Good Food Guide 2010-2015.

Sawdays' 'Special Places' 2009-2015

The Times June 2015: The Food Editor's Top ten places in the UK where I choose to eat  (Royal Oak, no 2)

The Times July 2014: Giles Coren's top fifty places in the UK where he would spend his own money! (Royal Oak no 37!)

The Good Pub Guide, various years, for our clean excellent real ales. But they charge you for entries, so we're not interested.

The Oldie, June 2015 'Royal Oak...Bullshit free zone'



Look at Trip Advisor – you will see for yourself whether you 'get us' or not. There seems no middle ground here – we are either exactly what you want, or exactly what you don't want!


The food was fabulous, the service informal and very attentive and the garden and surroundings a delight.
Thanks very much not only for a fantastic meal, lovely environment, cheerful and witty service, packing up my leftovers for the cat but also for posting on my forgotten coat (with no charge to boot). I wish I lived next door to your glorious pub ... it's one of the few places in the world I can happily eat meat ... but I would be a very fat little piggy if I did.

Nothing was too much trouble, which is excellent, especially when there are 6 fussy women to cater for!

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Thank you for our lovely day out on the Farm tour. It was marvellous to see happy pigs romping about in natural surroundings and cows so lovingly cared for.

We had a wonderful lunch in a very convivial setting and then lazed about in the pub garden all afternoon listening to live music. The weather was lovely and the setting is beautiful. We had one of those perfect summer days that remain in the memory and the seductive magic of Eastbrook and Bishopstone bid us linger.

Farming, and especially organic farming, will never make anyone rich. Eastbrook Farm is clearly about so much more than making money. The passion and commitment of everyone involved is very apparent. It is uplifting to know that there are people dedicating their lives to producing great food in a humane and sustainable way. Helen is of course an inspirational and pioneering figurehead in the organic movement. The rest of us are fortunate indeed that you hae dedicated your life to this cause.

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I just wanted to send a quick email of thanks to everyone at the Royal Oak for the delightful stay my mother and I had there ten days ago. Back in New York now and dreaming of running away to join you... The beds were comfy and the food and wine were simply fantastic.

We had to walk a few extra miles along the Ridgeway to make up for that.


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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

We hope to see you!

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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.