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“Interesting experience for our foreign visitor”

The Royal Oak at Wootton Rivers
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Description: The Royal Oak is a 16th Century free house and village pub with restaurant and offering charming bed & breakfast accommodation in Wiltshire. A favourite with ramblers making use of all the lovely scenic hill walks in the area, The Royal Oak offers a friendly welcome. Situated at the centre of the picturesque thatched village of Wootton Rivers. Wootton Rivers is located on the famous Kennet and Avon canal, 10 minutes from the historical market town of Marlborough. It's within easy reach of Swindon for business guests and any number of attractions for tourists.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This pub always had a good reputation so we decided to take a foreign visitor to experience a proper English pub. The poor chap behind the bar was also dashing back and forth to take food orders and also to wait at table!
I was very disappointed with my meal (plaice, which was lovely; and a very small salad) I was offered new potatoes or chips and said that I would like salad and salad with my fish (calorie counting at the mo) - well, if that was double salad I dread to think what a single portion was. As the staff member was so pressed serving drinks, meals etc I did not feel that I could waylay him to question the quantity of salad served.
Both the others enjoyed their meals, though again portions were smallish. The roast didn't have a great deal of meat & the fish and chips nice fish, small portion of chips - no peas or garnish.
Still hungry, so decided on puds. At £6 each we thought that might be a decent portion. But no. The bread and butter pudding was tiny, only 1.75" square! Inexpensive to produce, so why oh why give such a minute portion?! That was enough to decide not to go there again.
The 'old school banana split' looked bigger, but that was mainly squirty cream. So although the puds tasted good they were actually quite a disappointment.
The place itself was interesting, with old beams and pleasant areas. We were given a table in the room by the kitchen door, where another table was covered with the detritus of someone's untidy office work; a pair of shoes under the seat...... rather like my busy kitchen table at home!! But not what one expects when dining out.
The beer was excellent - St Austell Tribute Ale - so it was a happy time because that was a wonderful new find!

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Thank Lesley N
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Found this pub in a beautiful village.
The food was good. The staff friendly and the service prompt.
Good place to visit.

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Thank John D
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

We came across this lovely pub after a long walk in the forest. We quickly popped out to check that we were able to bring the dog with us and they could not have been nicer!
They told us we were more than welcome to bring her in and to sit where we would be comfortable with her. They then brought out a water bowl with out having to ask!
The menu is fabulous! We took a long time to decide what to have as everything looked delicious. We ended up with a roast dinner and bread and butter pudding. We were very happy with our choices.
We were made to feel welcome and would recommend this pub to anyone. We will be coming back.... when we have enough energy for another long walk.
Thank you to the lovely lady behind the bar!

Thank Emma J
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We were visiting friends in Everleigh, Wiltshire, they booked us in to the Royal Oak for a Pie and Pint night, althougth this sounds a limited menu, the choice of fillings for the pie was excellent. The service was very good, although in all fairness a little slow but this I believe was due to the popularity of the themed evening, The place was very popular usually a very good sign and we were not disappointed. Very good value as well. The choive of dessert was very good and very tasty.

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Thank willywonker51
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

needed somewhere for lunch on our walk from Pewsey along the Kennet & Avon Canal, really good to find that the pub is still outstanding, with good staff, a warm welcome and great food at reasonable prices; well done keep it up, will not wait another 30 years before visiting again

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Thank petercowdrey
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