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The Royal Oak, 36 Kirkgate, Ripon, HG4 1PB
The Royal Oak is located in Ripon's historic Kirkgate, just a stones throw away from the market square and a short walk from the spectacular cathedral, making it an ideal place to explore the shops, museums and many charms of Ripon or venture further afield to discover the delights of the dales. The Royal Oak was originally built as a coaching inn and that tradition of superb hospitality continues today with fantastic food and drink, stylish bedrooms and a warm welcome. All of our rooms, bar & dining areas were extensively renovated & extended in August 2007, to create one of the best places to stay, eat and drink in the city, with a stunning new look. Our bedrooms have been transformed into an oasis of style and sophistication with plump pillows, crisp white cotton bedding and soft fluffy towels. All of our rooms have en-suite bath or shower rooms, flat screen TV's, a selection of tea & coffee making facilites and complimentary toiletries. Some also have views over the rooftops of Ripon and others of the Cathedral. All room prices include a full traditional hearty Yorkshire breakfast to start your day, or a lighter choice of croissants, cereals and fruit juices, all with as much Costa coffee or Taylors of Harrogate tea as you would like. Food is served at The Royal Oak throughout the day and late into the evening. We are very proud of our menu and being in an area so rich in quality local produce, we have worked hard to create a variety of dishes using these ingredients, sourced through local suppliers and cooked fresh to order. Our specials board also changes daily according to availability & season and what our chef is planning for the next menu. We believe a superb menu needs a drinks list to match and The Royal Oak is well known for its great selection of fine wines and of course its famous Timothy Taylor hand-pulled Yorkshire ales. We are also in the Good Beer Guide for 2008. We have two opening roaring log fires for you to relax with a large coffee and the newspapers to watch the world go by on Kirkgate, or dining areas suitable for business lunches also. We have facilites for children that include high chairs and changing areas. So whether you are calling in to lunch or dinner, or staying overnight, we are confident that you will be as delighted with The Royal Oak as we are: superb fresh food, locally sourced produce, Timothy Taylor's cask ales, fine wines, fantastic coffee, en-suite modern rooms, excellent location. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
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92% recommended this accommodation to a friend 91% would stay again
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Beautiful base for Ripon races
The Royal Oak is perfectly situated in the centre of Ripon. It has been tastefully renovated to a very high standard. Our en-suite (bath and shower) room was large, clean and comfortable with attractive and tasteful decor. Toiletries were not provided beyond the, very pleasent, hand wash. However, the coffee and tea in the room was of excellent quality and in good supply.
The Royal Oak is cleverly designed to accommodate dining areas while still retaining the essence of a 'proper' pub in its Tap Room. The wine and beer are of excellent quality and I personally re commend a quaff of Timothy Taylor's Landlord, the most delicious beer I've ever tasted!
The breakfast menu is extensive and the cereals and juices on offer were diverse and of the highest quality. The poached apricots and Earl Grey prunes were delicious. The cooked elements were well prepared and beautifully presented to set you up well for he day.
We checked out the dinner menu on our first night and were. It disappointed. The Chef's Signature Dishes were innovative, interesting and sublime. The preparation and presentation were again excellent. If you can't stay here, they only have 6 rooms, then you should definitely eat and drink here. We will return.

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Libby T

From UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Our one night in Ripon
Lovely place,lovely hotel,staff excellent and food the tops. Only thing that lets trhe hotel down was the parking, maybe you will be able to change that one day.

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v drew

From Stretford Manchester, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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friendly, efficient, helpful and comfortable
excellent food
especially breakfast

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R Schadla-Hall

From Leicester, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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Our stay at the Royal Oak
Our stay at the Royal Oak was excellent and the food was marvelousH

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Pam Hayward

From Leeds, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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Excellent Hotel/Pub
Can not recommend the Royal hotel enough, nothing to much for the staff and food some of the best we have every had.
Even if you do not stay, please go and eat there

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J Miller

From UK
Who stayed in January 2014

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Best Hotel in Ripon by far!
A Great Choice for Comfort, Friendly & Helpful Service and a Good Location.

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Nick B

From Skipton, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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this was a warm & welcoming place to stay food was excellent
We had a lovely stay and would go back again.

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L Pickthall

From Redcar, UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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Bathroom was a bit tired! But overall great place to stay
Bathroom and plumbing not quite right. Comfortable room a little on chilly side. Excellent food and service.

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E Phillips

From UK
Who stayed in November 2013

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Lovely clean and very comfortable accommadation. Great location and food superb.

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P Marley

From Whitley Bay, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Great Hotel
Would stay again

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David R

From Braintree, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

Travelling alone

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