Looking for lunch on a cold and rainy Sunday we noticed The Royal Oak at Lostwithiel did a Sunday carvery so we dropped in on the off-chance they could fit us in.
The car park is beside the rear entrance, which is handy for someone like myself who is a bit arthritic and cannot walk too far and when we went into the bar, I was instantly taken by the charming and eclectic mix of vernacular styles with rugs, flagstone floors and scrubbed table tops.
All the staff were very welcoming and helpful and it was lucky we were early as I noticed that all the tables in the restaurant and lounge were already reserved.
As a diehard foodie I am often difficult to please as I hate paying for something when I know I could have done better myself but the truth is the food was excellent. The roast beef just melted on the tongue, the cauliflower cheese had a good strong cheese flavour and all the other vegetables were cooked to perfection. And as the desserts were inexplicably free the whole meal was outstanding value at £16 for the two (not including drinks) - a refreshing change from the badly-cooked, over-priced food offered by some establishments.
The Royal Oak is a public house with letting rooms rather than a bona fide hotel or even a restaurant and this fact should be understood by visitors but what it offers in its warm, Cornish hospitality and superb cooking is impressive.
All in all The Royal Oak was a most enjoyable find … we’ll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 13Th Century Inn with original features; Listed stained glass windows and also a tunnel link to nearby Restormel Castle. Lostwithiel has a fascinating history & is a bustling, popular town on the River Fowey. Near to Lanhydrock House & Garden, The Eden Project, Heligan Gardens etc and south coast; Fowey, Looe, Charlestown and Mevagissey. The Royal Oak has newly refurbished, comfortable & spacious rooms, all en suite, together with a great pub restaurant & bar, popular with local & visitors alike. The chefs offer traditional pub food using fresh local produce. During the summer, you can enjoy the extensive, patio area in the dappled shade of a lovely willow tree. For cooler weather, there are 2 cosy wood burners providing a great comforting atmosphere in the bar, snug lounge and restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Oak Hotel Lostwithiel
- Royal Oak Lostwithiel
- Royal Oak Inn Lostwithiel, Cornwall