The Royal Oak, Withypool, Exmoor, Somerset
When you’re out and about exploring Exmoor National Park, stop off and have a stroll around the pretty little village of Withypool where you’ll find The Royal Oak Inn. This is your quintessential 18th century country pub, somewhere you can sit inside and warm your toes by the fire in the winter, or if the sun is shing, sit outside where there’s an outdoor bar.
There’s some serious history to this place - not just the fact that it’s over 300 years old, besides that some very distinguished guests have stayed here over the years, most notably none other than President Eisenhower – it’s even thought that he planned the D day landings during his stay here!
R D Blackmore composed part of his well known fiction, Lorna Doone whilst a guest here, equine artist Alfred Munnings had a loft studio here and check this out, in the 1930’s the landlord was a spy ring leader and broadcaster said to be the inspiration for the character of James Bond’s boss in Ian Fleming’s novels.
The Royal Oak is perfect for when you’ve been out exploring the moors or watching wildlife, and for those special occasions that need to be celebrated; otherwise come just because you fancy dinner at a very charming country pub, or if ladies, you’ve been out for a jolly good trek on horseback, stop by for afternoon tea with Prosecco. Food is homemade using seasonal local produce – Game pie, Locally sourced pork or venison sausages, Local venison burger, and for the vegetarians, Thai green vegetable curry. There’s a children’s menu and even one for dogs, with sausages and Waggy Doggy ice cream. What a treat.
Opening times vary throughout the year
T: 01643 831506 All information correct at the time of writing