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The Royal Oak - Pub in Oxfordshire

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High Street, Ramsden, Chipping Norton, OX7 3AU, Oxfordshire
England, United Kingdom

The Royal Oak Bookings
+44 (0)1993 868213(landline)

A proper old-fashioned Inn dating from the 1600s with beamed ceilings, low doorways and winding staircases up to comfortable bedrooms

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This lovely old pub sits in the heart of the village. Walkers, locals with their dogs and lovers of good food will be delighted to find its atmosphere unchanged in spite of much refurbishment, bringing it up to date without losing any history. It's still a warm, soulful place with crackling log fires, well-trained staff, local ales and a seasonal menu of classics. Food is taken very seriously, there is a private dining room to book and regular supper clubs. The restaurant has a more contemporary feel and from here an extension has full length windows opening on to the garden. Lovely to sit out here, pint in hand, wondering what to eat. Look out for live music events, join a 'Step into the Cotswolds' walk from the door or slump in a cosy armchair with a newspaper. It's a relaxed place.

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).
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.

Local points of interest from The Royal Oak Bookings:

Local points of interest from
The Royal Oak Bookings:

  • Blenheim Palace: Visit our nearby World Heritage Site with over 300 years of history, most notably the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stroll in Capability Brown’s landscaped garden and attend exhibitions, concerts, open-air cinemas and even jousting.
  • North Leigh Roman Villa: Take a walk around the local Roman ruins, previously a luxurious Roman courtyard villa in the Evenlode Valley, but now under the care of English Heritage and open to the public to explore.
  • Burford: In addition to our local market town of Witney and train station village of Charlbury, climb the high street of the historic, quintessential Cotswold village of Burford to view the beautiful surrounding countryside and visit the antique shops.
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park: Travel by mini train around the landscaped parkland to see over 260 species, including giraffes and rhinos. Stroke animals in the children’s farmyard, explore the adventure playground and feed the penguins in the walled garden.
  • Oxford: Explore the spires of one of the oldest, most famously beautiful English cities in the world. Visit the University Colleges, have a picnic and go punting down the River Cherwell and enjoy the arts of the theatres, galleries and Ashmolean Museum.
  • Farming: For those wanting a taste of the countryside be inspired, educated and connected to farmers at FarmED, pay a visit to Jeremy Clarkson’s infamous Diddly Squat Farm Shop and take the family to the historic Cogges Manor Farm in the heart of Witney.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Perhaps you come to The Cotswolds for the history, the walking, a visit to the lakes or even a tour round Blenheim Palace but the moment you set foot in The Royal Oak at Ramsden, you could very easily never leave. The familiar, cosy tables round the fireplace, delightful rooms and welcoming staff with amazing knowledge of local wine all feels like a home from home, albeit much more luxurious!"

Ellie - Sawday's Inspector, United Kingdom

May 2021

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Breakfast included in room rate. Dinner starters from £6, mains from £16, desserts from £7. Lunch also available.




High Street, Ramsden, Chipping Norton, OX7 3AU, Oxfordshire


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