The Royal Oak, Yattendon
A quintessentially English pub 10 minutes outsidef Newbury in a picturesque Berkshire village, with log fires for winter, a pretty walled garden and 10 boutique rooms.
If you’re looking for a stylish country pub with a fantastic selection of craft beers and wines, serving gastropub food – then you’ve found it here.
The Royal Oak is in the chocolate box pretty 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 pub extended in recent years to add The Orangery – a contemporary dining area with a bird’s eye view into the kitchen. The original bit of the pub retains its exposed beams and open fires and there are three private dining rooms (seating 8, 12 and 40 peopl ) and a lounge area with squishy sofas and chairs to sink back a few G&Ts in front of yet another fire. The atmosphere is relaxed, confident and cosy.
As for the garden, well it’s one of the best in Berkshire. A pretty walled space with pergola, cottagecore planting and plenty of outside seating. Fancy a bottle rosé when the sun shines? We can’t think of a prettier spot.
Once settled in here, you’ll struggle to get up. Good job they have 10 boutique rooms (all with gun cabinets) if you want to scoff, quaff and stagger to bed. They also won the Muddy Award for Best Boutique Stay in 2017 and 2018. The breakfast here is legendary, it’s worth booking up just to try it.
The Royal Oak, The Square, Yattendon, Berkshire RG18 0UF
01635 201 325
Monday: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Wednesday: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Thursday: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Friday: Lunch 12pm – 2.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Saturday: Lunch 12pm – 3pm / Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm
Sunday: Lunch 12pm – 6.30pm / Dinner 6pm – 9pm
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