Visited today with friends after walking around Exbury Gardens. By the way gardens absolutely stunning - azaleas & rhododendrons fantastic - camellias not at their best. Anyway, I digress - we had walked for hours and were ready for sustenance. Never visited the Royal Oak before but we were all hungry and this was the first pub we found. We sat in the garden as the sun was shining- making the most of good bank holiday weather - and ate our ploughmans. The salad was fresh - no curling lettuce leaves - the bread was warm and crusty - the pickle was sharp and fruity and the cheese was full bodied and tasty. Although the pub was very busy the meal was served quickly by polite bar staff. Not a cooked meal as such but what we had was very nice and we would probably return if passing that way again.
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