The Royal Oak

Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire

The whitewashed, ivy-hung exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The whitewashed, thatched exterior of this former tannery-turned-ale house does little to betray its ‘stunning, modern’ interiors, nor the ‘warmth and charm’ that welcome visitors and locals. The once derelict early 18th-century building was saved by a group of villagers determined to recreate it as the hub of local life. The result: ‘The most elegant, comfortable pub we have ever visited.’ The airy bar and dining areas brim with squashy sofas, modern art and wooden furniture handmade by a local artisan. ‘Everything has been chosen with flair and perfect taste.’ Chef Jonny Sutcliffe serves seasonal fare in the oak-beamed conservatory (‘the jewel in the crown’); perhaps stalkers’ pie, seasonal vegetables; ricotta dumplings, rocket pesto, plus a glass from the ‘well-judged’ wine list. Away from the bustle, ‘wonderfully restful’ bedrooms are ‘faultlessly appointed’. In each, proper coffee, fluffy towels and ‘excellent lighting’ are de rigueur. Win Green, framed by dual-aspect windows and a beamed ceiling, can be twinned with Wardour to create a generous family suite. Comfortable Cranborne is dog-friendly. Breakfast includes home-made granola, a home-baked bacon bap, a full English.

Hotel details

Address

Common Lane
Swallowcliffe
Wiltshire
SP3 5PA
England

Telephone

01747 870211

Bedrooms

6. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, but no accommodation 25 Dec evening.

Facilities

lift, bar, dining room, Oak Room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), garden with outdoor seating, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

‘friendly, well-behaved’ dogs allowed in 1 bedroom, public rooms except Oak Room (treats, towels provided).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £100–£150. 
À la carte £33.