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  • 'a sublime starter of pig’s head “lasagne”: sheets of homemade dough sandwiching a squelch of ripe, fatty pork and discs of black pudding that crumble like fudge, the whole thing given a limpid cider glaze and crunch from toasted hazelnut — satisfying, giddily hedonistic, stopping just the right side of death by richness.​'

     

    Marina O'Loughlin

    The Sunday Times

    March 2018

     

     

    'The Cravens are committed to retaining the local pub ethos in the bar....while the menu might be posher than your average pub, this is expert classical cooking of fine flavours. A real treat for their new neighbours'

     

    Laura Rowe

    Olive magazine

    26/30

    January 2018

     

    'Ten of the best pubs for winter dining'

    Town and Country

    November 2017

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  • our dining room

    We are extremely proud to offer a personal distinctive menu that changes as the seasons and our producers dictate. Using high quality local (when possible), organic and importantly to us as a rural country pub, wild ingredients.

     

    We work closely with a small core of quality producers who are dedicated to their amazing produce, the hills surrounding the pub and the fantastic produce found within them, inform what we cook. Game is often 'shot to order' by local gamekeeper friends from the surrounding hills and estates, as well as from the exceptional David Moore game butchers in Mickleton. We also source directly from Scotland to ensure we can make the most of our wild larder. At the excellent Paddock Farm, brothers Nick and Jon rear rare breed Tamworth pigs, producing incredible pork that is extremely well thought of both locally and nationally, they also source excellent beef from farms around the pub which they then dry age for us. We also source beautifully tasty English Quail from the renowned Norfolk Quail when our hunting friends can't get into the wild for us.

     

    Sustainable fresh fish is sent from day boats in Cornwall from Flying Fish of Cornwall as well as New Wave Seafood based in Gloucestershire. Vegetables are also carefully sourced, our favourites often coming from small scale growers. We use the excellent and locally based Daylesford Organic Farm and Drinkwaters in Ebrington, we change our menu as often as their crops dictate, we supplement our own foraging with professionals from different regions to help us find interesting wild ingredients. For cheese we use Neal's Yard in London who have fantastic contacts with small scale producers from across the UK. Lastly the least local product that we use is nonetheless a rather popular one; chocolate, which is sourced from Vahlrona.

     

    sample menus

    (we offer both a set and a la carte menu Wednesday through to Saturday. On a Sunday, our menu includes roast beef with traditional trimmings)

     

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    set menu £50

     

    smoked trout parfait

    watercress, apple, gentleman’s relish and warm toast

    lamb sweetbreads

    summer vegetables, spearmint and black truffle

    hay-smoked lamb

    rainbow chard, beetroot and crisp tarragon mayonnaise

    Kirkham’s Lancashire and honeycomb

    strawberry

    caramelised white chocolate and fennel

     

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    a la carte menu 

     

    bread

    our wholemeal loaf - butter and pork dripping £3 (included when having starters & mains)

     

    starters

    smoked trout parfait, watercress, apple, gentleman’s relish and warm toast £8

    Isle of Wight tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and granola £8

    pigs head and black pudding lasagna, cider reduction and toasted hazelnuts £8½

    lamb sweetbreads, summer vegetables, spearmint and black truffle £9

     

    mains

    pea and broad bean risotto, Tymsboro and garlic scapes £16

    pollock, new potatoes, braised little gem, salsa verdé and pickled cockles £19

    Norfolk quail stuffed with sweetbreads, broccoli, hazelnut, raisins and capers £22

    hay-smoked lamb, rainbow chard, turnips, redcurrant and ewes milk cheese £24

     

    cheese - crackers and green tomato chutney - £12

    Tymsboro - Stichelton - Kirkham’s Lancashire - Little Rollright

     

    desserts

    almond, ricotta and lemon cake, raspberries and chantilly cream £8

    strawberry, caramelised white chocolate and fennel £8½

    lemon curd soufflé, honey and thyme ice cream £8

    meadowsweet pannacotta, almond, honeycomb and English cherry £8

     

    wood roasted coffee or tea and madeleines- £5

     

     

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  • our bar

    Being an old country pub and a free-house (dating back to approximately 1168), the bar is the essence of the Royal Oak, we carefully source British beer and lager and offer a friendly welcome from our experienced and passionate team. We source from local companies like DEYA from Cheltenham, Wye valley, Purity and many more, as well as craft beers from further afield. We have a selection of interesting and excellent gins including the Countess Grey from Cotswolds our local distillery, which we are fortunate to be the only on-trade stockists of and exceptional single malts from Scotland. Our wine list changes throughout the year much as our food menu does.

     

    Alongside our usual seasonal menu we also have a blackboard menu which offers a small selection of snacks available to eat in the bar or garden.

     

    Live Music - please check our black boards and/or Instagram account

    Quiz Nights : 3rd Wednesday of the month (from 7pm)

     

    current beers

     

    Deya 'Steady Rolling Man' American Pale Ale

     

    Freedom Four British Lager

     

    Magic Rock Brewing Company's 'Saucery' Session IPA

     

    Purity Brewing Company's Pure Cider

     

    Guinness

     

    sample snack menu

     

    pickled pheasant egg £2

     

    pork pie and pickle £4

     

    coppa and cornichons £5

     

    saucisson and cornichons £6

     

    rarebit on toast, honey £9

     

    The Royal Oak club sandwich £9

    free range chicken, cured pork, Kirkham’s Lancashire

    mixed leaves and vegetable crisps

     

    Caesar salad £13½

    free range chicken, croutons, parmesan, poached egg, anchovy dressing

     

    British cheese board £12

    Kirkham’s Lancashire - Durrus - Clara - Stichelton

     

    meat and cheese board £18

     

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  • book a table

     

    We take online bookings for parties up to 6, which is the maximum number of guests we can accommodate on a single table.

     

    theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk

    01295 688100

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  • work with us

     

     

    Expect a focus on high quality wild and organic foods. Offering both a la carte dining, bar snacks and a set tasting menu, as we are very much a rural pub, expect a fun lively bar too.

     

    send your cv to:

     

    theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk

  • FAQs

     

    The Royal Oak is an independent husband and wife run dining pub with a limited number of covers available and our continued success relies on reservations being honoured by our guests or sufficient notice being given of any change. If you do not arrive within 30 minutes of your booking time and we have not been informed of any delay the table will have to be released, so please do give us a call if you're running late.

     

    dietary restrictions

     

    Due to the size of our kitchen team and the style of our food, we do not accommodate the following dietary restrictions:

    vegan, severe nut allergies and egg. Please let us know of any other allergies and please do double-check with your guests.

     

    dining room opening hours

    lunch - Thursday - Saturday 12.00 - 1:30 pm

    Sunday 12.00-2.30pm

    dinner - Wednesday to Saturday nights 6.30 - 9.00 pm

     

    bar opening hours

    Wednesday 4.30-11

    Thursday & Friday 12-3 and 4.30-11

    Saturday 12-11

    Sunday 12-4pm

     

    The Royal Oak at Whatcote is closed all day on Mondays and Tuesdays (including bank holidays).

       

    dress code

    don't be daft.

     

    local accommodation

     

    Bed & Breakfasts

    Milncraig House, 8 Granby Road, Honington CV36 5AB

    Old Kiln House, 8 West Street, Shipston on Stour, CV36 4HD

    Old Manor House, Halford, CV36 5BT

    Greenhill Farm Barn, Sutton under Brailes, OX15 5BE

     

    AirBnBs

    Peach Cottage, Whatcote

    The Annexe at The Granary, Oxhill

     

    Local taxis

    If you need a taxi to get to or from the pub, please be aware we are in the country and its best to book one well in advance.

     

    Roy 07500737148

    Neil 07789993714

    Julian 07794567975

     

    Corkage: £35 | Cake-age £15 (waived when having desserts)

     

    holidays 2017

    christmas and boxing day

     

    Photo credits @Nanna Dis