This charming country pub occupies a lovely location alongside a leafy village green in the delightful village of Watford Heath. With origins dating back to the 17th century, the premises was first granted a licence in 1819 and named The Royal Oak. During 2018 it was acquired by experienced restaurateurs Lee and Sue Colbert who, together with their enthusiastic team, have extended and skilfully renovated the pub into a contemporary venue yet retaining all the character and charm of its former days. Cosy and welcoming on the inside, there is also ample seating on one side, shaded by umbrellas, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a drink in the warmer months. A large heated tent is also provided for rainy or colder days. Parking is available in front or at the tennis courts behind the pub.
Under the auspices of award-winning head chef Michael Harman, the menus offer delicious home cooked meals lovingly prepared using fresh local produce whenever possible. Choose from tasty Starters & Nibbles, delicious Mains, Royal Oak Burgers, selection of Side Dishes and irresistible Desserts. A Kids’ Menu is also available.
The team are also passionate about catering for dietary intolerances and offer gluten free (GF), vegetarian (Vg) and vegan (V) options which are clearly marked on the menus. There is also a separate Allergens Menu for more information. The helpful and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to answer questions regarding food preparation and ingredients and advise on menu choice. In addition there is an extensive drinks list with a good range of real ales and lagers.
“A lovely family-friendly pub with a welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy excellent gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options served by friendly staff.” Gluten Free Dining