It is always a thrill to find a new and outstanding pub in an area of England, in and around the stunning Cotswolds, which I have traversed and happily explored over the years. Such a pub is The Royal Oak in Gretton, Gloucestershire, near to Cheltenham and Evesham and Broadway, Worcestershire, by car.
Set on two acres, this pub has fine views of the Vale of Evesham with steam trains running by on the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire railway at the foot of the property. Inside you will find warming wood fires, a conservatory, engaging staff, cask ales such as the hop happy Stunner from the Cotswold Spring Brewery in good nick and precise food with tempting flavours.
I had the roast Gressingham duck breast with Dauphinoise potato, roast root vegetables, crispy coated poached egg and red wine jus one time. And on another visit I had a delectable Sunday roast of pink pork and a dessert of sticky toffee pudding.
I returned to The Royal Oak, which dates from around 1830, a number of times during a three week stay in Broadway because the atmosphere and all the amenities collectively made it feel just right.