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The Royal Oak

Whatcote, SHIPSTON-ON-STOUR, Warwickshire, CV36 5EF

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The Royal Oak started out as a drinks shelter catering for the workmen building the local church and is reputedly one of the oldest pubs in the country – Oliver Cromwell supposedly stayed here before the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. 

It’s a charming place, with a lovely atmosphere and plenty of character, from the cosy, traditional bar to the bright, airy dining room. Richard Craven has a passion for British produce and the cooking follows a strong ‘farm to fork’ ethos, with produce coming from small producers in and around the nearby hills and estates. He favours organic and wild ingredients and game is often shot to order. Dishes are created with obvious care and skill and have an unfussy, tried-and-tested style, relying on the quality of the ingredients to do the talking. Richard’s charming wife Solanche looks after the service.

Specialities include: 


  • Pig's head & black pudding lasagna with hazelnuts and cider reduction
  • Red deer with venison suet pudding, carrot, elderberry and purple sprouting broccoli
  • Yorkshire rhubarb with caramelised white chocolate and fennel

4 course tasting menu starting from £55 pp 

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    Tel: 01295 688100

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    Opening Times

    * Dining room opening hours

    Wednesday and Thursday : 6pm - 9pm (last orders)
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm - 1:30pm (last orders) & 6:30 - 9pm (last orders)
    Sunday: 12pm - 2:00pm (last orders)

    Bar opening hours

    Wednesday & Thursday 5pm - 11pm
    Friday 12pm - 3pm & 5pm - 11pm
    Saturday 12pm - 11pm
    Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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