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COVID-19 Update

In support of the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19, we sadly and heavy heartedly will be closed from Thursday 5 November until we are allowed to open again. We have contacted those who have a booking in November and we look forward to rearranging when we can.

We thank you for your support and custom since re-opening on July 14.
We have taken the decision not to operate a takeaway service as we did in the first lockdown.

We will keep you updated via our Website, Newsletter and Facebook page.

Our phone lines and emails will still be monitored over the lockdown period.

In the meantime take care of each other, stay home, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Very best wishes,

Will, Sebastian, Julie and the Royal Oak Team.

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


Monday           Closed (open Bank Holidays)

Tuesday           12pm – 2:30pm        5:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday     12pm – 2:30pm        5:30pm – 8:00pm

Thursday         12pm – 2:30pm        5:30pm – 8:00pm

Friday              12pm – 2:30pm        5:30pm – 8:00pm

Saturday         12pm – 2:30pm        5:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday            12pm – 3:30pm


Monday            Closed

Tuesday          11:30am – 9:30pm

Wednesday    11:30am – 9:30pm

Thursday        11:30am – 9:30pm

Friday             11:30am – 9:30pm

Saturday        11:30am – 9:30pm

Sunday           11:30am – 5pm

Reservations only

(even for drinks)

Locally sourced, fresh ingredients

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We ask for your patience and co-operation as we adjust to our ‘New Normal.’

If you are planning to visit us to eat or drink:

  • Bookings only. (even for drinks)
  • Maximum of 6 people – following guidelines from the government. We are unable to offer multiple tables per booking.
  • We will try to honour requests of outside seating, weather permitting.
  • You will be greeted at the entrance where you will be asked to use the sanitizer and have a temperature check.
  • We will keep a contact name and number of a member of your party for 21 days for NHS track & trace.
  • To keep staff and customers safe we will be offering full table service and we ask that you remain seated at your table unless using the toilet facilities.

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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COVID -19 update 27.11.2020

Following recent announcement from the government regarding the new tier system in place.

Our region has been placed within Tier 2 which means we can open operating as a restaurant only and no mixing of households indoors apart from support bubbles.

We will re-open on Thursday 3 December and reservations are now being taken - those who have contacted us through the lock down period should of by now received confirmation, if you haven’t please call or email us.

Our opening hours will be the following:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday - Saturday: 11.30am - 3.30pm and 5pm - 9:30pm
Food: 12noon - 2.30pm and 5.30pm - 8pm

Sunday: 11.30am - 5pm Food: 12noon - 3.30pm

You are advised to reserve a table before arrival.

Please be respectful the tier system is not our rules, however we intend to continue offering the same service as previous while keeping you safe. Alcohol will only be available with purchase of a meal.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Take care
Will, Sebastian, Julie and the Royal Oak Team.

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