It seems that there are 2 'pages' for the Oak so I thought I'd duplicate my original on here, just in case!
My family have been hauling ourselves (or rather, Tim and his rattly Landy have) backwards and forwards to the Oak since mid-2009. We’ve just moved ‘darn sarf’ after 3 years in the area and the one thing I’m going to miss horribly is this place.
I’ve probably seen the Oak at every conceivable time of day, any day of the week. The food is excellent. Good, wholesome, well cooked grub. So what if you get mashed root veg instead of colcannon? The pub gets in what’s fresh so you takes your chances. At least you’ve got some idea of where it’s come from, unlike the Plastic Pub 5 miles down the road. My favourites (I have to limit myself to 3 or I’ll be writing War and Peace) over the past 3 years have to be the moules, the pork belly and the amazing burgers. The kids’ meals are great. Fantastic bangers and not a baked bean in sight. Hooray!
The best part of this place, in my opinion, and what makes the food taste all the better for it, is the relaxed and friendly hospitality. The Ivy it is not. It feels as though you’re popping back to your mother’s where you can kick off your shoes, let your dog loll on the sofa by the fire, allow your kids free reign around the gardens and generally relax to the point where you really don’t want to go home. Every event is catered for here; we’ve had the odd Saturday lunch when we were kindly squished in at the bar area because we were stupid enough not to book; dropping in for a pint on Sunday afternoons; family evening meals when the kids were treated wonderfully; rowdy Sunday lunches with 15+ people causing mayhem at the bar; leisurely lunches with girlfriends; and very boozy work ‘dos’ where the reception drink was a ridiculously potent Oak invented concoction with a really thoughtful, delicious buffet (if you can reduce it to that). Every single time the girls (and the men!) serving us were fantastic. Not once have I had to ask twice for a drink, someone just appears as if by magic to check we’re OK.
So, we finally left the area and determined, to have our last meal in Wiltshire stuffing ourselves with their fabulous pork products at the Oak, we braved the mythical cockroaches (and mythical they absolutely are) and stayed in their accommodation. It was basic but perfectly comfortable and we had no complaints. Neither did our very precious hound who likes her home comforts more than her owners and lazed by the fire in the evening and enjoyed the very laid back ‘any time is fine’ breakfast. Bliss.
Thank you all at The Royal Oak. It’s been fun!
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