The Royal Oak
“Stylish village inn, good food and local beers” - AA Inspector
LONG WHATTON, LEICESTERSHIRE
Ideally situated in a picturesque village close to Loughborough and East Midlands Airport, The Royal Oak is an award-winning pub, offering high quality, locally sourced food. Charnwood ales, brewed just four miles down the road, are on offer in the smart bar, and the carefully selected wine list has 15 by the glass. In the stylish AA-Rosette restaurant diners can expect some tough decisions – fresh mussels cooked with chorizo, tomato, garlic and parsley; Mediterranean sharing platter; duck leg confit with Toulouse sausage or a pub classic such as home-made burger of the day. Leave room for desserts like warm treacle tart; or chocolate mousse cake. An annual summer beer festival offers 30 real ales and 10 ciders. The impeccably furnished guest bedrooms are in a separate building.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Leicestershire is divided between the large country estates of its eastern side and the industrial towns of the East Midlands to its west. Coal mining was an important part of the county’s industrial development in the 19th and 20th centuries. This is reflected in its heritage, including a reclaimed mine near Coalville, now divided between a nature reserve and Snibston Discovery Park, where families can learn about the mining industry. Meanwhile, agricultural areas are concentrated around the pleasant market towns of Market Harborough and Market Bosworth.
The county’s administrative centre is the city of Leicester, and other major towns are Loughborough, which includes bell-founding among its many industries, and Melton Mowbray, home of Stilton cheese and a particularly English item, the pork pie. One shop in Leicester has been specialising in this meaty delicacy since 1851. Northeast of Melton Mowbray is the lovely Vale of Belvoir, beneath which are large deposits of coal.
Charnwood Forest, with fewer trees than one would expect, provides a wild and rugged landscape conveniently situated for escape from the city. It lies to the northwest of Leicester extending to Loughborough and Coalville, with some interruptions.
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