Your host: Stephen Earp will make you most welcome
The perfect Dartmoor hideaway for drinking and dining.
The Royal Oak at Meavy, near Yelverton, is steeped in history. Tradition has it that it was known to King John and his followers in the chase. King Charles is said to have hidden in the large split oak that stands on the green in front of the inn – no doubt longing for a yard of ale as he sat shivering. It is well known that the oak was used as a peat store by the publican in years gone by. As you would expect the histories of the oak and the inn are inextricably linked.
There is no doubt that the friendly ghosts that wander the passages of the public house would have admired the oak as we do today. The history of the inn and its surroundings are a source of great pride for Julie and Stephen. If character is want you want from your visit then you could find no better place! Charm abounds, with exposed beams and original slate flooring. There is a large welcoming log fire to warm yourself by after a stroll around Burrator reservoir.
The Royal Oak Inn is a free house owned by Burrator Parish Council. It is situated within the Dartmoor National Park, in an idyllic location next to the village green in Meavy. The pub is a former 15th-century church house inn. It takes its name from the oak tree on the village green which is reputedly some 800 years old. This is one of the few remaining traditional pubs, with a flagstone floor, old beams and a large open fireplace. Some of the seats are pews from the adjacent church. And the wood fire provides a warm welcome on those cold winter evenings. If character is what you want from your visit then you could find no better place!