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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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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.

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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.

Latest News & Events

Please be mindful that dates may change. Please contact us to confirm your attendance and/or to book places.
December – See our notice board for updates during September!!

St Patricks Day

St Patricks Day

Tuesday 17th March Come along & join us for Guinness and authentic traditional food from our Irish born Head Chef!

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

Join us for Mothers Day Sunday 22nd March. Food 12-9PM. Complimentary dessert for your special lady when a main meal is purchased. Roast will be served 12-7pm . Book at the Bar or call us 01643 831506

70s party at The Royal Oak Inn Withypool

70’s Party

Saturday 28th March Come along and party away to hits of the 70’s.. Dressing up is not essential, but there will be a prize for the best dressed on the evening. Music from Ashley Jackson.

Coronavirus Notice

Due to the ongoing, unprecedented events we are now temporarily closed following government restrictions in order to protect our customers and employees.

All table and room reservations made up until 30/5/20 will be suspended until further notice and we'll be in touch with those of you who have to make alternative arrangements. We will be reviewing this monthly as per the Government's advice.

Please email joinus@royaloakwithypool.co.uk if you're planning a stay with us for later in the year.
In the meantime take care and we really look forward to welcoming you through our doors soon.