The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy, Devon - The perfect Dartmoor hideaway for drinking and dining. The best village inn near Plymouth with good beer, real ale, and fine food.

For the best kept real ale and beers, so say the Plymouth branch of Camra. Come for a drink at the Royal Oak Inn

Featured in the Good Beer Guide 2014, one of the finest pubs around for Real Ale, Scrumpy Cider, Fine Wines


Join us in the bar and sample one of our fine cask conditioned ales; perhaps one of our resident real ales or one of the guest ales, all from local brewers.  If tradition is what you are after, and you like cider we have a great range of scrumpy ciders from Devon cider producers. You really must try them. 

There is also a comprehensive Wine List available.

Call in for a drink

The bar at The Royal Oak Inn is now open all day:

Winter Opening Times:

Sunday to Thursday:

All day, 11 am to 10:30 pm.

Friday & Saturday:

All day, 11 am to 11 pm.


Good Beer Guide 2017

Good Beer Guide 2016We are proud to say that the Royal Oak Inn has been chosen to be included in the Good Beer Guide 2017.  This is our eighth year in the Good Beer Guide and marks us out as one of the finest outlets for cask beer, chosen by local CAMRA members.  We are also winner in the Plymouth branch “Country Pub Of The Year 2015” and runner up in the Plymouth branch “Cider Pub Of The Year 2015”.  Thank you to all the CAMRA members for voting for us.

From the cellar

We are renowned for the well-kept quality of our real ales which are always from the West Country. At The Royal Oak Inn we love real ale. 

Cask Ales

Dartmoor Brewery

Dartmoor IPA is available at the Royal Oak InnJail Ale 4.8%

Always available is Jail Ale from Dartmoor Brewery, based in nearby Princetown.  The Royal Oak is keeping it local. 

This is a full bodied mid-brown beer with a well rounded flavour and a sweet Moorish aftertaste.


Meavy Oak Ale, Dartmoor BreweryDartmoor Brewery

Meavy Oak Ale 4.2% abv

Brewed on Dartmoor exclusively for The Royal Oak Inn. 

Meavy Oak Ale is the Royal Oak Inn's own beer, specially brewed on our behalf by Dartmoor Brewery.  Meavy Oak Ale is dark and oak coloured with plenty of malt and hops in the aroma. It has a nutty and bittersweet taste. It is made using water from the river Meavy and Dartmoor barley, Challenger and Phoenix English hops.

Otter Brewery

Otter AmberOtter Amber 4.0% from Otter Brewery in Devon.

Over the last 10 years this 'mid gravity' beer has become popular with drinkers, delivering a reasonable strength with great flavour.

Otter Amber has all the qualities of other Otter beers but with a more complex mix of aroma and flavour.

The special Cara malt and carefully selected hops in Amber deliver a finely balanced bitter flavour, with hints of tropical fruit and spice sometimes even an impression of ginger.

Guest Ales

Proper Job  4.5%

Proper JobProper Job 4.5% from St Austell Brewery is an authentic IPA brewed with Cornish spring water and a single malt made from Cornish grown Maris Otter Pale barley.

A powerfully authentic IPA, Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported American hops. It is a real treat of a beer with a growing reputation and is loved by beer enthusiasts far and wide.

An award-winning modern IPA, packed full of citrus, pineapple and grapefruit resinous flavours with a fine crisp bitter finish.

Otter Clause

Otter Clause 5.0% from Otter Brewery


Bar pimps at Christmas


If you like cider you will love The Royal Oak Inn.

Our ciders are from Symmons, Sandford Orchards, Westons and Countryman Cider, plus occasional guest ciders.

Scrumpy Cider

Scrumpy is cider originally made in the West Country of England, particularly a band through Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Today the term is used to distinguish locally made ciders produced in smaller quantities and using traditional methods, from mass-produced branded ciders.

The name is believed to derive from the obsolete West Country dialect term "scrimp", meaning a small or withered apple, which also gave rise to the verb "scrump", meaning to steal fruit. It can be applied to basic home made ciders as well as to commercially produced and marketed varieties.

Scrumpy can be dry or sweet, and is usually still rather than carbonated, but may have some degree of carbonation. However, it tends to be stronger in alcohol and more tannic than most commercial ciders. Due to its traditional methods of production, it is usually very pulpy, and resultantly often cloudy in appearance.

We also stock three carbonated ciders - Devon Red 4.5% and Devon Mist 4.5% both from Sandford Orchards as well as Symmons Cider 5.5%.

Thats why we were voted Cider Pub of the year - runner up this year by Plymouth CAMRA

If you like cider you will love The Royal Oak Inn.

Scrumpy Ciders

We have four scrumpy ciders: 

Old Kirton 6% is a straw pressed cider from Sandford Orchards.

A still cider, and as dry as it gets. Extremely traditional cider, really good with strong cheese or fatty meats, and superb as a cooking cider. Straw pressing is a craft which is hanging on in very few places, but not to be bettered according to the purists.  Watch the video of Sandford Orchards Straw Pressed Cider.

Also  Navalgaizer, Back Rat Perry and Fannys Bramble Blackberry cider


Sandford Orchards Devon Red available at the Royal Oak InnSandford Orchards is a traditional farm business.  They are a family business full of passion for their products and believe that Devon ciders and juices are the best in the world.

Devon Red 4.5%

Bags of fruit and a truly satisfying cider bite delivered in a genuinely quaffable and light balanced cider.

Sandford Orchards Devon Mist available at the Royal Oak InnDevon Mist 4.5%

A sparkling keg cider with plenty of scrumpy soul.  Not every cloudy cider has to be a challenge, Devon Mist is a gentle joy.  Rich autumnal fruit with a perceptible sparkle and satisfying finish.


Come and try a decent pint of Devon draught cider!


Amstell and Kronenberg 1664 





There are always a number of fine wines available by the glass, 175ml and 250ml.

Three whites: a Sauvignon Blanc from Chile; a Chardonnay from Australia; and Pinot Grigio from Italy. 

Three reds: a Merlot from Chile; a Shiraz from Australia; and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. 

Also rosé, a Zinfandel from Californian, and for dessert Botrytis Semillon from Australia.

For a full list of wines available, see our comprehensive Wine List.


Non-alcoholic drinks

Frobisher DrinksAt the Royal Oak Inn we have a great range of non-alcoholic drinks.


We stock the full range of Frobisher juices and fusion drinks.


Outside Bar supplied by the Royal Oak Inn, DartmoorNeed an outside bar for your event...

...we can help.

If you are organising an event and need a bar, give us a call. We can organise the temporary event notice, supply and run the bar and provide all the stock on sale or return.

Just give Stephen a call at The Royal Oak Inn on (01822) 852944 for more details.


Proud of British Beer

Proud of British Beer is a short film produced by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). It features brewers, both large and small, hop and barley growers, maltsters and industry suppliers. Our concerns are that the continued above inflation increases in beer duty are destroying this indigenous British industry. Pubs, which are an integral part of the fabric of British society are also being forced to close at the rate of 29 per week. This cannot be allowed to continue.


Something Warm

Tea, coffee or hot chocolate - ideal after a long walk sitting in front of a log fire.

Puro fair trade coffee

With such strong values and an incredible taste it's no wonder that The Royal Oak has switched to Puro as their coffee beans supplier.  

For every kg of Puro fair trade coffee espresso beans sold we give money to buy and protect areas of rainforest in South America.

For all of those in search of the perfect cup of coffee, Puro can help make it a reality for the novice beginner to the master barista.

PuroPuro's unique blend of premium beans are precision-roasted for a rich, smooth aroma and produce the smooth velvety crema synonymous with great coffee. Sourced with European expertise from the finest fair trade growers, Once lovingly picked, Puro coffee beans are precision roasted with high tech European machinery, sealed and stored in ideal conditions for immediate consumption.

It's taken many years of industry knowledge and a quest for consistently great Fair Trade coffee that makes the Puro team experts enjoy the fruits of their labour of love and sample the distinct but sophisticated espresso flavour of Puro; every day.

But don't just fall in love with Puro espresso coffee for the taste ... every kg of Puro coffee sold helps in a small but significant way towards protecting the worlds rainforests.      

For more info go to  

Local Suppliers

We use local suppliers for our drinks.  Locally sourced drinks



Proud of British Beer

See video below

5% rise in duty on beer

Campaign against beer duty rise


Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider

Camra LocAle

Beers at the Royal Oak Inn

Public Bar, Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

Cosy log fire, Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

Cider at the Royal Oak Inn

Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

Devon Flag

Cider at the Royal Oak Inn

Drinking at the Royal Oak Inn

Outside bar at the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy