Royal Oak Pub & Rooms
A gently eccentric English pub and mini-hotel set amid 1500 acres of mostly spectacular organic farmland, with bits of woodland and water, high ground and low ground, and our own 9 mile boundary, so you hardly need to leave the place; 2000 head of free ranging livestock to help to feed you; 12 interesting bedrooms styled on some of our farm fields, a large garden and decks for eating and drinking outside, and stunning private picnic and lounging spaces spread between our hedges, old buildings, ponds and streams. Our own football field.
Glory be, a Swindon postcode, but you’d never know it once you’re here. We occupy a stunning part of the Wiltshire Downs, with wide open spaces; The Ridgeway, the ancient national trail dating back 5000 years, crosses our land. Head west or east. Take the walks and cycle paths north and south of it. Find white horses, burial chambers and Iron Age forts.
We think we’re quite an interesting left field choice for a bit of holiday fun, or a simple overnight stop, although we do say it ourselves. A place to be busy, or a place to do nothing. Happy to look after singles, couples, city weekend refugees, families and dogs, among other things. This is a place for fun. No preachy pious hair shirts here.
From super luxury rooms where you could almost spend the rest of your life, to cosy smaller spaces for shorter stops. Each room fashioned around one of our fields, with textures, colours and our own range of small indulgences.
Food & Drink
Simple, hearty, generous, seasonal – and organic. Most of it where possible from our own farm; short menus evolving daily. Nothing pretentious. We’re quite simple folk. Meat, milk, bread, some fruit and nuts, honey – all this raw stuff produced in the fields around you. Local beers from Arkells, craft brewers 6 miles away, organic soft drinks, and interesting organic wines and fizzes from Europe and South America. Read more
Garden & Deck
Room to feed 100 of you outside without sitting on each other’s laps, so to speak, unless you choose to. Can be disappointing if it’s raining, of course.
The garden is like any garden – changes with the seasons, from a riot of colour to beautiful autumn soothing shades. The furniture can be a bit rustic. Pizza oven, Argentinian grill and BBQ to look after you if you choose.
Intelligent on the whole. The landlord can be a bit daft from time to time. We don’t generally take people on who’ve had too much formal training.
We look for smart people who listen, engage and learn, whether they are cooking for you, serving you or making your bed. It generally works.
This is the foundation of everything we do. If we weren’t food producers, we wouldn’t be publicans and hoteliers. We like to feed people from the 1500 acres that Helen and her gang farm so beautifully and productively.
9 miles of boundary, 50 acres of trees, plenty of waymarked walks from 1 mile to seven miles; places to stop, sit, lounge and look. Livestock and wildlife to marvel at and occasionally entertain you.
During your stay
If the wonderful surroundings and acres of farm aren’t enough, or maybe just too much, we’ve got a whole range of activities and experiences running through the year suitable for all ages.
Whether you’re looking to learn your saddleback from your large white on farm safari, want to spend the night camping on our wild campsite or perhaps prefer a nice picnic on the downs – we’ve got something for everyone! Read more
How to find us
Geographically, we’re 5 miles off the M4; 60 miles from the M25; 45 miles from Bristol; 25 miles from Oxford, 20 miles from the serious Cotswolds. 8 miles from Swindon station. And we’ll collect you from the station if you need us to in our trusty, scruffy red safari Land Rover.
We’re still learning how to do everything better, even after 14 years.