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The Royal Oak

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The Green, Car Colston, Nottingham NG13 8JE, England
+44 1949 20247
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Called with friends for lunch and had not booked as we were very erarl -12.15ish. Our excellent host advised that the dining room was fully booked but then 'adjusted' his tables to fit us in. A splendid lunch was had by all and after a good few years when we had not visited this pub we will certainly be calling... More 

5 Thank ChrisBram2014
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the Royal Oak several times, staying on the caravan site at the back of the pub. The pub has great ambience and we are always made to feel very welcome by the landlord and his wife (Richard& Vicki) and their staff and also the regulars. This time we were staying on the caravan site for the... More 

3 Thank Gill H
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent service wonderful Sunday lunch most of the party had a roast ,mine was the fish pie which was equally good. Great value , very nice atmosphere would highly recommend . The pub was very busy but this didn't hamper the service very welcoming One of our party was in a wheelchair no problems at all for his access. Thank... More 

3 Thank jennywilson488
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Mum and I dropped in here - good job the pub had just opened because we only just got a table - you need to book for Sunday lunch! The lunch was really good, I liked the generous bowl of mint sauce and huge gravy boat so we could help ourselves. Only 9.50 for roast lamb and I haven't had... More 

3 Thank JulieJ63
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We come to this pub to eat quite regularly as the food is always very good it's what we call proper food. We had a great meal again last night, there were six of us and we all enjoyed it. The chef came out to see what my husband had thought of his meal which was liver and he had... More 

3 Thank Christine T
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

When we drove into the village of Car Colston yesterday, we thought how lovely it was; with The Royal Oak in prime position on The Green. On going to the bar to order drinks, we were surprised to note that regular customers were so friendly...as was the young barmaid. With our drinks in hand, (incidentally - I had a pint... More 

3 Thank Glyn J
Nottingham England
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87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Was excited when arrived, lovely fire on a cold night! Traditional menu what could be wrong? Fish pie - expensive and small and very very dry, hard microwaved bits - £12.95 plus extra for veg??? Had much much better at Wetherspoons! Hubby said beer kept well tho!

Thank travellover64
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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310 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped for lunch here with my notoriously cantankerous and at times difficult mother. Richard and the team had such an air of calm that it was a great success. From not wanting to eat out, she was by the end of the meal Waxing lyrical about Car Colston in the 1960 & 70's and her memories of those days.... More 

3 Thank mintmoocher
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Having telephoned to ensure food would be served on 27 December a table was reserved with the assurance this would be flexible due to walking several miles. Our reserved table was next to a roaring fire and there was a welcoming environment. Food was delicious, steak cooked to liking and good value. It was busy with two large parties however... More 

3 Thank Radleysmith
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Just like to say what a great pub lunch I had with a friend, not to mention great beer! The pub over looks the village green of car Colston, one of the largest village greens I've seen. The pub was bizzy for a week day but the food was served quickly and the staff very friendly. Thankyou to Richard and... More 

3 Thank binipaini

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$32
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Green, Car Colston, Nottingham NG13 8JE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Nottingham  >  Car Colston
  • Phone Number: +44 1949 20247
The picturesque village of Car Colston has 29 acres of village greens and is believed to be the largest rural common in England.The building of The Royal Oak is about two hundred years old and is thought by some to have been a hosiery factory hence the rather unusual vaulted brick ceiling in the bar which certainly would have carried the weight of the appropriate textiles machinery above.Richard & Vicky are members of the British Institute of Innkeeping.With Vicky offering her delicious culinary delights from the kitchen & Richard behind the bar with his fantastic tasting Cask Marque approved traditional real ales you are sure of a warm welcome and enjoyable experience but look out for the reported ghost of a Roman Centurion roaming the building.

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