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Royal Oak

25 Main Road
NG16 1HS

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Opening Times

Monday4.00 pm - Midnight
Tuesday4.00 pm - Midnight
Wednesday4.00 pm - Midnight
Thursday4.00 pm - Midnight
FridayMidday - 1.00 am
SaturdayMidday - 1.00 am
SundayMidday - Midnight

Meal Times

4 - 8.30 Mon - Thu
12 - 8 Fri & Sat
12 - 4.30 Sun

About the Pub

A Greene King pub originally built as a roadside inn in 1758, and extended in 1889. It has recently undergone a refit to become a Real Ale pub with dining area. The Cabin to the rear offers a function room for private events and was extensively refurbished in 2016 and is reputed to have connections to the RAF. The upstairs room has the pool table and darts.

Historic Interest

Formerly a Hardy's & Hanson's pub. The settlement which the Royal Oak serves was formerly known as Watnall Cantelupe, the neighbouring hamlet being Watnall Chaworth. RAF Watnall housed the now flooded Operations Room for Fighter Command's No. 12 Group between 1940 and 1946. In 1832, the Royal Oak was fully licensed under Elizabeth Raven (White's Diectory), in 1855 it was run by J.Raven and in 1876 the licensee was given as John Raven (Post Office Directories). During WWII, the Royal Oak was popular with members of the RAF based over the road, as described by Margaret Scribens in 2013: "1940 - I had joined the W.A.A.F in London and chose to be posted to Nottinghamshire; I was just 18 and my posting was firstly to Hucknall and then to Watnall when the Ops room was ready. 1940 was a dreadful winter but thanks to the snowfalls the whole area was transformed. Our huts, we were told by the locals, had been built on the site which had been the local village pond. The Royal Oak was our local pub, just a few yards from the camps main gate, which was quite useful as it was within the area if one was confined to camp" ( As at November 2017, the freehold for the Royal Oak (NT443670) was held by Greene King Retailing Limited (Reg. No. 5265451). [Broxtowe Borough Council; Watnall & Nuthall West Ward / Broxtowe Parliamentary Constituency]

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Greene King --varies--

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

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Royal Oak, Watnall


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • LocAle LocAle Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Fri-Sun only.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Not Sun.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Patio area to the rear and at the front.

  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly

    Children's play area at rear.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room

    Cabin to the rear - available at no charge.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Darts, dominoes and pool table.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Monthly soul nights; Quiz on Sunday nights.

  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • Smoking Smoking Area


  • SportsTV Sports TV
  • WiFi Wifi

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Royal Oak

25 Main Road
NG16 1HS

Sat Nav Reference

53.005929, -1.252861


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