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Jul 9, 2013 02:26 AM

Royal Oak vs Hinds Head

Anyone have any strong views either way on these two? I've seen pretty positive reviews from Harters and others but anyone who has eaten at both got a comparison?

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  1. If you're looking for Michelin pub food in that neck of the woods, what about the Hand & Flowers (which had been our first choice, but was full)?

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    1. re: Harters

      Ditto John - I did try but if you look at their website there is a ridiculous waiting list, mostly to 2014 for any reservations at the weekend.

      I have to say that while I would like to visit the hand and flowers I'm not so desperate as to book a year in advance.

    2. Assume you mean the Royal Oak in Paley Street

      I've been to both several times (used to live locally) and I would pick one over the other particularly. I slightly prefer Royal Oak as it still feels like a normal pub, the Hinds Head is a bit up itself with food tourists

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      1. re: mr_gimlet

        That's useful to know thanks, the menu at the Royal Oak looks a bit better as well (although as we all know that can be deceiving) so I think we'll stick with that.

        1. re: ManInTransit

          I'm sure you'll report back, which would be great. We always went to the Hinds Head but could use a change of scene, especially as our last lunch there wasn't as good as previously, but I seriously think it was just an off day.