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Royal Oak

Address: Anchor Hill, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2JH
Telephone: 01483 473330

Traditional style pub on the eastern side of Knaphill towards Horsell common.

Photo of the Royal Oak, Knaphill, Surrey

The Royal Oak, Knaphill, Surrey on a slushy December day.

The busy road outside the pub fortunately doesn’t seem to put people off visiting the Royal Oak, but the small car park can get full.

Inside, the main central part of the pub is the oldest – with the bar straight opposite as you walk in. The door exterior doorways and internal layout suggest that the Royal Oak was once two separate bars but it’s all open plan now.

There’s a small seating area off to the right with a television – expect sporting events to be showing. The left hand side opens up into a larger dining area with a covered patio and beer garden out the back. The garden features a children’s play area.

The Royal Oak serves meals all day and snacks at lunchtimes. I’ve not eaten here.

Photo of the beer list at the Royal Oak, Knaphill, Surrey - December 2010

The beer list at the Royal Oak, Knaphill, Surrey – December 2010

The old Courage sign (golden cockerel on a red background) outside may betray the pub’s former roots. But the current management are embracing some more interesting real ales where they can. Apparently the one constant is Young’s Ordinary but lists on the walls and outside reveal choices from many local breweries such as Surrey Hills, Triple fff, Twickenham Ales and some more far flung breweries – eg Sharps, St Austell. However, don’t expect them all to be on at once as there are only 4 hand pumps available. I had (post Molson Coors purchase) Sharps Doom Bar which tasted very good.

The Royal Oak is arguably the best pub in Knaphill apart from perhaps the Garibaldi over on the western side of Knaphill.

There is live music every Thursday night.

Last visited: May 2012

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3 stars out of 5

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