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Accommodation Details Royal Oak Hotel
Great Ayton ClevelandTS9 6BW
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Royal Oak Hotel in Great Ayton on The Cleveland Way
I had a smallish room here, clean but a little noisy from the kitchen and bar downstairs. The decor is slightly old-fashioned and the bathroom was not the best. The breakfast had no buffet, an unimaginative choice of cereals having to be ordered from the waiter, but it did come with fresh fruit. A lift to and from the walk can be arranged which was welcome, but generally not the best overall experience for the price.
Peter Clarke, left on 20 May 2017
Sayed here for 1 night, 2 May 2010, lovely accommodation, great food and really welcoming staff, can well recommend it. Made us feel at home and a lift back to the trail next morning after a delicious breakfast.
Pete, Cath & Dora, left on 17 May 2011
I've stayed here one night. Very nice room, warm welcome, friendly staff and good food!
Pieter Vanslembrouck (Belgium), left on 11 August 2010
We didn't stay here, but had dinner twice on our Cleveland Way walk. The staff are really friendly and the huge food portions tasty and good value.
S&D July 08, left on 07 October 2008
Good sized room and good food at night. The shower was filthy with mould and this spoiled an otherwise good overnight stop.
Vicki, left on 28 June 2008
Fantastic stay. Came in on the same day and was given a brilliant rate on dinner-B&B. The dinner was the best of the hike (three courses) and was populated with a number of very friendly and informative guests. It has a small bar serving pints of the bitter and a nice sitting room for after dinner coffee.

Highly recommended!
Chris Shaw, left on 18 October 2004
We wanted a combination of B&B and hotels on our walk. This was a very nice hotel. Bigger room that we were used to, bar and restaurant altho we ate at Spice Indian Restaurant (very good) but enjoyed a drink in the bar lounge. Desk staff very helpful.
Tedi Siminowsky, left on 10 October 2004
I stayed here on 15th July and it was probably the best place I stayed on my walk. I got a really warm welcome with tea, scones and jam. The room was fairly basic but directly opposite the bathroom, and the meals were excellent. It's got a unique atmosphere, with the guest's gathering in a lounge after dinner for coffee and a chat - it felt like a very friendly private members club. Neil is in the Mountain Rescue Team and advised me to take a diversion from the main route to avoid a dull section but take in something more interesting and it was well worth it.
Kevin, left on 25 July 2004
We stayed here on 29 May 2003
We got completely lost about a mile from the Black Sail Hut. We only found our way to the Honister Hause with the help of two ladies that were walking the dells with their dog and knew the country side. It was a steep incline to Honister House but from there we followed the track to Rosthwaith. Neil at Royal Oaks Hotel said that we were the tirest but happiest people that he had welcomed. The room has a en-suite shower plus a tub across the hall. Paulette decided to soak instead of shower. Dinner there was a fixed menu but they prepared a special vegan meal for Paulette. I had written to all of the B&Bs ahead of time about the vegan meals. After supper was coffee and cakes in the lounge. We took a walk with our coffee cups to see a bit of the town. Breakfast again was at a set time but they again went out of their way to accommodate Paulette’s vegan preferences.
Jim & Paulette, left on 25 February 2004
I liked Royal Oak a lot. The room was fairly basic, but the welcome and friendliness of the owners was wonderful. Moreover the guests, most of whom seemed to have been going there were a hoot. It was like entereing a world of a friendly private club. definitely would stay there again despite old fashioned rooms. Food good.
B Bert, left on 20 June 2003
I liked this place. It reminded me of family holidays of my childhood, traditionally English, good home comforts, simple well cooked food, welcoming staff and convivial company. The dinner gong was the final touch for me.
Simon, left on 10 June 2003
Our stay at Royal Oak was a welcome contrast to the rather eccentric establishment the previous night in Ennerdale Bridge. Having trudged past the honister slate
works in torrential rain we were in a very poor state on arrival in Rosthwaite. However, the invitation for tea and scones soon revived us and the evening meal was a highlight of the walk. We especially enjoyed being summoned to the dining room by a bearded australian gent with a gong! The packed lunch the following day was also first class. Our stay was a civilised treat.
Adrian Newman, left on 03 April 2003
Most welcoming accommodation after a hard day. The only place where our luggage was put in our rooms. The food was tasty and tastefully served. We appreciated the opportunity to visit with our host and exchange experiences with other C2C walkers.
Four Americans, left on 01 October 2002
I stayed last week, and again this was one of the most welcoming places I encountered along the route. Friendly staff, great food, attractive surroundings and a character all of its own.
Shirley Worrall, left on 15 August 2002
I concur with all those surprised by 'hospital style' food. Not like any hospital I ever stayed in, that's for sure!!
Yes it has an old-fashioned feel - but in a really comforting way - like staying with your favourite aunt and uncle as a child. I was fed well, again my wet boots were also cared for (lovely and dry in the morning). I'll definitely book here again!
victoria, left on 14 August 2002
Nice place to stay. Food was great (I don't know what was meant by hospital style food in previous review) - set meal though, with alternative veggie option. Rooms were clean & comfortable. Staff all very helpful - let us wash some clothes and get dried out following a very wet day from Ennerdale Bridge. Would stay again without any hesitation.
Lynda Barnes, left on 19 June 2002
I stayed here on the C2C in July 2000 and it was one of the best nights I had. They were most welcoming (despite my dishevelled appearance), the room was extremely comfortable and clean, the soak in the bath was bliss and the food was wonderful. Actually, I'm really surprised to see a reference to "hospital style" food as the food was a highlight. I'm doing the walk again this year and the first thing I did was re-book at Royal Oak.
Shirley Worrall, left on 26 May 2002
Stayed on C2C found the accomadation comfortable but
a bit dated and tired ,I think you need to be over 70 to stay here ,Very nice hospital style food though
pete & sue mcphee, left on 25 May 2002


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