The Royal Oak, Fritham does it again.
Friday 7th September 2012
They are one of our favorite pubs and very good friends of our "Angel of the South" Chris Gilbey. This is the second time in 3 years that this gorgeous 16th Century pub has won this prestigious award and Stevens Garnier are proud to say that we provide the wine for their award winning wine list.
But don't take our word for it. The following is from the Good Pub Guide's Award Winner's Website.
Country Pub of the Year
Rural New Forest spot and part of a working farm; traditional rooms, log fires, seven real ales and simple lunchtime food
This lovely country pub never disappoints' is just one of the enthusiastic comments from our readers about this charming brick and cob thatched pub. It's part of a working farm so there are ponies and pigs out on the green and plenty of livestock nearby. Three neatly kept black beamed rooms are straightforward but full of proper traditional character, with prints and pictures involving local characters on the white walls, restored panelling, antique wheelback, spindleback and other old chairs and stools with colourful seats around solid tables on the oak flooring and two roaring log fires; both the chatty locals and the hard-working staff are genuinely friendly. The back bar has quite a few books. Up to seven real ales are tapped from the cask: Bowman Wallops Wood, Flack Manor Double Drop, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Ringwood Best and Fortyniner, and Stonehenge Sign of Spring.
Also, ten wines by the glass (mulled wine in winter) and a September beer festival. Summer barbecues may be put on in the neatly kept big garden which has a marquee for poor weather and a pétanque pitch. It's always busy whatever the season but is especially popular at weekends with walkers, cyclists and families.
If you want to know more call 02380 812606 and talk to Neil or Pauline