Enjoying the garden, Spring has arrived and Craft Beers - gluten free as well!
Frieth Road, Bovingdon Green, Nr. Marlow, Bucks SL7 2JF
01628 48 86 11 info@royaloakmarlow.co.uk

Are you game?

Ask any gardener what their favourite time of year is and odds on they’ll say spring. It’s the chance to start afresh, get planning and get planting that excites. The gin and tonics can come later, just as long as there are G & T’s to look forward to!

Here at the Oak, we’re no different. The garden and terrace is in the process of transformation: most dramatically with the removal of the screening hedge around the terrace. It’s a bit like taking down a wall in a house – you don’t know how much space it’s taken up until you lose it. We also felt the hedge disconnected the terrace from the rest of the seating on the grass, so it had to go. What we have now is a much sunnier aspect with new planting, which with the uninterrupted sight lines into the garden, makes for a lovely al fresco dining experience.

Outside at the Oak, there’s a lot of space to run around in. It’s great for kids to scrub some energy off or just go for a wander round before lunch.

Many of you will already know about the pentanque piste behind the fence and if you fancy a game, you can ask for a set of boules at the bar. Last year, we introduced an outdoor ping pong table too, which proved insanely popular. We’ve gone even further this year and have added swingball and badminton sets.

Swingball! Badminton! YES, WE KNOW! It’s a bit retro, but that’s the fun of it isn’t it? What we’d love to see is people disconnecting from their phones and iPads for a wee while and instead work up an appetite and a thirst by connecting with their inner (‘70’s) youth. Get together with some pals and see who’s the champion. Come on – you know you want to!

Of course, if you’re not into wild outdoor activities like badminton or table tennis then you can simply sit and enjoy; gin and tonic (or whatever you fancy) in hand and contemplate the delicious new menu. There’s a couple of bank holidays coming up too (May 2nd & 30th) so why not make it a date and join us in the garden. We look forward to seeing you.

Best wishes from James and the team at The Royal Oak.

NB: Oh and this month's Lunch Club Winners.... Well £100 Voucher for lunch has gone to Dan Pitt and a rather decent £50 tab is now available for Carolyn Bennet to enjoy.*

*We don't do rules but we just ask that you enjoy your vouchers on a normal working day - Monday to Friday (exlcudes Bank Holidays).
Crafty Brews
Making a beer without wheat or barley might seem ridiculous, but believe or not it is possible to make great tasting beers without resorting to either of those ingredients.

Which is great news for those with a gluten-intolerance or who live with coeliac disease. The really good news is there are craft brewers actively producing beers specifically for these types of customers. Even better, the Oak is now stocking beers from two of the best in the business: Greens and Estrella Damn Daura. In fact Greens have won the highly coveted Free From Award - yes, that's the Award we picked up a little while ago as well!
 
These days, beer can either be made gluten-free from the start or have the gluten-extracted afterward (much like alcohol-free). Both methods produce characterful and fresh tasting beers regardless of the lack of wheat or barley.

Try them for yourselves and you’ll be amazed at how good these beers are in their own right.
Spring is in the air
Already the countryside is alive to the sights and smells of spring – and one of the most distinctive is the aroma of wild garlic (allium ursinum).

If you’ve never tried this woodland gem, then you’re missing a treat. You can eat the bulbs, but we love to use the lush, green leaves in soups and salads because it adds a slightly milder taste of garlic.

Best of all, it’s free! So if you’re out for a wander in the woods then follow your nose and pick some for yourself. Please remember to pick responsibly though.

A real treat is scrambled eggs (goose eggs if you can get them) with wild garlic on toasted brioche – as perfect a weekend brunch as you could wish for!
dogs, children, and muddy boots welcome
Frithsden, 
Nr. Hemel Hempstead, 
Herts HP1 3DD
01442 86 44 80
Frieth Road
Bovingdon Green, Nr. Marlow
Bucks SL7 2JF
01628 48 86 11
Salisbury Pubs | Frithsden, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 3DD 
01442 86 44 80 | info@salisburypubsltd.co.uk

Registered address: Salisbury Pubs Ltd, 3a Chestnut House, Farm Close, Shenley, Herts, WD7 9AD. Company No: 04685670

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