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Welcome to the Royal Oak in North Gorley

Idyllically positioned in the heart of the New Forest, once a Royal Hunting Lodge dating back to the 17th Century near the town of Fordingbridge. You can find wild animals such as ponies, cattle, pigs, and donkeys grazing outside. The Royal Oak is a cosy, characterful thatched pub serving local cask ales, fine wines, and freshly prepared food using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, the menu features traditional pub comforts and modern British dishes.

Whether enjoying a light snack and refreshing beverage in the beautiful picturesque beer garden during the warmer months, or a hearty meal come winter, all guests, including our four-legged friends, will experience a warm welcome and the highest of standards in unique yet ambient surroundings.

The bar has plenty to offer featuring local cask ales from local micro-breweries. Naturally, we serve a range of premium brand spirits including 18 plus gins. We also have an array of wines including fizz from around the world. For those who fancy a non-alcoholic beverage, we have a wide range of softies including an alcohol-free gin!

New Forest Country Pub & Dining

Opening Hours

Monday & Tuesday:

Wednesday – Saturday:
Bar 11:00 – 22:30
Lunch 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner 17:00 – 20:00

Bar 11:00 – 19:00
Lunch 12:00 – 15:00

Last Reservation 15 Minutes before Kitchen closes.

Book a table

Booking a table is easy with our online reservation system.  Please use the form below.

If you are unable to attend or running late for your reservation with us, please call us. Tables will be held for 15 minutes from booking time.
Parties with over 8 guests will require a £10 per person deposit and a pre-order. Please email us to check availability.  Alternatively, you can telephone us on 01425 652244 or text/ WhatsApp us on 07818040908 with your enquiry. IMPORTANT: Please check your junk/spam mail if you have not received confirmation.

Dog friendly

The Royal Oak is dog-friendly, we more than welcome your canine friends through our doors. We have limited tables in our dog-friendly dining area. To reserve a table in this area please tick the box on the form or contact us – 01425 652 244

Meet the team


Manager: Will Barnaby

Head Chef: Sebastian Krakowiak

Resident Pub Dog, Guinness and his companion, Oscar @pubdog_guinness.lab

Something for everyone


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.

With the New Forest on our doorstep, we have plenty of local suppliers. Our meat is sourced less than 3 miles away at Godshill from New Pastures Butchers. The coast is a short stone’s throw away which means our fish is always fresh and line caught where possible.

As well as Lunch and Dinner we serve a Traditional Sunday Roast every Sunday from 12 noon – 3:00 pm.

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The Select Country Inns Group

Select Country Inns is a small independent group of pubs, inns and hotels offering good quality food and accommodation. Located in Hampshire and Wiltshire.

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