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The Royal Oak

Sited in the attractive village of Long Whatton, The Royal Oak’s reputation as a dining pub has spread beyond well beyond Loughborough. Indeed, with good trade from nearby Donington racetrack and East Midlands Airport, it’s gaining an international following.

Chris and Alex Astwood, two brothers with extensive hospitality experience, took over The Royal Oak in 2010 after looking for a venue to implement their version of a village pub serving great food and with stylish bedrooms.

Together with young chef James Upton they have gained an AA rosette and Michelin Guide listing with food that has a strong focus on the local and seasonal. The kitchen garden supplies micro-herbs, and village locals bring in vegetables, while the menu lists many great suppliers from across the East Midlands.

There are superbly done pub classics but also a range of distinctively seasonal dishes. In late spring 2016 for example, Great Food Club enjoyed a terrific starter of charred asparagus, poached duck egg, crisp parma ham and wild garlic mayonnaise

Front of house is run smoothly by an alumni of Gordon Ramsay, and there’s also a huge garden with superb views.

By Tim Burke, Leicestershire editor

Premium member offer:

SAVE UP TO £48 OVER THE STANDARD PRICE

Dinner, bed & breakfast for two (bottle of Prosecco on ice in room, three courses from a la carte, bottle of wine, breakfast): £150. Quote ‘Great Food Club Premium Offer’ when booking and show your red membership card on arrival. Book on 01509 843694.

Useful info
The Green, Long Whatton, Leicestershire, LE12 5DB
01509 843694

Customer review for The Royal Oak

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  1. Steve Day says:
    The place to go for the best meal if dining outFood as good as top resturants, not your normal pub grub, good atmosphere with friendly staff, excellent real ales. Have taken work colleages here from various countries and they were impressed with how good British resturant food can be. Rooms when staying overnight are also very good.

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