The Royal Oak was once a tied house of George Stibbs’ Cheltenham Steam Brewery of Albion Street, Cheltenham. Stibbs’ beers were only supplied to a handful of pubs in Cheltenham, with the Royal Oak and Cross Hands (Kilkenny Inn) being the furthest from the brewery. The Stibbs’ Cheltenham Brewery was acquired by Cheltenham Original Brewery in 1897.
A surprise visitor to the Royal Oak in April 1985 was Crown Prince Aya, then next in line to the Japanese throne. The Prince and his entourage chose the Royal Oak in Andoversford as he wanted to sample the experience of having a meal and a drink in a traditional English pub. They were at the Royal Oak for two hours following a visit to the Wetlands and Wildlife Trust at Slimbridge. Landlord Mike Farley told the ‘Citizen’: “The officers checked out the pub in advance and sat at another table from the five strong Japanese party. Two of the Japanese asked for a local beer”, adding “I hadn’t realised our fame had spread so wide.”
In the early 2000’s the Royal Oak was part of Johnny Johnston’s small Blenheim Inns pub chain which also included the Butchers Arms in Sheepscombe and the Falcon Hotel and Royal Oak in Painswick.
In the ‘Great Gloucestershire Flood’ of 20th July 2007 the nearby River Coln burst its banks and floodwater caused damage to properties in Gloucester Road including the Royal Oak. Carpets were ruined as two feet of water deluged the pub. Kathie Broadhurst and Simon Green had only been at the pub for six weeks when disaster struck. The Royal Oak finally reopened in November 2007.
Owner in 1891: George Stibbs & Co., Cheltenham Steam Brewery, Albion Street
Rateable value in 1891: £16.5s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: George Stibbs & Co., Cheltenham Steam Brewery, Albion Street
Rateable value in 1903: £22.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Royal Oak include:
1856 J. Denley
1885 Howard Chester
1891,1903 William Holloway
1906 W. Holloway
1919,1927 Edwin Ernest Stroud
1939 Rt. Murray Grand
c1975-c1887 Michael Farley
1997 (November) – 1999 (12th Jan) Geoff and Janet Page
1999 Johnny and Hillary Johnston (owners) David Edward Hall (landlord)
2006 Kevin Robinson
2007 Ian Baker and David Flemming
2007,2010 Simon Green and Kathie Broadhurst