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The Royal Oak, Yattendon

Muddy says: This stylish country pub has a rep for good food. Plus it’s the Muddy Award winner for Best Boutique Stay 2017, so why not sleepover.

Victorian red brick exterior of the village pub and hotel The Royal Oak, Yattendon, Berkshire

If you’re looking for a stylish country pub with a fantastic selection of craft beers and wines, serving fine food – then you’ve found it here.

The Royal Oak is in the chocolate box village of Yattendon, West Berkshire, a short drive from the M4 and A34. It sits within Lord Iliffe’s 9,000-acre estate surrounded by fields and woodland. It very much describes itself as a locals pub, but the locals in this neck of the woods are whip smart and know good grub when it hits them in the lamb chops.

The red brick exterior suggests a warm, rural charm within. And it doesn’t disappoint. The atmosphere is relaxed,  confident and cosy. There are several separate areas to choose from  – the large main eating area (above) with not one but TWO roaring fires, the attractive snug/bar area, three private dining rooms (seating 8, 12 and 40 people ) and a lounge area with squishy sofas and chairs to sink back a few G&Ts  in front of yet another fire.

Once settled in here, you’ll struggle to get up. Good job they have 10 cracking boutique rooms (all with gun cabinets) if you want to scoff, quaff and stagger to bed. They also won this year’s Muddy Award for Best Boutique Stay.

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