It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that the Royal Oak, Fritham has been named as Country pub of the year in the Good Pub Guide 2021.
It is a great honour to be acknowledged for our continued effort and dedication, in a year that has been so full of highs and lows; it is so humbling.
Even though imposed government regulations mean that we are currently closed we honestly couldn’t think of a better end to the year.
It is so important for us to keep the heart of the pub beating and not change the essence of a business we have spent over 20 years building. We are a traditional country pub serving cask ale and ploughman’s with homemade and locally sourced produce, we do not wish to be anything other than what people have come to know and love us for.
So whilst our current situation is not ideal, especially when we would like to be celebrating the festive season with you all, we look forward to the exciting opportunities that await us when we are able to reopen.
Awards like this are only possible when the people who work alongside us, share our passion, enthusiasm and desire to make the Royal Oak a destination that everyone enjoys coming to, we say an enormous thank you to our incredible staff.
Of course nothing is possible without you, our customers. Your loyalty and support over the last 20 years, as well as the understanding and cooperation you have shown us this year as we have faced never-ending challenges and a constant need to adapt to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone really has made this whole adventure so much easier. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we cannot express how grateful we truly are.
All of these things combined make the Royal Oak much more than a pub. It is the heart of the community, a pub for all seasons, a place to meet friends, family and loved ones and make happy memories at.
You all know that we are a small family run pub and we love to support other local businesses so thank you to all of the other small companies who have supplied us with a fantastic variety of produce over the years, it has meant we have managed to achieve great things.
On that note, we would like to take a moment to congratulate our wonderful daughter and son in law, Jenna and Daniel Bessant and their New Forest Farm produce farm shop. They have worked tirelessly since April 2019 to build a fantastic business. Initially from the little shed in the middle of the pub garden they have expanded to their new location at Valletta barn just 100 yards to the left of the pub. This year their support to and from the local community has been phenomenal, with deliveries to the most vulnerable during the spring lockdown they have ensured that people have options to shop for locally sourced produced as well as supplying the very best in home reared meat during lockdown 1 and 2 and throughout the rest of the year. We are so proud of you and all you have achieved in such a small amount of time, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you.
Once again thank you to The Good Pub Guide for bestowing us with this honour and to you our wonderful customers for making it all possible
We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Neil and Pauline.
The Royal Oak, Fritham, Lyndhurst SO43 7HJ, UK
023 8081 2606