Secret Diner Review: The Royal Oak, Duddington

Published on July 25, 2014

By Celia De Blasi

A while ago we won a voucher in a charity raffle for a meal at The Royal Oak in Duddington, so decided it was about time we used it. In our heads we said we would go for a cycle in Fineshade Woods and then go for an enjoyable lunch. The enjoyable lunch happened but the exercise didn’t!

Two-course Sunday lunch is £17.95 and portion sizes are hearty. The kids opted for Soup of the Day (leek and potato), hubby chicken liver paté and myself whitebait. The kids (17 and 21 years old so not really kids anymore) really enjoyed the soup and ate it with a hunk of bread. The whitebait was crispy and tasty, served with salad and a garlic mayo. The chicken liver paté was served with salad and toasted bread.

For the mains I opted for the beef Sunday roast and asked for my meat as rare as possible, which was achieved. The roast came with a lovely large Yorkshire pud, roast potatoes and a selection of veggies. The boys had steak and ale pie served with chips and vegetables and Rosie opted for the tuna steak salad served with minted new potatoes.

The Royal Oak offers hearty pub grub served in a homely style and atmosphere. Whilst we were very tempted by the desserts we didn’t even have a pudding pocket left in which to squeeze them.

In summary, good honest food and service, not fine dining but for us exactly what was required for a relaxing Sunday family lunch.

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.