The Royal Oak

Holy Trinity churchyard

Holy Trinity churchyard

Holy Trinity churchyard

Holy Trinity churchyard

After a visit to the farmers market, a special one for St George’s Day, I decided on a drink in The Royal Oak, hidden behind Holy Trinity.

A Fullers pub, overlooking the graveyard.

London Pride is a classic beer, difficult to beat.

I ordered a half, and settled in the corner.

I was very disappointed to find the old seating had gone, but I learnt the last landlord had taken it with him.

Strange, I needed no password for wifi, and on the Fullers page, welcomed me by name.



The chef had tried a new dish and invited me to try it. Kebabs, marinated lamb, on a  skewer with peppers and onions. It was excellent. I would have to be in Greece or Athens for something this good.

A good sign when pubs try to cook quality meals, not hotted up white van chiller food. Whether they will get the custom another matter.

Having had a free meal, I thought only fair to stay and have another half.

Irritating though the background music. When are pubs going to learn, a quiet pub, ability to relax or converse, is far better?

It was a pub for live music, but no more, drives away the punters.

I am happy with live music, at least if you can listen, but background music is a bloody pain.

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4 Responses to “The Royal Oak”

  1. Tony Lea Says:

    Interestingly the previous landlord was driven out by Fullers greed. Because the pub was doing really well and turnover was up they wanted to increase his lease rent to an unviable amount and wouldn’t budge. The young man now works in the Star at Godalming.

  2. keithpp Says:

    It is happening with all tied pubs,

    Rent goes up, price of drinks goes up, and the landlord works all hours for little return.

    Eventually exhausted landlord goes bust, gives up, then a new mug is found to plough in their life savings,or the pub is sold off for redevelopment.

    That is why we need an end to this feudal arrangement, and all pubs independent businesses.

    Death of the English pub

    The last landlord could not have been there long, it was not a young man last time I was there.

  3. keithpp Says:

    Having visited The Royal Oak during a visit to a farmers market a few weeks ago and found they served excellent food, I decided upon The Royal Oak today for lunch, only to find it was closed.

    Even more of a shock to find the new landlord had left.

  4. keithpp Says:

    I tried a second time.

    Sullen women behind the bar, awful music playing, no kebabs.

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