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Royal Oak - Maybe the Oldest Bar in England

Royal Oak, Royal Oak Passage, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AU

The Royal Oak is reputed to be the 'oldest licensed bar in England'. The lower Bar was first used to brew beer over 1000 years ago. The earliest royal connection with the Royal Oak dates to 1002 when King Ethelred the Unready granted his wife (Queen) Emma the tenement then known as Godebiete as a wedding present. Their son King Edward the Confessor almost certainly spent part of his early years on the property. 

During Oliver Cromwell’s rule the Royal Oak was a notorious haunt of the city’s royalist supporters. Following the restoration of Charles II to the throne the inn gained its present name. 

Guests are invited to visit this historic public house, featured last year on Channel 4’s ‘Britain’s most historic towns’. During the first weekend of Heritage Open Days you can while away some time playing one of our several medieval board games. Here you can also read (and whilst stocks last take away) a detailed history pack of the premises dating back over 1000 years. 

We will also hosting two real ale sessions on the opening day of the festival (Friday 13th September) when there will be a short presentation on the history of the pub, after the presentation there will be a little ale tasting session where by people can try a few different ales and find out they are made and experience the different flavours. Both must be pre-booked as limited places available. See separate entry for ale tasting sessions. The box office for these will open 7th August.

●  Friday 13 September: 1100-1700

●  Saturday 14 September: 1100-1700

●  Sunday 15 September: 1100-1700

Main pub is free to explore but the ale tasting session must be pre-booked. Please see separate entry. Over 18 years only for ale tasting.

Access Information:
There are steps into the building, and within the building itself.

Additional Information:
Pub is open with the heritage games and information available 11 am thru 5 pm. Please note there are only a limited number of the history packs available to take away. See separate entry for ale tasting sessions.

We are at the top end of the High Street and St George's Street - our entrance is down the Royal Oak passage way in between Ask Italian and Caracoli.

Earlier Event: September 13
A Celebration of Hampshire’s Seasons
Later Event: September 13
Piecaramba!: Back to the Future.