Eastbrook Farm

    • Eastbrook Farm stretches for 1,337 acres – that’s 1,300 football pitches.
Eastbrook Farm
  • We don’t use fertilisers, except the stuff that pigs, cows, hens and sheep produce every hour of the day.
  • Sprays – we could argue that the birds and the bees do that job for us, coupled with the innate strength of the crops and grasses we grow.
            • All our livestock is free range – although arriving here on a foul day in winter, you will see most beef and dairy cattle in their spacious and airy winter barns. Pigs will also have a couple of weeks inside their straw lined yards as we sort them for slaughter.
              • In the Summer we have regular farm walks – £5 per car – enjoy 1 to 2 hours tractor and trailer ride to see our lovely animals and walk some of our beautiful valley which drops down from the Ridgeway.
              • Our herdsman Clive flies raptors in his spare time!
              • We run the village pub – The Royal Oak. Food comes from our own organic farm and other local growers (including village people). We also have a Land Rover collect and take home service (for up to 10 people)! Use the pub as a walking or cycling base and finish up with lunch, a snack or dinner at the pub!
The Royal Oak
            • We like trees. We estimate we have planted about 35,000 of them in the 22 years that Helen’s been the boss, including a dedicated 18 acre wood that was planted in 2004.
            • And hedges. Possibly 7 miles of them restored so far, and plans for miles more as money permits. And the water table. When the animals have put the fertility into the soil, we’re keen to use the phosphates and nitrates they’ve deposited before they seep down into the local water supply. So we move the animals on, and grow wheat, oats, and often beans.
            • And most of the wildlife. Sometimes the foxes can irritate, but they try to keep the rabbits in check. The badgers constantly worry us, but there’s a stable population here and they seem (touch wood) to be TB free; the deer are a glorious sight especially on a frosty bright winter morning; the hares fight, like hares do; the buzzards, hawks, owls, and the occasional rarity such as the montague’s harrier are simply thrilling; the songbirds multiply noisily, and when they get too popular, the kestrels sort them out.
            • We host the famous annual Pigstock event. Your chance to come and live with our pigs in their fields with them, using their arcs and/or bring your own tent, it is a hoot - watch out for this year's dates on our pub events page!
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latest awards

SA Gold Award

Hot Dog and Beef Sirloin Winners

Following two years of being ‘highly commended’, our Helen Browning brand organic hot dogs, have now won ‘Gold’ in the Organic Food Awards. They are amazing, we think – what hot dogs used to be like, before they were made of pig skin and old washing up lines all pulped up together! And Helen's Beef Sirloin, also usually on the menu here, also won ‘Gold’.

 

Sustainable Restaurants award

Sustainable Restaurant Association gives 
Helen Browning at The Royal Oak top score for good practice!

Out of about 450 restaurants, hotels and pubs, the SRA has awarded The Royal Oak Three Gold Stars for its sustainable practices. Our pub joins only three other establishments in the country in the top bracket of the SRA's league table. They have commended our food sourcing, our healthy food on the plate, the way we treat food suppliers, our recycling and, last but not least, the care with which we try to look after customers and staff. www.thesra.org You can read more here

 

Food For Life logo 

Proud to be a member of the Soil Association’s catering mark supplier scheme that provides assurance to caterers on food and drink issues such as health, animal welfare and the environment.

See the Soil Association’s website for more information.