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The Royal Oak (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ringwood - 4X PorterExceptional1
Plain Ales - InnocenceExceptional1
Hop Back - Summer LightningExceptional1
Bowman - Royal Oak BitterExcellent1
Cheriton (see now the entry for Flowerpots) - Village ElderExcellent1
Sunny Republic - Hop DogExcellent1
Bowman - Wallops WoodExcellent1
Betteridge's - Old ChapExcellent1
Ringwood - RazorbackExcellent1
Downton - Dark DelightExcellent1
Flack Manor - Flack's Double DropExcellent5
West Country - SomerExcellent1
Ramsbury - Deer StalkerGood1
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Goddards - Special BitterNot Tried0
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)Not Tried0
Hop Back - English Hop MedleyNot Tried0
O'Hara's - Irish StoutNot Tried0
Hop Back - Crop CircleNot Tried0
Flack Manor - Romsey GoldNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire

Visits Details

20 Jun 2019 (Stu)
Dry refuge after a long walk in the forest.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsbury - Deer Stalker4.00Good
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20Not Tried
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70Not Tried
Bowman - Royal Oak Bitter4.00Not Tried
Flack Manor - Romsey Gold4.00Not Tried
05 Jul 2016 (Archie14)
Lunchtime visit to this wonderful new forest pub. Yet again voted CAMRA pub of the year for the area and it easy to see why.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70ExcellentServed on gravity like all ales served here. Excellent condition very nutty finish.
Betteridge's - Old Chap3.80ExcellentVery quaffable bitter
Bowman - Royal Oak Bitter4.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not Tried
11 Nov 2012 (Eddie)
13:30 visit. another visit to this wonderful little pub :)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Plain Ales - Innocence4.00ExceptionalWonderful :)
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70Excellent
West Country - Somer3.90ExcellentNice session bitter straight from the cask :)
Bowman - Royal Oak Bitter4.00ExcellentBrewed specially for the pub :)
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
O'Hara's - Irish Stout4.00Not TriedThis was a keg stout, did not try but I'd never seen in before
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not Tried
19 Oct 2012 (Eddie)
12:00 visit I remember first visiting this little pub way back in the early 80's, it was run by a farming couple who owned the pub and run one of the local farms. Way back then the pub was very rustic and totally unspoilt with one ale and that being Strongs bitter and the only food available was crisps and bread and cheese served on a paper plate with a plastic knife and fork. The pub would then be full of farmers and workers off the forest and the landlord would come straight off the farm to help his wife serve, dung on boots and all! Today the pub is still very much unspoilt, toilets still outside much lighter inside the bar and offers much more choice for today's more demanding customers. Was and still is a fantastic little New Forest pub :)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00ExceptionalJust love this premium bitter and its in 5* condition here today :)
Ringwood - 4X Porter4.70ExceptionalStraight out the cask! sublime :)
Cheriton (see now the entry for Flowerpots) - Village Elder3.80ExcellentLovely session bitter:)
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70Excellent
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Excellent
14 Aug 2012 (HSB)
I had not been here for over twenty years. A bit plusher than it used to be but still a good country pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sunny Republic - Hop Dog5.50ExcellentSuperb
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70Good
02 Jun 2010 (Stu)
Very busy afternoon,a much need break after a long walk.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downton - Dark Delight5.50ExcellentDark brown with red tinges,Sweet caramel malty taste with Dark fruit, prunes and raisins.
Flack Manor - Flack's Double Drop3.70GoodAmber in colour,with a citrus lemon taste.
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)3.90Not Tried
Bowman - Wallops Wood4.00Not Tried
Hop Back - English Hop Medley4.00Not Tried
19 Jun 2009 (Andrew)
Jane, Isabel and I were travelling back from Lyme Regis and picked this pub for lunch. Driving through the New Forest for a bit was a nice change to the A31 and as we arrived at about 12.15 I was surprised to find the pub (which is in the middle of nowhere) quite busy. The staff were friendly and efficient and clearly geared up for lots of people. We sat in the garden under a large yew tree and had a pint and a cracking Stilton ploughman's. All the beers were on gravity.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bowman - Wallops Wood4.00ExcellentBadged as Royal Oak Bitter. This was excellent. A brown bitter with plenty of fruitiness (I got a bit of strawberry, melon and cherry) and malt. Really refreshing.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Goddards - Special Bitter4.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not Tried

About The Royal Oak

The pub sign. The Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent11
Good3
Acceptable-
Poor-

The pub is found in Fritham, Hampshire, SO43 7HJ.

A thatched pub situated in the New Forest. The pub has a large garden with views of the woods. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 20 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SO43 7HJ