Last Updated: 10 May 2017

On Tuesday 25 April, Mrs Troughton, the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, opened our 12 new rooms here at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak. The new venture is the result of significant investment and a growing partnership between us and pub owners, Arkell’s Brewery. To mark the opening, Mrs Troughton, Helen Browning and Arkell’s Brewery managing director, George Arkell planted two oak trees.

Helen Browning said, “Working with Arkell’s Brewery we hope to have created something really special here - bringing elements of the farm and beautiful Wiltshire countryside into each room. This is a really exciting moment for us. Not only can we welcome more visitors to the pub and Eastbrook Farm, but this new venture will create more jobs. At a time when many farms get by with very few people, I’m proud that this place is so alive and busy.”

Brewery managing director, George Arkell, said: “It’s been a long time in the planning but we’re delighted to be backing Helen Browning and Tim Finney. They’re long-standing tenants who have invested a huge amount of their own time and money building the trade over the last ten years or so. They’ve successfully created a destination pub in a really gorgeous part of Wiltshire, so it’s been a joint effort between the brewery and Eastbrook Farm to give the village and surrounding area a pub we hope they’ll be proud of.”

Named and themed after fields on the farm, the new bedrooms have been designed with strong eco-friendly credentials and two of the rooms are dog friendly. As a result of the new development Helen Browning’s Royal Oak will employ the equivalent of four additional full time staff taking the number of employees to over 35 across the businesses.

The 2 old B & B rooms at the pub are also being transformed into a multi-functional space for hotel and pub guests, serving a variety of purposes; an extra dining space - especially during busy days and summer, a glorious space to host business meetings or as a space for special events or private parties. It will host food and wine tastings as well as cookery demonstrations by our chefs.

The Wiltshire family brewery has also extended the kitchen and bar at Helen Browning’s Royal Oak and improved the car park and grounds.


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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

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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.