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The Royal Oak

Higher Town, Malborough, Salcombe TQ7 3RL England
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The Royal Oak is a thriving village pub offering great food and drinks in a warm friendly atmosphere. It has everything you could hope for – including a leafy beer garden, pool table and roaring fires in winter – plus a few surprises, such as eclectic local artwork and monthly acoustic jam sessions.The Royal Oak, in the pretty South Hams village of Malborough, is just a short drive from Kingsbridge, Hope Cove and Salcombe.The Oak is open for dinner every day except Sundays. On Sundays we serve lunch from 1pm (booking definitely advisable). The dinner menu is changed daily. Our chef, Kieran Tobin, uses fresh ingredients sourced from leading local independent suppliers, including meat from top butchers Lidstones of Kingsbridge. We also have traditional bar snacks.The Royal Oak has recently been refurbished and now, possibly for the first time in its 400 year history, we are pleased to be able to offer comfortable accommodation for visitors to this glorious corner of Devon.Wake up refreshed for a day of walking on the beach, relaxing, sightseeing, a trip to Salcombe or whatever takes your fancy.
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Fiona T wrote a review Aug 2023
Exeter, United Kingdom33 contributions30 helpful votes
Avoid. Went for a drink with family. The Owners dog rules the pub. Piles of clutter in front of our table. Would have eaten but smell of cigarette smoke emanating from out the back put us off. Smelled of smoke when I got home ! Locals pub but could do with some updating and a good clean.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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shiggle 1 wrote a review Aug 2023
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Amazing! Proper pub! Bar maid was outstanding and made our last night in Salcombe! Food very good value family of 6 not one complaint! Bar maid was attentive nothing was to much hassle Perfect evening thank you! Great garden and good selection of drinks
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jason J wrote a review Jun 2023
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The Royal Oak is brilliant. This is a proper, proper independent pub, kitchen and bed & breakfast. It remains how rustic, traditional pubs used to look. There’s not many like this left anymore - This place is genuine. I’m so glad I chose to stay here instead of booking a boring, strict and expensive Air B&B. This place has way more character and is so humbly priced. My room upstairs was newly fresh, clean, immaculate. The food was top notch too. Having worked in kitchens myself, I knew a lot of care had been put into it. The staff were incredibly considerate and kind to folks beyond their call of duty. They might not know how grand they’re treating you because to them, it’s just a shrug of the shoulders. Tim, the landlord and his staff are really cool folks. The Royal Oak sometimes have great live music on certain days too, so ask them when that’s happening or when it isn’t. If you ever find yourself in Salcombe, or anywhere in Devon for that matter - Drink, eat and stay here. I can’t praise this gaff enough.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: The 146 bus from Totnes station is regular and useful if you’re travelling from London Paddington.
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William M wrote a review Jul 2022
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I stayed at Tim's pub for one night while walking the South West Coastal Path. I can say confidently that this was one of the best stops I've had while passing from place to place. Tim himself is very down to Earth (and hilarious!) The food was all well cooked, clean and tasty. The room I stayed in was clean and charmingly quirky and the bar service and atmosphere was some of the best I've ever had: this place creates a friendly, quirky and charming atmosphere; everyone is welcome here! If you're looking for a 5 star hotel: this isn't it, this place has character and charm instead. Thanks, Tim and the bar team! Best wishes, Will. (With the MASSIVE rucksack!)
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Holly young wrote a review Jul 2022
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This is our second time staying with Tim- when you first meet him you think hmm he’s a bit grumpy- actually he is lovely and very caring - the rooms upstairs are always immaculate and the moment you walk up The stairs you get a clean laundry smell . His breakfasts are to die for and we look forward to returning next year again! And as for the review about the dog- the dog is lovely but a very old little man and sometimes they have accidents! The lady who now works with Tim is absolutely lovely , so polite , welcoming and really made a fuss of our little girl.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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SLS wrote a review Jun 2022
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Never ever encountered a more disgusting establishment purporting to be a Pub. Nothing short horrible. The owners dog messed in front of us , inside the pub for god sake! The owner was rude and obnoxious. Food inedible and drink not much better. GO ELSEWHERE FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH!!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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thelfm wrote a review Apr 2022
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If you are expecting this to be a top notch, first class establishment, then you might be disappointed. If you book this because you need a B&B in the area and understand its the cheapest by some margin, then you will find its a fine place to stay. Friendly, nice breakfast, convenient and cheap. I would stay again.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Louise M wrote a review Apr 2022
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To start with, the pictures used to advertise are many many years out of date. The pub is dirty, with piles and piles of stuff everywhere. We declined breakfast as didn't feel that it would be clean enough to eat there as well as the host being unsure what time it may be available. Dispite checking in online at 4, the host, when finally contacted informed us he wouldn't open for at least another half hour, leaving us waiting in the car outside. I also feel that the 'art' hung particularly in the bedrooms was inappropriate and vulgar as it depicted naked women in various poses, none artistic, not great for a family room to say the least. The bed sheets were frayed, curtains sun bleeched and the remote unspeakable, good job the T.V didn't work anyway! The only thing that can be said that is positive is that the shower was hot. After discovering the pub for what it was, we spent hours trying to find somewhere else to stay but unfortunately as it was Easter weekend everywhere was booked up. Had it not been for disappointing our children we would have travelled home and not stayed for our Easter break.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DH1 wrote a review Aug 2021
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Having already visited last year, we knew exactly what to expect and we weren’t disappointed. Clean rooms with everything you need and breakfast included too - you’ll not find better value for money in the area. Tim who runs The Royal Oak is superb. He can come across really miserable but he is actually one of the nicest and most genuine people we’ve met. What you see is what you get and he’s actually a big softie who is very outgoing. A massive thank you to everyone at the Royal Oak. Tim Cerys and the locals - see you again soon.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gingemagoo wrote a review Jul 2021
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We parked in the village car park which is a short walk across the road. Very pleased with our room which had a beautiful mirror and everything you need. The shower worked well and there was plenty of hot water. We ate in the bar and all the food was good, whether cooked by Tim or the chef. We tried the fish and chips, burger and steak along with a few drinks. We especially enjoyed our full English in the pretty courtyard. As reported by other reviewers there is a quirky collection of art and photos from Tim's time in the music business. Sadly there is currently no live music but I can imagine there would be a brilliant atmosphere. Do not be put off by the slightly unwelcoming exterior, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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United KingdomEnglandDevonSalcombeMalborough
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Royal Oak
Which popular attractions are close to The Royal Oak?
Nearby attractions include Salcombe Distilling Company (2.0 miles), Salcombe to Bolt Head Walk (1.9 miles), and Bigbury-on-Sea Beach (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Royal Oak?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Royal Oak?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The Royal Oak?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Braai Guy, Twenty Seven, and Crab Shed Salcombe.
Is The Royal Oak located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.07 miles away from the centre of Malborough.
Are pets allowed at The Royal Oak?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Royal Oak?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Overbecks Garden (1.9 miles), Kingsbridge Quay (3.1 miles), and St Edmund King and Martyr Church (3.3 miles).