The Royal Oak Pub with rooms in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • A gem on the edge of Tetbury
  • Simple, uncluttered, authentic bar
  • Very community and event focused
  • Super rooms with one showstopper
  • Great food and drink & lovely owners
  • Oak Cantina (Airstream) in garden

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Overview

The Royal Oak Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8EY

The personal touch

The Royal Oak on the edge of gorgeous Tetbury dates from the 17th century and is looking spruce these days after a top-to-toe refurbishment. They’ve hung on to the best period bits, of course, keeping the soul of the place intact and maintaining a simple, rustic feel; the place has been used as a film location before now, and it’s easy to see what attracted the eye of the location scout. The woody interior includes a salvaged oak bar, created from panelling from a Methodist church, and reclaimed oak floorboards, while the equally understated upstairs dining area is opened up to the rafters. With music and comedy sessions (check out the Art Deco piano), regular quiz night and even a DIY Bloody Mary bar every Sunday, expect a good atmosphere. The bar and restaurant menus deal in upright British stuff showing some broader European influences, and if you’re up for something a little more spicy, check out the Airstream trailer in the garden – the Oak Cantina – which dishes out Tex-Mex classics during the summer.

Sticky fingers

The Royal Oak is a family-friendly inn with a dedicated children’s menu and smaller portions of everything on the menu available at half price.

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome in the bar and the three ground-floor rooms, but not in the first-floor restaurant.

Alfresco

The Oak Cantina is a snazzy Airstream trailer in the garden serving up Tex-Mex cuisine, and there’s a covered bike rack, which can double up as an outdoor bar. There’s a boules piste outside, too, and in summer there are more outdoor games such jenga and jumbo-sized Connect 4.

What’s on?

The Royal Oak is a community-focused inn with their own Oakstock Festival in early August, where you can enjoy lots of live music from well-known artists, alfresco food from the Oak Cantina, plus plenty for the kids, from face paintings to glitter masques. They also participate in Tetbury’s famous woolsack races, and not to mention the occasional wassail and morris dance. They host ‘meet the maker’ evenings, too, when wine producers, brewers etc. introduce their wares to enthusiasts and anyone keen to learn a bit more, and Sunday evening is pop-up music night when it’s time for a bit of live boogie-woogie piano or bluegrass. They sponsor the Veloton cycle team based in the town and are signed up to the Cotswold electric bike network.

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles; £85-£150; (weekends £100-£180 – minimum 2-night stay).

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar and one room
  • Large free car park behind pub

Gongs
Cotswold Food & Life Food & Drink Awards: Neighbourhood Pub of the Year 2014

Sleep

The Royal Oak Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8EY

Do not disturb

All of the six bedrooms can be found in a separate building just across the courtyard from the pub, and each has a contemporary finish with neutral colour tones and comfy Hypnos mattresses. The pick of the bunch is the first-floor Oak Lodge with its exposed roof timbers, Juliette balcony and wood-burning stove, with an extra couple of single beds on a mezzanine level making it ideal for family groups. One of the three ground-floor rooms has disabled access, and all three are dog-friendly, with the three above accessed via an external stone staircase. The smart bathrooms have under floor heating, Travertine tiles and some exposed stone, with Victorian-style fixtures and fittings and spacious power showers.

Creature comforts

Bramley organic toiletries; thick white towels; chocolate tiffin from the Lazy Day Bakery; filtered water.

Gadgets

All rooms have flatscreen TVs but a couple have mirror TVs.

What’s for Breakfast?

Fresh juices and homemade muesli; croissants; cured meats and local cheeses; Oak Vegetarian breakfast: vegan sausage, grilled tomato, avocado, baked beans, mushroom and fried bread; Dairy, soya and almond milk available

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles; £85-£150; (weekends £100-£180 – minimum 2-night stay).

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar and one room
  • Large free car park behind pub

Gongs
Cotswold Food & Life Food & Drink Awards: Neighbourhood Pub of the Year 2014

Eat & Drink

The Royal Oak Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8EY

Mastering the menu

Head chef Richard Simms and his team are an industrious bunch delivering dining options that cover a lot of basis. Lunch can be a ciabatta filled with organic bacon or a salad of beetroot and smoked pumpkin, with burger options that include a vegan version or a meat fest with organic Pennyhooks Aberdeen Angus beef. Vegetarian and vegan possibilities are indicated as such on the menu, and they’re proper stuff, too, with creative and hearty options that will likely appeal to meat eaters on a day off. The first-floor restaurant is as unadorned and unaffected as the bar below, with chunky beams and plenty of room between the simple wooden tables; tuck into small plates (or starters) such as fried duck egg and sour dough soldiers with chicory and crisp Parma ham, or an organic steak special of the day served with peppercorn sauce, salad and hand-cut fries. There’s a good showing of organic ingredients on the menu, plus a genuine local flavour, and locals will especially appreciate the Workers’ Pot, which is an early-bird option (5pm-6.30pm) consisting of a one-pot stew served with bread or rice. There are tables outside if the weather is up to snuff, where you will find an Airstream trailer – the Oak Cantina – dishing out Tex-Mex classics.

On the menu

Soused Cornish mackerel & apple salad with mustard crème fraiche
Warm salad of grilled chicken, crispy bacon, free range egg, avocado and parmesan
Porcini and herb burger on a brown bun with hand-cut fries and seeded coleslaw
Ale battered fish of the day, hand-cut fries and tatar sauce

Roast pollock with cocotte potatoes, red pepper puree and lime dressing
Chocolate and sea salt tart with raspberries and raspberry sorbet

Sunday Roasts

Roast topside of organic Aberdeen Angus beef
Roast free-range chicken with stuffing & bread sauce
Sweet potato nut roast with rosemary gravy

Foodie Extras

If you’re after something a little different, head into the garden where an Airstream trailer has been styled as the Oak Cantina and serves up Tex-Mex food made with local ingredients.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8:30am – 10am (9am – 10:30am weekends)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (5pm Sunday)
Workers’ Pot Monday to Friday 5pm – 6.30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm-9.30pm (no food Sunday evening)

Local, local, local

Seafood – New Wave Seafood
Aberdeen Angus Beef – Pennyhooks Care Farm (supporting young people with Asperger’s syndrome)
Dairy – Woefuldane Organic Dairy (www.woefuldanedairy.co.uk)

Behind the bar

The bar is well stocked with real ales offering the likes of Bath Ales’ Gem, Stroud Brewery’s Tom Long and Big Cat, and Moor Beer’s So’Hop. The award-winning local chaps at Severn Cider provide the apple action. There’s a good selection of vegan and organic wines on the list, and if you’re after something a little stronger, there’s spirits such as Chase Marmalade vodka and their own DIY Bloody Mary’s on a Sunday.

Bar snacks

Homemade hummus with warm flatbreads
Trealy Farm charcuterie
Chilli nuts

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (11.30pm Friday and Saturday; 12 noon – 11pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles; £85-£150; (weekends £100-£180 – minimum 2-night stay).

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar and one room
  • Large free car park behind pub

Gongs
Cotswold Food & Life Food & Drink Awards: Neighbourhood Pub of the Year 2014

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Royal Oak

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Veloton, 22 Market Place, Tetbury GL8 8DD

This cool new shop may specialise in top-of-the-range bicycles and clothing for cyclists, but it also has its own tiny cafe serving some of the best coffee in the area, served with milk from a local dairy and homemade cakes.

3

New Wave Fish Shop, 40 Dyer Street, Cirencester GL7 2PF

Being in landlocked Gloucestershire is no excuse to miss out on the best and freshest fish and seafood and New Wave fishmongers stocks a fantastic selection sourced directly from Devon, Cornwall and Shetland. The shop also sells a range of local and seasonal produce, such as Cotswold game, Wye Valley asparagus, and wild mushrooms.

4

Made By Bob, 26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

In the heart of Cirencester located in the former Roman Corn Hall building, this exceptional restaurant and deli attracts discerning foodies from all over the Cotswolds. Owner/chef Bob Parkinson previously worked under the great Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum restaurant in London and is regarded as one of the best chefs in the region.

5

Jesse Smith Butchers, Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AA

Set in one of Cirencester’s ancient streets, Blackjack Street, just off from the church, this well-stocked butchers specialises in locally sourced meats including Hereford beef and Gloucester Old Spot pork. A selection of roast meats, cheeses and olives is also available.

6

The Trouble House, Tetbury, GL8 8SG

For years a pub with as troubled a reputation as the name suggests, this roadside building on the busy London Road between Tetbury and Cirencester is now a smart and elegant cafe with low beams and open fires. Enjoyable home cooked food is served all day, including Sunday lunchtime, and the afternoon teas and cakes come highly recommended.

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Stroud Brewery, Stroud GL5 2BU

This award-winning brewery runs tours every last Friday of the month and it also has brewery bar (open Fri/Sat 3pm-11pm) servings its beers along with handmade breads from a local bakery, pizzas and live acoustic music.

8

The Organic Farm Shop, Cirencester GL7 5HF

Two miles from Cirencester on the B4425, this award-winning organic farm specialises in grass-fed beef, which is sold in the farm shop along with organic veg, local dairy products and much more. A daily-changing menu in the cafe includes lots of veggie options, with 'meat as a treat' Sunday lunches featuring beef from the farm.

9

Jolly Nice, Frampton Mansell GL6 8HZ

Located at the old White Horse filling station between Stroud and Cirencester, this farm shop and diner is run by local ice cream maker Harriet Wilson, whose award-winning frozen delights are available alongside local organic veg, milk, rare-breed meat and artisan bread. As well as the ice cream, stop at the cafe for excellent coffee, sourdough toasties, bacon rolls and burgers made from local beef.

10

House of Cheese, 13 Church Street, Tetbury GL8 8JG

Established in 1982 this tiny, award-winning little shop stocks over 120 different cheeses. Some of the finest artisan British cheeses, French cheeses and European cheeses are stocked here, all in great condition, and there’s also a huge range of cheese accessories, cheese knives, cheese boards, gift items and hampers.

11

Quayles Deli, 1 Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AA

David and Philippa Herbert’s packed deli sells a vast range of local and Mediterranean delicacies, including 12 own-label wines, but well-informed locals also grab a place at the window-bar for excellent light lunches, coffee and cake.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Royal Oak

Activities

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Cotswold Balloon Flights, Malmesbury SN16 9JX

Operating from several locations in the Cotswolds, including from The Worthies Sport Ground in Malmesbury, these spectacular hot-air balloon rides give a bird's eye view of this majestic corner of the country.

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Cheltenham Racecourse GL50 4SH

Cheltenham racecourse plays host to some of the best jump racing in the country. The Cheltenham Festival in March is the highlight of the jump season.

20

Swindon & Cricklade Railway, Blunsdon St Andrew SN25 2DA

This is the perfect destination if you enjoy nostalgic train journeys from a bygone era. Based at Blunsdon St Andrew, near Swindon, this very popular visitor attraction operates at weekends and on special days. Arrangements can be made for private parties.

Shopping

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Jester Antiques, Church Street, Tetbury GL8 8JG

With over 20 antique shops in Tetbury there are plenty of specialists, including Peter Bairsto and Lorna Coles's Jester Antiques, which deals in antique clocks (longcase, wall and mantel).

14

The Highgrove Shop, Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AQ

Profits from the sale of Highgrove products are donated to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. The Tetbury shop is known for its food and drink, wide-ranging gifts, including crystal and glassware and Christmas hampers.

21

Lorfords, 30 Long Street, Tetbury GL8 8AQ

Situated in picturesque Tetbury on the edge of the Cotswolds, Lorfords is the place to go for decorative European antiques from the 18th century through to the 20th century. Discerning private buyers, antique dealers and interior designers are key to the business's established clientele.

Places to visit

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Cirencester GL7 2BX

The most historic of the Cotswold market towns comes with an outstanding church and town houses dating from the 15th century onwards. From the extensive park on the west side of the town, there is a classic view of church and town from Broad Ride.

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Malmesbury SN16 9BZ

One of the region's most picturesque towns, Malmesbury lies between two branches of the River Avon and is dominated by the remains of a Benedictine abbey, founded in the 7th century. One of the oldest boroughs in England, the town is packed with handsome buildings and quaint streets.

8

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury GL8 8QS

Just over three miles to the south of Tetbury lies Westonbirt, one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. It's one of the best-known visitor attractions in the Cotswolds.

9

Castle Combe SN14 7HR

Considered one of the prettiest villages in England, Steven Spielberg shot scens from the film Warhorse here, and the village has also appeared in the film Doctor Doolittle and an episode of ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot.

10

Woodchester Park, Nympsfield, Stonehouse GL10 3TS

Located three miles to the south of Stroud, Woodchester is one of the region's lesser-known gems. The mansion, in High Gothic style, has never been lived in yet stands more or less intact after more than 130 years. The surrounding park has five lakes that resemble Scottish lochs.

11

Chavanage House, Tetbury GL8 8XP

Virtually unchanged for 400 years, Chavanage is a splendid Elizabethan manor dating. Particularly striking are the Great Hall, with its stained glass windows, and the Oak Room, which has striking late 16th-century panelling.

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Owlpen Manor, Uley GL11 5BZ

Near Stroud, this romantic Tudor manor house is set in a picturesque valley and surrounded by formal terraced gardens dominated by magnificent yew trees dating from the 17th-century.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/walks
The Cotswold region is synonymous with walking. Criss-crossing these magnificent hills are numerous footpaths, bridleways and byways. Some are linked to form long-distance trails offering the walker breathtaking views – the Macmillan Way, the Cotswold Way and the Monarch’s Way are prime examples. The region also offer an impressive choice of off-road cycle routes, taking cyclists to the heart of the region via some of the country’s prettiest countryside.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Tetbury is on A433 between Cirencester and Chippenham. From the town centre take old Cirencester road to bottom of the hill on the edge of town; pub on right-hand side.

Address:

1 Cirencester Road,, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8EY

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