Prestbury is fortunate to still have two superb traditional pubs. The Royal Oak is a 16th century stone built pub with two bars. The Royal Oak is everything that a village pub should be. It does not have a thatched roof like the Plough Inn but the Royal Oak is still a classic.

The annual rateable value in 1891 and 1903 is of interest as it was set at just £5.0s.0d., probably the cheapest value of any pub in Gloucestershire. (10 p.m. closing). It was leased to Flowers & Sons of Stratford on Avon but, unusually, in 1903 it was owned by the Stroud Brewery – perhaps Flowers and Stroud Brewery ales were both available.

Courtesy Michael Wilkes

On March 20th 1975 Tom Graveney, ex England, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire cricketer, became landlord of the Royal Oak. The pub has a £150,000 refurbishment in 2007; the improvements being a new skittle alley, state of the art conference facilities and a landscaped garden with a  patio and decking area. The refurbished garden featured in the 2007 film ‘Outlaw’ starring Sean Bean.

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In 2007 a special beer was brewed by using water from the Noverton Spring – probably the first Prestbury brewed beer to be sold in a pub since home made beer was available at the Kings Arms and the Grotto in 1856.


The Royal Oak is now owned by Butcombe Brewery (Liberation Group)

The Royal Oak is the closest pub to Cheltenham Racecourse and gets very busy during the Spring National Hunt Festival.

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Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Jane Kitchen (leased Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon)

Rateable value in 1891: £5.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery Co. (leased Flowers & Sons, Stratford on Avon)

Rateable value in 1903:  £5.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Royal Oak include:

1849 Thomas Turfrey

1891 Edward James Griffin

1902 Alfred Ockwell

1903 Albert Ockwell

1906 Arthur Waring

1919 Robert Edward Prince

1926,1927 Oscar Green  (Oscar A. Green in 1927)

1939 Percy Ernest Hill

1954-1975 Les and Beryl Hicks

1975,1978 Tom Graveney

1992 – 1995 Ed Biscoe

1995 (Sept 11th) – Julian Bingham and Diane Jones

2000, 2008 Simon and Kate Daws

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