The Oak Inn
Nestled in the Herefordshire countryside near Ledbury, The Oak Inn dates back to the 1600s. It’s a popular and friendly freehouse that offers a warm welcome, alongside great food. The two bar and eating areas exude character and the open-plan kitchen gives you a window on the chefs preparing and cooking your food.
The seasonal menu comprises mainly traditional pub food with a twist, prepared by talented, enthusiastic and imaginative chefs using top quality ingredients often supplied by high quality local suppliers.
The beef is traditionally bred – aged for a minimum of 28 days – and tastes fantastic, while the pork, chicken and eggs are all free range (the slow-cooked pork belly here is so tasty). The locally reared hogget is described “lamb as it used to taste”.
The Oak has featured in the Good Beer Guide since 2009. Three real cask ales are always available – Wye Valley Bitter, Bathams Best and Ledbury Gold – plus one guest beer, and so too are local ciders Stowford Press and Robinson’s Flagon.
The beautiful, secluded beer garden backing onto cider orchards is perfect for enjoying a drink and if you’re a dog owner, this really is a canine-friendly establishment.
For those staying at The Oak, there are plenty of things to do and see in the local area such as walks in the Malvern Hills or days out at Cheltenham Racecourse.
By Ian Cooke, Herefordshire & Worcestershire editor