2011 Review: “Be the envy of the crushed hoards at Columbia Road Flower Market, and book for Sunday lunch!” – this “gold-standard” East End boozer offers food that’s “more than decent”, and on quite a scale too.
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The Royal Oak has since 2007 had at its helm Dominic Chapman, who opened the Hinds Head for Heston Blumenthal in nearby Bray. The dining room is fairly conventional (even down to the slightly too loud muzak), with tiled floor and wooden tables without tablecloths, but the black and white photos of famous people are a clue that this is no ordinary Fullers pub. It is in fact owned by TV chat show host Michael Parkinson, whose celebrity connections explain the high end wines on the list (Russell Crowe ordered two bottles of Petrus when he was here recently).