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Royal Oak

36 Lower Road
CT17 0QU

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Premises Description

A charming 19th century village pub.

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Opening Times


Wednesday6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 3.00 pm
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
FridayNoon - 3.00 pm
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 3.00 pm
6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
SundayNoon - 5.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon No Service
Tue - Sat noon - 3pm, 6pm - 9pm
Sun noon - 6pm



About the Pub

The Royal Oak is a charming pub situated in the village of River near Dover.

Inside there is a large open wood-floored bar area, with a small restaurant to the side., A friendly, warm welcome complements their range of real ales.

The menu is varied, from light bites during Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon and there is a good selection of British food is available on the menu.

At the front there's a small patio area and up a flight of stairs, at the back, there's a courtyard garden. In the winter, two wood burners help to keep out the cold while enjoying your pint.

A number of events keep the pub busy during the year including quizzes, open mic nights, live music and themed food evenings.

Walkers are welcome to pop in for a pint or two.

The pub was originally formed from two 18th century flint cottages and earliest records show that the pub started trading in the early 19th century. It was, until recently, a Shepherd Neame tied house for many years.
Historic England Entry: 1070319
Kent’s Public House Archive: Royal Oak, River
Photos courtesy of the Royal Oak, River.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Adnams Broadside
  • Adnams Ghost Ship

Changing ales

This pub serves 1 changing beer.

Guest ales feature from a different brewery each month.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • Parking Parking

    10 places.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Accommodation Accommodation

    5 ensuite rooms.

  • Events Events

    Quiz nights and and themed food evenings.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games
  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Monthly live music and open mic nights.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • RealFire Real Fire
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area

    Private dining area off the main bar, seating 20.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

    BT Sport.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Royal Oak

36 Lower Road
CT17 0QU

Sat Nav Reference

51.144065, 1.280142


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes

Nearby Bus Routes (500m)

StageCoach: 89, 90, 91

Closest Station (1000m)

Kearsney (Kent)

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Royal Oak, River - External © Tony Wells

Royal Oak

36 Lower Road
CT17 0QU

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Accommodation
  • Events
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Real Fire
  • Restaurant Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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