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.

A Dartmoor Inn, the Royal Oak Inn is a free house owned by Burrator Parish Council and is the finest Dartmoor village inn within 50 miles of Plymouth.

Situated by the village green in Meavy, Devon, it is a former 15th-century church house inn and 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 that has a flagstone floor, old beams and a large open fireplace. The Royal Oak Inn is situated within the Dartmoor National Park, in an idyllic location next to the village green in Meavy.

For the best in good local food

For well kept local real ales

For a great atmosphere in a traditional local inn

Plus occasional Guest Ales
On now, Tribute 4.2% from St Austell Brewery

And for many moor reasons . . .

. . . you must pay a visit to


The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy, Devon

The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy, Devon  PL20 6PJ

Telephone: 01822 852944

Your host: Stephen Earp

Use the menu on the left to find out more about this lovely inn

Valentine's DayDon’t Forget . . . Our Curry Club  ~ Next date 29th June.
Always held on the last Wednesday of the month.
All you can eat curry buffet. Give us a call to book a table.

How to find us: Take the B3212 from Yelverton to Princetown and turn right at Dousland (by the Burrator Inn). Continue straight on through Dousland and on into Meavy.  Follow the road round to the right past Meavy Primary School, along the narrow lane past the cottages and emerge at the village green. Here you will find the Royal Oak on the north side of the green, next to the parish church.  Opening times.

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Meavy Royal Oak - Julian Hight
Meavy Oak (Photo:WTML/ Julian Hight)

Meavy's ancient oak tree in England's Tree of the Year 2017 Shortlist

Friday 1st September 2017

The ancient oak tree on Meavy village green is one of ten trees that are the finalists in England's Tree of the Year 2017, an annual search for the nation's best loved tree.

You can vote for the Meavy Oak at England's Tree of the Year 2017.


The 6th Dartmoor Firkin Challenge

Sunday 4th June 2017
In Aid of Jeremiah’s Journey

This years Dartmoor Firkin Challenge was organised by Jeremiah’s Journey, a Plymouth based charity, in conjunction with Stephen Earp at The Royal Oak Inn at Meavy. 

The Firkin Challenge now in its six year, required each team of two runners to carry an empty 9 gallon Dartmoor Brewery firkin around the 4½ mile course.  The firkin must be carried by one of the runners at all times. Each firkin weighs approximately 10kg.  The event started and finished on the green outside the Royal Oak Inn at Meavy village near Yelverton. There was a checkpoint at the top of Sheeps Tor. Here each competitor was required to drink ½ pint of Dartmoor Ale before embarking on the return leg. The first Male, mixed team and Female teams over the finish line each received a presentation pack of Dartmoor Ale.  

“We were a little bit concerned with the weather forecast, however we were blessed with a break in the showers for the duration of the run” said Stephen Earp. 

“We had a great turn out from competitors and spectators in support of Jeremiah’s journey. There was a fantastic atmosphere at the finish, it's a very unique event. And we hope to be involved again next year” added Emma Winter a fund raiser volunteer with Jeremiah’s Journey.

The course record, set by Jay Horton & Gary Andrews in 2015, is 37:00 mins. Which remains unbroken despite the gallant effort of this years competitors.

2017 Results

Full table of places and times

See photos on News page

Thank you to our Race sponsors:  Dartmoor Brewery And the Royal Oak Inn. 

A big thank you to all the competitors, and their friends and family who came along to support them.   

Thank you to Gavin Court for setting the course and Kate Luffingham for registration and time keeping. And a big thank you to all the volunteers from Jeremiah’s Journey. As well as continued support from Tavy Signs.

We would also like to thank all the ‘marshals and 4 x 4 response’ for their help and time. 

Not forgetting Brain and Esme Wills for the use of their field, for car parking.

All money raised goes to support Jeremiah’s Journey.

For more information on this fantastic charity please see Jeremiah’s Journey.


Taste of the West Gold Award

Monday 15 August 2016

We are delighted to be able to say you that we have been awarded Gold by Taste of the West.

Championing the region’s exceptional food and drink identity, Taste of the West, established in 1991, is the regional food and drink trade organisation for the South West of England.


Parish Plod Well Supported

Monday 4th July 2016

The Parish Plod which took place yesterday was very well supported.  Over 100 people took part and they raised over £1000 which is going to Jeremiahs Journey, Plymouth. 


Royal Oak Inn Features in Dine in Devon

Friday 1st April 2016

The Royal Oak Inn features in the new Dine in Devon promotion from Parkdean Holidays.  The purpose of this promotion is to help visitors find some of the tastiest places in Devon. Landlord Stephen Earp is delighted to be involved in the promotion.

Devon has long been a region renowned for its amazing local food.  Wherever you decide to eat in Devon, you will find an array of dining establishments that have something for everyone, and The Royal Oak Inn is up there with the best. To help you decide where to eat in the region, Dine in Devon has handpicked five favourite places.



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Royal Oak Inn, Meavy


Local weather

Current weather data from a local weather station situated in Dousland, about 1.4km north of the Royal Oak Inn.


Dartmoor Border Morris

The Royal Oak Inn is ‘Home’ to the Dartmoor Border Morris, who sing play in the pub each Wednesday over the winter.


Meavy Amateur DramaticsThe Royal Oak Inn is also ‘Home’ to Meavy Amateur Dramatics, who rehearse every Thursday in Meavy Parish Hall.


Ask Stephen for details.

Forces Discounts Available

The Royal Oak Inn is offering British Forces a 10% discount off their food bill when eating at the Royal Oak Inn.

British Forces Discounts

Event Catering & Bars

Full event catering and bar service provided by The Royal Oak Inn.


Meavy Oak Ale is here!

Meavy Oak Ale at the Royal Oak Inn

Royal Oak Inn in the Guides


Thank you to all our customers who voted for The Royal Oak Inn. We were voted as one of the Famous Grouse / Sunday Telegraph ~ FAMOUS 100 PUBS.

Famouse Grouse

Famous Grouse asked the British public which pubs in Britain deserve to be Famous for a reason. The Royal Oak Inn has not only been nominated but has been chosen from hundreds of entries to ... become one of The Famous Grouse Famous 100.

Thank you again.



Outside bar at Meavy Oak Fair, June 2013

Dartmoor Border Morris are at The Royal Oak Inn

Burrator Reservoir

Devonport Leat

Royal Oak

Royal Oak