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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings
About
Andy,Cath and the team look forward to welcoming you to this historic bar/restaurant with it’s own medieval well! Meet family and friends for a social drink or a meal in our restaurant. We offer private dining for that special occasion in our Rustic room away from the main bar/restaurant. Ideal for a family get together. We serve a wide range of ales, lagers, ciders and spirits. Our ales are all sourced from local independent breweries. Our experienced Chef and his team are unbelievably passionate about cooking for you….Everything you see on our menu is made to order. We promote creativity in the kitchen where Matt (Chef) will express this through regular menu changes and interesting ‘Specials’.
PRICE RANGE
£5 - £20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Digital Payments, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

Walked in the pub where the owner/landlady was smoking outside. Not a great first impression. Went in to be told they were only doing roasts. At 1.15 they only had 2 chicken left. We ordered and sat out side with our drinks. The waitress called...us in to a very empty restaurant area where are meals were on the table. Lots of roast potatoes and some meat. We asked when veg was coming out to be told the had run out of veg the night before!!!!! We couldn’t believe it! We told them we didn’t want it. The landlady/owner did offer us to take meals free of charge but that wasn’t the point. We have been before but the fantastic chef they had has left! We’ll never go back. Needs a complete revamp and new chef!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

What a disappointment, all I can say is I feel sad. I did sooooooo much research looking where we could find the best Sunday lunch…. I stumbled across this place on trip adviser and after reading so many excellent reviews, I was so excited to...try this pub in a beautiful location. Sadly it wasn’t even mediocre. I have to start with the food. We ordered 4 vegetarian roasts and a plant based burger. The burger was dry and hard. The roasts, honestly I don’t know what to say- apart from it was the worst meal I have eaten in nearly 50 years! The chef came out to say he would have to freshly prepare the vegetable crumble, which he normally makes in advance. This made it sound yummy & extra special. However when it arrived 10 mins later it was sliced boiled carrots and broccoli florets covered in a glupey raw flour topping. ( this had to be scrapped off!!) The accompanying fresh vegetables were……….. sliced boiled carrots and broccoli florets! My partner joked we definitely had our 2 of our 5 a day! The roast potatoes were ok, the Yorkshire puds - very “ standard” & chewy - so I would be surprised if they were made in house! We decided to skip dessert! The pub was beautiful from the outside in a lovely location, but sadly the run down interior did not match its exterior. Everything felt a little grubby and a fatty greasy smell in the pub greeted you! On a positive note - the staff were friendly & dogs were welcome. In retrospect we should not have eaten such a poor meal and we should have sent it back to the kitchen, however I didn’t want to offend! I wish I’d taken photographs as our meal looked nothing like the other reviews on here! I feel fuming we spent almost £100 on a meal of such poor standard, we will definitely not be returning.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023

Good experience - friendly staff, good food and beer, pleasant ambiance. A world away from the bistro foody establishments that are all too prevalent. Good to see a large local crowd.. Recommended

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023

An immediate traditional air about this pub as you enter. Warm and friendly staff, we felt at home straight away. The menus was easy to read and straight forward. We had good food and no pressure to move on after coffee.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 22 August 2022

When booking a table for a meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary, I just asked if we could have a nice table. When we arrived we were ushered to a beautiful room illuminated by candles with a beautifully laid table with red hearts scattered on...it. We were introduced to our waitress Lesley who could not have been more attentive when serving our excellent meal. Cath and Andy the landlords should be nominated as hosts of the year. Thank you for making our evening special to your excellent team. We will be back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Andrew R, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2022

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are delighted that you had a pleasant evening and enjoyed our private room. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Best wishes, Andy, Cath and the rest of the team.

Reviewed 10 August 2022 via mobile

Last week we stumbled upon the Royal Oak whilst staying in Farfield for the weekend. It was incredible! Kath and Andy were absolutely delightful and couldn’t have been more hospitable. With food allergies I even spoke to the chef to ensure the Goats Cheese salad...would be okay.. it was delicious! We loved it so much we booked for the whole family to watch the rugby on Saturday and we had an even better time. If you are in the area then it is a must visit. Thank you for being so kind!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Andrew R, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2022

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves we enjoyed having you and your family! Best wishes, Andy, Cath and the team.

Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

We had a first class Sunday lunch here today - roast beef and Vegan Pie with fresh veg. Both were hot, delicious and portions were plentiful. Pudding to follow - home made apple crumble and chocolate fudge cake (both were light and lovely). Staff were...welcoming and very friendly. We will certainly come back again and try something from the extensive menu. Unfortunately, we were overcharging - 2 course Sunday lunch should be £14.99 (a deduction of £2 each on the sweet). To be fair to the staff, when I phoned up, they realised their mistake and gave me a credit of £4 back onto my card.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Andrew R, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2022

Thanks Jeremy. Sorry about the overcharge, we have had a few new staff recently and I’m pleased we sorted it out for you. Andy & Cath

Reviewed 28 May 2022

We ate here this evening for the first time in a number of years. Staff were friendly from the outset but the food was distinctly underwhelming. We ordered the creamy garlic mushrooms to share to start.....the mushrooms were well cooked and hot but had so...much garlic sliced among them and the bread was only toasted on one edge, the rest was soggy! I ordered ham and chips (no beans/peas or eggs) as a lighter meal but was given so many chips. Also the 2 slices of ham were obviously out of packet rather than cooked and carved and were thin and mediocre at best. My husband had the "gourmet chicken pie", with dauphonise potatoes and vegs, the pie was stone cold. On telling staff the plate was removed but the vegs were left on the table. The pie was clearly heated in a microwave and returned by which time I had virtually finished my meal and the vegs were cooler than they should have been, We opted not to order desert but asked for the bill. That bill didn't have any reduction in price but on asking my husband's meal was eventually reduced by half. The website prices are not what are shown on the menu......everything is £1 -£2 more expensive in reality. Finally the table was "sticky" and the flower vase held scummy water......neither were pleasant. Such a shame as the venue is in a lovely position. Sadly for us our evening was a real disappointment and we won't be returning.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 12 April 2022 via mobile

We had a great meal at this lovely pub. We received a really warm and friendly welcome including our dog. Brilliant food - huge portions. We’ll be back.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022

Thank you to the Royal Oak for home delivering our Sunday lunch today whilst recovering from Covid . The food is fantastic here . Matt the chef has recently won five stars for food hygiene . Cath and Andy are superb managers of the pub....More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 19 February 2022

Had a lovely meal during a busy Saturday evening with our five month old puppy. We were given a quiet corner of the pub and were greeted with a handful of dog biscuits for the hound. Friendly and fast service, welcoming staff and and overall...fantastic experience!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 15 January 2022

We booked here at the last minute. The pub was busy when we arrived but were swiftly shown to our table with a drinks order taken straight away. We ordered food and it arrived in good time, the steak which was at a good price...was as good if not better than I have had anywhere else. The staff were very busy but the service was excellent. I would definitely go again.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Andrew R, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2022

Thanks Jerry we’re pleased you had a pleasant visit. Hope you come back and see us again soon. Andy, Cath and the team.

Reviewed 13 November 2021 via mobile

We were recommended The Royal Oak by the receptionist at Tortworth Court Hotel, where we were staying with a big group of friends, as a nice pub within walking distance (25 mins) of the hotel. The food was good quality pub food, and just what...we needed for a Saturday lunch. Members of our party had the fish and chips, sausage and mash, pie, lasagne, shepherd’s pie, BLT sandwich, cheese and chutney sandwich and tomato and roast pepper soup. All were nicely presented and everyone scored their food a solid 8/10. The landlady and her staff were very pleasant and really added to the atmosphere of the pub.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 13 November 2021 via mobile

Sarah, Lesley and Matt (the Chef) hosted us superbly. We were a group of 11 staying at a local hotel wanting to walk to a pub for lunch. We started with drinks outside and were treated to fast and friendly service. We moved inside to...eat and the food was simple, fresh and of a very good standard. Not a gastro pub but just how a very good pub should be (with none of the fussiness or pretension). Worth a visit.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 8 November 2021

Called in as local hotel did not do a roast on Sunday. These guys had a table for us and the food was amazing the service was superb . A real pub doing what it does best. Thanks for looking after us, we were so...full we could not do Desserts.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Andrew R, Owner at The Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2021

Thanks for the nice review. It was a pleasure to have you we hope to see you again in the future. Andy, Cath and the team.

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Yes definetely in the bar area not sure on the restaurant!
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Give the Royal Oak a call on the number Nick supplied, they are very friendly and helpful and will answer your questions over the phone I'm sure - just don't call on a MONDAY as the pub's not open - the rest of the week is... More
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Booking advised but not essential. Meals are excellent and good value. Price is typical for good "pub grub".
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