May 17

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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Jan 17

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..

Nov 14

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

Mar 13

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.

Feb 13

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

Dec 12

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.


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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.