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The Royal Oak Inn - Pub in Somerset

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Luxborough, Watchet, TA23 0SH, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Douglas Yiend
+44 (0)1984 641498(landline)

For walkers, dogs and those who love good home-grown food, dazzling wet rooms and delicious beds. Remote but on the Coleridge Way

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After a walk in Chargot Woods with the pooches, what nicer than to drop in at the Royal Oak? Douglas (ex Hotel du Vin) is slowly restoring this pleasing red stone pub in a deep green valley in the Exmoor Country Park. Step in to find blackened beams, ancient flags, a hotch-potch of pine tables, a rustic oak settle: this bar is the place to be, especially when the wood-burner is roaring. There’s a warren of rooms, a record player at the back, vinyl to play, and Latin lessons on Thursdays (Douglas knows how to keep the locals happy). As for the food, it comes with linen napkins and brings a smile to your face: mackerel quenelles with Melba toast; pheasant from the beat with allotment vegetables and crunchy roasties; apple crumble with custard, and cheeses with homemade chutney. The beer is good, the wines are global, the service is fabulous.

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).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Cash only
Credit or debit card payment not accepted.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.

Guest feedback
"I spent the weekend at the Royal Oak and it is a gem! The place and staff are welcoming, friendly and professional. I stayed in room 7 which was nice, peaceful and comfy. The pub is my idea of what a countryside pub should be, fire going, happy locals, friendly owner. I loved the idea of the LPs and the pool table in the back room. The food is super good, I think I finally had the best creme brulee in the UK! I went walking around, thanks to the owner who gave me some advice and a book of walks, the area is simply stunning. Absolutely recommend it and will go back. "

Elise - London, United Kingdom

November 2016

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Bar snacks available. Starters from £4.75. Mains from £11. Sunday lunch, 2-3 courses, £14-£16.


Mondays all day.


Luxborough, Watchet, TA23 0SH, Somerset


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