On the edge of the Wiltshire Downs, this quirky, affable dining pub-with-rooms stands on an organic farm, a vision of food ethics pioneer Helen Browning. Regular returnees laud the ‘excellent, friendly’ staff and the well-established pub (Arkell’s Brewery), where visitors tuck in to real ales, organic wines and generous, scrupulously sourced meals. Set around a sunny courtyard, well-equipped, modern-rustic bedrooms are ‘clean, comfortable, and warm when necessary’; residents also have an inviting lounge stocked with books, hot drinks, a record player and a collection of LPs. ‘Plenty of walks’ from the door: cross woodland and orchards; roam across hills or wildflower valleys; visit the farm’s pigs, sheep and cattle.
Cues Lane Bishopstone Wiltshire SN6 8PP England
12. All in annexe, 100 yards from pub, 1 suitable for disabled.
Two-night ‘Organic Farm Safari’ Special Offer: For GHG guest bookings staying minimum 2 nights, a half price organic farm safari for two people, and a bottle of organic Prosecco in your room on arrival. Blessed with a contemporary English pub and mini luxury hotel in the middle of its own 1500 organic acres of Downland on the boundary of Wiltshire and Berkshire. Lots of space, hardly any people. The hotel’s farm safaris take in landscape, history, often amazing birdlife, free ranging pigs, woodlands and water. Zig zag across The Ridgeway, at 3000BC probably the UK’s oldest motorway, as the in-house wildlife and photography specialist gives you the full, intelligent, 2 hour works, using the hotel’s distinctive scruffy red LWB Land Rover. Take advantage of one of the beautiful private picnic spots while you’re out and about. Come home to a decent drink and the convivial gardens and bars. Offer valid for stays from open date until September 30, 2021. Subject to availability. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Comments about Helen Browning’s Royal Oak
In beautiful Wiltshire countryside, this characterful pub offers a warm welcome from a group of dedicated staff who have created a real sense of community rooted in the organic ethos of the attached farm. The outside spaces have an air of charming, almost festival-like, informality. The shared dining space had colourful photos from the farm – adding to the pub’s sense of connection with the land. The bedrooms, set around a courtyard, are carefully designed and well appointed, with a boutique feel. Food is served in the pub, where hearty classics (flame-grilled burgers, salads, fish and chips) are prepared with care and elevated by the fact that much of the organic produce comes straight from the farm
- - August 2020
We like this hotel so much we have just spent our fourth visit in the last 12 months. The comfortable rooms are very clean, and warm when necessary. The staff arr excellent and friendly. All the wine and food is organic.
- Simon Orlik - July 2019