• 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




















  • our food

    Solanche and Richard Craven and the rest of The Royal Oak team are extremely proud to offer Michelin starred dining on the edge of the Cotswolds with a seasonally driven menu. Using high quality, 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 craft. Game is often from friends from the surrounding hills and estates. We source directly from Scotland to ensure we can make the most of our wild larder. We are proud to use the renowned Paddock Farm who farm in a regenerative manner and who provide all our eggs from their super free range flock who are housed less than a mile from the front door of the pub and no dig vegetables from their market garden and they produce incredible rare breed pork and Hereford cattle, which we use 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. Vegetables are also carefully sourced, our favourites often coming from small scale growers in the local area. We supplement our own foraging with professionals from different regions to help us find interesting wild ingredients.


    We offer a concise seasonal menu Thursday to Saturday and Sunday night and on a Sunday lunch we offer roast venison with traditional accompaniments as part of an 3/3/3 À la carte menu.


    sample menu



    Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday dinner: 3 course - £65 | 6 course - £85 (no corkage on Sunday Evenings*)

    Friday and Saturday lunch: 3 course - £55 | 6 course - £75

    Sunday lunch: 3 course - £65



    confit trout

    peas, apple and elderflower


    nettle raviolo of lamb sweetbreads

    white asparagus, spring truffle and mint


    Plymouth pollock

    Jersey Royals, Evesham asparagus and Vin Jaune



    turnip, wild garlic, ewes curd and morels



    selection of British cheese from Neal’s Yard

    (optional course £15)



    lemon curd

    lime and thyme


    baked apple

    honey and milk ice cream


    Difference Hawaiian Kona coffee and sweets £10


    We proudly use a lot of wild produce that may, of course, contain shot.

    Only main ingredients are listed, so please inform us of any dietary intolerances and allergies.

    Please note we require lunch tables to be vacated by 4pm.


    Due to the size of our kitchen team and the style of our food, regretfully, we cannot accommodate the following dietary restrictions: vegan, dairy, severe nut allergies and egg.


    Please let us know of any other allergies and please do double-check with your guests.





















  • 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 | March 2018

  • Book a table


    Please note that currently the maximum sized table we offer in the dining room is a table of four.

    We do have larger tables available for drinkers






















  • join us


    We are currently looking for a full-time front of house team member to join our warm, friendly and attentive team.

    We are open Thursday to Sunday with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday off . We close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

    Experience not necessary as full training will be given to the right candidate (including WSET).


    We welcome stagiaires in the kitchen, please get in touch with Richard or Solanche via email: theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk































































  • Very much a local pub, albeit a rather smart one. But chef owner Richard Craven is one hell of a chef. Expect game in season, from roe deer tartare to pheasant with snails. Home-made bread comes with dripping butter, and there’s excellent fish too.


    Tom Parker Bowles | The 100 cosiest pubs in Britain | December 2018



    The Royal Oak is an independent dining pub ran by a husband and wife team and has a limited number of covers. Our continued success relies on reservations being honoured by our guests or sufficient notice being given of any change, so please do give us a call if you're running late.




    All reservations require credit or debit card details to secure your booking, please be aware we cannot hold a table without this information and no charge is made to the card. In the event that a booking is not honoured in whole or in part, or is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee of £65 per person will be charged to the card provided.


    However if we can resell the table no charge will be made so please do give us as much notice as possible.

    Please note all cancellations must be made via email only, quoting both the date of your reservation as well as your booking reference code.


    dining room opening hours

    Thursday : 6pm - 9pm (last orders)

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 1.30pm (last orders) & 6:00 - 9pm (last orders)


    bar opening hours

    Thursday 6pm - 11pm

    Friday, Saturday 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 11pm

    Sunday 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 10pm


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


    Please note that we can only accommodate one table of 6 per service. This can be booked either via telephone (01295688100) or email.



    We are 20 minutes from Stratford upon Avon. 25 minutes from junction 12 on the M40, Chipping Campden and Banbury.

    30 minutes from Chipping Norton, Stow on the Wold and Warwick.



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    train stations

    Banbury Station: 25 minutes | Stratford upon Avon: 20 minutes | Moreton in Marsh: 30 minutes


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


    dress code

    don't be daft.



    £45 (per 750ml bottle)

    no corkage on Sunday Evenings* (our normal wine list will still be available)

    *maximum one bottle every two guests, normal corkage fees apply after this quantity


    spring break

    30 May 2022 - 9 June 2022


    Photo credits @Nanna Dis

  • Gifts

  • contact

    Solanche and Richard Craven

    The Royal Oak | Whatcote | CV36 5EF


    email: theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk

    01295 688100