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Real Ale Tasting in the Oldest Bar (possibly!) in England

All ONLINE tickets have now been booked. Should you wish to acquire one of the few remaining tickets for this event these will be available from our in person box office . The box office will be open 2nd and 3rd September in Winchester Tourist Information.

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. 

We will be 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.

●  Friday 13 September: 12noon and 1330

Main pub is free to explore from 11am until 5pm but the ale tasting session must be pre-booked. Over 18 years only for ale tasting.

There are steps into the building, and within the building itself. The ale tasting takes place in the cellar and unfortunately there is no level access to this.