From the banks of the Thames take the short trip up the winding hill to Bovingdon Green and the warm, wooden heart of award-winning The Royal Oak. Oak by name and oaken by nature – but not hard or austere: not a bit of it. Bare floorboards and ancient timbers ooze bonhomie, it feels like someone’s home – it might as they’ll be tours for the time you are there. Like old friends visiting for dinner, the welcome is easy and relaxed. It’s journey’s end.