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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 the Muddy Award for Best Boutique Stay in 2017 and 2018.

3 comments on “The Royal Oak, Yattendon”

  • kate April 29, 2018

    The Royal Oak has been a reliable destination to eat for us over the years, but we were disappointed with it last night (28.4.18) because 2 items on the menu were no longer available (and it’s not a large menu so this narrowed down the options considerably) and we had to send our main courses back because they weren’t hot enough. Second time round they were hotter, but we were overall somewhat disappointed with the experience. The restaurant wasn’t full so they were hardly rushed off their feet.

    • rachel April 30, 2018

      Hi Kate, Oh no. Sorry you were disappointed. I’ll pass on your comments to the Oak. Rachel x

  • Rob McGill April 30, 2018

    Hi Kate
    Rachel has passed on your comments to me
    I am distraught that neither your nor my expectations were met when you dined at the Royal Oak on Saturday, and offer my sincere apologies
    We are generally an honest bunch of guys trying to do an honest job, but sometimes when we mess up we have to hold up our hands and say a heartfelt sorry
    It can happen that we run out of one or two dishes from time to time – our menu is quite big in an attempt to appeal to as many tastes and budgets as possible, so our stock holding is not massive…hence if we have a run on one dish then we can run out. The Saturday lunch was particularly busy which was why we were a bit short on Saturday night. However I take your comments on board and am very sorry that it marred the enjoyment of your evening
    What is more inexcusable though is the delivery of dishes which were not piping hot – many apologies. The kitchen was not particularly busy as you rightly say, but mistakes do sometimes happen. My only wish when we do make mistakes is that the mistake was rectified to your satisfaction and that apologies were sincere and forthcoming
    Kate I would hate to think that you leave with an indelibly negative impression of the Royal Oak, so in attempt to restore some faith and as a gesture of goodwill I would be delighted to offer you lunch or dinner for 2 on me – no strings attached, just a friendly offer to try and right a wrong and to be able to apologise in person….let me know if you would like to take me up on the offer
    In the meantime sincere apologies again, and we all hope to see you again soon


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