Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:41

Book Keeper - part time

We are looking for an enthusiastic, easy going, part time booker to join the team here at Eastbrook Farm, to help manage the books for our glorious pub, The Royal Oak and our new restaurant in Swindon, Helen Browning's Chop House. This is a new role and the successful candidate will work alongside our finance director and other members of the team to ensure accurate records are maintained for both establishments. You will require:

  • Book-keeping experience;
  • Extensive experience of using Sage and knowledge of Suppliers, Customers, Bank and Nominal modules;
  • Attention to details and numerical accuracy;
  • Broad understanding of different VAT supplies and related rates;
  • Confident communication skills in order to follow through with Pub and Chop House staff (who work offsite) for missing documentation or differences on the weeklies.

A full job description can be downloaded here. To apply please send a CV and short letter stating why you feel you would be a good fit for our business to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last Updated: Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:12

Our very own Helen Browning's Organic Hot Dog has won Best Innovative Sausage in the British Sausage Week Awards! We beat stiff competition from 500 butchers and retailers across the country and were presented with the gong by rugby legend Phil Vickery today at London’s prestigious Butchers Hall.

Read more: Organic Hot Dogs Hit GOLD in British Sausage Awards

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 17:44

Catering Mark Awards

Another gold star for the food here – a bit incestuous perhaps, but we always declare a conflict of interest. On this occasion, the Soil Association has awarded The Royal Oak a gold star under its Cateringmark scheme, one of only four pubs in the country to be recognised for sticking to its principles: Organic, local, seasonal.

And paying people on time, and being good eggs with a sense of humour.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:38

In case you missed Helen on Newsnight – and have not had your fill of the horsegate affair – you can view again by clicking on the 'Read more' button below. Do you agree/disagree with her/don’t care… she argued that horse meat (or camel meat, or any protein) might be used – no matter what the regs say – if people, starting with the supermarkets, refuse to pay for food to be produced and manufactured properly. And if you don’t trust the burgers, or your purse is stretched, eat less meat – but quality meat. Bold for a livestock farmer…

email us with your thoughts on this subject.

Read more: Helen speaks on BBC Newsnight

Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:51

Food For Life logo 

We are proud to say we have now become a member of the Soil Association’s ‘Food for Life’ catering mark supplier scheme that provides assurance to caterers on food and drink issues such as health, animal welfare and the environment.

Read more about the scheme on the Cost Sector Catering website or see the Soil Association’s website for more information.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:57

Wednesday September 26
food for £10 per head

Despite the pretty appalling weather this summer, there’s still an abundance in this village, this farm, and local areas people supply us from – an abundance others can only dream of. So let’s share it out a bit, at very reasonable prices, we thought. On September 26, from 7.00pm.

Read more: Village Feast, or let’s call it our own pub Harvest Supper


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opening times in the pub

Closed Mondays in February

Tuesday to Friday:
noon to 3.00pm
food noon to 2.30pm
*Not open for food on Mondays*

Evening service
food 6.00-9.30pm, Mon-Fri
*Not open for food on Mondays*

Open all day from noon to midnight
food noon to 3.00pm
and 6.00pm to 9.30pm

Open from noon to 8.00pm
food noon-4.00pm

We hope to see you!

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old faithful

how to find us:

Bishopstone is about 8 miles east of Swindon, 10 miles west of Wantage. In the village is a large duckpond. If the pond is on the right, the next lane on the left is Cues Lane. The Royal Oak is 50 yards down there on the right. The car park is beyond it and round the back.

Please be aware that unfortunately it is a difficult pub to access for disabled users, but our staff are willing to assist wherever possible and suitable. Call ahead and ask us, if you can.