Royal Oak

Heaps of character in well run and friendly rural pub with seasonal bar food and real ales


Speciality beers
Cask ales
Separate restaurant
Pub games
  • Separate restaurant
  • Sandwiches sold

Dogs allowed in the restaurant

Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-9

Restaurant times: 12-2.30, 6-9

Typical main dish: fidget pie (gammon cooked with spiced cider and apples)

Typical main dish price: £12.95

Average two course evening meal price: £19.00

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales (4)

Price of cheapest bitter: £3.30

Name of cheapest bitter: Ludlow Best

  • Pub games
  • Board games
  • Traditional pub games
  • Children allowed in the bar
  • Children allowed in the restaurant
  • Dogs allowed in the bar
  • Dogs allowed in the restaurant

Pub pets: Purdey (black labrador), Roxie (lab/collie), Ginger, Florrie and Jenni (all maine coon cats)

The good pub guide review

This is a pretty village in the heart of rural Shropshire, surrounded by great walking country: you can go straight from the pub to the summit of Caer Caradoc, a couple of miles to the west, and beyond that lies the moorland plateau of the Long Mynd. The front courtyard here takes full advantage of its beautiful position. Supposedly the county's oldest pub, the Royal Oak was first licensed in the 15th c and little has changed here over the centuries ' it's much loved by locals and visitors. The rambling, low-beamed traditional bar has a roaring winter log fire, a cauldron, black kettle and pewter jugs in a vast inglenook fireplace, aged standing timbers from a knocked-through wall, and red and green tapestry seats solidly capped in elm; board games and dominoes (they have a pub team). Friendly staff serve Ludlow Best and Sharps Doom Bar with regularly changing local guests such as Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby and Woods Shropshire Lass on handpump, a cask cider, eight wines by the glass from a good list, ten gins and several malt whiskies. A comfortable dining area has exposed old beams and studwork.

The good pub guide food review

Proper home cooking using local produce from a seasonal menu includes sandwiches, ploughman's, salt and pepper calamari, wild mushroom arancini, venison liver and chilli pâté, smoked trout salad with beetroot, beef or panko-breaded halloumi burger with coleslaw and chips, chicken curry, game pie in red wine gravy, chilli (classic con carne or sweet potato and white bean), butternut squash and roasted red pepper lasagne, and puddings such as churros with chocolate sauce and ginger and black pepper pudding with toffee sauce.

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Contact Details

Royal Oak, Cardington, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 7JZ

(01694) 771266

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-2.30, 6-11; closed Mon

Saturday: 12-11

Sunday: 12-9 (12-4 in winter)

Winter: 12-4 in winter