Situated just outside the buzz of the cross roads sits this little pub, with its lily reed roof, ample size garden, fire places and little windows, called the Royal Oak.
For sometime now, this has always been a site that catches one's eye as you drive through the village. Over the years i have seen this place have its fair share of dress ups and to this day, it remains proudly bold with good character and charm.
So with a fist full of change in my pocket, i parked up one day to venture in, needless to say i was surprised. Through the old victorian style latch door, i was greeted by a cosy landing proudly displaying the bar, to my right was a snug area with an open fire place and to my left a dining area, colours of purple and white splashed the room to a modern styling white a black and white chalk board proceeded to inform of todays catch.
I, like any punter, decided at this stage to wet my whistle as they say. Now i believe a true test of any landlord is his Guiness and his Ales. I am happy to report both were delightful and well kept. I browsed through the wine list and there is plenty to choose from with great selection of new and old world wines. The locals in this particular pub are very welcoming as is the landlord, Terry i believe.
Many moons passed and i once again return to this venue, this time to test out the food. Once again, i was amazed and happy. Now i must mention at this stage that i am a cook myself, so believe me when i say this is good. Freshly made food to order, hand cut chips, homemade pies, Amazing Pate ( Have now eaten both the Mackerel and the Liver ) and good filling burgers, all washed down with great beer and ale.
We have since had our xmas dinner her, lavish portions of great food and not one remark from a table of 12 chef's, merely full bellies.
If your looking for a country pub, one that has memories spread around it's walls with plaques of previous punters who have now left us to the big pub in the sky, dogs under each stool, a garden that is nicely tucked away and great eating, then this is a place to give a try. I certainly look forward to my next visit and to trying out the steak next.
Keep up the good work and the english pub alive.
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