Royal by name, royal by nature, this gorgeous destination pub reigns over what is reputedly the largest rural common in the country – no wonder it’s so popular with walkers. Sit and watch cows graze as the cricket team plays on the green in summer, or in colder months, warm yourself indoors by the roaring log fire. The rustic decor, featuring Archibald Thorburn prints and pheasant-motif crockery, bestows a real country-cottage feel. You’ll find no fruit machines here – it’s all about great ale, fine food and conversation.
With husband-and-wife team Richard and Vicky at the helm, you can expect high standards. You’ll find Richard behind the bar that boasts four Cask Marque-approved real ales and an extensive wine selection, and Vicky in the kitchen serving up a menu of fresh dishes at great value for money. It’s no surprise that the Sunday lunch is incredibly popular, offering locally reared roast beef and roast lamb. The homemade steak and ale pie is a firm favourite among visitors and regulars alike, filled with ample pieces of British beef and served alongside deliciously hot, freshly cooked chips.
Adding to The Royal Oak’s special character is the highly rated Camping and Caravanning Club campsite. At this award-winning, community-oriented pub, you’re guaranteed a delightful, quintessentially English experience.