Last Updated: Friday, 08 February 2013 11:39

Pigstock 2012

Bishopstone’s premier music festival, Pigstock, attracted its usual motley crew of real ale drinkers, children young and old, and some reasonably talented musicians as well. Some say as many as 400 people attended (one of the neighbours said it was 400,000, in fruity language) and made the Royal Oak garden unbelievably beautiful and smelly!

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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2012 11:43

Giles Coren (Photo: Clara Molden)

Giles Coren in The Times on Saturday: ‘an absolutely blinding little pub in Bishopstone called The Royal Oak...wonderful dish of pork... perfect cheeseboard... great place to sit, brilliant books, totally marvellous.

‘For heaven's sake, go there, and take full toll of the menu... I will certainly be going back as soon as I can’.

For this we praise the Lord, as ever, and the fact that some of his bountifulness has rubbed off on a food writer who always entertains us, every week!!

Giles Coren Photo: CLARA MOLDEN

Last Updated: Friday, 03 August 2012 21:19

Tom Green is self appointed ‘customer of the year’, and Aintree bookies’ favourite.

No naked pictures at all on t’internet of anyone from Bishopstone, when I last looked.

Inventor of the year, Mr Russell Crowe, is about to show off his new creation to us. The installation art on the fireplace is his first commission for the pub, and it predicts bad weather in May.

Cleaner of the Year award goes un-won for seventh year in a row.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 July 2013 11:21

Great burgers and sausages, lovely salads, wonderful bread – yes, Helen Browning’s Flying Pig is rolling into a pub garden near you—our garden, in fact, just outside the windows here.

Junior chef Jordan Dwyer takes the reins for the summer (he currently makes all the puddings and some of the starters), starting this weekend, when it will rain, of course. Burgers and salads about £6.50; hot dogs a bit less; Friday early evenings, 5.00-8.00pm, Saturday, lunch till early supper, Sunday noon-5pm; cheaper versions for kids.

Last Updated: Friday, 03 August 2012 21:20

The pub cleaner just happened to miss a very small Higgs Bosun particle under the chair at table 5 this week – if she’d seen it, it would have saved European taxpayers about £15 billion, and the CERN collider would have been in Bishopstone, not all the way round Geneva.

She also missed some cold chips.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:01

Only one of the village residents was sent to prison last month, for aggressive behaviour and attempted arson we think.

The local mad inventor has created a Bishopstone on line weather station,, and some installation art in the pub, made of a piece of wood, four fir cones and a piece of string, is showing the weather inside the pub to be very warm and dry. The Royal Oak, at the heart of Helen Browning's organic farm here in Bishopstone, continues to burn logs at an alarming rate, from 10 am till midnight. It's by far and away the warmest place.

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Closed Mondays in February

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food noon to 2.30pm
*Not open for food on Mondays*

Evening service
food 6.00-9.30pm, Mon-Fri
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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.