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.