OAKS

OAKS

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We say…

Meat, meat and more meat at independent British restaurant where sustainability comes first.

Steak, ribs, burgers, roasts, scratchings, scotch eggs and more.

The food at OAKS is cooked the old-school way over logs and wood chippings which are responsibly sourced from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in an atmospheric, open kitchen setting.


The décor features centrepiece hewn oak tables with warm tones coming from accents of charred wood and brick. 

This memorable restaurant is on the corner of Maid Marian Way and Bromley place, steps from Angel Row and Nottingham city centre's Old Market Square.


Review summary

9.0 based on 86 reviews
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Reviews (86)

  • Jackie Laurie

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    Loved it - the food was gorgeous and good value - the waiter was lovely - definitely be visiting again.

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  • Corrine Smith

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    Lovely meal with friends, staff very accommodating. A few people didn't like their meal choice, so staff changed their meals and didn't charge them at all for their meal which was good. Great ambiance, lovely decor and an overall nice place to eat.

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  • Phil Woodward

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    Service and atmosphere was great.

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  • Roderick Roe

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    Bitterly disappointed, the chicken was rather dry, the pork belly strip was tough, home cut chips were OK but were basically just French fries, ordered a jug of gravy to go with the chicken, which arrived on a board? We mentioned this to the young lady who served us, she said she wondered about the gravy with the chicken when we ordered? So why didn’t they put it on a plate then!!?? Don’t think our comments were taken seriously Have been before, but sorry on this performance we won’t be returning.

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  • Neil Cresswell

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    Nice food, pleasant service and a good vibe to the place!

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  • Chris Elston

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    A pleasant pre-theatre meal.

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  • Joe Dear

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    The meal was faultless, lovely place.

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  • David Hughes

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    Friendly and attentive service, but very disappointing food - we asked for the Sunday lunch beef to be medium, but were informed it would be being reheated and thus it would only be possible for it to be well done..! The accompaniments were also rather tasteless. Rather surprising, as my last Sunday lunch here around 18 months ago was very tasty.

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  • Debie King

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    Staff excellent. Food as usual excellent.

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  • DAVID COVENEY

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    A quick Sunday lunch for three people. Two had the beef and one had the belly pork. It was super tasty, we all really liked the mustard and horseradish sauce on the side. Service was pleasant and efficient. Only criticism was the potion size was just not quite enough. I’d definitely go back as the other items on the menu look super tasty. There’s a few food challenges for those with a big appetite. All in all not a bad place to go dine on a Sunday.

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  • Ludmila Armstrong

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    Nice cosy place, lovely service, food was fresh and very tasty (loved the veggie burger with rosemary fries!!), generous portion for good value. Can't wait to come back!

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  • Debie King

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    As usual great food,great service and fantastic staff. Had a change from the steak,l had the garlic chicken and it was very tender and juicy OH had the Major oak burger which was good x

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  • Roderick Roe

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    Liked this better at second time of visiting, good food at reasonable price, good service, but why do you think it’s ok to charge the earth for drinks?

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  • Lynn Purewal

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    Lovely meal service was great

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  • Simon Blacknell

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    Great burger, service

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  • Donna Akram

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    Lovely date night here, food and service were lovely.

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  • Sarah Merrall

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    I love it at this restaurant. Been several times now & great food & service. Only downside this time was live music was just a bit loud making it hard to chat over dinner.

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  • Kate Shaw

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    Overall the food was average, very expensive for what it was. Service was good in terms of polite friendly staff, however, one of the orders was taken wrong and took a while to correct.

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  • Richard Gaunt

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    The service was excellent from the moment we arrived. The staff were very caring and attentive. The food was superb and not overly expensive. I would definitely recommend to all I know.

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  • Simon Blacknell

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    Very nice, large portion sizes and a very friendly service.

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  • Grant Anthony

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    Good food and service. Shame they have taken the sharing platters off the menu.

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  • craig floate

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    Superb!!!! Awesome service, tasty food for an excellent price! Would definitely recommend.

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  • Sean Correia

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    Great dinner would highly recommend the roast, the décor is really nice inside and staff were very friendly. overall highly rated

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  • Owain Blackwood

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    Enjoyable evening in pleasant surroundings with good service!

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  • Clifford Codrington

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    Great restaurant

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  • Mr Gavin Shipman

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    excellent (service was a bit slower due to busy period)

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  • Kampanart Boonklin

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    Very lovely

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  • Debie King

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    Great food and great staff x

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  • Phil Williams

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    I have never had a steak that good! From the outset we were met with friendly staff and shown to our table. The service (Chim was our waitress) was second to none. We tried cocktails before our meal which were very nice. The whole experience was excellent and will definitely recommend to friends (Already have done!)

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  • Marie Gill

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    From start to finish the experience we had was just amazing. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was just devine. The facilities were clean and the products available were great. I would definitely recommend it and will be going back there again soon

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  • stuart taylor

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    Good value, good service and great food....will defo go again

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  • Jamie Rogers

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    Enjoyed it very much but they ran out of ribs, however reduced the cost to make up for this.

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  • Sophie Green

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    Service a little slow but very nice and friendly. With good Sunday roast.

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  • Andrew Smith

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    Booked a surprise meal for my parents on their wedding anniversary, great service, great food and even live music! Would definitely reccomend to anyone.

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  • Denise Watson

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    We were unable to have a meal there due to a fire the previous night. They were very good to contact me early on the day of reservation to inform me.

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  • Katharine Woodward

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    Great atmosphere with the woodfire ovens. Excellent portions. Tasty food. One of my favoutite places to eat in nottingham

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  • Daniel Sonn

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    For starters the restaurant was empty on 'steak night' and then when the steaks came they were over cooked.

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  • Sophie Fearnall

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    Highly recommend great all round restaurant.

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  • Annabelle Taylor

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    Really good food, nice atmosphere.

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  • Ian Sheffield

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    Nice food and excellent service, live music was a little bit loud for an evening meal. Tables quite close together but overall quite good.

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  • Kye Bailey

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    Top meal, would recommend to everyone!

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  • Matt Emmonds

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    Pleasant place to sit with friends and eat. Relaxed atmosphere with live music. Food good quality and very friendly staff.

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  • Julie Talbot

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    Visited on 'Burger Wednesday' with family for a birthday celebration. All meals were delicious: steak and burgers were amazing, chips the best I've ever had. Great value and service and will definitely visit again.

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  • Rob Kendall

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    Good food and good service. Great entertainment and atmosphere. OAKS was recommended by a friend and wasn't disappointed.

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  • Gemma Bateman

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    Bottomless bbq was very nice, hot and very good quality.

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  • Roger Brooks

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    First visit and slightly disappointed after having read their reviews online. Was good but nothing extra special. They need to ditch the live band they had on that evening, which did nothing for the atmosphere at all!

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  • Julia Keetley

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    All four of us really enjoyed our first meal at Oaks. We will definitely come again!

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  • Martyn Fisher

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    OAKS smells great. The wood barbecue gives off a lovely smell. The décor is nice. The staff were super attentive and friendly. The burgers looked amazing and so did the steaks but we didn't have burgers or steaks, we had the vegetarian plank for a starter. That was quite nice but the battered halloumi completely filled me up. I ordered half a chicken for main course and it was delicious if not a little too salty. The side order of chips was a disappointment. They were burnt looking and soggy. The side order of coleslaw was just a chopped salad with loads of salt and oil on it. The side order of salad was the same. My wife's sausage was a foot long sausage on a plank. It was quite tasty but very filling. I didn't know what to expect when I booked the table. I don't think the menu works unless you want a burger or steak. The side orders are not good. The guitarists were very welcome and they made the evening but just as I was getting into them they packed up and left at 9pm. Overall it was a pleasant evening but very overpriced. I would go back there for the burgers although there are lots of burger joints in Nottingham that I would go to before this place.

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  • Rob keeton

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    Excellent meal, will be going again!

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  • Peter Fox

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    Excellent in all categories! A thoroughly enjoyable evening!

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  • Cristian Buleandra

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    Service was amazing at OAKS and the food was nice.

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  • Daniel Sonn

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    Lovely steaks but the starters were very small

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  • Glenn Simmonds

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    Another great meal with great service, well recommended!

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  • Tina Bicknell

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    We were a table of four and went on Saturday, restaurant was busy but waitress, food, atmosphere was fantastic. Will be going again. Only downside was the initial booking process

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  • Julie Thompson

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    While the meal and atmosphere was lovely I didn't like the fact we had to share and couldn't pick what we wanted. It wasn't clear upon booking that we had to share and if we wanted the steak cooked differently we couldn't as it could only be cooked one way. We enjoyed our evening but wouldn't book that type of meal again.

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  • Kate Thorley

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    Couldn't fault the food at OAKs, service made me feel a little forgotten though. Granted we were 5 minutes early for the table so were asked to grab a drink at the bar, only to be sat there for half an hour. Then once we were shown to our table, it took another 30 minutes to have our order taken. Once the order was taken though the food was out quickly and tasted great! Will definitely return for the great steak!

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  • karen Butcher

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    Lovely cosy atmosphere, great service, nice food and good value. Steaks perfectly cooked and the cucumber gin cocktail was delicious.

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  • Jack Boas

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    OAKS has the best steak in the midlands! Good service, superb night! We will be back soon!

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  • Michelle Butler

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    Lovely place and food was great

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  • Andy Slater

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    Booked Oaks for our company Christmas lunch and we had a great time. The food was tasty and plentiful, we were also happy to see all staff members were catered for well (2 veggies + 2 gluten intolerance). Overall I thoroughly recommend a trip to Oaks.

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  • Viv Kerry

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    Had yet another meal at OAKS! I had a rump steak and my partner had a rib eye they was cooked the way we like them med and just beautiful we had three sides; naked coleslaw which is tasty, chips which are not greasy and green beans in garlic butter which are amazing! The staff are very polite and friendly and can't do enough for you! We love this place and visit as much as we can!

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  • Wendy Sewell

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    Lovely food, good service.

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  • Viv Kerry

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    Had a amazing Sunday platter for two with my partner at OAKS, the beef was so tender it was wonderful! The vegetables were beautiful! Roasted potatoes were fluffy and crispy and as for the yorkey puds they was just huge and great topped off with beautiful gravy!

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  • Ross Davies

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    Great food, packed and live music, excellent.

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  • David Hughes

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    Tasty steak, but overcooked. Delicious buttery green beans in garlic. Loud live music.

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  • Pat Madlin

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    We went on a Tuesday for Rump steak night at OAKS. Lovely meal and friendly staff!

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  • Deborah Harvey

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    Went for our pearl anniversary at OAKS and had a fantastic night!

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  • Kate Jefferson

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    We really enjoyed our meal at OAKS, the atmosphere was great and felt like we could be in any cosmopolitan city. The food was simple but delicious and the cocktails were great. It also didnt break the bank. We had a very relaxed meal here and will definitely be back.

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  • Laura Tennant

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    Had a fantastic evening. We went for my friends birthday last night and had the sharing platter for 4. It was divine, best sausages I have ever eaten. So much food, it was amazing. Lovely Prosecco too. We will be back!

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  • Michelle Place

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    I thought this restaurant was brilliant. Great food, great atmosphere, attentive staff. Home made sauces, sustainably sourced food... Without an off putting price tag... Definitely be back!

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  • lisa vickery

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    Love this place, steak is lush, service is amazing and professional!

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  • Debie King

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    Service was good at OAKS but very slow on serving drinks.

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  • Lynne Hallam

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    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at OAKS, courteous staff, helpful and informative, good menu choice, excellent value!

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  • Katrina Thornley

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    The food was very good at OAKS, it was hot, but turned cold very quickly as we sat on the tiled tables. Also had to ask for a mat as the plate kept sliding about the table.

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  • Laura Tennant

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    Lovely food and great cocktails. We loved it! We went on a Friday night and it was a great atmosphere. Had a live singer who was great. Highly recommend

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  • Lisa Carey

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    Excellent service at OAKS, food quality was great and value was brilliant! We had the roast for two which was very tasty and our daughter dined from the children's menu which had plenty of choice. Will definitely revisit and recommend!

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  • Oran Willson

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    We had a great night at OAKS for the #Rumpday this Tuesday. We both had the sirloin steak which was very tasty and well cooked considering it was only £10 each! Good atmosphere for a Tuesday night and the service was great too, would happily return again soon.

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  • Richard Short

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    First visit to OAKS. Excellent all round. Will certainly go again!

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  • Sarah Haswell

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    Enjoyable hour & half spent here for a Sunday lunch. Excellent food, brillantly presented. Lovely wine, great beer. Friendly staff. Will be going back.

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  • Alan Ashurst

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    Great steaks and lamb chops at OAKS!

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  • Steve Taylor

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    Went mid week for the steak deal, meal was as described steak cooked as requested.

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  • Steve Clayton

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    OAKS is a little more refined than the other Smokehouses in town. We opted for the sharing Cote de Boeuf which was delicious and great fun. A great range of bottled bears too. Staff very friendly.

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  • Elizabeth Owen

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    Really nice food worth a visit if a little pricey.

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  • Dominic Hayer

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    Overall a good experience at OAKS!

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  • Vince Lowe

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    Food was really nice, the service was ok, but the price of the wine was extortionate!

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