• our food

     

    Solanche, Richard 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.

     

    We work closely with a small core of quality producers. Game is often from the surrounding hills and estates. We supplement our own foraging with professionals from different regions to help us find interesting wild ingredients.

     

    We are proud to use the renowned Paddock Farm. They farm in a regenerative manner and provide all our eggs from their super-free range flock that are housed less than a mile from the front door of the pub. We also use their market garden no-dig vegetables and incredible rare breed pork and Hereford cattle.

     

    We offer a concise seasonal menu Thursday to Saturday and Sunday night and for Sunday lunch we offer roast venison with Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes.

     

    sample menu

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    Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday dinner: 3 course - £65 | 6 course - £85

     

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

    Sunday lunch: 3 course - £65

     

    Free corkage on Sunday evenings, maximum one bottle every two guests, normal corkage fees apply after this quantity
     
    (our normal wine list will still be available)
     

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    Pete's trout

    peas, apple and elderflower

    or

    nettle raviolo of lamb sweetbreads

    white asparagus, spring truffle and mint

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    pollock

    Wye Valley asparagus, Jersey Royals and Vin Jaune

    or

    hogget

    hen of the woods, ewes curd and garlic scapes

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    selection of British cheese from Neal’s Yard

    (optional course £15)

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    floating Island

    rhubarb and sweet vernal custard

    or

    strawberry

    hay crème diplomat and elderflower

     

    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 and please do check with your guests.

     

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

     

    We cannot accommodate the following dietary restrictions: vegan, dairy (lactose), egg and severe nut allergies.

  • 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 candidates

    (including WSET qualifications).

     

    We welcome stagiaires in the kitchen.

    Please get in touch with Richard or Solanche via email:

     

    theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk

  • 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 candidates

    (including WSET qualifications).

     

    We welcome stagiaires in the kitchen.

    Please get in touch with Richard or Solanche via email:

     

    theteam@theroyaloakwhatcote.co.uk

  • Faq's

    Cancellations
     
    The Royal Oak is an independent dining pub ran by a husband and wife team. Our continued success relies on reservations being honoured by our guests or sufficient notice being given of any changes.
     
    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).
     
    travel
    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.
     
    stay
    the old kiln house, shipston on stour 07850 435408 | the old manor house, halford 01789 740264
    The Old Police House, Tysoe (airbnb - 1 night minimum) | robbie's barn, fulready (airbnb - pet friendly - 1 night minimum)
    honeysuckle cottage, middle tysoe (airbnb - 1 night minimum)
    bo'ok end cottage, tysoe (airbnb)
     
    train stations
    Banbury Station: 25 minutes | Stratford upon Avon: 20 minutes | Moreton in Marsh: 30 minutes
     
    dress code
    don't be daft.
     
    Corkage
    £45 (per 750ml bottle)
    Free 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