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Royal Oak - maybe the Oldest Bar in England


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

Make sure you visit us to discover our 1000 year history and have a view of where Queen Emma, twice queen of England, had her Winchester residency. As well as our detailed history packs, visitors will be able to play medieval board games.

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, recently featured on Channel 4s ‘Britains most historic towns’. 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.

●  Thursday 13 September: 1100-1700

●  Friday 14 September: 1100-1700

●  Saturday 15 September: 1100-1700

●  Sunday 16 September: 1100-1700

No booking required.

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

Additional Information:
Please note there are only a limited number of the history packs available to take away. We advise ringing ahead if you want to guarantee picking one up.

Directions:
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.