The Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers
John and Rosa are the owners of probably one of the prettiest village pubs in the Vale of Pewsey, The Royal Oak in Wootton Rivers. This charming thatched pub dates from the 16th century and offers a bar, restaurant and bed and breakfast, as well as a games room for pool and darts.
Ideally located close to the Kennet & Avon Canal, in a chocolate box village, it is a perfect stopping off point for walkers and cyclists, for coffee, lunch or dinner, or indeed an overnight stay. The Royal Oak is surrounded by fantastic walking along the Canal, on the downs or in Savernake Forest and is just a few miles from local landmarks such as Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill. There is easy access to Marlborough and Pewsey, but you are tucked away in a peaceful location that just oozes quintessential England.
Originally The Royal Oak was a coaching inn, but over the centuries, it has also been used as a farrier’s yard and the village bakery. The interior of the building reflects its heritage with low, oak-beamed ceilings and wide, open log fires during the winter months.
Whether you want a bar snack or prefer to dine in the restaurant, the menus are extensive and seasonal (including a daily specials board), with most produce being sourced locally. Vegetarian options and children’s meals are always available. As The Royal Oak is a freehouse, there is an extensive wine list and local beers are also served, with a guest beer on tap.
Well-behaved dogs on leads are very welcome.
Free Wi-Fi is available.
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at the Royal Oak is situated in a purpose-built annexe in the garden of the main building with its own private car park. It has 7 rooms, 5 having en suite bathrooms. All rooms have televisions and free wi-fi, central heating and use of a beautiful garden. Single, double, twin and triple rooms are available or if you are in a group, you can book the entire annexe (subject to availability).
Ground floor rooms provide disabled access but please call to ensure that your requirements can be met. The accommodation also includes a shared kitchen for tea and coffee and a residents’ lounge with views across the garden and the adjacent fields.
The Royal Oak is licensed as a venue for civil weddings and can accommodate up to 60 in the restaurant or up to 200 guests with a marquee.