Tucked away in the Nadder Valley, away from the hustle and bustle, The Royal Oak has been an inn since 1852. The pub is set in the beautiful village of Swallowcliffe, nestled in a little dell, just off the A303.
Since it's renovation in 2015, the pub has built a reputation for high quality food, superior rooms and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. During the renovation process, quality craftsmanship and locally sourced suppliers were at the heart of each design decision. There is a lovely mix of old and new, with traditional thick beams and stone fireplaces as well as stylish wooden furniture by local designer Matthew Burt and a fabulous modern conservatory, framed with green oak, that overlooks the garden.
With Tisbury train station, on the main Exeter to Waterloo line, no more than a five minute drive from the pub, it is possible to escape London to the perfect countryside idyll in less than two hours.
THE STORY OF THE ROYAL OAK
Sadly the pub closed its doors in 2007 and it remained unsold, empty and unloved for seven years.
Several applications were made to convert the building into private housing during that time but stiff opposition from local residents, who strongly believed the pub should remain at the heart of the community, lead to them being turned down.
Eventually three Swallowcliffe residents decided to purchase the run down building and the mammoth project of restoring The Royal Oak to its former glory commenced in April 2014. You can read the full story of both the history and renovation of the pub by clicking on the links below.