul.
I will be recommending the Royal Oak to others and will certainly be returning soon.
“Friendly, good food” We had a very nice meal, close to Christmas so one big party in taking up a lot of the staffs time, but all in all a very pleasant meal out.
“Huge Portions” After a long morning at Chartwell House this was a close lunch venue. I ordered Haddock & chips and got a whale! Washed down with local ales these huge portions are really good value.
“Lovely, friendly little country pub.” Heard about this little pub. Made very welcome by lovely, friendly staff. Decided to have a meal. Prepared and presented lovely. Good value for money and the food was most enjoyable. Must have a burger! Will be visiting this little hide away again. Although it is an hours drive away for us. We found it worth while. Will be recommending to family and friends.
“A Proper English Pub” After a six-day beer tour in Britain we happened upon this lovely pub. The beers, all brewed by a local brewery, were all outstanding! The atmosphere was most inviting, the publicans were second to none, and again the beers were awesome!
“This gem ticked all the boxes!” We stopped here for lunch on a lovely (but rather rainy) circular ramble from Edenbridge. Friendly staff, great menu, reasonable prices, great presentation. I went for the veggie lasagne – made with butternut squash – delicious. The ploughmans looked great as well. We even had the worst of the weather while we were there!
“Fantastic little pub” Have visited here and ate a few times now and every time the food, service and value have always been excellent. Last week they had an Indian themed evening and what a lovely evening, all the staff were dressed in traditional dress and the curries were really tasty. We have also had the Sunday roast and this is probably one of the best we’ve had locally.
“A must, great food and excellent service” We were passing through and stopped off at a pub called “The royal oak”, it turned out to be fantastic!
There was only one waitress/landlady and the place was busy but we still received a great welcoming and excellent service. We had a two steak and ale pies and two scampi with chips accompanied by their own summer ale, absolutely delicious!
“One of my favourite stops” This is a pub that I have driven and ridden past for years and never bothered to stop – now that has all changed. This is a fairly typical country pub with a very friendly and welcoming management, staff and regular customers. The food that I have eaten there has always been of a high standard of “pub grub”, well cooked, fresh, appetising and tasty. I haven’t yet experienced the fine selection of ales but can’t wait for someone else to do the driving so that I can. Great stop on the way back to London from the Ashdown Forest and south coast.
“Highly Recommended” Visited for lunch today after a friends recommendation. A very friendly welcome and good care and attention from the Ladies who took care of us. This is a lovely looking quaint Pub that deserves very good support from locals and visitors. The local Westerham beer was good and was accompanied by well presented , tasty food. It was much quieter than it deserves , hence my suggestion to give it the support it deserves. I will be back as it it’s also in very interesting countryside.
“Sunday Lunch” Great menu; super quality meat; attentive service and ever so friendly. Definitely on my list of ‘favourites’.
“A fine welcome.” Visited for lunch on a Thursday-the young bar staff were very welcoming and explained the various ales on offer from The Westerham Brewery.Lunch was perfectly acceptable but not “fine dining”, just good pub grub, nicely cooked.I would highly recommend a visit.
“Welcoming and delicious” We stopped here for lunch half way around a circular walk, having phoned-ahead to ask if they allow dogs. We arrive like muddy drowned rats and the friendly staff advised where we could leave our boots. Inside was bright and clean and Gos the dog was welcomed with a biscuit while we had the chowder and bangers-and-mash. All-in-all it was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommended.
“Great Local Pub” After having several owners and Tenants over the past few years ,the current landlady Dawn and husband Paul are by far two of the nicest people you could meet .A lovely warm welcome and a glowing fire greats you along with some of the finest fresh food cooked to perfection . Have visited the pub both with my wife and a friend and have enjoyed the company and the other locals who frequent this establishment .A must place to go and book early to avoid disappointment
“A really nice friendly pub” We had not been here before but often walk in this area and saw it in the Good Pub Guide and on Trip Advisor. We had a genuinely friendly welcome. We we pleased we came and had the feeling that the staff wanted us to enjoy being there too. A good warming log fire (using oak logs) and friendly locals. Very good home made food – we particularly enjoyed the steak and Westerham Ale pie and the smoked haddock chowder starter. Nice Westerham Finchcocks Ale and our bill came to about £35 for two for two courses and a couple of drinks. A good price for an enjoyable meal.
“we just love this place” A great find with different items on the menu all the time . Ate mid week service was great the beers westerham brewery good as well
“Great evening” I came here with friends for an impromptu meal last Friday and had a lovely old fashioned evening. A couple of pints of proper beer followed by filling main course accompanied by an interesting bottle of red – must remember to share this next time! We tried a few puddings between us & they were excellent – exotic and very tempting. The pub is warm and cosy and the people very friendly – a good place to meet and gossip over an excellent meal in the old traditional way.
Join us on Saturday 16th December from 7.30pm for an evening of Christmas celebrations with The Itemize playing songs form all the decades.
Christmas Menu Now Available
Our Christmas Menu is now available until 24th December for pre-order bookings. We have a range of vegetarian and gluten free options available. Selected meals from the menu will also be available on our daily specials menu.
Afternoon tea at the Royal Oak. From March 1st, we will be offering Afternoon Tea. Sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. You can add a bottle of bubbles to make the tea a bit more memorable (or not!). Just call 01732 866335 to book a table. Look forward to seeing