This was our second visit to the Royal Oak and we were very glad we returned. This is the perfect pub for people like us - relaxed, friendly and very dog friendly with good, value for money food and a great selection of well-kept real ale. It's lovely to have such a warm welcome when travelling with your dog as this is not always the case when travelling about in the UK and they are part of the family after all!
The chef obviously makes an effort with his menus as there is a good choice on the standard menu and then a specials board that definitely takes into account what is in season. This time asparagus and strawberries both featured (not together!) and were not a disappointment. The mussels were really good too but, for my taste a little on the salty side.
We love the New Forest and frequently escape to this area in our motorhome so it is great to know that the Royal Oak is there providing a consistently great experience with all the individuality of a proper independent pub. Long may it continue.