About the Royal Oak

A Traditional English Country Inn located In the heart of what is said to be Britain's best loved National Park, The Royal Oak Exmoor in Winsford is a perfect base from which to appreciate all that Exmoor and Somerset has to offer.


The Royal Oak Exmoor was originally a 12th Century Farmhouse and has a fascinating history. Today it's a traditional Country Inn with 4 star accommodation. The Royal Oak offers the highest quality bar/restaurant dining 7 days a week and superbly appointed bedrooms which include several Four Poster King Rooms, Twins and Doubles.


Clean and well behaved dogs are welcome in some of our bedrooms and the bar.

About us

"We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to live and work in such an idyllic location, at the iconic Royal Oak on Exmoor.


Winsford is a small and friendly village with a strong community spirit. The Royal Oak Exmoor is an important focal point for the village and every member of our 18 strong team lives locally, mostly in the village itself.


We're very proud of our team who all work hard with us to maintain the high standards we are known for and to consistently exceed our customer's expectations. We all look forward to seeing you "    -   Mark & Sally Bradley

Owners – Mark & Sally Bradley

Otto       RIP 21st April 2017

Maxie    RIP 16th April 2018

Head Chef – David Sylvester

David first started at the Royal Oak 30 years ago under then owner Charlie Stevens who still lives next door to us. 

City & Guilds qualified at Taunton, David lives locally with wife Sarah and their family who have all grown up in Winsford.

We're proud to have such a talented and creative Head Chef leading and inspiring our Kitchen Team. 'Big Chef' is regarded as one of the top Chefs on Exmoor, if not the South West. 

General Manager – Eileen Ayliffe

Eileen has worked at The Royal Oak for more than 35 years and enjoys greeting returning guests just as much as new ones.

About the Royal Oak shop

Following the closure of the only village shop, Winsford lost an important focal point so we opened The Oak Shop in September 2014. 


Open Monday to Saturday mornings, the shop has Newspapers, Bread, Dairy and a wide selection of basic food items.


Free services include a Post Office on Tuesdays and Fridays, Cash Withdrawals, NHS Prescription Distribution service and a parcel drop off point for those not at home to receive deliveries.

Financially supported by Mark and Sally, The Oak Shop can only operate with generous help of our team of volunteers who give up a few hours each month to keep the shop open 6 days a week for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.

LATEST UPDATE - The Post Office Outreach service has been withdrawn from us 'for the foreseeable future'. The shop continues to operate due to the commitment of our volunteers and the Winsford Support Group.


We can take debit card payments with no minimum spend and no transaction fees, and we will do cash withdrawals provided you have a debit card from one of the major banks.


We have to charge a 1% transaction fee on cash withdrawals with a minimum fee of £1 to cover our bank charges

2016 - Winner of Community Pub of the Year, UK South West Region, for "Outstanding Services to their
Local Community"

2018 - Top 3 Finalist in National Community Pub of the Year Awards