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Its no longer anything resembling like a pub other than the outside facade.
A restaurant and poor at that.
Regulars have been pushed out slowly but surely by management.
No sitting at the bar. No standing at the bar after purchasing your order. No sitting at tables unless you have ordered food.
A joke. Shame on McMullen.
TonyMac1 - 26 Apr 2017 19:04

Clean.effecient.sterile.souless.welcome to your local pub in the year of our lord 2013.. Somewhere you would go to eat with the inlaws while discussing your shortcomings as a son in law.nice sh!tehouse though!!.
shoomer88 - 18 Sep 2013 21:33
Nice pub, friendly atmosphere. The karaoke host who plays in there on some occasions is fantastic :) her name is Jodie Stone xx
drumandmonkeyfan - 26 Mar 2013 15:19
In fact both fosterman and TonyMac are right about this pub in their own way. If you want a traditional pub to have a drink in, you would go elsewhere but for a meal of acceptable quality at a very reasonable price and excellent service the Royal Oak would take some beating.
Three of us went for a late Sunday lunch (3.00pm) yesterday and the pub was still crowded, with diners at most of the tables. The beers on pump are three of McMullan's own; IPA, Country, and AK.
For lunch we ordered a sunday roast beef dinner, a roast chicken dinner and I had a lamb steak with chips. We had two desserts and with sundry glasses of water, a soft drink, and couple of halves of AK the bill was £40.
A very pleasant young waitress served us and all in all it was very good value for money. No wonder half of Chingford seem to be in the place.

Well worth trying the Royal Oak for a meal, but not the place to head for in the evening to have a few drinks with friends in a pub atmosphere.
redbarrel - 12 Mar 2012 09:11
The Oak looks amazing now, It's easily the best looking pub in the area. The staff are very friendly.It was busy when I went there, but service was quick and efficient. Did'nt eat but the menu looks good, and I will definately dine there in the future.
fosterman - 17 Nov 2011 00:56
Very very disappointed, with what McMullens have done to this pub, following the recent refurbishment.

Now its nothing more than a sterile restaurant inside the shell of a pub. If you like Beefeater's, Brewers Fayre etc. type establishments with lack of character and low standard cheap food then its fine, however if you're looking for a pub then search elsewhere.
TonyMac - 27 Oct 2011 16:52
McMullens pub serving Dragons Brew, IPA, AK and Country Bitter. I visited this morning at 11:30 and was the first in. By the time I left, two other customers had arrived. The bar is fairly standard with a fruit machine, a games machine and TV screens. A bar billiards table is a plus point. There are several sports trophies and shields behind the bar. Service was prompt and courteous. The toilets were clean. Better than previous McMullens pubs I have visited.
blue_scrumpy - 28 May 2010 22:48
Haven’t been to the Royal Oak for many a moon, but when I found myself travelling through Chingford last Saturday and in need of a pint and pub grub, thought I’d look the old place up.
And was pleasantly surprised that it seems to have survived modernisation by the IKEA interior designers that have removed the traditional pub feel from so many other McMullen pubs, and still retains its more traditional oak beamed interior.
It is still a two bar pub with a separate smaller public bar and then a much larger saloon, laid out in three sections, and a decent outside drinking patio to the side.
The full range of McMullen cask ales were on, including the current seasonal beer Sweet Spot, and the two I tried were well kept. The food is traditional pub grub, that wouldn’t have them salivating on Master Chef , but with BOGOF offers which meant our two meals were under £8.00 they hit the spot for what we wanted.

Gann - 12 Oct 2009 21:48
Comfortable, most of the foods ok (have the pie), nothing to complain about.
anonymous - 31 May 2007 23:41
The Royal Oak is one of the best pubs in Chingford, but that isn't saying much I'm afraid. The pint I had in there two weeks ago was so cold I couldn't taste the beer, though had a half last night which was better. Other than that, the saloon bar is a very comfortable place to relax over a quiet drink, and the public bar for Sky Sports, bar billiards and darts. The food menu is basic and when last sampled this summer, not all that good.
Ginger_Beard - 13 Oct 2006 11:57
I only use this pub at lunch times, but the service is always friendly and helpful. The McMullens beers are well kept and the Country Bitter is a particular favourite of mine. they usually have a guest real ale on as well. A proper pub unlike the overpriced and snobby pub up the road (Kings Head). Food at lunchtimes is also pretty decent.
Chris B - 28 Apr 2004 19:23

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