The Royal Oak | Pub in Hampshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Royal Oak - Pub in Hampshire

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Fritham, Lyndhurst, SO43 7HJ, Hampshire
England, United Kingdom

Neil & Pauline McCulloch
+44 (0)23 8081 2606(landline)

An ale-lover and rambler’s joy. Dog-friendly, ancient and thatched, with huge fires or the large garden for fun in any weather

Small, ancient, thatched and secluded is this ale-lover's retreat. No fruit machines, but lots of bonhomie. Locals chat around the bar; ramblers and dogs drop by. Huge fires crackle through the winter, demanding you linger. Neil and Pauline McCulloch believe in local produce and deliver honest, unpretentious pub lunches: ploughman's with homemade pâté, French-dressed local crab, sausages from a local butcher, no chips. Though rustically simple, the three small rooms are perfect, with pale boards, solid tables and spindleback chairs, darts, dominoes and cribbage. Five local beers are drawn from the cask, including Hop Back Summer Lightning and Royal Oak by Bowman ales. There's more: a large garden for barbecues and a beer and food festival in September. Pub heaven?

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

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Lunch only, £6-£10.50.


3pm-5.30pm; open all day Jul-Sept. Open all day Sat & Sun.


Fritham, Lyndhurst, SO43 7HJ, Hampshire