A family-run pub in a village in southern Somerset has received a series of rave reviews online, with one guest calling it “an incredible example of what an English pub should be”.
The Royal Oak in South Petherton is popular with locals and foodies alike, with guests praising its “excellent” food and “service with a smile.”
The popular venue has been described as “a fine example of a Somerset country pub” by Hall and Woodhouse, a regional brewery and pub operator.
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On its website, the brewery said: “The Royal Oak offers a warm welcome to all and with a spacious garden and a dedicated children’s menu, this is an ideal family pub.”
From its warm decor, with oak beams, pews and cozy log fires, to its versatile and tasty menu, it’s no surprise that the pub has been a hit with patrons.
A Tripadvisor review of the pub from two days ago said:
“You just won’t regret visiting this place if you love an authentic Somerset pub. They pay attention to every detail, the staff are absolutely amazing, the pub itself is full of character and the food and drink are exceptional for a very reasonable price. “
Another happy customer called the Royal Oak a “must-read” book, with high quality food and great staff.
The customer left this review following their festive visit to the pub:
“Welcomed by a roaring fire, Christmas table with crackers. The waitress greeted us, took a drink order and returned with a message from the chef asking when we would like to eat.”
They added: “Our meals arrived and oh my god they were delicious. The turkey with all the trimmings for me followed by a Christmas pavlova. Everything was delivered warm and clean, the staff are so welcoming. Not a drop on any plate. “
“A lovely village pub,” said another customer, who rated the pub five out of five stars on the site.
They said: “I came to the Royal Oak with my partner for his birthday. It was way above expectations, so comfortable.
“Amazing friendly service and the food was to die for. We enjoyed the crab linguine and tenderloin steak – amazing value for money, good portions and really very nice.
“You can tell the owners of this business really care about everything from the service to the food to the surroundings. I would recommend it to anyone.”
According to the pub’s website, the Royal Oak was originally built in the 1600s as a farmhouse, which was later converted into cottages for farm laborers and later into a brewery.
The current owners, Ian and Bex, are part of the dedicated workforce behind the thatched-roof pub, along with their pub dog, Alfie.
You can read more about the pub on their website.