If you’re planning a relaxing Sunday stroll through the Downs or a weekend drive through the countryside, why not begin or end at The Royal Oak? Ideally located in Ecchinswell, The Royal Oak is a country pub par excellence. Situated just a stone’s throw from the well-traversed Watership Down and taking advantage of the area’s charming, picture-postcard scenery, the team can assure guests of a warm welcome and stellar pub fare. What better way to round off the weekend?
The team that runs this countryside inn does so with pride and passion, upholding the pub’s reputation as the go-to haunt for unpretentious, exceptional-quality food and drink. Authentic to a tee, guests can expect real ale, real food and real atmosphere.
Everything on the menu is made in-house by a team of talented chefs. The bill of fare changes regularly, keeping pace with the seasons and taking advantage of the best Hampshire produce available. Think starters of slow-roasted pork belly with cider and honey reduction, crab and risotto cakes, and whitebait in light and crispy batter. Taking daily deliveries of freshly landed fish from Brixham Market, the talented kitchen team has earned a reputation for their stand-out signature fish and chips, usually made with haddock in crisp, golden lager batter, and served with triple-cooked chips, petits pois and homemade tartare sauce. You could instead opt for the homemade Stilton and caramelised onion burger, prepared with mince from local family butcher Wyatts and served on a brioche bun with gourmet chips; hunter’s chicken with smoked bacon, barbecue sauce, gourmet chips and tenderstem broccoli, or perhaps spinach and pine nut risotto with Parmesan shavings.
The Royal Oak’s bar is stocked with an expertly chosen range of wine, cider and premium spirits, and a selection of real ale fit to impress even the most ardent aficionado. Additionally, there are always at least two craft ales on tap at any given time, sourced from the region’s local brewers.