The Royal Oak in Westwood is an independent free house that has been on Palmerston Street since 1851! The pub has seen many owners and many changes throughout the decades since then.
The current owners, David, Tracy, Nathan and Laura
have been in the pub since 2000, with David and Tracy running the pub until 2019 when they handed it over to their children Nathan and Laura to run.
They made the decision to convert the public house into a lovely country restaurant, and a hub for the community as they are now the only remaining pub in
The Royal Oak has had drastic changes in the past 3 years, going through several renovations to really add that country restaurant feel, with solid wooden furniture that takes the pub’s name as a strong inspiration, to a huge hand-built bespoke wooden pagoda outside for dining and events all year
Having acquired an acre of field space at the back of the premises in 2022, the pub was recently granted planning permission and work is now underway to develop it into a play area and beer garden for those summer months, alongside a car park extension providing around 30 extra parking bays to accommodate the busy turnover of diners the establishment sees on a regular basis.
The beers in the pub have seen a big investment too, having all new cellar equipment and copper bar fonts to push the rustic look and give it that warm, welcoming entrance feel to all, and there’s a cosy tap room with an open fireplace for those that just want to swing by for a drink.
A great selection of beers is on offer, including three hand-pulls, with two usually featuring local breweries like Grasshopper, Castle Rock, Welbeck Abbey and more. There are plans to source more real ales from local breweries, including looking at having a fridge of craft cans or bottles to further enhance their offering.