The Tottering Family, headed by Lord Dicky and Lady Daffy, is the creation of cartoonist ANNIE TEMPEST in her renowned cartoon strip TOTTERING-BY-GENTLY which appears weekly in Country Life Magazine. This increasingly popular fictional family extends through three generations and includes the trusty Mrs Shagpile, the happy-go-lucky daily help, and two family dogs, Slobber and Scribble.

The older generation battle with our fast changing technological world while their grandchildren struggle to understand the snails pace of their elders’ thought process. Everyday subjects are targeted by the artist in her gently observational cartoons from Yoga in the Village Hall to high dining in the Great Hall of their crumbling stately home – a rather dilapidated modern version of Downton Abbey where all the staff have been laid off and the whole family have to muck in and help Mrs Shagpile stop the swallows nesting in the four posters in summer and sweeping snow off the billiard table in winter.

A long standing customer of The Royal Oak, Raymond O’Shea and his business partner Annie Tempest are frequent visitors to The Royal Oak.  Another familiar regular is Dave Edden who holds the Tottering Warrant for picture framing, also the trusty Mrs Shagpile can sometimes be seen in the Tottering Bar.

To find out more about the world of the Totterings, visit our website follow us on Twitter-by-Gently or contact Mrs Shagpile at our local warehouse in Edenbridge. This is not generally open to the public so please ring 01732 866041 or email




  • Live Music


    Join us on Saturday 16th December from 7.30pm for an evening of Christmas celebrations with The Itemize playing songs form all the decades.  

  • Christmas Menu Now Available

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    Our Christmas Menu is now available until 24th December for pre-order bookings. We have a range of vegetarian and gluten free options available. Selected meals from the menu will also be available on our daily specials menu.

  • Afternoon Teas


    Afternoon tea at the Royal Oak.  From March 1st, we will be offering Afternoon Tea.  Sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.  You can add a bottle of bubbles to make the tea a bit more memorable (or not!).  Just call 01732 866335 to book a table.  Look forward to seeing