The Royal Oak
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
This family-run, dog-friendly pub can be found in Burford, near Oxford. The Grade II listed Royal Oak is both welcoming and relaxed as it successfully blends traditional decor with contemporary style. Guests can expect to find a wide range of local ale, beer and wine, as well as quality gastropub fare. We heard the Sunday lunches and traditional homemade pies are much sought after, so we’re looking forward to returning to sample those.
On our visit, husband-and-wife team Jeanette and John couldn’t have been more accommodating, while chef son Harry creates an inspired menu alongside specials. There were wild boar and apple sausages, beer-battered fi sh and chips and spicy chilli on offer as well as plenty of veggie options, making it tricky to decide what to have.
Our dinner consisted of the baked Camembert for two with bread and cranberry sauce, which was divine. My dining partner virtually licked the plate clean after her hearty homemade steak and ale pie and my main of smoked haddock, poached eggs and asparagus was beautiful.
With plenty of puddings to ponder over, we decided to go for the lemon citron tart with raspberry sorbet and Eton Mess, and coffee to wash it all down. It’s not just the food that will tempt here. There is comfortable accommodation to make use of and events that run throughout the year. This lovely gastropub is top of our list of places to visit again.