Helen Browning's Royal Oak

Pigs, pies, pints and pillows. We are a dining pub with rooms in the middle of our own organic farm in the village of Bishopstone. Great service, informally, and a welcome as if it’s your own front room. Our 12 new luxurious rooms open late March, the perfect place to unwind in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

a warm welcome at the Royal Oak

Lunch in the pubYou’ll eat (and sleep) well here. Generous organic food from our farm or our neighbours. A menu that changes most days and always with the seasons. All accompanied by excellent local ales, wines, gins and juices. Our family, friends, and farm workers have shared meals and beers here for 10 years and we only serve the food and drink that we enjoy ourselves.

Stay with us. Our 12 luxurious rooms are a world away from the crowd, with their own doors off a sunny, shared courtyard. Sleep deeply in crisp cotton bedding. Each unique room is named and themed after a field on our farm here at Eastbrook, a perfect place to unwind in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. A hearty breakfast to set you up for your day, whatever it holds, and high speed wifi to keep you connected.
Book a room online or call 01793 790481

Food from the farm. Depending on the time of year we serve our own beef and veal, occasionally our own lamb, and always our own pork, and bacon, sausages and eggs. Our milk comes via Berkeley Farm five miles away – they process our milk, and we buy it back as pasteurised milk and cream, plus staggeringly yellow butter! Veg is direct from our friends at Westmill Organics a few miles down the road.

Dogs and muddy boots welcomeExplore. Circular walks to The Ridgeway National Trail that runs across our (tenanted) 1,400 acre organic farm start from our front door. Our farm boundaries to the south give access to thousands more acres of open land, criss-crossed with paths and bridleways, and the glories of pre-historic Wiltshire and Oxfordshire lie all around us. At the right time of year there’s a proper fire to come back to and always newspapers, magazines, books to borrow. Dogs and muddy boots welcome.

This is your place to enjoy. Just a medium stone’s throw from Swindon station, with easy access to London and The Cotswolds. We’ll collect you from the station in our old red Land Rover, where possible; just call and ask.

Nice words.
Loved by Good Food Guide and Good Pub Guide, 2009-2017.
Alastair Sawdays Special Places, 2009-2017, Gold Award Winner 2010.
The Times food editor’s second favourite place to eat in the UK, in June 2015
1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die
Compassion in World Farming – Good pig award 2016

Our suppliers. We use food from our organic farm wherever possible, don't miss our organic pork and veal; but we also like Laverstoke Park for its buffalo milk products; Butts Farm grass fed beef when our own is in short supply; Sophie Stoye and Dai Wilson's organic lamb; Clive Hill’s mutton; Westmill Organics for the veg; Wing Fish at Newlyn for their careful fish supplies – we trust Rob Wing not to sell us anything endangered, and we chat to him often about his cod policies! Neighbours for their watercress, rhubarb, courgettes, broad beans, runner beans, lettuce, by the wheelbarrow load, sometimes.

Drinks. Always four superb changing real ales from Arkell’s, including an organic Bees; sometimes ale from Donnington Brewery; organic soft drinks and cordials from Belvoir, Big Tom and others; organic wines from Vintage Roots – huge commendations for their Malbec house red and their glorious Fleury champagne; a superb range of gins (Hendricks, Gordons, Juniper Green, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire) and whiskies, usually at least a dozen blends and malts.

Fast work at The Royal Oak

What we’re good at.

Parties. Generous, gregarious, noisy, chatty, semi private or public, bespoke. Just ask. From two of you to 45 of you. And garden barbecues if you like. Our default answer is usually 'yes'.

Sport, cars, literature and politics. We host suppers previewing the major cricket series, and this autumn, the Rugby World Cup; we love writers talking over lunch about their books (there are possibly 250 books and intelligent periodicals in the place to borrow). Classic car days; track days, our own private affairs; occasional music, always local, and surprisingly talented people who want to play here. Pigstock in August is usually fun.

Pig racing

Pig Racing. Yes, the world renowned International Pig Racing Festival is held here annually, always the last weekend of May or the first weekend of June. Ten great pigs, one trainer, on line betting, road closures, and beer; a great mix for an entertaining (English) day out. Often as many as 600 people will give up their Sunday to watch this farce!

 

Keep in touch. We run a busy Facebook page that will keep you updated and amused with events past and future, strong opinions, glorious photos.

 

Quirky bits

    • The bartering system – in an average year, as many as 20 or so local villagers and Swindonians trade bags/sacks/buckets/boxes of their home grown produce for our food and drink. We keep a book.
    • Garden – not completely manicured; eclectic non-matching furniture. A summer marquee permanently erected April-September for your parties, straw bale furniture and old sofas to lounge on. Flighty hens; rope swing for children; traditional wooden wendy house for small kids during daylight hours, and young teenagers after dark. Beautiful random roses, rare thistles, lavender and herbs.
The Royal Oak garden
 
  • Dogs – the more the merrier, if they behave as well as their owners.
  • Staff – just great. They think this is their place, they want to put their stamp all over it, and the place is better for it.
  • Children – bespoke food most of the time, if that’s what they want or all they will eat.

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Pub hotline: 01793 790481

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opening times in the pub

Closed Mondays in February

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

Evening service
6.00-11.00pm
food 6.00-9.30pm, Mon-Fri
*Not open for food on Mondays*

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

Sunday
Open from noon to 8.00pm
food noon-4.00pm

We hope to see you!

  See our typical menus  

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.

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