Thoughtfully restored inn with a light, fresh décor, well stocked bar, good seasonal food and seats in garden; bedrooms
- Separate restaurant
- Sandwiches sold
Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-9 (8.45 Sun)
Typical main dish: Cornish hake with bubble and squeak cake and poached egg
Typical main dish price: £18.00
Average two course evening meal price: £24.00
- Speciality beers
- Cask ales
Price of cheapest bitter: £3.70
Name of cheapest bitter: Butcombe
- Dogs allowed in bedrooms
Number of bedrooms: 6
Bedrooms cost between £100 and £100
- Dogs allowed in the bar
- Dogs allowed in bedrooms
The good pub guide review
There's a gently civilised atmosphere to this part-thatched village pub that has been stylishly refurbished by the local community. Period features such as flagstone floors have been retained, but the feel is contemporary, with light uncluttered paintwork setting off locally made pale oak chairs, benches and tables, with chesterfield sofas by an inglenook fireplace. A row of stools line the white planked counter where helpful staff serve Butcombe Cliffehanger and guests from Box Steam and Flying Monk on handpump, 14 wines by the glass, ten gins and local cider and perry. There's also a good choice of teas and coffee; board games. The conservatory dining room, beautifully beamed and timbered, shares the bar's contemporary look, with exposed green-oak beams and floor-to ceiling windows. Doors open from here on to the terrace and garden, where there are rustic tables surrounded by chairs and benches. The six bedrooms are spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and up to date; breakfasts are very good. There are plenty of surrounding walks and places to visit.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable, imaginative food includes snacks (crispy polenta soldiers with mashed avocado, mini yorkshire puddings with mackerel pâté) plus slow-cooked beef croquettes with feta, sea bream tartare with sesame, nori and soy, roast venison with faggot, parsnip and pickled pear, butternut squash and cheddar dumplings, pub classics like burger and chips or rib-eye steak with grilled mushroom and chips, and puddings such as café latte pannacotta with amaretti and date and walnut sticky toffee pudding. There's also a weekday two- and three-course set menu.
We are a friendly, artisan country pub with delicious food, great wines, real ale and comfy beds. Tucked away in the charming village of Swallowcliffe, The Royal Oak is perfectly placed to explore the Wessex region, steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. Indulge in exquisite wines and our sumptuous, seasonal menu or simply pull up a stool and relax under our incredible oak beams at our bar with a local ale and tasty bar snacks in front of the fire.
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