You’ll be greeted with a cheery welcome at this superb pub in charming Yattendon village. It’s all that a great pub should be, from the beamed ceilings to the stocky wooden bar with proper ales on tap. Beyond the main bar and dining room lies a large sitting room with deep sofas and a huge open fire. In summer the sun-trap garden is the sort of place where bottles of rosé disappear mysteriously swiftly. Best to soak it all up with some locally sourced grub. How about game from the Yattendon estate, meat from Vicars Game in Ashampstead and eggs from Beechwood farm? Ingredients that don’t need messing with and that are perfectly suited to head chef Nick McGregor’s unfussy approach. After a sunshine session, where better to rest your weary head than in one of the ten light, airy bedrooms, where a king-size bed beckons, all dolled up in Josephine Home’s finest linens? Doubles from £99.
Name to Know: Andrea, one of life’s great hostesses who has worked at The Royal Oak for 25 years and provides the warmest of welcomes.
See: Make sure you leave enough time to visit the West Berkshire Brewery in the village.
Eat: Simple, unfussy, delicious food – like king prawn & clam linguini or a medium-rare Chateaubriand to share.
Buy: Treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing spa treatment from the hotel’s fabulous neighbours ‘Calmingales’. Not only are they right next door but they will offer you discounted treatment prices when booked with a bedroom reservation.
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