We’ve been awarded the 2020 Travelers’ Choice by TripAdvisor! See all our awards.

Royal Oak Withypool

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

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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Christmas 2020 at The Royal Oak Withypool

Christmas 2020 at The Royal Oak Inn, Withypool

Why not make Christmas this year one to remember with an extra special stay on Exmoor at The Royal Oak Inn, Withypool.

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We’re delighted to be presented with the 2020 Travellers’ Choice award by TripAdvisor

We strive to provide both our two and four legged guests with the warmest welcome and very best dining and accommodation experience every time that you come to visit us here on Exmoor.

We’re extremely grateful to all of our amazing customers for the brilliant reviews that you give us, we’re committed to continue providing the same first class service, food and accommodation that we always have done.

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The Withy Bar Withypool

The Withy Bar is now available for hire!

We can now cater for Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Celebrations or even Festivals with our new mobile bar – The Withy Bar. For a booking fee of just £200 you can secure your chosen date with options to customise your bar and lots more.

We currently have two cask ales, Exmoor Ale & Exmoor Gold along with Carlsberg, San Miguel, Guinness & Thatchers Gold plus a fully stocked Gin Bar, Great wine and fizz selection and all the normal soft drinks available to make your event go off with a ‘pop!’

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Valley of the Rocks Exmoor coastline

Superb accommodation & excellent food in the heart of Exmoor

Why not treat yourself and your family to a superb lunch or evening meal at The Royal Oak, Withypool? Either at the end of a day after watching wildlife on Exmoor, or maybe you fancy a takeaway, we would love to extend our warm welcome to you and invite you to enjoy a memorable Exmoor stay with us.

We now offer the ability for you to reserve your table online quickly and easily with little fuss! Simply fill in the online form with some of your details, and we’ll look forward to welcoming you.

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Withypool bridge, Exmoor

Exmoor country – Inspiration for the rich & famous

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.

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Dunster village & the castle

We’re just minutes from many of Exmoor’s beauty spots

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.

We are privileged to be so close to the final stages of the well known Two Moors Way. We are located just 7 miles from Simonsbath and 19 miles from the end of the popular walking route.

The Two Moors Way

Covid-19 Update

In light of the latest government restrictions when you visit, there will be a few more changes again. Regrettably, we're currently not accepting bookings from people who are from areas where local lockdowns or restrictions have been enforced.

  • 1. You must wear a mask at all times except when seated at your table. This includes going to & from the toilet and moving around the premise. Masks are available to purchase if you forget your own.
  • 2. It will continue to be table service only. Staff will be waiting on tables and taking orders. Please do not approach the bar when you have been seated.
  • 3. No more than 6 people at a table. Please do not move tables and chairs as these have been placed to comply with distance rules.
  • 4. We will be open from Midday until 10pm. Food will be available from Midday until 8pm. Last orders for drinks will be 9.30pm.
  • 5. All customers need to be off of the premise by 10pm. Residents can take any drinks to their rooms if ordered before 9.30pm
  • 6. As we have always done, tables will be sanitised between use and the premise checked/cleaned throughout the day.
  • 7. Please download the NHS Track & Trace App. Our QR posters will be on display throughout the premise for you to scan. If you do not have a smart phone, waiting staff will take your details before taking your order.

Please bear with us during this time & the changes that are being made. We thank you all for your support & custom and look forward to seeing you all soon. Tracey, Family & Team.


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