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user reviews of the Oak, Aston Clinton

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

This is without doubt the best pub in Aston Clinton.
It serves spot on beer with a varying guest beer.
Very good value and quality food.
Has a great garden, with copious numbers of tables now.
Certainly for the ambience, welcome and general feel, it is head and shoulders above any others in the village.
Price wise it is not the cheapest pint, but it is the best.
pick_e_tippler - 20 Jun 2014 16:13
Good pub with good food and good beer. There were 11 of us for lunch. We were well looked after
aev - 18 Apr 2014 10:54
Pleasant Fuller's boozer off the A41 drag through Aston Clinton. Two bars seem to separate the drinkers from the diners, so we naturally gravitated to the left upon entry. Service was attentive and the Chiswick Bitter and Front Row went down well. The old photos of Aylesbury and the poemed tribute to a former regular replete with photograph of the deceased were nice touchs...
Komakino - 20 Feb 2014 12:30
In here last Saturday early afternoon.
I was the only customer in the drinking side but there were about half a dozen in the Restaurant side.
Loud piped music was playing and their large TV was switched off.
8 hand pulls 4 on each side with the usual Fullers offerings and one guest ale = Buttcombe Rare Breed.
I had a pint of Pride for £3.60 which was ok.


bjbrummiejohn - 14 Jan 2014 13:04
amazing pub

the building itslef is a joy to behold, lovely old thatched building. inside its all low cielings with beams and wood. the bar area as you enter is cosy and gets nice and busy, and their is another bar over at the resturant side for when it really fills up.

the garden is big and well kept, and will be a top spot for summer

the food is just immense. huge portions and delicious, one of the best pub kitches in the area.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 1 May 2013 08:54
This pub just goes from strength to strength.
The versatility of the catering coupled with the quality of the beer makes this the best pub in the village.
Regular local live music sessions always popular.
This is both a community pub as well as a welcoming hostelry to newcomers and passing strangers alike.
Aston Clinton is very lucky to have such a pub in its midst.
pick_e_tippler - 15 Dec 2012 09:50
Oakfest "the big one" being advertised
August bank holiday weekend Sat & Sun 25th / 26th
Numerous beers and ciders lined up plus live music
All previous Oakfest events have been great, family friendly, both in the enormous pub garden as well as a marquee and the pub itself.
pick_e_tippler - 15 Aug 2012 18:30
Attended the 2012 Oakfest June 4th
Numerous ciders (12-15)
Fullers Hope and Glory and Summer Ale (plus all usiual ales)
Hog roast, BBQ, chilli
All supported by an afternoon of live music.
What a great pub..........
Family friendly.
pick_e_tippler - 5 Jun 2012 18:43
With summer on the way, lots of sunshine...this pub takes on a whole new dimension with its great garden.
Beer remains top notch
Food superb quality and value
pick_e_tippler - 2 Apr 2012 08:10
A most welcoming pub with good beer, good food and friendly locals.
Extremely welcoming log fire (recently cured of its smoking) in the restaurant area.
This pub has gone from strength to strength......and is what a good village pub is all about.
Beers
London Pride
Adnams Southwold
Rev James
straight_to_the_pint - 26 Dec 2011 11:57
Runners Up in the Fullers Griffin awards for best improved pub - and well deserved.
Congratulations Joolz and team.
pick_e_tippler - 29 Nov 2011 21:33
Have visited several times recently and the beer quality is very good and well kept.

Guest beer..Liberation Ale from the Channel Islands (Jersey).

Brewery Speak.........
Liberation Ale (4% ABV) The award-winning ale is a golden beer brewed with the finest Maris Otter and lager malt. Golding hops are used for bitterness, while Syrian Goldings and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops provide aroma.

Liberation Ale is a well-balanced and morish beer with a hint of citrus on the nose. It is the perfect accompaniment to seafood, pasta and salads and none more so than when local produce is used. It also goes extremely well with some of the Genuine Jersey mature and crumbly cheeses.

Food is very good value and quality.

A definite place to visit when passing through the area.
straight_to_the_pint - 6 Nov 2011 21:59
One year on into the new management......all going well.
London Pride, Seafarers and Bengal Lancer....still all top notch.
Still #1 village pub.
pick_e_tippler - 5 Nov 2011 17:17
Well kept (if possibly slightly on the cold side) beers.
London Pride, Seafarers, Moles Best, Discovery
Food good
Atmosphere friendly
Large garden adjacent to the newly re-thatched building
straight_to_the_pint - 18 Oct 2011 06:34
A good weekend (despite the adverse weather conditions).
Cider - Excellent - despite running out after the first day
Beers - Excellent - well selected, good variety and good condition.
Food - Excellent - plenty of it, good choices
Music - Very good - bit loud maybe
However, well done to "the management"..............bring on the next one.
pick_e_tippler - 1 Sep 2011 20:13
A sneak preview of the excellent beers (and ciders) to come at the “Oakstock” Beer Festival 27th, 28th & 29th August

BEERS
Batemans Dark Mild (3.00%)
Brains IPA (3.40%)
Sharps Doom Bar (4.00%)
Titanic Lifeboat (4.00%)
Oakham Inferno (4.00%)
York Terrier (4.20%)
Hook Norton Old Hooky (4.60%)
Castle Rock Elsie Mo (4.70%)
Roosters Iron Man (5.00%)
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA (5.90%)
Black Sheep Riggwelter (5.90%)
Rudgate Ruby Mild (4.40%)
Copper Dragon Golden Pippin (3.90%)
Moorhouses Pride Of Pendle (4.10%)
Timothy Taylors Landlord (4.30%)

CIDERS/PERRY
Broadoak Moonshine (7.50%)
Broadoak Perry (7.50%)
Westons Old Rosie (7.30%)
Westons First Quality (5.00%)
Gwynt Y Ddraig Haymaker (6.50%)

There will also be a BBQ, Hogroast and live music over the week-end.

The first beer festival under the new management………

pick_e_tippler - 21 Aug 2011 20:48
Last Friday (22nd) saw one of the best evenings this pub has had - live music evening (open mike) and a touring blues band (Hitman Blues Band) from US were dining....and how could the refuse the offer to join in. What a great night !

Oh and beer remains tip top quality !!!
pick_e_tippler - 28 Jul 2011 08:20
I think ThePilgrim may have have seen right through me, I do like this pub !

If passing try the Crispy Duck "Oak Style" (great starter for two) washed down with London Pride OR one of the regularly changing guest beers.
Just about to come on........

Castle Rock - Elsie Mo 4.7% ABV
Tasting Notes (Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham)
Sense It : Full golden body, topped with creamy white head
Smell It : Caramel, biscuit & nutty, toasted malts, earthy hop, heady liqueur
Taste It : Rounded, sweet & salty, moderate bitterness
Feel It : Warming, full and smooth with a light dry finish
Footnote:
Elsie Mo’s name is derived from the low colour Maris Otter Malt from which she’s exclusively brewed, and which gives her that tantalising golden hue. A blend of hops – Challenger predominating – tempts you with its aroma and leaves a pleasantly crisp aftertaste.

AND ROLL ON AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND....BEER (AND CIDER) FESTIVAL
pick_e_tippler - 9 Jul 2011 14:19
picketipple I take it you don`t rate this pub Der.
ThePilgrim - 3 Jul 2011 11:33
The famous Oak Scotch Egg is back - just how good is that with a pint I ask
pick_e_tippler - 20 May 2011 11:33
A buzzing vibrant local pub, good beer, friendly atmosphere...this place can't go wrong. Food supports the beer and atmosphere compliments it all. Families, walkers, locals, young and old.
pick_e_tippler - 29 Apr 2011 18:21
There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking.
— Benjamin Franklin

There is good living to be had at The Oak..........
pick_e_tippler - 2 Apr 2011 13:19
Cheers Pick E. I guess from this little exchange we found out about 2 pubs in Chillworth, Surrey and Taunton that we should avoid!

Joking aside it has made me think more about the Cask Marque accreditation.

Anyway, back on topic, get down to The Oak!
davvac - 29 Mar 2011 00:13
Definately agreed with DAVVAC
The Oak beer is 100% and when it falters the barrel is changed - no compromise
The landlord(s) are right there behind customer service and quality beer.
Just wish the mini cheddars were bigger packets or cheaper prices....:-)
pick_e_tippler - 26 Mar 2011 09:39
A classic case of a point being missed! Irrespective of Cask Marque approval or not The Beer in The Oak is excellent.

The reason I asserted that one post was negative "by the back door" is that it suggested that the quality of the beer at The Oak should be treated with caution because they had bought a Cask Marque badge.

I have definitely had bad beer in CM pubs, but that is not the case in The Oak, where it is just bloody good.
davvac - 23 Mar 2011 06:22
I agree with the `Dr` a pub in Chilworth Surrey has Cask Marque and they serve worst pint I have ever tasted so its not worth jack poo.
stroller - 19 Mar 2011 11:25
Incidently, Cask Marque costs £160 for membership, then £120 each year thereafter.
Dr_Pangloss - 19 Mar 2011 10:02
I have been following this arguement re Cask Marque and would like to offer my opinion.
Cask Marque accredditation isnt awarded to the pub; it is bought by the pub.
One pub I know (Pitcher & Piano Taunton) has Cask Marque, but until recently they never actually sold cask ales, so clearly their cellarmanship was never assessed . They have recently started to serve cask ales, but the stuff is just muck, and the regulars there (kids) wouldn't touch it even if it was any good, so it wont be long before its removed from the bar.
Cask Marque doesnt mean jack sh**
Dr_Pangloss - 19 Mar 2011 09:40
Do you know what? Cask Marque is just another badge to collect, albeit quite a nice one which I actually think does mean something. But why make a post which surreptitiously denigrates the pub just because it has the award? Go to The Oak and drink their beer. It really is very very good.

Fullers go to a LOT of trouble to train their cellar men/women, probably more than any other independant brewer in the UK. Credit where it's due for gods sake.
davvac - 19 Mar 2011 02:52
With regard to the Cask Marque, I'm aware that a certain standard has to be achieved (allegedly), but the fact that the establishment must pay for this accreditation has to be taken into account.
The_Final_Arbiter - 18 Mar 2011 23:05
A sign of good beer and housekeeping.....
The Oak has been awarded the Cask Marque....congratulations.

pick_e_tippler - 18 Mar 2011 20:49
The Oak is transformed.........
Curry night £10.00 per head all you can eat...superb (as one particular local would say) and live (good pub) music
The beer was flowing and spot on - London Pride, Seafarers, Bengal Lancer and Castle Rock - Preservation Ale
The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and all a good local should be for regulars and passers-by.
Many new faces in with the old and satisfaction was abundant.
New bar staff bringing a new dimension - a very good change
This pub is well worth the visit (not on a Monday if you want to eat, at the moment anyway).
Casual walkers passing through to formal gastro-diners alike - all made welcome.
pick_e_tippler - 5 Mar 2011 16:25
Another easy Sunday lunchtime drink. Beer is excellent. friendly atmosphere, well worth the drive out of Berkhamsted to catch up with a good mate who lives in Aston Clinton.

Let's hope the new landlord takes his cellarmanship and runs another Oak beer festival this summer.
Max1905 - 1 Mar 2011 15:08
Go no further than here........... the beer quality is well worth it.
Bengal Lancer is back - for the time being.........not for the faint hearted session beer

Castle Rock Preservation Fine Ale 4.4% - coming soon
"Brewed to the traditional East Midlands style. Mid-brown / reddish easy drinking full flavoured best bitter is well rounded with some residual sweetness which is balanced with a resinous hop character. A hugely popular beer that deserves to be savoured!"

- Front Row
- Seafarers
- London Pride

Couldn't be better - great local
pick_e_tippler - 26 Feb 2011 10:33
Busy and attractive pub visited on the Wednesday evening with a good range of Fullers beers plus Hook Norton; The Jack Frost was pretty good.
Booze_Allen - 18 Feb 2011 17:32
Usual beers..all good - London Pride, Jack Frost, Front Row
Guest beer - Hooky Bitter.....very nice change
3 x course Plat du jour on a Tuesday £10.00 per head :- VERY good reports

pick_e_tippler - 17 Feb 2011 19:15
The successes continue.
Beers remain nectar......London Pride leads the way, with guest beer Mauldons Mole Trap (£2.80). ESB returning
Tuesday evenings "plat du jour" £10.00 for three courses
Curry nights (£10.00 buffet) every two week or so.
Fish & Chips take aways £5.00 Fridays (pretty good for the locals)
pick_e_tippler - 16 Jan 2011 13:17
Tom Wood's 'Hop & Glory' is probably the best way to start this review because this pub over the last 3-4 years has been very ordinary at best with its beer offering.

The Oak is a beautiful pub that in the right hands could still be the location pub it always was, with a cracking beer festival every year, well tended cellar and good cooking coming out of the kitchen. For some reason though Fullers had struggled for a few years to find the right people to manage this pub, until now. For the past month or two reports from the area have suggested the new people are the right people.

Yesterday I am happy to announce saw a friendly welcome from the bar, really well-looked after beer and looking into the 'lounge bar', where the majority of the diners were situated, some happy appetites being fulfilled.

Had a pint of Gales Seafarer which was fine but well done for whoever selected the Hop & Glory, it was excellent at £3.20.
Max1905 - 10 Jan 2011 12:14
So the new year has commenced after a very enjoyable evening New Years eve.
Rev James has bitten the dust and Jack Frost is on .....BUT last for the season...what next who knows.
London Pride and Seafarers both continue in top form.
pick_e_tippler - 2 Jan 2011 21:22
My last comment of 2010 for the Oak !
Good times continue to be had here.
Guest beer - Rev James......very nice
All beer qualities remain excellent...with attention and proactive response given to customers opinions (if there is ever a doubt).
This pub (under new management for couple of months now) is a definate candidate for 2012 GBG

Any complaints - non worthy of BITE
pick_e_tippler - 31 Dec 2010 13:52
Beer remains top notch
Jack Frost
London Pride
Seafarers
Bottled Golden Pride.......a nice way to finish a session.
(Stella, Becks and Fosters.....hmmm)
Lunchtime menu....excellent value and quality.

Great place to be snowed in.
pick_e_tippler - 19 Dec 2010 13:01
Curry night was a great success, though the curries could have done with being a bit more spicy, both on offer including the Madras were pretty bland.
Good quality meat used though, very tasty, hope they do this more often.
Only saw one couple having a meal off the menu and they left most of their food so maybe the chef has a night off when there is a buffet?
I'm starting to like this pub again, but please please have the chimney swept, when we entered the place was full of wood smoke and both doors were propped open to clear the air, not a problem except for the icy draught round the feet!
Pride still on top form.

BlueChip - 22 Nov 2010 13:33
Still pricey.
davvac - 21 Nov 2010 18:49
Correction to beer prices (davvac)
Seafarers 3.00
London Pride 3.20
Bengal Lancer 3.40

ESB gone - not selling
(Golden Pride and ESB carried in Bottles)

Curry Night on Friday very good - £10.00 buffet - excellent value and quality (not every Friday but definately worth looking out for)
pick_e_tippler - 21 Nov 2010 17:55
By the way, the beer was quite pricey. £3.60 for the Bengal Lancer and £3.40 for Pride. If this allows them to put in the effort and commitment that makes the place work, I guess it will be worth it though.
davvac - 20 Nov 2010 17:17
Popped in for a sneaky pint today and had a chat with Steve (I think). It seems that they are prepared to work hard at making the pub work, which in my opinion is half the battle and the reason that previous incumbents have failed.

Beer quality was truly superb, both Bengal Lancer and Pride were polished and in great condition.

The redec has spruced the place up without detracting form the character of the pub.

I'll definitely be using the Oak again.
davvac - 20 Nov 2010 16:34
How good is it to have a vibrant local back again.
Excellent beer quality all round and great atmosphere.
Tenants who care and want to go the extra mile......
OK there may be some improvements needed on the food side (as per BlueChip), however the new incumbents have only been there a week and their new bar staff are only just arriving and finding their feet - I think they've had a whirlwind start.
I feel certain given a short time any shortcomings will disappear.
The feeling I get is that the new owners want a gastropub - not a restaurant with bar....which in my opinion is want the village needs and locals want.

pick_e_tippler - 14 Nov 2010 12:09
Had dinner in the Oak Friday night a week after it re-opened.
Staff are very pleasant and welcoming, 100% improvement on the last tenants, I've lived in Aston Clinton for many years, but have never been a fan of the Duck and since there is no shortage of nice pubs round here I never used it much.
It looks like at last things are looking up for the Duck, definitely a much nicer atmosphere than I ever found before and quite busy on Friday night.
The menu is typical gastro pub fare, partridge, venison and the like as specials and regular pub grub on the menu. Unfortunately the execution leaves a bit to be desired, luke warm food and cold plates let it down for us, the venison lacked flavour and was bland. London Pride was in excellent form.
Although very friendly the service needs to be ramped up a notch if the Oak is to compete with other recently revamped locals like the Village Gate at Wendover. No salt & pepper on our table and I noticed another table with candle lanterns while others had none.
I think the Oak needs to decide whether its a pub that does food or a restaurant with a bar. As a pub with food it works well, as a restaurant the need to try harder.
I'll certainly be going back though and I encourage others to try it soon and make your own mind up.

BlueChip - 13 Nov 2010 18:46
A really nice pub. It's great to able to go to a village pub that has managed to deliver both a good pub experience - good beer, good service and friendly atmosphere - with great food that we have come to expect from the gastro pub scene.

Sometimes establishments can manage one or the other but The Oak has got the balance right.

It's early days for the new owners but if they continue delivering both of the above they are on to a winning combination....for themselves and the local community, who can once again enjoy a "proper" British pub within their community.

In fact the atmosphere, food, beer and service is enough to draw people from a wider area - I hope that people try the pub out.

Well done - very impressed. Keep it up!
NebNaroh - 8 Nov 2010 10:47
Opening night (5th) was a good start.
Great atmosphere - busiest its been since for many many months.
New tenants a very welcome change and much more suited than their predecessors.....
Beer unfortunately up in price - but quality spot on.
Seafarers £3.00
London Pride £3.20
ESB - ??
Bengal Lancer £3.40
Plus Becks, Fosters and Stella.
pick_e_tippler - 6 Nov 2010 15:44
Closed for refurbishment - reopening November 5th.............
pick_e_tippler - 20 Oct 2010 19:51
Due to be closed for refurbishment at the end of Oct....and new management to follow ( so I am led to believe)...lets hope the new tenants can provide what the village needs.
pick_e_tippler - 9 Oct 2010 20:09
Having had a disagreement over the quality of the beer I tried the Duck 0.5 miles away, and have to say the beer was very good (quite a pleasant surpise I have to say)
So I would currently recommend the Duck In (0.5 miles away) for the beer.
Old Hooky 2.85 /pint
Wadsworth 6X 2.85 /pint
London Pride £2.95 / pint - cheaper than the Oak !!!!! take note Fullers.


pick_e_tippler - 28 Sep 2010 19:57
Beer sales turnover not enough to ensure consistent good qualty - have had cause to complain twice in the last 7 days regarding the quality of the Seafarers, which has not been received well by the current incumbents.
Sad to say I shall not be returning to a pub not prepared to maintain quality or listen to customers which after a long time defending and promoting this pub positively, I am very disappointed to lose a local until Fullers sort things out.
pick_e_tippler - 26 Sep 2010 17:05
Ignore the website promotions........they are not honoured it appears.

The 10% discount for online booking is apparently for parties of 10 or more (website doesn't say this).

The bottle of wine per 2 meals on a Friday (up to 3rd Sept) was suddenly per party of diners - 4 x people dining together were only allowed ONE bottle of a cheap red wine (no choice and they wanted white) - they should have ordered as two couples perhaps.

The new tenants have a lot to learn about building customer loyalty and trust.

Beer still remains good, as is the food....pity the same can't be said for principles and moral obligations.
pick_e_tippler - 5 Sep 2010 15:11
Prices increased London Pride now £3.10 a pint .
Back to the most expensive pint of Pride in the area....not good and not needed when trying to build the business up again.

Thai food remains excellent.

Some contraversial decisions and allegations made regarding the bar staff (locals not very impressed) - "lost" their Cellarman - hope the beer quality doesn't also go !!

As for Scridians comments about unfriendly locals I don't know what you are talking about - come more often and get to know them (and before you ask, I am one of those locals and not ashamed to admit it).

pick_e_tippler - 17 Jul 2010 13:22
Beers good, enjoyed the Thai food shame the "locals" are somewhat unfriendly - the pub deserves better
Scridian - 13 Jul 2010 16:50
Fingers crossed that these guys make a go of it. With the possible loss of The Partridge looming the village needs The Oak.
davvac - 10 Jul 2010 22:21
The Oak is back on the radar.
Beer quality good - Seafarers and Pride both very good.
Thai food very good - not overpriced
pick_e_tippler - 3 Jul 2010 20:14
Great news the oak has re-opened under new management. Pleased to see still some familiar faces still work there. Was worried at first about what was going to become of the place, and now am happy to see a enthusiastic couple to make a go of the place. Menu ranged from traditional pub food through to a small thai menu! Tryed some of the Thai food and it was very good! All beers were back on and tasting as great. I see good things ahead
Beardface - 2 Jul 2010 16:44
Reopening under more new owners...lets hope they last longer than the last lot.
Thai Food .....hmmmm
pick_e_tippler - 26 Jun 2010 19:47

The curtain comes down again after a brief and largely unsatisfactory act that featured the disinterested and generally incompetent Fullers and some fly-by-night wanna-be pub-co. The locals are again (to continue the theatrical analogy) waiting to see if there will be an encore or whether the run is finally over.
mally - 19 Jun 2010 11:54
A failure appears to come about - it seems to be closed again.
A very sad happening - where is Fullers support....what is going on ?
Would this have happened if it was a managed house I wonder ??
pick_e_tippler - 18 Jun 2010 15:37
Saturday night a complete turn round - good attendance, good bbq and very good band....all accompanied by the excellent good beer and ciders.....a good night.
Two more days days to go...........
Unfortunately ciders proving very popular and virtually sold out.
Biddenden Medium (8%)....superb
Moles Black Rat (6%) very drinkable
Thatcher's Heritage (4.9%) - a little outclassed but very good nonetheless.
Back to the beer....
pick_e_tippler - 30 May 2010 13:00
I agree, - turn out was disappointing, not helped by the chilly evening. But at least the the pub is trying.
Not very impressed by the food - great shame, but bbq and hog roast to come over the weekend.
Live music was good, but marquee was cold (no heating...brrr)

Beers tasted ( out of selection of 20 )
- Kelham Island Riders On The Storm - very good
- Exmoor Gold - Excellent
- Riverside Dixons Old Diabolical - yuck
- Rudgate Ruby Mild - not a great mild lover
- Hook Norton Old Hooky - can't go wrong

All beers Fullers controlled....boring

3 x Ciders to try next (1 not delivered...well done Fullers !)
pick_e_tippler - 29 May 2010 17:14
Disappointing turn out for the Friday evening session of the beer festival. These events used to be very well attended. I wonder if people are still smarting from the decline over recent years.

The beers were all in good nick, but selection was a little uninspiring - Greene King IPA, Abbot and Adnams Broadside are not really my idea of festival beers. I suppose it's the Fullers influence.

They have a very young and enthusiastic bar manager, who seems to know how to keep his beer.
davvac - 29 May 2010 12:25
An obvious improvement in the garden are - very family friendly. Beers in good condition, apparently just been "Caste Marqueed" so getting there.
Scridian - 19 May 2010 10:08

After the bright dawn the early signs of storms ahead. Penbro's unacceptable treatment is symptomatic of a chaotic and disorganised attitude to customer service caused largely by insufficient staffing levels.
The food prices are at restaurant levels but without the corresponding personal treatment. People will not wait and wait to get a drink, order food, or get fed having ordered. They just won't come back.
The Oak is not entitled to customers and if things are not sorted out soon the place will be empty (again)


mally - 24 Apr 2010 11:01
Very disappointed that having received a card through the door when my husband and I went to The Oak to discuss a large party for sunday lunch we were kept waiting for the best part of an hour and then having given up but leaving our card for contact nothing has been done to persue this. I would not bother with a pub who thinks it is above obtaining business.
Penbro - 17 Apr 2010 22:01
Second the comments about beer quality - as good as it ever was.

Odd that there are 2 Gales beers (very nice - HSB and Seafarer), but only Pride from the Fullers side of the alliance. Get some ESB in!
davvac - 12 Apr 2010 14:09

Yes, open again and the early signs are encouraging. It's good to see the place getting busy again. There are plans for a beer festival soon. The food is very good, if somewhat ambitiously priced. Beer quality is consistantly of a high standard - at least when Fullers can be bothered to deliver it......!
mally - 12 Apr 2010 00:24
Brilliant news that it's re-opened, need to get down there and see for myself. Now where are my shoes...
davvac - 28 Mar 2010 13:27
Beer quality is proving very good since re-opening.
HSB (not ESB), London Pride and Seafarers
New landlord very keen to make a success
Food to start today 24th March (all going well)
Is definately worth trying and supporting.
pick_e_tippler - 24 Mar 2010 16:22

So,it's re-opened, the ale is very very good and the landlord is keen. Early signs are good.

An 8 on the basis of 2 visits.
mally - 11 Mar 2010 22:04
Re-opening for beer this week (9th March) I have been reliably informed.
New owners in place - who understand a well kept and served pint.
New menu and food to follow.

pick_e_tippler - 9 Mar 2010 12:14
Now closed. No information. No interest from Fullers
mally - 23 Feb 2010 20:24
I have to agree with Mally (unfortunately) - I have continued to remain positive about the Oak, but the time for a change cannot come too soon now to put this place back on the map.

It is floundering and in desperate need of picking up, shaking down and being brought back into life again.

When they have beer it is normally very good.
pick_e_tippler - 7 Feb 2010 15:05

Closed this Saturday lunchtime. Recent beer quality very variable and choice often limited to one ale. Despite best efforts of bar staff and kitchen, this place is floundering on the rocks and it shows. The locals in the ale bar are a friendly & loyal crowd and will continue to support their pub - but we all know things cannot continue as they are.
Its a great place but it could be so so much better.
mally - 7 Feb 2010 10:03
Cheers Pick_e

I agree about the very good quality of the beer at The Oak and that's why my last couple of attempts to drink there have been so frustrating. It's obvious that Chris is a good cellarman.

I really think that this pub should be so much better that it is, a view that many of my friends in the village share.

My recipe for success? Introduce a much smaller, better quality menu; keep the beer quality good; bring back the beer festivals; be nice to your customers. Simple.

I look forward to seeing what the new team do in there.


davvac - 11 Jan 2010 14:31
Davvac......the situation you came across was not the norm.....stock was there but the young girl behind the bar did not know how to put it on - feeble excuse really but that was the fact, I asked her !

Generally the beer is very good (and available).

All very frustrating I know, BUT - the pub is just about to change hands...early Jan. Don't give up on it just yet.
pick_e_tippler - 31 Dec 2009 19:11
RANT ALERT

Oh dear. Several weeks since my last attempted visit and being a bit of an old softie, I thought I'd go back and see what was going on.

After spending 10 minutes cajoling and coercing the others to wrap up warm and leave the FULLY STOCKED and warm Partridge, we set off for The Oak.

On arrival we noticed that the pub was open, with after the last visit was a good start. Only a couple of people in each side of the bar though which I thought a bit unusual.

One of the lads bowled up to the bar and asked for a pint of Stella - "it isn't on" explained the very sweet bar girl... "and neither is Guinness, Pride or ESB"!

Now, I know that deliveries have been difficult in the snow for the last few days, but the Partridge had a full compliment of beer including it's guest ale "Christmas Fairy" (very nice too). I even took delivery of a case of beer yesterday that I had only ordered on Monday, so things haven't ground to a complete halt.

I did email the moderator of this website about my last post on The Oak to have it removed, because I thought I'd been a bit harsh. On the basis of last nights display, it can stay and be joined by this one for posterity.


davvac - 24 Dec 2009 08:42
WTF! This pub was closed on a Saturday night at 10.30pm when I pitched up to finish my evening's drinking with some mates from the village.

Is this just laziness or a more significant problem for The Oak? I suspect the former.

I always look upon this pub as the best (for beer at least) in the village, but come on... closed on a Saturday night with no explanation?!

Very bad news this and I will definitely be thinking twice about The Oak for my next AC pub crawl. For this reason alone I have to score the pub with a zero. Sorry.
davvac - 4 Oct 2009 01:23
Has now introduced a "fishy fridays" menu for take-aways...couple of pints and dinner - all very handy.
Watch our for monthly curry nights as well - very good
Various other entertainment nights as well (Elvis very popular)
pick_e_tippler - 19 Jun 2009 17:13
They've got their act together...........

Fullers London Pride - very good, clear, well kept, good temperature can't find it better anywhere else - at £3.00 a pint still a bit pricey.

"Grumpy hour "every Tuesday and Thursday 18:00 - 19:00
Good atmosphere.

Home scotch eggs bar snack a real must.....Traditional, Indian (Madras), Mexican (Chilli) and French (Garlic) with home made chutney - what a great accompaniment to a good pint.

Food in general very good (and popular).

Now winter is upon us they need to sort out the smokey log fire - but it is real !
pick_e_tippler - 12 Nov 2008 17:31
Keeps a good pint of Fullers London Pride.
Food very good, bar snacks (incl chip butties...hmmmm)very good value.
pick_e_tippler - 25 Aug 2008 22:16
THIS IS A SUPERB FAMILY FRIENDLY PUB WITH AND EXCELLENT LARGE KID SAFE FUN GARDEN.
Chris and Emma and their staff always offer a warm welcome, families are specially catered for with a large play safe garden and childrens' menu.
Head Chef's Wayne's Sunday Roasts ( £7.95) and Evening Meals are worth travelling for. Thai Food is his speciality.
Quiz Night Every other Monday evening, and French Conversation Group Meets Every Monday from 7.30 pm ALL LEVELS WELCOME. PLUS REGULAR LIVE MIDWEEK ENTERTAINMENT.
This is a very friendly 500 year old English Pub selling a good range of Fullers Ales, Lagers, Guiness and Wines & Spirits.
Ickey - 5 Sep 2007 14:41
If you can wait 2hours plus to receive your food, this is the place. We were told that we had to wait 2 hours as our food was cooked to order - a cheeseburger? Customers were walking out and the landlord was losing his rag. Oh dear, was once a reasonable pub.
inkberrow - 28 Mar 2007 13:44
Great pub. Good range of Fuller's ales, nice traditional food, large beer garden, and regular live music and quiz nights.

Others are selling out to chains, to their detriment. I hope this one doesn't change for many years
mattso - 17 Sep 2005 19:10
Excellent beer, and a very clean bar/restaurant area.
HarryJ - 11 Aug 2005 21:09
Friendly. Landlord is making big efforts to turn pub back to a proper local Always a good pint of Pride. Others variable.
Food can be iffy
mally - 26 Mar 2005 00:23
Fit bar staff
Kingsley - 17 Oct 2004 17:03

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