New owners add food to the Royal Oak in Somerset

15 December 2005
New owners add food to the Royal Oak in Somerset

Gill, Robert, Nicola and Wesley Berridge are the new owners of the Royal Oak inn at North Curry in Somerset.

Chef Gill has transformed the previously wet-led inn by introducing pub meals at lunchtimes and a more extensive and up-market menu in the evenings.

In the New Year, the proprietors will add themed evenings to the mix, starting with a pint and curry night for £6 on Thursdays for the first month.

The ample property includes a lounge bar that can seat 16 and a galleried dining area with beamed ceilings and seating for 30 diners.

The public bar includes a darts oche, pool table and access to the brand-new child-friendly Garden Room that can seat 18.

The inn also has a double skittle alley and a function suite on the first floor that contains a bar, dance area and seating for 60.

The property also incorporates two private flats. The first has three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge/diner while the second comprises an office, lounge, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Licensed property agent Stonesmith of Exeter sold the freehold on behalf of previous owner Graham Brown for close to the asking price of £495,000.

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