Cotswold Pub after gorgeous refurbishment
What’s not to like about a weekend spent photographing some gorgeous Cotswold Pub interiors? There was a time when pub accommodation was just a place to get some shut-eye after a pint and a pie. But in the world of Cotswold pubs the game has changed. At the Royal Oak in Ramsden, 250 years of atmosphere and history are wrapped up in style, comfort and luxury.
Last summer, between lockdowns, I went to photograph the pub for their big relaunch after a change of ownership and an extensive refurbishment. The place was looking fantastic. Website, social media and general marketing imagery was on the brief and I spent the weekend photographing….
- Exteriors (day and night)
- The Dining Room (empty and during service)
- The Bar
- Garden and outside dining
- 5 Unique Bedrooms
- Staff portraits
Cotswold Pub Bedrooms
The 5 bedrooms at the Royal Oak are part of these Cotswold pub interiors. The rooms are all beautifully designed to be completely individual and loaded with a hefty dose of luxury. They include The Attic, a romantic hideaway up a tiny old wooden staircase in the eaves of the old pub. There’s also The Stables out the back which is converted into family rooms with 2 huge bunkbeds. Other rooms include bathrooms with luxurious roll-top baths and spacious walk in showers.
Royal Oak History
There are pubs up and down England called the Royal Oak. As you may expect, there’s a great story behind the name that must have captured the imagination of the nation at the time. The clever new logo of this Cotswold pub encapsulates the legend.
In 1651 King Charles II was in Shropshire on the run from the Roundheads after defeat at the battle of Worcester. As the Parliamentarian solders got close, the King hid amongst the bows of a large oak tree and the solders walked right under him none the wiser.