The Royal Oak Inn

, Winsford, Somerset.
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The Royal Oak is a traditional thatched country inn in the pretty village of Winsford, right in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. It is the perfect base from which to appreciate all that Exmoor has to offer.

The awards just keep pouring in for the Royal Oak. The restaurant is a regular in the AA and Michelin guides and they have also won Community Pub of the Year for the South-West region. Both restaurant and bar menus change with the seasons. The Chef's Specials board changes daily and there is a Lighter Bites menu at lunchtimes with homemade filled rolls, starters, light meals and the Royal Oak Favourites. Younger visitors can have their own menu or the chef is happy to prepare smaller portions of many of his menu dishes. Everything is cooked to order wherever possible and is prepared from fresh ingredients. Only locally sourced produce is used and all starters, pies, sauces, desserts, breads and ice creams are homemade in the Royal Oak kitchen by Head Chef and his team.

The pub has real ales, lagers and ciders on tap. The lagers are cosmopolitan, ciders are from Somerset and Exmoor Ales are from the local Exmoor Brewery at Wiveliscombe (Exmoor Gold is our personal recommendation). The wine list has been carefully created to cater for a wide taste and all wines are supplied by Tolchards Wine Merchants in Newton Abbot. Last but not least there is a diverse selection of spirits, single malts, vintage ports and liqueurs.

Room choices range through King Size, Four-Poster Kings, a Super King Four-poster Suite and Twin rooms. There are also newly refurbished Courtyard Double rooms with ground floor access (handy for the less nimble). All rooms come equipped with the luxury extras to make a guest's stay as comfortable as possible, including a hospitality tray with Border biscuits and fresh coffee. All rooms have Freesat TV, DVD players and direct dial telephones. There is WiFi access throughout the hotel including all bedrooms. Every bathroom has a power-shower over the bath with luxurious white towels, bath sheets and toiletries. For the best possible sleep each bed is made with finest Alpaca duvets and pillows and sheets are the highest grade Egyptian cotton.

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Double rooms from £130
Guest rating 9.5, based on 214 reviews
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Village views
Free wi-fi
Tea-making facilities
Free toiletries
Walking routes
Historic sites
Free car park