A very special 18th-century pub in the heart of Exmoor

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For over 300 years, The Royal Oak Inn has been renowned for comfortable rooms and delicious food.

Located in the beautiful village of Withypool, in the heart of Exmoor, it is the ideal base, from which to ride, hunt, shoot, fish or simply to walk and take in the breath taking moors. 

The sparkling rivers & fertile valleys all add to the character of Exmoor – a character which changes from season to season and even day to day. Always different but always magnificent.

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We are open everyday
Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm
Sunday: Midday-10.30pm

Food is served everyday 12-2.30pm and 6pm-9pm and is available in any of our 2 bar areas.

The dining room is available upon request in the week and is also available for functions at anytime. It is open for dinner on both a Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime. Groups can also pre-book the dining room in the week which can seat up to 32.

We are in the Top 10 in the Telegraph for walking on Exmoor starting and finishing at a proper pub!

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Withypool bridge, Exmoor

The Royal Oak Inn and its surrounding countryside, have attracted many famous people over the years. General Eisenhower stayed here soon after D-Day. In 1866, RD Blackmore stayed at the Inn whilst writing his well loved novel, Lorna Doone. During the 30’s, The Royal Oak Inn was owned and run by Gladys & Maxwell Knight, the spy master upon whom the character of M, James Bonds Boss, was based.

Dunster village & the castle

They, and many others have been attracted by the quiet and relaxing atmosphere, to be found in Withypool. This delightful village through which the River Barle flows, is within easy reach of many local beauty spots – the ancient and undatable foot bridge at Tarr Steps, Dunkery Beacon, historic Dunster Castle as well as renowned North Devon & Somerset Beaches.