The Royal Oak
“Definitely one for the walking fraternity”
BROMYARD DOWNS, HEREFORDSHIRE
A 300-year-old, black-and-white free house, 200 metres above sea level and the only pub left on the lovely Bromyard Downs. Breweries not too far away supply Shropshire Lad, Black Pear and Pure Gold real ales. A look at the menu reveals a comforting list of home-made dishes, including steak and kidney pie; beef chilli; and Stilton, leek and apple crumble. Curries make a good showing too, with Thai green, chicken tikka masala and vegetable balti. Batting for the fish team are breaded wholetail scampi; plaice goujons; and battered haddock. Burgers, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, baguettes and salads are other possibilities.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: false
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About the area
Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.
Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.
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