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The Royal Oak Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Luxborough B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The location is fantastic, if you manage to find the place. It is not in Luxborough, it is in Kingsbridge. The online directions are totally inadequate.

The quality of the breakfast was extremely variable, depending which cook was on duty.

When one books a small double room one at least expects to have somewhere to put some clothes and at least a shelf in the bathroom for a toothbrush. This room had nothing.

The bed was uncomfortably hard.

For what was provided this hotel was ridiculously expensive

Room Tip: Don't go for the small double room unless you have absolutely no baggage
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Pre-shoot dinner bed and breakfast for 14.

Private room for very filling and tasty dinner of wide variety. Drive in Somerset breakfast.

Excellently kept Cotleigh Tawny and Exmoor ales and top rated malt whiskey collection.

Well worth the long and sometimes tortuous drive.

No mobile reception - escapist bliss!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sm0ky
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

Having stayed at The Royal Oak on two previous occasions, we were looking forward to re-visiting for a third. Unfortuntately, other than the Inn being the same building, very little of the previous qualities were in evidence. The most disappointing feature of all was the food which was once superb and locally sourced. It has now sadly been replaced by bland, bulk-bought fare, lacking in any imagination or taste; simply not good enough when better quality options are in plentiful supply. No-one should have to endure sachets of sauces, half a plate of oven chips and flat soft drinks. Having once served wonderful breakfasts, what is now produced is simply unacceptable for an Inn charging £80 per night. Although the room rates have remained the same, this cannot be said of the upkeep of the Royal Oak. What was once a comfortable, cosy and welcoming place to stay now needs someone to take it over who is willing to spend the the effort and money required to get it back to it's previous high standard. The rooms and public areas are desperately in need of some TLC as they now have a slightly tired and faded appearance to them. The lack of atmosphere in the once bustling local bar speaks for itself. The present landlord is obviously doing the best he can with the resources he has but sadly this is not good enough and somebody needs to salvage the situation before the Oak's previously hard won reputation is gone for good.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Earlybird2013
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Until last autumn this was a great. favourite. The situation is quiet, scenic and with a babbling brook. It was a local inn with small capacity where you could chat with the staff and the proprietors, enjoy the open fire, the peace and tranquility. Sadly the former owners have departed, and whilst a skeleton staff struggle bravely to keep the place ticking over, there is little beyond the location to attract the visitor. The welcome remains warm, and the key staff do their best. That said, the choice of beers and wine is minimal - with the wine choice scandalously small. The evening menu is starkly simple, relying on a few meats and what appear to be standard frozen vegetables. The small rooms are quite adequate and comfortable enough for a night or so. Breakfast bacon is surely a bulk purchase, and frozen or canned mushrooms are unforgivable. Bread is plastic. The clear indication that this is a caretaker situation before the property is sold on is the unkempt state of the once pleasant frontage garden. Think twice before booking, and hope that a new broom approach will appear soon to restore the Royal Oak to its once-proud position as an outstanding inn.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed the night here when walking the Coleridge Way and were given a warm welcome, lovely room and good honest pub grub. Hope this place stays open - it is perfectly situated for the 3 day walk from Nether Stowey to Porlock and in a charming village.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank HertsWheels
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Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Our 3rd visit to the Oak for an evening meal found new owners.

The food was formulaic pub food that was reasonably cooked. I had burger which looked very bought in, the meat was entirely uninteresting, my wife Cajun chicken - similar Both came with chips that looked and tasted good, the best thing on either plate.

Beer well kept, Sauvignon blanc tasted as though it had been open too long.

Perfectly friendly service, but,
Sorry to say it was entirely forgettable. :-(

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank Factor21
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

First thing to say is that the young barman and the manageress/cook were both brilliant - very friendly and very helpful. Our main problem was the complete lack of atmosphere on the night we stayed. Apparently the local farmers were all silaging so it was understandably quiet. Quiet we don't mind, but totally silent and empty was just depressing! Some low background music would have helped immensely. We would certainly have left if there had been anywhere else within walking distance but, having had a couple of drinks, we were stuck for the evening. With no TV set or wifi reception (so no internet radio) in our room, it would have been just as morgue-like back there. Until a handful of locals came in just before closing time, we were the only customers all evening. The pub can't help that of course and if you like total silence then this would have suited you well, but it didn't us.
As for food, dinner was pretty ordinary - not much choice and rather uninteresting - but breakfast was a different thing entirely. The full English, coffee, toast etc were all absolutely superb. Based solely on friendliness of staff and the breakfast this would be 5-star, but some little things made for a slightly frustrating stay. Besides lack of atmosphere, little things like putting a sign on the hotel entrance (which was locked) saying ignore the large closed sign on the bar door and go in there. (We had to phone from the call box across the road!) Or making sure there are toilet rolls in all the toilets, bins in the bedrooms are empty and that serviettes and spoons are provided at breakfast. It wouldn't have taken much to check all this and make for a much more satisfying stay.

Room Tip: If you need a room with a shower (we were happy with a bath), check that there is one.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Royal Oak Inn

Address: nr. Dunster, Luxborough, Exmoor National Park TA23OSH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Luxborough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Luxborough
Price Range: $50 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the lovely village of luxborough. The Royal Oak is surrounded by some of the most Beautiful countryside in the British Isles.With recently refurbished accommodation this Inn has sat in this picturesque landscape since the 14th century. Inside, this building boosts original flagstone and cobble stone flooring coupled with stone walls and open beams which give the building an unrivalled character. ... more   less 
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The Royal Oak Hotel Luxborough
The Royal Oak Inn Luxborough, Exmoor National Park

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