Review on The Oaks Hotel
Set amid lawns and oak trees high above the village of Porlock (where Exmoor National Park meets the sea), this gabled Edwardian house has been faithfully restored and nurtured by long-serving owners Tim and Anne Riley. It has been a labour of love, and the Oaks is now noted for its sedate, quietly old-fashioned atmosphere and traditional courtesies.
Original oil paintings and antiques are dotted all around, and the traditional dining room has tables arranged around the panoramic windows - so that everyone gets a spectacular view. Tim runs front-of-house, while Anne's domain is the kitchen. Her four-course dinner menus are based around local and home-made produce (everything from breakfast marmalade to after-dinner chocolates is produced in-house): a typical meal might commence with a tartlet of goats' cheese and mushrooms or pear and watercress soup, before roast fillet of beef or tenderloin of Somerset pork with grain mustard and Marsala sauce. The 100-bin wine list has enthusiastically assembled, with most bottles sourced direct from growers and shippers.
The Oaks Hotel is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.00pm Mon-Sun (Apr-Oct)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card