Serving Christmas Fayre in December and also Christmas Day lunch - click here for details.

About Us

‘The Royal Oak’, is an ancient, circa 15th Century free house in the beautiful conservation village of Cardington, nestling in lovely countryside close to the South Shropshire hills. Our hostelry is reputed to be the oldest continuously licensed pub in Shropshire and offers a range of traditional, local ales, with four cask ales on tap and good value, homemade food. We are famous for our ‘Fidget Pie’, a Shropshire recipe of gammon, apples and cider that has been handed down from landlord to landlord and was eaten here by Prince Edward over 25 years ago.

We pride ourselves on retaining the traditional character and atmosphere of a country pub. The rambling, low-beamed bar in this ancient place has a roaring winter log fire, cauldron, black kettle and pewter jugs in our vast inglenook fireplace, the old standing timbers of a knocked-through wall, and red and green tapestry seats solidly capped in elm. Our comfortable, dining room has exposed old beams and studwork.

The Royal Oak has always offered a friendly welcome to visitors and locals alike. Here you can rest awhile and be refreshed away from the more usual cacophony of piped music, TV or games machines. Just listen to the locals, or better still join in the banter or participate in our traditional pub pastimes.

We are open lunchtimes and evenings Tuesday through Saturday and on Sunday lunchtime
Additionally our bar is open 12pm - 11pm on Saturdays and 12pm - 4pm on Sundays
Closed on Mondays
Table reservations are recommended.

Opening Hours
November 2017 - March 2018

Monday :
 - Closed -
Tuesday - Friday :
12pm - 2.30pm (Food and Bar);  6pm - 9pm (Food) - 11pm (Bar)
Saturday :
Bar open 12pm - 11pm; Food between 12pm - 2.30pm and 6pm - 9pm
Sunday :
Bar open 12pm - 4pm; Food between 12pm - 2.30pm

Summer hours verses Winter hours : Between April and October we are open all afternoon on Sunday and serve food 12 - 2.30pm and 6 - 9pm. Between November and March we serve food between 12 - 2.30pm, our bar is open until 4pm and we are closed on Sunday Evenings. Different arrangements apply at Christmas, see our Christmas Hours for details. In other respects our Summer and Winter hours are the same.

Tel: 01694 771266