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).