The Royal Oak is a cosy and homely place where you can spend time relaxing and unwinding with family and friends. We are a traditional village pub, serving locally brewed real ales and delicious home cooked food that is freshly sourced from local produce.
The pub is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – near Chartwell just south of Westerham. Whether you are walking, cycling, on a family outing or working away from the office there is something for you at The Royal Oak.
The surrounding countryside encompasses pleasant walks through bluebell woods and green lush fields, where you can take in the beautiful views across the Greensands Ridge. A particular favourite is the Chartwell from Crockham Hill walk, which is a 4 mile circular walk starting and finishing at The Royal Oak that passes by Chartwell House, the beautiful home of Sir Winston Churchill.
At the end of this lovely walk, why not pop in to The Royal Oak for a pint and a delicious meal.
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Nearby Places of Interest
Historic Hever Castle – Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn
Hever Castle is the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, and is an enchanting double-moated castle with 125 acres of spectacular gardens to explore.
Chartwell House – Home of Sir Winston Churchill
Chartwell House is the family home and gardens of Sir Winston Churchill and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration, from 1924 until the end of his life.
The rooms remain much as they were when he lived there, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man.
Some historical notes: “At one time a beer and cider house, the buildings of the Royal Oak are thought to be at least 500 years old. The Inn had a 35-foot well in the public bar which was visible through a glass panel. In the 1950s this well, which was used by pilgrims on their way to Thomas a Becket’s tomb at Canterbury, was recorded as a possible safe supply of drinking water in the event of atomic warfare.” The philanthropist and co-founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill, lived nearby in Larksfield from 1884. On her death in 1912, despite being offered a burial in Westminster Abbey, Octavia Hill had previously chosen to be buried in the graveyard of Holy Trinity Church in Crockham Hill. Her grave is to be seen with those of her sisters to the right of the path to the south porch. There is also a recumbent marble effigy of Octavia Hill beside the altar in the church.