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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* – Wednesday:
Bar 11:00 – 22:00
Food 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 20:00

Thursday – Friday:
Bar 11:00 – 23:00
Food 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 20:00

Bar 11:00 – 23:00
Food 12:00 – 20:00

Bar 11:00 – 20:00
Lunch 12:00 – 16:30

Last Reservation 15 Minutes before Kitchen closes.



We are continuing on to Phase of our upgrade at The Royal Oak. We have a number of necessary ‘behind-the-scenes’ improvements in our outbuildings, office and staff facility area which we need to make for the benefit of our hard-working team.

In order to reduce the impact on the business of these building works, we will be closed on Monday 17th, Monday 24th of June and Monday 1st of July while we upgrade utility services to our outbuildings. We hope to be back to normal in the near future.

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 OVER 10 GUESTS:  Will require a £10 per person deposit and a pre-order. Please email alternatively you can call us on 01425 652244 to check availability.

SUNDAY RESERVATION: will have a two hour allocated lunch sitting at the table from your time of booking.

IMPORTANT: Please check your junk mail if you have not received confirmation before calling.

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. Water Bowls & Treats provided – We even have our Canine Menu of Natural Chews Available!

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.


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.

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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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