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The Royal Oak North Gorley

) #6 of 22 Restaurants in Fordingbridge ££ - £££ , British,
Ringwood Road | Fordingbridge, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 2PB, England
+44 1425 652244
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Ringwood Road | Fordingbridge, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 2PB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Had a wonderful early dinner at The Royal Oak with friends (plus doggies who were spoilt with dog treats galore!). Friendly staff and efficient service. Landlady was very friendly and always attentive. Great food - piping hot which is always a good sign! Will definitely...More

Thank vickster1971
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were camping nearby with friends and decided to go out for an early dinner on Saturday Found the Royal Oak which is set in the forest. Loved the menu and the wine list and had a good selection of ales - all good value...More

Thank Sean W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful pub and grounds with super friendly staff, great menu with top quality food and drink. Really family friendly with fantastic out door seating.

Thank Jonsi_82
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely country pub in a beautiful location. Been in the New Forest for a week and this was the best meal of our trip. The chef is clearly passionate about what he does and the front of house staff were friendly and welcoming.

1  Thank nobilis_saeva
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pretty garden at The Royal Oak provided the perfect setting for our Company Summer Party for 70 guests. On a warm summer evening, Paul and his staff provided an excellent outdoor buffet and the bar with direct access from the garden made for efficient...More

1  Thank Glynis C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been a fee times recently, usually with friends, and we have all been impressed by the sheer quality and imagination with the cooking. The chef, Paul, is really professional and clearly takes pride in what he does. Good beer and wines, plus the...More

1  Thank Peter C
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi Peter, Thank you for the lovely review. I am glad everything was up to standard for you. Look forward to seeing you soon. Paul, Will & the Royal Oak team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited with our dog on a Saturday afternoon while exploring the surrounding area of the New Forest. We sat in the back garden and enjoyed a drink al fresco, surrounded by the most stunning countryside views. Horses, cows and plenty of...More

Thank suzanne o
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. Hopefully next time when visiting you'll be able to have a bite to eat. Look forward to seeing you again. Paul, Will & the Royal Oak team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four good mains (crab salad, fish and chips, pie and chips) in a very pleasant environment. Staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. No it's not cheap but the quality was high. Nice to be off the main roads in the New Forest. We hope to...More

1  Thank SmilingSixties
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. I am very glad everything meant your standards and you enjoyed your time with us. I look forward to welcoming you again. Paul, Will & the Royal Oak team.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a lovely old building with gorgeous thatch roof, quaint setting, all that you want in a country pub, think again, when you go inside, what do you see? The willow green paint that seems to go into all major chains these days, cream walls,...More

1  Thank devonroamer
Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that we didn't match your standards when visiting. I can tell you we are an Enterprise Inn's pub with a private leaseholder and Management in place. We do take all negative feedback onboard. I do hope we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped into the royal oak at north gorley for lunch during the recent heatwave. I have known this pub for years but the standard of decor has never been as impressive. It's stunning. And very well done. We both ordered a ploughmans lunch and...More

1  Thank gordon m
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review. I am glad everything was worth it and I look forward to seeing you again soon. Paul, Will & the Royal Oak team.

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Questions & Answers
Gillian C
21 July 2017|
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Response from | Property representative |
Hi Gill, we do cater for children in the main bar area of the pub. There is a Burger, Chicken Goujons, Cheesy Pasta, Hotdog or Mini Fish on the children's menu. Please call to reserve a table. Many thanks, Will
29 August 2016|
Response from shearheartattack |
Hello Sam, The Royal Oak is very dog friendly in all bar areas, front and back gardens but not our restaurant. We look forward to welcoming you and your four legged friend(s) very soon.
Julie B
11 January 2015|
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Response from theroyaloakgorley | Property representative |
Hi Julie, There are no plans for The Royal Oak in North Gorley to be taken over by Sheraton Hotels. Your booking will not be affected.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ringwood Road | Fordingbridge, New Forest, Fordingbridge SP6 2PB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Fordingbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1425 652244
  • E-mail
The Royal Oak, Ringwood Road, North Gorley Once a Royal Hunting Lodge, the Royal Oak is a delightful 17th Century Inn, near Fordingbridge, nestled in the heart of the New Forest. The Royal Oak sits in the picturesque village of North Gorley, amongst its grazing donkeys and ponies, opposite the village duck pond. It is renowned by locals and visitors alike, for serving high quality, classic pub food, cask ales and a warm hospitality. The Royal Oak boasts many outstanding facilities, such as a beautiful beer garden and a cosy coffee lounge with leather sofas. Idyllic, picturesque location with direct access to fantastic forest walks and cycle routes!
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