We’re regional South West finalists for ‘Best Pub’ in the Countryside Alliance awards 2020!

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!!

Countryside Alliance Awards – South West finalists

We’re super pleased to announce that we are South West regional finalists in the Countryside Alliance Awards Pub category. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our customers who have nominated and supported us, it means so much! Here’s hoping we become regional winners & reach the national finals in June in London.… Read more »

Valentines Day

Book for your romantic meal in our dining room. 4 Courses & a glass of prosecco for £35 per person. Why not add on a stay including dinner & breakfast for £199 per room. View menu

Live music from Andrias Guerin

Live Music from Andrias Guerin

Saturday 18th January Join us in welcoming Andrias to the Royal Oak for the very first time. Dance and sing the night away and enjoy the great music he has to offer. 9PM START!