Why 'The Royal Oak'?
Royal Oak is a reference to "Boscobel Oak" at Shifnal
in Shropshire. In which the then Prince Charles hid; to escape
from his Parliamentarian adversaries after his Royalist Army
had been defeated in the Battle of Worcester in
After the restoration of the Monarchy, Prince Charles
became King Charles II, and declared that 29th May, his
birthday, should be celebrated as "Royal Oak Day" to give
thanks for his escape.
The fact that the tale was well known and could be
depicted on a sign showing the king in the tree made it a
popular choice of names for Inns in the 17th century when many
of the population were illiterate. Neither us, nor any of the
predecessors have had cause to change it
You will note that our Inn-sign carries the date 1651
referring to the incident and is not the buildings age - which
is believed to be considerably older.