“I’ll have the wobbly bottom please” – And I am so glad that I did. The Wobbly Bottom Goat’s Cheese and Fig Tart was an indulgent delight. Smooth, creamy, locally produced goats cheese from Wobbly Bottom Farm and freshly baked figs was definitely the correct choice of lunch for me at this traditional, yet glamorous, country pub.
I say glamorous because The Royal Oak has a state-of-the-art teepee in their garden. It’s secluded from the main pub garden and has been very tastefully designed in a landscaped enclosure. We peeped inside (I’ve always been nosy) and it was warm and cosy, with leather sofas and faux fur pouffes, just right for a special occasion with family or friends. Available to hire from just £100 we’ve been desperately trying to find an excuse to organise a party ever since.
The main pub garden is very well maintained and even has a bee hive (tucked well away), a herb garden and various plants and bushes, the produce of which make their way onto the menu.
The centrally located bar is surrounded by restaurant tables, all of which were being used on this Friday lunchtime. To guarantee a table booking is probably a necessity. Watching the other diners we realised that this pub appeals to all; young couples, big families, retired friends and well behaved children in highchairs. The atmosphere was very enjoyable.
Choosing from the menu was a struggle, with so many dishes sounding tempting. It pleases me no end to see locally sourced produce being used. For dessert I chose the orange meringue tartlet with blackcurrant ripple ice cream. The blackcurrants had been picked from the pub’s garden and used to make the ice cream; compliments to the chef I say.
It’s the little touches of geraniums on the garden tables and fresh flowers on the tables inside that make the pub so homely. The waiting staff were incredibly friendly, knowledgeable of the menu and clean and smart, which is always a good thing.
The prices reflect the quality of the ingredients, and the love and care being put into producing such culinary delights.
Children, dogs and muddy boots are all welcome. It’s a pub for everyone, it really is. There is a spacious car park and it’s only a five minute drive from Marlow. We highly recommend you all pay a visit.