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This 'Pub' doesn't know what it wants to be. Cos its Youngs it thinks its gonna be a success no matter what. Management need a course in manners. And the Burgers, expensive for what they are. My friend, visiting the Country on business, wanted a Pub Meal. If he wanted a Burger he'd go to Hard Rock Cafe. Definately not homemade.
TheFluffer - 19 Jul 2012 17:32
This pub is equidistant between my house and office, and I'm quite happy with it. Pretty good beer selection (although we do often pour scorn on anyone ordering the rubbish beers that you can get anywhere. Seriously, they could be drinking so much better).
Food is ok, but concentrates a lot on providing many different burgers which doesn't leave a great choice. I've had a roast here four times, two great, two poor.
Nice enough atmosphere with ok music, board games and colouring competitions.

Like so many pubs these days, seems to suffer from "booking tables syndrome" but you can usually find somewhere to perch.
Roydwin - 30 Oct 2011 17:52
Had a splendid pint of Addlestones cider here, though I thought it was quiet for a sunday afternoon. And yes, my 4 year old did enjoy the colouring in competition.... here's hoping his entry has won my a bar tab!
peterschofield - 9 Nov 2010 20:08
Fairly run-of-the-mill Young's pub. A fairly modern interior, as is usually the way with Young's nowadays, but it jarred somewhat: a lot of visual clutter in here (TV screens etc.) meaning the overall effect was a bit naff. Not sure I'd go back.
grecian - 26 May 2009 11:56
This pub is OK, the beer is fine. Who thought it was a good idea to have colouring in competitions?
ben21 - 12 Feb 2009 10:29
Nice enough pub, but the food is appalling. The menu bangs on about “produce provenance” and “cuts of meat taken from top quality breeds”, but my ten quid burger (that’s right – ten quid!) tasted for all the world like it came out of a catering pack. Also, our chips looked and tasted like they’d been sitting around all day.

Ok for a drink, but I’d steer clear of the food.

bayswaterbob - 3 Aug 2008 17:24
Scrumptious meals prepared with the finest ingredients, from great British classics and daily specials or express meals designed for those on the go, daily roasts and sharing plates - The chefs have gone all the way to ensure you will find an assortment of meals to satisfy your appetite. What a great bar

Youngsdrinker - 30 May 2008 14:09
Contemporary and stylish with roots firmly nestled in the warmth of a traditional local, the Porchester is bursting with the vibrant flavour of its cosmopolitan surroundings.

Menus tailored just right for every occasion, a quick power lunch or a leisurely meal, cocktails and canapés or good old sausage and mash, award-winning ales and continental lagers all prepared with love and served with a smile.

rosscoisbossco - 30 May 2008 13:57
This used as Glasgowboy says to be called the Railway Tap and is visible in one ep of 'The Sweeney' - probably filmed from the nearby tower block. Was fairly quiet on a Sunday afternoon and the staff attitude, well frankly there wasn't any. Fairly bleak and could really do with being divided up into three or four separate rooms. Why oh why does everyone insist on open plan? It's draughty and inadvisable.
rainlight - 30 Mar 2008 19:33
In the 70s this pub was called the Railway Tap and was covered in railway memorabilia. Beer was crap though.
Glasgowboy - 18 Oct 2006 12:47
Why doesn't ze royal oak join up wiv beachcombers and become the pub that it really is?

Just a shame that Joe left Redan - now he knew how to run a decent pub
brandysour - 1 Aug 2006 23:19
Having just been re-furbished i have to admit i never thought this pub would look so good. Not only that the service and the friendliness of the staff is second to none. i hope this good work is sustained as i believe this pub is one if not the best in the area
enjoyabeer - 3 Jul 2006 22:01
Oh dear I spoke to soon. I looked through the window at the weekend and they just had lager taps installed on the bar. I went past tonight (the grand, invite-only opening) and they do have real ales: Charles Wells Bombadier, and Greene King Abbott Ale and I.P.A. Not the most exciting selection but it's a start. The refurb has been done in a very stylish manner. I'll be in there soon and give it a proper write up. Looks good though.
thereminwar - 28 Jun 2006 23:10
The Royal Oak has been refurbished and reopens today (I think) as The Porchester. From what I can see it has been given a bit of a Victorian Corner Boozer make-over. Still no Real Ale though. What a shame.
thereminwar - 28 Jun 2006 16:50

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