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Reopened 6th July.

Update 15th October:
"Please see below for our new working systems:
Inside seating only
A lunch service with 2 sittings from -
Monday - Saturday 11.30-1.45pm & 2.00-4.00pm
Sunday 12-2.15pm & 2.30-4.15pm
Drinks only from 4.30pm onwards
Bookings can be made via telephone on 023 8081 2606 or email
Walk ins welcome if tables are available
Takeaway service available from garden kiosk weekends only

"Please make sure your booking has been confirmed."

The Royal Oak has been closing on some days to enable reconfigurations to comply with Covid-19 restrictions so it is always best to check the latest news on their Facebook.

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Royal Oak

SO43 7HJ

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Opening Times

Monday11.00 am - 3.00 pm
5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Tuesday11.00 am - 3.00 pm
5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Wednesday11.00 am - 3.00 pm
5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Thursday11.00 am - 3.00 pm
5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Friday11.00 am - 3.00 pm
5.30 pm - 11.00 pm
Saturday11.00 am - 11.00 pm
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 2.30 Mon - Fri
12 - 3 Sat & Sun

About the Pub

The Royal Oak is a New Forest institution which, apart from appearing in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide for over four decades, has also been selected by other guides for awards including being featured as another guide's 'country pub of the year', and it was local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016.

In good weather the huge garden can absorb almost limitless numbers but any sudden rain showers can result in the pub's inside becoming very crowded. For much of the year extra covered space is provided in a marquee in the garden or in the yard alongside the pub. While many traditional values remain unchanged, the has kept up to date with some 21st century fads like taking card payments.

While there is no food served in the evenings on most Thursday evenings there is a home-cooked supper in the winter months and a barbecue in fine summer ones. In the summer the garden also usually has an ice-cream kiosk.

Outside in the garden area are three 'shepherd's bothies' for quiet, away-from-it-all accommodation, for full details see the website:

A 'pop-up' farm shop can sometimes be found in the garden, with a good range of quality meats, cheeses, and even fishy products (e.g. trout pâté). The hours are flexible but weekends and weekday lunchtimes are a best bet of when to find it present and open.

Historic Interest

Close to Eyeworth Pond, site of a one-time gunpowder factory. Historic ('collectors') post box nearby.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 4 regular beers.

  • Bowman Royal Oak (Wallops Wood re-badged)
  • Flack Manor Flack's Double Drop
  • Hop Back Crop Circle (in winter)
  • Hop Back Summer Lightning (in summer)

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Hattie Brown's --varies--
  • Stonehenge --varies--
  • Three Daggers --varies--

Most of the guest beers are from local breweries.

Source: Local

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Royal Oak, Fritham


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Bowman; Downton; Flack Manor; Hop Back; Keystone; Red Cat; Ringwood; Steam Town; Stonehenge;

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access

    Has entrance step but ramp is available, has disabled toilet facility accessible from outside.

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Simple fare (ploughmans, quiches, soups etc) but excellent quality.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Very large, often has added marquee accommodation.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Very! They're almost mandatory.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    Three 'shepherd's bothies' (doubles) in the garden. 'Glamping' for adults.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Folk on Friday evening approx once per month.

  • RealFire Real Fire

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Royal Oak

SO43 7HJ

Sat Nav Reference

50.9262, -1.67104

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West end of village (no through road)

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