Hippo Inns, a restaurant and pub group, add a tenth pub to its portfolio in the form of The Royal Oak in Twickenham. The modern refurbished gastropub is spread over two floors, with upstairs catering for private functions and the ground floor offering a bar, dining space, live music and outside seating. The Royal Oak presents a simple menu developed by its Head Chef, Stan Perry, formerly Soho House. You can expect to find classic pub grub such as burgers, pizzas and fish and chips, but there’s also modern British food along the lines of dressed Dorset crab and roast sea bream.
Charred Cauliflower and Quinoa
The food is cooked in an open kitchen and our starters appear in next to no time, which is a godsend as my friend and I were pretty hungry. The friend however, wasn’t bowled over by their starter of charred cauliflower, romesco and quinoa. Felt it lacklustre and dry. I on the other hand faired much better with tender, sweet, chicken livers with smoky, salty, slithers of bacon – deliciously rich and creamy.
Crab, Aioli and Fries
Sea Bream, Chorizo Hash and Asparagus
Mains are good. A punchy saffron aioli accompanies my nicely dressed Dorset crab with perfectly cooked, crunchy on the outside fluffy on the inner, chips. But the other main of sea bream with chorizo hash and roasted asparagus knocks it out of the park. The oils from the little nuggets of chorizo oozed into the hash, taking an ordinary hash to the next level and beautifully complementing the nicely roasted sea bream.
Lemon and Raspberry Posset
Desserts are another high point. A banoffee pot, is just as it should be and not too sweet and a lemon and raspberry posset yields a refreshing tart end to a very decent meal.
The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is a lovely neighbourhood gastropub with a cool and inviting environment great for couples, singles, friends and families.
Starters from £6.5, mains from £10, pizzas from £8 and Pudding from £5.5.
The Royal Oak
13 Richmond Road
Tel:0203 817 9388
Food I Fancy dined as a guest.