The Royal Oak has been given a new lease of life thanks to a recent refurbishment. The decor is bright, airy and contemporary, but remains in keeping with the building's characterful features, and subtle lighting from candelabras and lamps creates a magical atmosphere in the evening. The menu features comforting classics with a modern edge. Starters might include a half pint of prawns with granary bread, house salad and Marie Rose dip, while mains may comprise tender chargrilled Cotswold steak with hand-cut chips and field mushroom. To drink, there's a host of bottled and draught beers, ciders and local ales, as well as a fine wine list.
With Cheltenham only 20 minutes away and a variety of scenic walks nearby, The Royal Oak is in a prime position. Thus, its bar is usually filled with a mix of local families, sightseers and walkers - muddy boots certainly aren't frowned upon here, and man's best friend is more than welcome too. What's more, you needn't venture far from the pub to see one of the local sights; thanks to the train track at the bottom of the beer garden, you might be lucky enough to spot a steam engine chugging past.
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Gretton, Nr. Winchcombe, GL54 5EP (view on map)
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm
Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8pm