Our Team



Awarded Community Pub of the Year 2016,

UK South West Region,

for "Outstanding Services to the Local Community"









"We're fortunate to be able to live and work in such an idyllic location at the iconic Royal Oak on Exmoor. We're proud of our team who all work hard with us to maintain the high standards we are known for and to consistently exceed our customer's expectations. We look forward to your company "

Mark and Sally Bradley

OUR TEAM - Winsford is a small and friendly village with a strong community spirit. The Royal Oak Exmoor is an important focal point for the village and every member of our 18 strong team lives locally, mostly in the village itself.

GENERAL MANAGER - Eileen Ayliffe









Eileen has worked at The Royal Oak for more than 30 years and enjoys greeting returning guests just as much as new ones.

HEAD CHEF - David Sylvester









David first started at the Royal Oak 28 years ago under then owner Charlie Stevens who still lives next door to us.

City & Guilds qualified at Taunton, David lives in the village with wife Sarah and their family who have all grown up in Winsford.

We're proud to have such a talented and creative Head Chef leading and inspiring our Kitchen Team. 'Big Chef' is regarded as one of the top Chefs on Exmoor, if not the South West.


HOTEL RECEPTION 08:00 - 22:00 7 Days

Eileen, Sally, Mark



MANAGER - Eileen Ayliffe



Call, write or email to Mark, Sally or Eileen



Following the closure of the only village shop, Winsford lost an important focal point so we opened The Oak Shop in September 2014.

Open 8:30 - 12:30 Monday to Saturday, the shop has Newspapers, Bread, Dairy and a selection of basic food items.

Free services include a Post Office on Tuesdays and Fridays, Cash Withdrawals, Prescription Distribution service and a parcel drop off point for those not at home to receive deliveries.


We all look forward to seeing you!