Our glorious pub, The Royal Oak in Bishopstone, near Swindon
You’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.
Explore. 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.
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.
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. 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!
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