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The Royal Oak

Hilltop, Beaulieu, New Forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7YR, England
+44 1590 612228
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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“the pub” (58 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hilltop, Beaulieu, New Forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7YR, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The food wasn't hot when it was delivered to our table, the quality was poor and the prices were way too expensive and the staff seemed rather apathetic! We won't be visiting this pub again.

1  Thank Jill N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely location, lovely pub and great food. Thoroughly recommend the steak and ringwood 49er pie and mash after a long walk. Delicious!!

Thank DawnieB73
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in on a Monday evening for a bite to eat and a beer. Bangers and mash, (can't go wrong :-) ) were excellent. My wife had the ravioli. Food was hot, well cooked and served promptly by friendly staff. Really enjoy popping down the...More

Thank Shedman1953
Reviewed 1 week ago

While touring the are in our motorhome and looking for somewhere to have lunch, we spotted this pub- especially as it had a carpark big enough for our motorhome. It was a good choice as it is also dog friendly. The setting is good -...More

Thank Milliemax64
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have now been to The Royal Oak on several occasions, mainly for food, and have tried many things on the menu. Luckily the menu is refreshed on a regular basis, so there are always new dishes to try. Having eaten in other pubs, I...More

1  Thank chrissylenny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here for lunch and beer, lovely setting on a lovely sunny day, ordered drinks got shown menus and sat out in a very nice garden, chose what we would like one meal from the menu one from the specials board !!, didn't wait...More

Thank abbottiow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three adult meals ordered, service was friendly and quick. Food itself was fantastic, I had the chicken wrap from the special board, my friends had the scampi and chicken burger. Would recommend it.

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Today we visited The Royal Oak pub, And had some really delicious grub, The roasts are the best and full of taste, Be rest assured there will be no waste. Apple Crumble was full of crunch, It really finished off a fabulous lunch, We will...More

1  Thank JulesApril17
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Awful! Overpriced very poor quality food and poor service. Took a while to get the orders taken and even longer to get them on the table - 45 minutes waiting time between the courses. The place was not busy at the time. Staff lazy and...More

3  Thank Svetlana R
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Had a great meal. Food was excellent, the menu was varied and something for everyone. Much much better than just normal pub grub! The staff were attentive and helpful. Special mention to Sian who was lovely and very welcoming. Will definitely be returning.

Thank _j_jmrr
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Hi, I guess you do not eat out at pubs very often, it is common practice in pubs both independent and chains to leave a card behind the bar for your tab, not unusual at all. In fact it is a great idea for customers and the establishment. It means less cash floating around which is safer and saves time and makes it more convenient. You have to leave a card if you want a tab, otherwise you could leave without paying!! I am sure you would not do this but there are lots of dishonest people out there unfortunately. It us unlikely that you would be subject to fraud at the pub, as your bank credit card company would know who used it they would refund the money, so it is no more unsafe than anywhere else that you use your card. Just thought I would let you know.
10 July 2015|
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Response from shearheartattack | Property representative |
Great news under new ownership since December 2015 ... We offer our customers our privilege card option including 4 pubs within the group currently so things are a little different ... Pop in and see us 😄
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$16
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hilltop, Beaulieu, New Forest, Brockenhurst SO42 7YR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  New Forest  >  Brockenhurst  >  Beaulieu
  • Phone Number: +44 1590 612228
  • E-mail
The Royal Oak is a family run historic pub set in the New Forest. It offers an excellent range of real ales and ciders, as well as lovely homemade food and desserts. The pub is near to local attractions such as Beaulieu motor museum, Lepe beach and Exbury gardens. Great for family, the beer garden and childrens play area offers a great resting point for days out.