Welcome to The Royal Oak
Milborne St Andrew
Voted the best Sunday Lunch in Dorset!
Andrew & Sarah Fox welcome you to their family-run and owned, family and dog-friendly freehouse in the heart of Dorset.
Situated on the A354 between the county town of Dorchester and the North Dorset market town of Blandford. The Royal Oak can be found in the traditional Dorset village of Milborne St Andrew. The pub’s location makes it popular with walkers, locals & tourists alike.
Offering a delicious range of food & drink in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, we are sure you will be glad you visited us!
Late mothers day lunch - After struggling to find anywhere open on a Monday we landed here nice greeting on arrival ordered drinks studied the menu ordered our food food arrived promptly nice and tasty... read more but served on a cold plate( pet hate) to many chips rather that then to few!
March 21, 2023
We ate at this restaurant as family of 4. We were made to feel very welcome and the food was absolutely beautiful. An old traditional pub full of character, we... read more will certainly re-visit again.
February 23, 2022
We love coming here for dinner, we have been many times before, as parties of 5 up to 25 and always have a great experience!
The menu is good,... read more food is always delicious, good portions & presented really well.
We always feel very welcomed, lovely atmosphere here. The staff are great, really friendly, nothing is too much trouble. Would highly recommend!
October 4, 2022
Oooh my word, this pub was amazing!!!!
Food is out of this world, staff are wonderful and friendly, service was superb!
Thank you SO, SO much for a wonderful... read more meal.
August 18, 2021
Called into this lovely pub hoping for a lunch for 5 of us. We hadn’t booked but despite this a table was found for and we were made so very... read more welcome by everyone there.
Ordered lunch including a pudding and it was really delicious as well as being reasonably priced.
Thank you to everyone in the Royal Oak. both staff and the regular customers. We will be back on our next trip to beautiful Dorset.x
October 9, 2022
Amazing food and service - We came here for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday as the meal and service was second to none everything was piping hot service was great nothing was to much bother... read more We were sat at the same table both nights . I would definitely recommend this pub to anyone visiting as it was unreal
September 16, 2023
Very friendly Service. Exzellent Food. A good variety in drinks and Prices that make you come again and again. Also a very nice Garden with a childrens playground.
July 1, 2022
Steak night … a must !!! 5* - We went for the steak night- birthday treat- oh my word it was fantastic - best steak ever- staff were very friendly and very helpful
Will most certainly be... read more back
January 31, 2023
This village pub is an absolute gem. Their Sunday lunch deserves every accolade it receives! (Best Sunday Lunch in Dorset - Dorset Echo poll). The standard menu is wide ranging... read more and reasonably priced. Their special nights - we were there for an Italian Theme night - are great value and fun. The staff were most welcoming and friendly. It made a lovely holiday based in the village very special. Highly recommended.
October 17, 2021
Excellence! - We read about The Royal Oak before we came here on our holiday (we're Dutch) roadtrip through the south of England. I can truly say that we both thoroughly enjoyed... read more the atmosphere, kind people and, most importantly the food! Thank you for making our short stay in Milborne St. Andrew so memorable. Should anyone we know visit this area in the nearby future, we'll be sure to recommend you!
August 11, 2023
My wife and I, fortunately, had booked a table for their Sunday carvery. The meal was fantastic. We have a pub Sunday lunch every week in pubs all over the... read more West Country. This one was right up there with the best we'd ever had. The welcome on arrival was warm and friendly and it was all round a great experience. Well recommended but be sure to book. They offer two Sunday lunchtime sittings at 12 and 2.
October 13, 2019
Impressive early evening meal - lovely food, lovely staff. The carvery was delicious with lots of fresh vegetables. Plenty to chose from on the main menu along with pizzas and... read more salad. Very accommodating and helpful staff. Thank you.
February 13, 2022
On our drive down to the South Coast we stopped off for lunch at the Royal Oak. As soon as we entered there was a really friendly welcome from the... read more landlady who couldn’t have been more helpful if she tried.
We only needed a light lunch but it was more than we expected and very reasonably priced. And the beer was good too.
Whenever we are on this route again we will definitely stop in for lunch again.
November 7, 2021
Super Sunday carvery - Great quality food for such a reasonable price, all members of staff from bar, to waitress to the chef behind the carvery made us all feel welcome all with a... read more smile on their face ! Food was outstanding down to rich gravy & succulent turkey & crispy roast potatoes ! such a nice family friendly & relaxed atmosphere , lovely local village pub with people visiting from far & wide for a top notch carvery! One of the best meals I’ve had and made for a great birthday meal with family
November 12, 2023
Lovely little country pub! We visited for dinner during our little break in Dorset. The food was fantastic as well as the service. There was only one waitress and she... read more was doing both the food and bar. She was brilliant, all tables were busy and she managed it well. Food was cooked quickly and the portions were a decent size. We both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
November 26, 2021
We came here tonight by chance as our local in Milton Abbas had no chef we went to the golden oak in dewlish and found it only opened 6pm for... read more dinner we thought we would go home but went another way home to Milton Abbas went pass the Royal Oak in Milborne st Andrew we only thought they did only a roast on sundays “””Suprise for us we had a really .good meal, steaks as we asked for very good service very friendly background music just the right very amount of volume very well cooked food a good menu choices 5 Stars
April 2, 2022
Managed to get a last minute slot on Sunday 28th August. Varied menu including carvery. I had lasagne, had a quiet word as I thought it was a bit on... read more the small side, so ordered a portion of chips. Result = couldn't eat it all! Great food, fun staff (great sense of humour). Will definitely visit again. Thank you everyone involved at the Royal Oak, keep up the excellent work.
September 5, 2022
Fantastic food! We had dinner here both nights during our staycation in a nearby village and wow we were impressed! We had pizzas on their Wednesday pizza night which were... read more very tasty and then returned the next evening which was equally as good. The staff are the highlight of this place and are so incredibly friendly which gives such a good feel to the place. Highly recommend!
August 19, 2022
Lovely friendly staff who squeezed us in on a Monday night - delicious food and great atmosphere. They also do takeaway which is handy to know. Dog friendly too
October 26, 2022
Went today with the family as we are on a staycation, it was the most amazing atmosphere, the staff were incredible.. even going as far to bring my little boy... read more some toys which meant a lot!
The food was incredible, and also had the most amazing gluten free food which for a coeliac is a blessing!
The staff were so upbeat and friendly, and couldn’t be more attentive!
Wish we could move it with us home as would 100% go again.
June 26, 2022
We decided to travel a bit further afield for our Sunday roast after a recommendation about the Royal Oak. We were advised to book a table and they do their... read more carvery in 2 hour slots, this was plenty of time. The staff from initial greeting all the way through the meal and until we left were very friendly, helpful and polite. Our carvery was lovely, a choice of 3 meats, I had a bit of each, great choice of vegetables, potatoes and extras. We all enjoyed our roast and said it was good value for money. No one wanted pudding but after looking at the menu decided to wait 20 minutes then pig out again. The puddings were very big and extremely nice and we were all well and truly stuffed. The pub also has a good choice of real ales. We had an excellent Sunday afternoon and will definitely be venturing there again.
October 31, 2019
Great food - Called ahead and booked a table for a group of 7. They were able to accommodate us, for the time we required. We were greeted by a friendly member of... read more staff and seated. Great selection of meals for both adults and children. One of the party was gluten free and there was a large number of options. Lovely food and large portion size. Would definitely visit again if in the area.
August 4, 2023
Best Sunday lunch! - We (4 adults, 2 kids) went for Sunday lunch at the Royal Oak in milborne St Andrew and it was amazing! Creamed leeks, mashed turnip plus pigs in blankets and... read more yummy yorkshires! All the food was so good and the staff were really attentive and were lovely! Absolute dream and ended with a git big slice of apple cake and custard ???? they did the kids make your own icecream sundae and it was a good bargain too, definitely worth a visit! xx
November 5, 2023
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August 22, 2023
We had a lovely carvery lunch today, beef, turkey and ham, and plenty of fresh vegetables. Very friendly service. A lovely atmosphere, we shall certainly be returning and can highly... read more recommend this pub.
August 7, 2022
We are regular holiday visitors to Milborne St Andrew and always enjoy spending time in the village pub! Every time we have stopped in for drinks and football on the... read more telly or enjoyed a meal in their fabulous restaurant we have never had anything other than a wonderful time!
Sunday roast for the family yesterday was by far and away the best roast I have ever eaten in a pub restaurant. The puddings were also superb...particular recommendation for the sticky toffee pudding! Service has always been incredibly friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble for Jo and the team!
It wasn't the plan to pop back again this evening but so pleased we did as we enjoyed another excellent meal and drinks.
There are so many things that are impressive about the Royal Oak. From the generous menu with great pub classics that are superbly cooked to the warm welcome you receive from the staff and the friendly chat in the public bar. The Oak really is a gem and somewhere you absolutely should not miss if you are staying locally or just passing through! Thanks guys for your wonderful hospitality...we will be back!
August 22, 2022
What a lovely evening! Delicious pizzas and heavenly chocolate brownies, alongside a great selection of games to play.
August 17, 2022
First time for a long time called in for lunch. Food excellent and staff and service very good. Steak pie and ham, egg and chips very good
July 7, 2022
We were staying in the Town of Milbourne and needed somewhere to eat in the evening. Fortunately, we booked the Royal Oak beforehand, as we were told it gets very... read more busy.
A very warm Welcome when we arrived, which is all too rare these days.
Ordered Lamb Shank and an award-winning Sweet Potato and Spinach Pie. Both were tasty and huge portions!
We didn't order Pudding, as we were too full, but Dorset Apple Cake looked delicious.
Paid the bill and no awkward references to leaving tips.
Overall, a great Pub...... welcoming Staff, good quality food and fantastic value.
September 4, 2022
We visited here twice during a midweek break in Dorset. We happened to be driving past and decided to stop for food. From the moment we walked in we were... read more well looked after and made to feel instantly at home. The food was delicious and we have never had such a huge plate of food which we couldn’t finish. The bbq hunters chicken was so nice as was the burger, just wish we had room for dessert! On both occasions we visited the staff were so nice and friendly. We will definitely be visiting again. Thanks Royal Oak!
November 11, 2022
Great country pub serving home cooked food - A great traditional country pub serving amazing home cooked food. We were greeted by a lovely friendly barman and shown a table. We ordered a children’s meal of chicken goujons... read more for our son which was a great size, nice and generous. We enjoyed pizza, lasagne and shared pulled pork and mozzarella topped chips. Food came quickly, nice and hot, tasted homemade and was generous in size. We were very happy with the atmosphere, barman and food and our bill was great value at under £50 including a pint for my husband, squash and a rose lemonade for me. Will definitely return next time I am in the area again visiting family
August 2, 2023
This was a completely impromptu visit for us to break up a long journey back from Devon. We were so pleased to have turned into this pub.
The staff were... read more lovely, really kind and chatty to our two boys and made us feel so welcome.
I had the pulled pork baguettes which was delicious. My husband had their house burger and could not fault it and as an ex chef himself he can be very fussy!
Our two boys loved their food but were feeling a bit exhausted because of the journey and could not manage it all but the staff kindly boxed up their food so they could take it with them.
Thank you so much team Royal Oak!
August 29, 2021
Very accommodating friendly place, felt very comfortable with our young family. Where told there was a table booked after us for 6 but where never rushed and felt we had... read more to leave. Food was good but not amazing, the carvery looked fantastic tho and was always very well attended to. Would definitely return.
October 20, 2019
Delicious food in a welcoming Dorset pub - Another delicious lunch at the Royal Oak, Lsmb shanks, fish and chips, lasagne all perfectly cooked then ice cream sundaes for dessert. Our go to pub for holidays in Dorset.... read more Such a friendly welcoming place, highly recommended - thank you , see you again next year.
September 28, 2023
My son and grandson took me to Parkdean resort, we stopped he for lunch. Friendly staff very welcoming , food was brilliant and service was excellent. Then on the Sunday... read more we returned again for a carvery dinner which again we’re not disappointed with, my grandson devoured his dinner& both me and my son enjoyed ours too. Well done to all the staff and chefs was a real treat.
June 1, 2022
Nice friendly pub with good service and food - I led a group of 16 walkers nearby and we lunched at this pub. We had preordered our food the previous day. We arrived at the allotted time and within... read more 20 minutes or so our food arrived and was really good. Generous portions and nice and hot. The food was served to all of us within 5 minutes or so, so we were all eating together.
The pub is nicely laid out with a light and airy eating area. Plenty of parking, which was important to us.
As the group organiser I found the staff very easy to deal with and very accommodating.
March 13, 2023
Great spot for a quick meal - We only needed a quick meal on our way home after a day out. This was a really good choice. Good wholesome meals at a reasonable price and with friendly,... read more prompt service. Good size portions and very tasty. Easy to see why it was so popular.
October 15, 2023
The greatest carvery in Dorset - Honestly the carvery is superb, we have eaten here on many occasions. The menu is extensive and they regularly change the specials. Amazing service and friendly to boot. Great value... read more for money!! Sorry it took so long to leave a review! 5 star all round.
November 26, 2022
We stayed in the village on holiday and ate at the royal Oak on 4 of our 7 nights. Staff were always friendly and helpful, dog friendly and the food... read more was really good, definitely recommend the Sunday roast and the curry.
June 23, 2022
After a walk at Tolpuddle we turned up at this pub on a Sunday. All the inside tables were taken so we sat in the garden, luckily the sun was... read more out. We were certainly in for a treat, what a Sunday roast we enjoyed. I usually don’t have roasts in restaurants as I find the vegetables overdone and the potatoes soft. Vegetables perfectly cooked and roast potatoes crisp and fluffy inside. Best Sunday roast I have had out. Will go back for their main menu. Lovely friendly staff including the chefs who generously cut the meat. Very long open hours for kitchen which is good when your walk takes longer than you thought, as ours did!
April 10, 2022
We were staying about 10 minutes away so booked Sunday lunch the night before as it was a carvery. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and couldn’t fault the meats... read more on offer or the selection of veg.Good value for money and the staff were friendly and helpful especially the lady who managed to move us into the main part of the pub (as we didn’t really want to sit in the bar with the tv on) even though they were extremely busy.Would definitely advise booking as it’s a fairly small village pub and seems very popular.
August 5, 2022
Family outing again at a very good local pub. I had an excellent steak and ale pie. The carvery was as good as ever. The place was packed and the... read more staff bustled cheerfully about. A lovely dining experience and one of the best pub carveries in Dorset.
August 29, 2021
Sunday Catvery - Excellent carvery, excellent value for money, choice of three meats with Yorkshire pud, pigs in blankets and stuffing balls. Selection of new/roast potatoes, cabbage, carrots, swede, green beans, parsnips, leeks... read more in cream sauce. Absolutely amazing will definitely return.
So good forgot to take a photo!!
October 8, 2023
The fillet steak here is one of the best we’ve ever tasted, a we’ve had just a few ! Great food. Staff were very welcoming, as were the locals. Lovely... read more cosy place
November 8, 2019
Fantastic!! Had a lovely meal in the family room, there was quite a lot of us. Catered for our every need and nothing was too much trouble. The carvery was... read more amazing, so delicious and the puddings were to die for. The children were very well looked after and made the most of the wide selection of toys to play with. Much appreciated
August 24, 2022
Greeted by a very warm welcome. Victoria looked after us and was very hospitable.
Great food, plentiful portions and super dog friendly!!!
Thank you so much. Highly recommended.
April 5, 2022
Spur of the moment stop - Called in to The Royal Oak after driving back from Cornwall,one evening. Greeted by a friendly member of Staff,sorry didn’t get her name. I ordered the Tikka masala and Hubby... read more ordered the Gammon steak,recommend both. Lovely old Traditional pub with a few locals turning up,always a good sign. The only criticism was it was so cold inside. There was a log burner but this wasn’t lit whether the pub had just opened I’m not sure. A real shame as I would have possibly ordered a dessert. I know times are hard but felt this one little bit of comfort from a lit fire/wood burner would have made us stay little longer.
Thankyou for lovely food tho
January 24, 2023
bangin tbf - give ma boy a raise, very good, the dish washer fella was a pure sound bloke tbh, good stella as well
November 2, 2023
We had dinner with our grandson recently at the Royal Oak which is now under the same management as The Drax Arms (another great pub). My wife had the Sunday... read more roast, I had the Oak Blue Burger and grandson the Ribeye Steak. The food was superb and the staff welcoming and attentive. There is a separate dining area but we chose to eat in the bar area. Nice atmosphere with comfy chairs and a real fire! We will definitely eat here again
December 20, 2021
The Royal Oak is a great place to eat, the menu suits everyone, the food presentation and quality of the food is excellent, the atmosphere is friendly and its simply... read more a lovely place to be. We are a family of 5 with a small dog we ate here for 5 consecutive evenings each night having something else and each night being pleased as the night before of the choices, quality and value for money, portion sizes are brilliant too !. Well done to the staff who seemed to be very happy in their work. Well done also to the owners who made us feel very welcome. Its difficult to know where to eat when your on holiday but eating at the Royal Oak made our choice easy...we simply didn't go anywhere else!
April 20, 2022
Called in on a busy Saturday lunchtime without booking - made to feel really welcome, great food. Value and atmosphere. Thank you!
December 20, 2021
Excellent service. The staff were very accommodating allowing us to have a carvery on the back of a group booking they had. Excellent food and quantities. We really enjoyed it... read more and the delicious desserts. Good value tasty food with real concern to serve us well
December 1, 2021
We called in to have a carvery lunch at the last minute on a Sunday, we were very lucky to get a table as they were very busy. We haven't... read more been to this pub for a few years. We were not disappointed, the food was delicious and there was a good selection of vegetables to choose from on the carvery trolley. The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend to others and we look forward to revisiting very soon.
April 24, 2022
Grate pub grate host - The food is out of this world so tasty full of flavour good value for money and handsome portions the lady with the red hair was such a good waitress/bar... read more person so kind and welcoming would definitely be back for dinner five star service
November 6, 2023
Fantastic carvery, delicious gammon & beef, all the trimmings great value for money, excellent service and great beer to wash it down
November 14, 2021
We were staying in an Airbnb just up the road and ate here 3 times over two days! The food was SUPERB! I had the BEST fillet steak I've ever... read more eaten as part of their Saturday Steak Night, the roast dinner carvery was second only to my Nan's and we went back for tea that night and had a delicious pizza. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, including doing a candle on my boyfriends pudding for his birthday! I can't recommend the Royal Oak enough to anyone in the area. It was absolutely perfect!
August 19, 2021
The Royal Oak was clean, modern and fresh.
It is a dog friendly pub, where the staff were polite, friendly, efficient and attentive (without being intrusive).... read more Their hearty food portions looked appetising and were truly delicious. We visited on a Friday lunchtime and even with numerous guests, it never felt rushed - it was a calm and friendly atmosphere.
Would highly recommend.
September 9, 2022