Rural New Forest spot and part of a working farm; traditional rooms, log fires, seven real ales and simple lunchtime food
At weekends especially, this charming brick and cob thatched pub is packed out with locals, walkers, cyclists, families and dogs. It's right in the middle of the New Forest and part of a working farm so there are ponies and pigs out on the green and plenty of livestock nearby. Three neatly kept black beamed rooms are straightforward but full of proper traditional character, with prints and pictures involving local characters on the white walls, restored panelling, antique wheelback, spindleback and other old chairs and stools with colourful seats around solid tables on the oak flooring and two roaring log fires; both the chatty locals and the hard-working staff are genuinely friendly. The back bar has quite a few books; darts and board games. Up to seven real ales are tapped from the cask including one named for the pub (from Bowman), Flack Manor Double Drop, Keystone Large One, Ringwood Fortyniner, Sunny Republic Beach Blonde and Titanic Plum Porter. Also, ten wines by the glass (mulled wine in winter), 14 country wines, local apple juice and a September beer festival. Summer barbecues may be put on in the neatly kept big garden which has a marquee for poor weather and a pétanque pitch.
Good Pub Guide Food
The good value, limited food consists of wholesome soup, a particularly good pork pie, ploughman' s, quiche and sausages.
Bar food times: 12 - 2.30 (3 weekends) ; not evenings
I took Canadian relatives here as they wanted a Ploughmans lunch in the forest,I am so glad I chose The Royal Oak,the choice of Ploughmans was the best I have ever seen,stilton,local cheddar,mackeral,gammon three different types of bread in the bread basket along with pickles and chutney,we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and all went away full up!
The staff are all very friendly and I will definately be back!
Friday 05 February 2010 3:24:24 pm
This is better than good. Exactly what a pub should be. Food is not the main attraction here, it's very basic, but exactly right. A proper country" Local" and there aren't many of them left. Are there?
Thursday 23 October 2008 4:30:02 pm
Most certainly deserves award and can confirm hospitality and a fine selection of cask ales and two draft ciders what a choice the food is simlpe but suerb quality and local a great country bub!