• common queries

  • deposits

    The Royal Oak is an independent dining pub run by a husband and wife team. Our continued success relies on reservations being honoured or sufficient notice being given of any changes. There is a £35 deposit per diner taken from your card upon booking this will be used as a prepayment against your final bill.



    If you need to cancel/rearrange your reservation you are welcome to do this up to 72 hours prior to your arrival with us. Please contact us at theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk. In the event of a cancellation within 72 hours of the arrival date we will keep the whole payment as a cancellation charge. However, if we are able to resell the table we will refund the payment, so please do give us as much notice as possible of any changes.


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



    If you require a taxi, we highly recommend pre-booking incoming as well as out-going journeys well in advance as we are in a rural area and there are no taxi companies based in Whatcote. We do not recommend using Uber as it is highly unlikely that you will be able to book a return journey.


    We recommend

    Roy Sheehan: 07500 737148

    Lisa: 07976 321154

    Cookie (yes, Cookie): 07497 626444

    Darren (Red Lion Taxis): 07889 139691 (Chipping Campden based)

    Dil: 07800 574547 (Leamington/Warwick)


    If you are staying near Banbury:

    Castle Cars: 01295 270011


    bar opening hours

    Thursday 6pm - 11pm.

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

    Sunday 12-3pm & 6pm - 11pm.


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


    getting here

    Although rurally located, we are highly accessible from the M40 (Junction 12)


    We are a 25 minute drive/taxi (Castle Cars) from Banbury Train Station (Chiltern/Cross Country)



    We do not offer accommodation but we recommend Airbnbs in the area.

    The closest villages to the pub are: Idlicote, Fulready, Oxhill and Honington.

    Shipston on Stour is our closest town and rooms are available at

    The Bower House and The George Hotel

    We also recommend the following Bed and Breakfasts:

    The Old Kiln House, Shipston on Stour

    The Old Manor House, Halford


    dress code

    don't be daft.



    £45 (per 750ml bottle)

    We offer free corkage on a Sunday evening (one 750ml bottle between two guests)


    gift vouchers

    we no longer sell gift vouchers, we prefer that you book and share the experience with your friends in person.


    photo credits

    Nanna Dis