new beginnings | The Royal Oak

Authentic, home-cooked fare is the order of the day at The Royal Oak, prepared for you with care and passion in our beautifully refurbished kitchen. We look forward to welcoming you.


new beginnings

our story

Sitting in an enviable spot overlooking the village green (apparently the longest in Europe), our beautiful Grade II Listed building dates back to the late Middle Ages. In Victorian times, no less than seven different public houses played host to Barrington residents and passers-through, but The Royal Oak, the longest standing of them all, is now the village’s one and only pub.

As a village we have some interesting history. You might be surprised to learn that in 1879 and 1948 bones were found in Barrington to suggest that hippo, rhino, elephant, hyena, lion, bear, deer and bison lived here over 100,000 years ago, before the last Ice Age. That would have made for an interesting menu choice back then! There’s also evidence of Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements, Roman remains and extensive Anglo Saxon burial grounds.

Barrington is also the home of what was known as the ‘National Loaf’ — sold nationally in Britain from 1942 onwards as part of the home front effort during World War II. It was first baked here, where the creator of its high vitamin content recipe, Dr Elsie Widdowson, lived. Let’s see what you think of our Barrington home cooking today!

In August 2019 we were purchased by the Toadrage Group, a small Cambridgeshire-based hospitality team, dedicated to the great British country pub and everything it stands for. Their passion is clear. To bring unique properties like The Royal Oak to life – you will see this with our lovely oak floor and spotless kitchen featuring a Josper Charcoal Grill, creating a relaxed, informal atmosphere and serving authentic, home-cooked food — and not forgetting of course, the very best brews and wines to sup with it. As a free house, our bar selection is hand-picked to work with our menus and to keep things interesting!

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout Autumn we are now offering a 20% discount on food. See events page for details.


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Set in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, the world is our oyster when it comes to top quality local growers and suppliers. Our chefs love to cook with the freshest, in-season produce, to create dishes that burst with flavour.

our speciality

The age-old art of cooking over charcoal comes to The Royal Oak, thanks to our legendary Josper charcoal oven, installed as part of our extensive kitchen refurbishment. Try our succulent steaks and fish dishes, chargrilled to juicy perfection with all the flavour locked in.

we're all unique
Allergies & dietary requirements

Please let us know if you have any allergies or specific dietary requirements and we will do everything we can to ensure you enjoy a delicious meal to suit you. And don’t hesitate to ask us if you’d like us to explain any of our dishes.


As a freehouse we’re free to choose what we stock in our bar, which means you’re more likely to find a more interesting selection of beers, ales and wines at The Royal Oak. And did we mention we do cocktails too?



a table

Please call us on 01223 870791 to book a table to dine with us, or email your enquiry using the link below.

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opening times



12.00 - 15.00 & 18.00 - 22.00


12.00 - 15.00 & 18.00 - 22.00


12.00 - 22.00


12.00 - 18.00



12.00 - 14.00 & 18.00 - 20.00


12.00 - 14.00 & 18.00 - 20.30


12.00 - 20.30


12.00 - 16.00