The White Oak
Berkshire SL6 9QE
Review added 18/08/2015 11:56 by JulesWe are frequent visitors to the White Oak and have never, EVER had a bad meal or poor experience here. This is the best restaurant in Cookham and there are plenty of great ones. We are incredibly lucky to have such a quality dining establishment on our doorstep. the food and ambience is first class and good value and the team are friendly and unpretentious. This place is a gem!
Review added 02/08/2015 10:18 by MarkVery simple next time walk a further 200 yards past the WO and book a table at the Swan Uppers, food is excellent pub style and great Tapas, although not on a Sunday. Prices are very reasonable, portions are more than ample, atmosphere and service is top notch. Problem solved.
Review added 30/07/2015 20:47 by anonSunday lunch for 4 people who had all previously eaten at WO many times . Monkfish for 2 ,very nice . However roast pork was tasteless cut so thin it could only have been pre cooked . Vegetable quantity small cool & uninteresting . My mother asked if there was new management or new chef also what happened to the atmosphere , there was always a happy & welcoming atmosphere. To complete the disappointment my mother of 87 years described ithe nectarine sundae as horrid & the small amount of nectarine was stringy & tasted over ripe / off .
Review added 26/01/2015 15:42 by Jenny RThe food was good chips very hot and tasty. I was with three friends and found the service a little slow but apart from that all good
Review added 26/01/2015 13:13 by anonWent along with my Wife at 7.30pm last Thursday. The car-park was already full, which was a good sign ! It's my first visit to the White Oak since the old Spencers days & I was very impressed. I had the set dinner (only 1 option of each course, but each one suited my palette) for £19 whilst my wife had the Skate meal. A nice bottle of white & 2 great desserts later - we paid for a reasonably-priced dinner which didn't break the bank. Only suggestion (which echoes from a previous review) is that the menu didn't seem to offer more vegetables. Maybe we had to ask, I don't know. Anyway - will definitely go again !
Review added 28/01/2014 10:40 by anonI went to this restaurant last Thursday with a friend of mine and was not disappointed. The staff,all young were very efficient and friendly. I can say honestly that the food was superb and is among the best I have had out. I had the cuttlefish soup followed by the fish which was excellent. Definitely this one is on the list for a return visit
Review added 21/10/2013 16:59 by Chris & JennyWe went out for lunch yesterday (Sunday) and really could not fault anything. We both settled for the roast which was probably the best we have had and the suggested red wine complimented the meal perfectly.
Review added 01/02/2013 11:44 by AnnaI've been here a couple of times in the last month, the food is excellent. I've given only 4 stars though due to the lack of vegetables! I had a beautiful fish soup to start, a seafood risotto for main - which was magnificent, but would have been even better with a serving of green beans or broccoli or buttered cabbage! For dessert I had the chocolate cake - possibly the finest chocolate cake ever! It would have been nice to have the option of a fruit based dessert too. I don't eat out to watch my waistline, but I do like to have something from each food group!
Review added 11/08/2012 07:48 by anonOn the spur of the moment as we were out on an evening stroll my partner suggested dinner at the White Oak.
Review added 02/08/2012 17:53 by anonJust had a £10 lunch with a friend and enjoyed every mouth ful. Good service and pleasant atmosphere. Will definitely go again.
Review added 22/05/2012 22:01 by Happy localJust to keep the positive comments re the White Oak up to date - a group of 6 of us had a great meal there on Saturday. The place had a busy buzz without being noisy and the maitre d' kept a careful eye to ensure everyone was being looked after attentively, yet without being rushed. Menu had a good range of familiar and more adventurous dishes. All in all excellent dining at a fair price - we'll be back.?
Review added 29/03/2012 12:03 by bad expierenceHad a dinner in the restaurant March 2012, evening was great, food seemed excellent, but the next morning I and my partner had a serious food poisoning.
Review added 28/02/2012 19:49 by FoxWe had a fantastic evening with friends to celebrate 50th Birthday. Food absolutely delicious, excellent champagne and wines flowed throughout the evening. Mo and her team provide exceptional hospitality. Definately our favourite restaurant!!
Review added 23/02/2012 16:01 by anonI just wanted to write and say what a wonderful meal we had at the White Oak the other night.
Review added 18/02/2012 09:36 by Adele KnoxMy husband and I, together with two friends, enjoyed a wonderful luncheon at the White Oak yesterday. It was our first experience at this restaurant and we were given a very warm welcome from the very attentive staff. The food was absolutely delicious as was the champagne and fine wines and the service we received was exemplary. We will definitely be revisiting this lovely establishment on a regular basis
Review added 16/02/2012 16:04 by GrahamWe dined as a family of 5 on 15th February, a double birthday celebration. As caterers with over 30 years experience at the upper end of the market we feel more than qualified to make an objective review. We love the Green Oak and had high expectations of the White Oak. It was a fairly quiet evening, but we had to ask for the ordered beer and water 4 times. The Goats cheese component of the starter was miniscule, apart from the salad which was plentiful. The main course fillet of Sea Bass, or more correctly the part of a fillet was also miniscule, and would not have been big served as a starter. The £49.50 Beef Wellington for 2 must be the most expensive filet in the County - I gauge we had about 4ozs each. One has to ask how the portion sizes can vary so widely between 2 sister restaurants. We will return to the Green Oak, but alas not the White Oak.
Review added 03/02/2012 08:26 by JayneeeeHad dinner on Wednesday night.Fantastic !
Review added 01/02/2012 23:16 by anonWonderful meal tonight ! Scallops and Bass ,can't beat it !
Review added 27/01/2012 22:13 by anonHaving visited the White Oak on a number of occasions we are used to the high standards set by both front of house and the kitchen. However, on Wednesday we visited for the Burns night menu and were quite frankly blown away. A 5-couse fusion of Scotish and French delights. Starting with Balmoral venison burger topped with Fois Gras, smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce and quails eggs cooked to perfection, roasted Beef and Haggis [not a single portion of haggis made it back to the kitchen] tatties and neeps. Now by this time we were all feeling fairly pleased with ourseleves and I would not normally have a desert, in came the Chocolate torte with Whisky ice cream, my mind was saying you don't do desert but I could not resist it, "fabulous!", all capped off with some great Scottish cheeses. Our meal included a selection wines with each course my favourite a Gewurtraiminer which I would never normaly order, [but will be into Stratfords on saturday to get a couple of bottles]. Great service from all out front. Well done The White Oak!!
Review added 08/12/2011 15:17 by LaurieAs an East Yorkshire lad I know a good meal when I taste it. The roast beef was so good and they make Yorkshire puddings properly too! We have been here 3 times this year and had superb food and service every time. We've booked for Christmas Eve and looking forward to it with relish!
Review added 28/11/2011 16:43 by PennlizAbsolutely delicious lunch today with very good service from waitresses .
Review added 23/10/2011 19:53 by JerryThe WhiteOak has settled in very well to the village over the years and has grown to be a family favourite.
Review added 26/09/2011 15:42 by anonHave been twice on sundays. Lovely food, but portions tiny. Had Sunday roast, delicious but not enough vegetables - 3 tiny roast pots and veg for decoration not appetite. Haven't returned because of this, which is sad as I really liked the food, restaurant and staff. Often visit the Green Oak. How much does a side bowl of carrots, cabbage and an extra potato cost?
Review added 10/08/2011 10:54 by S A RymerAbsolutely fantastic service, excellent menu and food with out a doubt is first class. Jack (Head chef) and his team really got us out of a hole, when it was too dangerous to take our international delegates into London for dinner (60 guests). How on earth they managed to give our guests a choice of menu, cook and offer such a high level of service with just a few hours notice, I really don't know.
Review added 16/07/2011 19:51 by anonPortion sizes are absolutely tiny.
Review added 14/06/2011 11:42 by Roger & SueThere are many good restaraunts in and around Maidenhead we have used but the White Oak is probably our favorite. The food is excellent and the staff always make you very welcome. My wife had her 6oth birthday party there with 19 guests at one table, the quality of both food and service with the restaurant full, was faultless.
Review added 13/06/2011 13:40 by RobJust been in with my granddaugher. Very welcoming amd helpful, fishcakes a little salty but very nice chips indeed. I preferred them to Heston's. Well done.
Review added 12/06/2011 08:20 by anonWe went to a wedding reception at the White oak and it was amazing! They obviously had to cater for a large no of people in one go but lamb was perfect, pudding was Devine and starter great too! The staff were really friendly and service was fab. Really impressed and I'll be going back .
Review added 06/06/2011 11:26 by fussyAt least if anyone has to complain, complain correctly, and use constructive criticism. Also use the right name... White Oak, not White Heart!! I went to the White Oak for lunch last month,myself and my daughter were very impressed with food, service AND cleanliness! Staff is very attentive, and friendly. Also had the pleasure eating at the Green Oak, which was just as enjoyable! Food was more than enough, well seasoned and well presented! Loved the quirkiness of decor and furniture!
Review added 27/03/2011 12:41 by MikeWe are regular visitors to both the White and Green Oakes and have to say they tick all the right boxes for us. The food is always superb, the service friendly, capable and quietly-competant.
Review added 23/03/2011 00:38 by anonHad a fantastic evening at The White Oak last weekend.
Review added 20/03/2011 22:55 by John BrooksI attended my sons lunchtime birthday party recently. I lived in Cookham for 35 years but 7years ago moved away and have just returned. " The White Hart" was a special place, indeed I had almost made my mind up to dislike it on principal.
Review added 18/03/2011 12:29 by disapointed daveincredibly rude and arogant staff as has been stated before on this website more interested in getting money out of you as quickly as possible and then getting the table back for the next unassuming bus load of punters...Never again! too much excellent competition in the neighbourhood to bother darkening the door of the White oak!
Review added 11/03/2011 18:41 by Mrs Jane ShireFive of us ate at the White Oak on Thursday 10th March 2011 to celebrate someone's birthday. I regret to say that we were all disappointed with our meals. The vegetarian in our party had the broth as a starter (maked for V, it tasted of fish; there was no hint of blue cheese in the risotto (main course) and the taste was bland. The beef for two dish; both people who had it said it was chewy and the pepper sauce lacked in flavour; it was felt that two vegetables should be included in the price; a small dish of wilted spinach as a side dish cost £3.50. The pigeon was dry and hard to get off the bone. The service was generally speaking satisfactory and the dining room setting pleasent and quiet (some restaurants are very noisy).
Review added 05/07/2010 08:49 by anonRecently been to this establishment and very simply it was a fun enjoyable evening with great food, warm service and very pleasent ambiance.
Review added 02/07/2010 23:29 by anonLast year I added positive review for this restaurant, but I note the comment about reservation times with interest as pretty much the same thing happened to me - do check.
Review added 20/05/2010 09:46 by local residentRecently visited for the first time with an old friend.Remembering when it was Spencers, The White Hart,nicely modernised, sadly no charm left!
Review added 25/02/2010 10:50 by anonI visited the white oak last saturday evening, although extremely busy the food and service were excellent as always, i would recommend the oxtail pie - which is amazing and also the lunch menu which is always brilliant value for money and very tasty. I am surprised to see the previous comment, in this small community and as a regular customer to the White oak, all i hear is rave reviews, keep up the good work!
Review added 24/02/2010 17:20 by anonHad set lunch (£12 for two courses)last Friday. 'Linguine with vine tomato sauce' was more like a luke-warm tin of Heinz spaghetti emptied into a dish with a few green leaves dumped on top. Steak was served with a handful of frozen french fries and a few green leaves. No bread basket or any other extras. Service brisk but impersonal. Had to ask twice for water. I know it was a 'cheap' lunch, but we were trying out the restaurant to see if we would like to go back there for dinner. We won't.
Review added 02/02/2010 21:21 by anonFANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC
Review added 24/01/2010 18:56 by Mr & Mrs TurnerMy husband and I have visited 'The White Oak' several times and never fail to be delighted with the fantastic service, wonderful food accompanied by a great wine menu. The staff are always prompt and polite. Really disappointed to see the last review as we would happily recommend this restaurant whatever the occasion.
Review added 22/01/2010 17:05 by JuliaVery disappointing. Took my husband here for a birthday lunch - we just wanted a 'sharing' platter and a couple of spiced tomato juices (a light lunch) - they got our drinks order wrong (no spice!!) and were indignant that we only wanted a starter to share - to the point of being condascending - like why weren't we ordering a main course and wine. Forget it! Will go to the George at Wargrave next time!
Review added 19/12/2009 16:46 by anonJust wanted to say, went to The White Oak recently and found the whole experience wonderfull! The food and the attentive service really made it a pleasure especially with the snow made it all the more christmassy! Thank you.
Review added 17/12/2009 18:07 by Graham BI arrived at 12.10,my host had booked for 12.30.I was told the booking was for 1.15 and made to feel that I should not have arrived at 12.10.I asked for a tomato juice with Worcester sauce.No,it came pre mixed in a bottle.After a delay Worcester sauce was found.The Maitresse D' was smiling but tramped around at high speed and this stomping pace was maintained by the food servers.Somehow the staff reflected the overbearing attitude of their leaderene.The lamb was indifferently cooked,the portions small and the price high.
Review added 16/12/2009 22:30 by anonExcellent, great food, lovely decor and good service....
Review added 10/12/2009 11:20 by Angea MurrayLovely atmosphere, very professional staff and very attentive. Would recommnend to anyone. The food is super.
Review added 17/11/2009 23:02 by Frank BurnhamWENT FOR MY WIFES 60TH BIRTHDAY IN JULY WITH 14 GUESTS.A BUSY FULL RESTAURANT ON A WARM SATURDAY NIGHT.FOR SUCH A LARGE PARTY THE SERVICE,FOOD AND WINE WERE EXCELLENT.WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER GREAT MEAL WITH A LITTLE LESS GOING ON.HAVE BEEN TO THE GREEN OAK AS WELL AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOTH.
Review added 10/11/2009 23:21 by RobMy first visit and after reading some previous reviews I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. Very nicely presented food. Most of our food was excellent but I was slightly disappointed with my belly pork. Perhaps I shouldn't have expected so much in such a short cooking time. (everything is cooked to order)I should have ordered extra veg too. Deserts were best we have seen in a long time and very nice wine. Good service but perhaps too many visits to the table for me. Will definitely go back.
Review added 11/10/2009 12:03 by anonWe were there for a Saturday lunchtime and the service was very slow. For a starter I ordered a beetroot and goat's cheese salad, which can be really delicous, but was a huge disappointment with a huge lump of goat's cheese and pratically no salad to go with it so a struggle to get through. Main course was ok, nothing special. Pudding was nice but portions could be smaller as I felt a bit sick by the end of it as was too rich.
Review added 14/07/2009 14:24 by anonGreat food, great atmosphere, well chosen wines and a convivial host...rather enjoyable experience. Will recommend to all of my friends.
Review added 30/06/2009 19:29 by anonWent for Sunday lunch which was a set price menu kind of deal, £21 for two courses I think. Food was average I'd say, apart from the 'roast' potatoes which were those Aunt Bessies frozen type things which was a big disappointment. Desserts were good, decor modern (read soulless..), staff friendly.
Review added 03/06/2009 22:02 by LocalNot cheap but well worth every penny. Somewhere special for a special dinner. Been twice now, Christmas Eve and a mid week eve in Feb - both times absolutely faultless.
Review added 18/05/2009 21:53 by anonHave now been to the white Oak 3 times, every time the food and service have been excellent. We ate in the bar area on Saturday as they had a large party in the dining area, was offered either. well done, keep it up.
Review added 04/04/2009 02:30 by anonvisited the white oak last night the atmosphere and food were top drawer, top marks to the white oak
Review added 26/03/2009 15:53 by anonGreat food, super decor and a wonderful atmosphere ! Keep up the good work.
Review added 11/03/2009 20:09 by anonFantastic! had a wonderful time! service was amazing, the girls very friendly and professional, the food superb. highly recommended.
Review added 05/03/2009 16:26 by cookhamitei recently visited the white oak and am delighted to say that the service and the food are excellent i am looking forward to trying out the greene oak next.
Review added 20/02/2009 17:05 by Cookham ResidentHave been there twice with guests, once for lunch and once for dinner. Service and reception excellent. Food "top class gastro pub" - paricularly recommend the Belly of Worcestershire Pork. Wine list limited, but excellent offers by the glass. Otherwise good selection of wines at sensible restaurant prices. Guests all voted to come again!
Review added 11/02/2009 12:22 by Catherine HI visited The White Oak last night for the first time with my family. (We are already regulars at their sister restaurant The Greene Oak).
Review added 10/02/2009 17:45 by anonHad dinner recently. Very poor food. Asked the waiter if the fishcakes were home made or bought in? - assured they were made by the chef with lots of fish. Two large fat cakes with very little else on the plate arrived. All potato, with the odd spot of salmon inside. Should have been called 'potato cakes'. Friend's pasta dish was bland. Staff young and friendly. Very heavy, stodgy food on the menu - not for girls who would like a lighter dish or salad. Decor inside reminds me of 'The Ferry' on Cookham Bridge. Would not go back or recommend to others - too many other good restaurants out there.
Review added 29/01/2009 12:00 by Cookham residentNB. This is the same Reviewer as for the previous two items on the White Oak (Cookham Webmaster)
Review added 25/01/2009 14:23 by Crazy about foodCan't believe anyone would give The White Oak a negative comment, but then again it was a local chef!!!
Review added 25/01/2009 14:20 by Lady who lunches (a lot)I have been to The White Oak far more times than is good for my waistline! Due to go again this week!
Review added 15/01/2009 16:05 by anonWent there for dinner with my other half the other day and being a chef myself thought the food was quite poor, overcooked and underseasoned, a shame as such nice surroundings. wont be going back in a hurry!
Review added 15/01/2009 15:45 by CharlotteWe had a wonderful meal there on Tuesday evening, delicious food, fantastic wine & the service was great too. The White Oak is a welcome addition to Cookham's array of fabulous restaurants.
Review added 22/12/2008 16:49 by anonWas part of a Christmas party on Friday night...solid food and very attentive bar staff. Very reasonable carte du vin as well. Wish you every success.
Review added 20/12/2008 14:00 by JBThe food is very average and uninventive poorly seasoned and poorly presented. All round a very average dining experience. Quite nice dining room the bar is a bit sterile and looks as though itís an afterthought!
Review added 11/12/2008 23:12 by Catherine JohnstoneDelicious food - go and enjoy a long leisurely lunch in beautiful surroundings! Very baby friendly too.
Review added 11/12/2008 15:18 by mr beckertonmy wife and i had dinner at the white oak saturday just gone. its a godsend to have such a delightful restaurant so nearby many thanks.
Review added 03/12/2008 08:57 by montyFood excellent service excellent also they do some gluten free dishes which is an absolute godsend for my husband who has to have a gluten free diet. It was so nice not having to quiz the chef what ingredients were in the dish. Definitely go back.
Review added 29/11/2008 16:11 by anononly popped in for a drink, very pleasent staff and surroundings.
Review added 29/11/2008 13:14 by n/awhat a amazing reaturant great staff,great food very good value and i had a rib steak witch was second to non
Review added 27/11/2008 14:28 by anonbeen twice now - once pre opening...nice staff & pleasant surroundings - busy, contemporary & atmospheric - too drunk to remember first visit...... second time round my rib eye steak was a bit chewy/fatty - could hear every word on adjacent table....would return
Review added 11/11/2008 22:28 by andrewIt's hard to fault this reincarnation of the former Spencers. A large dining room has been added, and the decor, though verging on the beige, features exposed beams in the new dining area and strikes a nice balance between formal and informal.