A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The Royal Oak

A warm welcome, delicious food, locally sourced seasonal produce, cask ales, an array of fine wines and a beautiful beer garden awaits you at The Royal Oak.

Once a Royal Hunting Lodge, the Royal Oak is a delightful 17th Century Inn, near the former market town of Fordingbridge, nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The Royal Oak sits in the picturesque village of North Gorley, amongst its grazing donkeys and ponies, opposite the village duck pond.

It is renowned by locals and visitors alike, for serving high-quality pub food with a modern twist, real ales, and warm hospitality. The Royal Oak is very family and dog-friendly and boasts many outstanding facilities, such as a beautiful beer garden.

Good food, good people, good times

Mouth-watering menu


At the Royal Oak, our food is popular with both guests and locals who can dine in our comfortable relaxing atmosphere. We prefer to use fresh local produce for our dishes.

We have a large choice of Ales, fine Wines and Spirits as well as Teas and Coffees and soft drinks.

Food is served daily and on Sundays join us for our superb traditional Sunday roast.

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Weekend trip to the New Forest

Very friendly staff. Due to these strange times, we had our temperature taken before entering the building. We could not fault the service and the food was some of the best pub food I’ve had. Stopped here for lunch on our last day in the New Forest and it was the best food we have had all week and the staff were very warm and friendly. Would highly recommend this place for food and location is perfect.

Lovely visit

We have been staying locally to the Royal Oak for the last three days. Apart from the lovely picturesque pub and lovely food that is always a massive attraction, I cannot tell you how impressed we have been with the service in particular the staff and how they have dealt with the reopening since COVID had shut them down. They have been friendly, efficient whilst at the same time adhering to the new rules and regulations imposed on them at this difficult time. Well done you guys you have made our visits so enjoyable and relaxing. Yet clearly this has increased your already busy workload. Thank you.

Picturesque pub – very safe with amazing food

We took a short break to the New Forest. This was one of the first pubs we have visited since lockdown. We had done our homework with regards to Covid precautions and the menu. We felt safe with the research we had done and so booked a table in the garden. We felt reassured when the owners called the morning of our visit to check we still wished to keep the booking.  We were not disappointed with our visit. We had a lovely table in the garden. All our temperatures were checked when we arrived and we sanitised our hands on entry. We all loved the food mixed with great staff in a relaxed atmosphere. So glad we supported a local business. The pub itself is well looked after and very picturesque with a lovely thatched roof and kept in good order. We will return again.

Howard’s Visit

Our first trip to a pub since lockdown. Had to prebook a table in the garden, greeted by Will the manager and shown to our table. The food is exceptional, started with Smoked Duck with marinated Peach, Leaves, Herb Croutons & a White Wine dressing. The main was Sea Bass with Crudhed Herby new pots, Crayfish, Roasted Butternut Squash, Rossted Asparagus & Saffron Sauce (Fabulous). The dessert was Strawberry Panna Cotta with Macerated Strawberries, Strawberry Meringue & Strawberry Gel . The service was excellent & will be going again soon.

Amazing service Julie and Chloe

We were greeted at the door by a lovely lady named Julie. She was so inviting that we all knew this was the right place to eat. We then had Chloe explain to us the soup of the day and the fish. The food arrived quickly and all of the staff were so nice and hospitable. Definitely a good place to go for a bite to eat after a long day. Thank you so much to Julie and Chloe for making our lunch that much better 10/10

Would DEFINITELY recommend it

Tried a takeaway from the Royal Oak tonight and would DEFINITELY recommend it – food on time, delicious and piping hot! Thank you!

Great tasting food

Normal Opening Hours


We are very sorry but we are closed Monday & Tuesdays currently due to staff shortages.

Monday Closed Closed
Food Served Closed Closed
Tuesday Closed Closed
Food Served Closed Closed
Wednesday 11:00am 10:00pm
Food Served 12noon – 2:30pm 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursday 11:00am 10:00pm
Food Served 12noon – 2:30pm 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Friday 11:00am 10:00pm
Food Served 12noon – 2:30pm 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 11:00am 10:00pm
Food Served 12noon – 2:30pm 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am 5:00pm
Food Served 12noon 3:30pm

Locally sourced, fresh ingredients

Book a table

We will be operating as we did back in July last year when we reopened. We ask for your patience and co-operation to keep our customers and teams safe while visiting.

  • Booking is essential.
  • Parties over ten will require a deposit of £10.00pp and pre-order.
  • Face coverings required until seated – unless exempt.
  • Hand sanitising stations located on entry and around the premises.
  • Track & Trace/ NHS COVID-19 app required from every adult in the party.
  • Payments via card or contact-less only, no cash accepted.
  • Full table service – I know we all want to stand at the bar, but not yet.
  • Toilets will be operating a strict one-in-one-out system.
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment available on request.
  • Inside dining the rule of 6 or two households applies, alfresco dining maximum table size will be 12 people max.

Booking is easy. If you would like to make an enquiry, please select the link below and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01425 652 244 with your enquiry or text/WhatsApp on 07818040908.

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After the recent update from the government that most COVID-19 related restrictions are being lifted, we have decided to to keep our own rules in place for the safety of our teams and customers. From Monday 19 July. - Bookings will still be very much encouraged as we approach the busy summer period. Walk in guests will be accepted where possible. - Masks will be encouraged while moving around inside but not mandatory. - Hand sanitiser will still be available at entrance points. - We will continue to greet you from our front gate/door and show you to your table. - Full table service will still be available inside and outside. - Children are to remain seated at the table unless using the toilet where they must be accompanied by an adult.- Capacity will remain the same, tables will remain a 1m plus distancing between others.We will have a 12 person maximum per booking. If you are looking to book for more people please contact us on info@royaloakgorley.com to discuss your request.- We will still be operating ‘cash-less’ so card or contact-less payments only. - We will continue with the increased ventilation by propping doors/windows open where possible. - We will also be continuing with our enhanced cleaning regime throughout. - NHS track & trace will still be accessible for those who wish to track there visit via the NHS app. Thank you for your valued support as ever. Will, Sebastian and the Royal Oak Team. ❤️🌳 ... See MoreSee Less
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