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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

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.

Photos from the event

Firkin 17 at the start

Firkin Challenge - team 8 take the lead

Firkin lead womens teamFirkin Challenge - The triumphant winners

 

Taste of the West Gold Award 2016Taste 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. 

 

The 5th Dartmoor Firkin Challenge

Sunday 30th May 2016

This years Dartmoor Firkin Challenge was organised by The Royal Oak Inn.  Each team of 2 is required to carry an empty 9 gallon firkin around the 4 1/2 mile course.  The firkin must be carried between 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. There was a checkpoint at the top of Sheeps Tor. Here each competitor is required to drink 1⁄2 pint of Dartmoor Ale before embarking on the return leg.   The first Male & Female teams over the finish line received a case of Dartmoor Ale. 

Fantastic weather over the bank holiday weekend ensured we had a great turn out from competitors and spectators. There was a fantastic atmosphere.

The course record, set by Jay Horton & Gary Andrews in 2015, is 37:00 mins.

2016 results

1st Male team ~Nigel Jenkins & Gary Court ~ 40:10

2nd Male team ~ Justin Crewe & Joseph Long ~ 43:58  

3rd Male team ~ Iain Smith & Nick Kent ~ 48:42    

1st female team ~ Helen Perry & Sharrow ~ 63:42

2nd female team ~ Angela Douglass & Susan Dougiass ~ 83:14

Thank you to our Race sponsors:  Dartmoor Brewery, Tavy Signs,  MoorBars,  Royal Oak Inn.    

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

Thank you to Nigel Jenkins for setting the course and Kate Luffingham for registration and time keeping.  

Also thank you to all the marshals for their help and time.

All money raised goes to support Meavy Parish Hall.

 

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.

 

Good Beer Guide 2016Good Beer Guide 2016

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

For the seventh year in succession the Royal Oak Inn is listed in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide.

Only pubs that serve the best quality real ale are picked by CAMRA members to be featured in the Good Beer Guide's listings.  The Royal Oak Inn is pleased to be recognised for the support it gives to our brewing industry and for ensuring that customers get the chance to sample top quality beer.    

 

Meavy Oak Fair

Sunday 21st June 2015

What a great day yesterday at Meavy Oak Fair!  Here are a few photos.

A good crowd on the village green at Meavy Oak FairAlmost ready for the start of the Burrator Horseshoe Run at Meavy Oak Fair

In the Parish Hall at Meavy Oak FairThe ouside bar at Meavy Oak Fair

Dartmoor Border Morris at Meavy Oak FairYelverton Fire Engine at Meavy Oak Fair

 

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge

Monday 8th June 2015

Photos from the event.

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge briefing before the startDartmoor Firkin Challenge, Maddy Horton and Lucy Allan

Left, the race briefing before the start. Right, Maddy Horton and Lucy Allan out on the course 

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge, 1st Male team Jay Horton and Gary Andrews with Stephen Earp from The Royal Oak InnDartmoor Firkin Challenge, 1st female team ~ Maddy Horton & Lucy Allan with Stephen Earp from The Royal Oak InnDartmoor Firkin Challenge, DoxRox entertains

1st Male Team, Jay Horton and Gary Andrews with Stephen Earp from The Royal Oak Inn

1st Female Team, Maddy Horton & Lucy Allan with Stephen Earp from The Royal Oak Inn

DoxRox entertains 

The first team home broke the course record. 2015 results ~ 1st Male team ~ Jay Horton & Gary Andrews ~  37:00 mins.  The previous course record was set last year by James Best & Will Johnson ~ 37:58 mins 

 

The Royal Oak wins two CAMRA awards

Thursday 14th May 2015

CAMRA Plymouth Country Pub of the YearPlymouth CAMRA Runner-up Cider Pub of the Year

Plymouth CAMRA awards 2015: The Royal Oak Inn has been awarded Plymouth CAMRA Country pub of the year, and Cider and Perry Pub of the year runner-up in this years Plymouth CAMRA awards. 

Stephen Earp the landlord of the Royal Oak Inn would like to thank all the CAMRA members who voted for us.  At the Royal oak inn we are passionate about real ale, scrumpy cider and Perry.  We always have four ales and six scrumpy ciders on offer. Ales including a monthly guest are local and cask-conditioned; we even have our own Meavy Oak Ale, brewed by Dartmoor brewery in Princetown with water from the river Meavy.

The full list of Plymouth CAMRA award winners:

 

Community Pub MonthCommunity Pubs Month 2015

Wednesday 11 March

CAMRA's Community Pubs Month campaign is in April this year.  CAMRA “would like to encourage everyone to visit a pub in April and show support for great British pubs.  Pubs are a great place to socialise, and that does not mean having to drink alcohol.  A great community pub is adaptable to the needs of its locals offering the perfect social environment for all to enjoy.”

Where else will you find a better community pub than The Royal Oak Inn.

 

Meavy Panto a Great Success

Monday 16th February

Congratulations to Meavy Amateur Dramatics for a very successful and highly acclaimed 8th pantomime, Turnip & Sprout Ride Out.

 

Giving up alcohol for January

Tuesday 6th January

nIf you are giving up alcohol for January, you don't have to give up your local pub and your social life as well. At the Royal Oak Inn we have a great range of non-alcoholic drinks. We stock the full range of Frobisher juices and fusion drinks as well as the full range of Fentiman drinks which include Ginger beer, Dandelion and Burdock as well as Elderflower.

 

Photos from Christmas Time

Friday 2nd January

Christmas 2014 - Ready for the party!Some photos from our Christmas period.

Christmas 2014 - Border Morris pay a visit!Christmas 2014 - The horses and hounds gather for the hunt.

Christmas 2014 - Hunt supporters

 

A Christmas Carol and The Appaloosas

Monday 22nd December

It was a busy night in Meavy on Friday - Meavy Amateur Dramatics presenting A Christmas Carol  in St Peter’s Church followed by live music in The Royal Oak Inn with Appaloosas.

We also had a shining star appear above the church tower.

A Christmas Carol  was a  wonderful experience for everybody in a fantastic venue and St Peter's PCC wishes to record their most grateful thanks to MAD for the performance and the funds raised.

Appaloosas in action:

AppaloosasAppaloosas

 

Great day at the Meavy Christmas Fair

Sunday 23rd November

We had a great day yesterday at the Meavy Christmas Fair.

Thanks to: Meavy Amateur Dramatics (MAD) for for the fantastic range of cakes; Dartmoor Brewery for supplying the Christmas Ale; and the Jail Ale Appreciation Society for adding some Christmas sprit with their inaugural Father Christmas Procession. 

We were entertainment on the green by Dartmoor Border Morris and we were honoured by a visit by Tony Beard from radio Devon.

A special thank you to all the stallholders for a wonderful selection of gift ideas and hand-crafted gifts.

We raised over £300 for the Parish Hall. See you all again next year.

Dartmoor Border Morris at Meavy Christmas Fair

Jail Ale Appreciation Society Father Christmas Outing to Meavy Christmas Fair

 

There’s a Beer for That

Friday 7th November 2014

Its official!  There’s never been a more exciting time to be a British beer lover.

Britain now boasts over 1,000 breweries and over 5,000 beers. Want to bet there’s a beer that’s just right for you? 

Whatever you choose from the menu here at The Royal Oak, 'There's a Beer for That'.

Watch There's a Beer for That.

 

Wild Food BBQ, Real Ale and Cider Festival

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Wild Food BBQ, Real Ale and Cider Festival 2014 at The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy, was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who supported us over the weekend, it was a another successful year.

Even the Honey Monster made an appearance, we had a great Saturday night in the bar being entertained by Strings Attached, washed down with some great real ale and local cider.

Everyone enjoyed the exotic burgers with Kangaroo, Alpaca and Camel selling out and also some fantastic local beef burgers supplied by Howells of Tavistock.  

The weather was kind over the weekend but as predicted rain arrived on Monday,  we still had a great turnout  who were entertained with a BBC film made in 1963 of the Royal Oak Inn.

Thank you again, see you next year.

Some photos from the weekend.

August 2014August 2014

August 2014 musicAugust 2014 band

 

Free WiFiFree WiFi at the Royal Oak Inn

wireless socialMonday 14th July 2014

You can now stay in touch whilst enjoying great food and drink at the Royal Oak Inn.

 

Taste of the West Gold Award 2014

Taste of the West Gold Award 2014Wednesday 9th July 2014

We are delighted to be able to tell you that the Royal Oak Inn has been awarded Gold in the 2014 Taste of the West Awards, in the Dining Pub category.  See full list of Taste of the West Hospitality and Retail Award Winners 2014.

 

Meavy Oak Fair 2014Meavy Oak Fair

Saturday 21st June 2014

Meavy Oak Fair had a very successful day. Thank you to Jenny Sharp and the Meavy Oak Fair committee for all their hard work in getting it all together.  Thanks also to those that helped on the day.  And thanks to Nigel and Kate for organising the Burrator Horseshoe Run.

 

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge

Sunday 1st June 2014  

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge held at The Royal Oak Inn had a great turn out with a fantastic atmosphere, the first team home broke the course record.  

2014 results

1st Male team ~ James Best & Will Johnson ~  37.58  

2nd Male team ~ Anthony Watt & Alan Cade ~ 44.40  

3rd Male team ~ Chris Eastaugh & Stuart Ross ~ 45.34    

1st female team ~ Heidi Davies & Rebecca McMullin ~ 48.18    

1st Veteran team ~ Tom Orchard & Ken Kay ~ 1.27.56    

Thank you to our Race sponsors ~  Dartmoor Brewery, Tavy Signs, Langdon Transport, Royal Oak Inn.    

A big thank you to all the competitors and the friends and family that came along to support them.   Thank you to Nigel for setting the course and Erica for registration and time keeping.   Also thank you to all the marshals for their help and time.

For photos of the event see Dartmoor Firkin Challenge 2014 on facebook.

 

Tucker’s Maltings Beer Festival Trip

Friday 25th April 2014

Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival

Everyone had a great day out on the coach trip to the Tucker’s Maltings Beer Festival  organised by The Royal Oak Inn.

There were 270 beers to choose from, so no chance of sampling them all then!

Among the favourites were:

 Padstow Brewery's Padstow Mayday, at 5%, a very pale blonde beer with sharp hops and citrus taste;

Hanlons Brewery Copper Glow, at 4.5%, with a reddish copper glow and crisp fruity malty taste;

Mighty Hop Brewery's 1629 IPA, at 5.5%, a pale light gold beer with a fresh crispy and spicy tast;

Downton Brewery's Roman Imperial Stout, at 9%, a black opaque premium stout with coffee and chocolate after taste.

On the way back from the beer festival we stopped off at The Foxhound, Brixton, the pub that won CAMRA country pub of the year.

 

Meat Draw raises another £120 for charity

Macmillan Cancer SupportThursday 24th April 2014

The Meat Draw has raised another £120 for charity.  The charity benefiting from this amount is Macmillan Cancer Support.  Thank you to all our regulars for supporting this cause.  Meat draw every Friday - At the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy.  Only £1 a ticket.  Tickets available from the bar all week.  Draw 6pm Friday.

 

 

St GeorgeCelebrating St. George’s Day

Wednesday 23rd April

The Royal Oak Inn is celebrating St Georges day.  We are celebrating with Traditional English Ale: Meavy Oak Ale 4.2% and Dartmoor IPA 4.0%.  Both at only £2.50 a pint.

And we are celebrating with Traditional English Food:  Local Sausage & Mash, Cod & Chips with mushy peas, Chicken curry & rice with naan bread, Mushroom risotto with mixed salad, Cottage pie with fresh veg.  All at £6.95 

Raise a glass to the Royal Oak Inn

Wednesday 16th April

Make mine a double! The Royal Oak at Meavy has won a double of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) awards.

The Meavy pub has been named CAMRA country pub of the year runner-up and CAMRA cider and Perry Pub of the year runner-up.

“The Royal Oak at Meavy is a great place for quality real ales and a great selection of ciders” said the Plymouth CAMRA chairman Ian Dickinson.

“The range of local ales is fantastic along with the West Country scrumpy cider, makes The Royal Oak the perfect place for discerning consumers”

CAMRA Awards Presentation at the Royal Oak InnHe said the awards are handed out after each Plymouth CAMRA branch member votes for their top three pubs and favourite for traditional real cider and Perry. Members take into account the quality of real ale, the pub’s atmosphere style and decor, service, community focus, sympathy with CAMRA aims and good overall value.

The photo shows Stephen Earp the landlord of the Royal Oak Inn receiving the awards from Ian Dickinson the chairman of Plymouth CAMRA.

 

Plymouth CAMRA Awards 2014

Friday 11th April 2014

The Royal Oak Inn is honored in the Plymouth CAMRA Awards 2014.

Country Pub Of The Year 2014 Runner Up and Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year 2014 Runner Up awards are given to the Royal Oak Inn.  The presentation of the awards will be at 8 pm on Tuesday 15th April.

The other awards are: Pub Of The Year 2014 (POTY 2014), City POTY & Cider and Perry POTY awards to Fortescue, Mutley Plain;  City POTY 2014 Runner Up to Minerva inn, Barbican;  Country POTY 2014 to Foxhound Inn, Brixton;  Club of The Year to Fawn Club, Prospect St, Greenbank;  COTY 2014 Runner Up to Royal British Legion, Crownhill.

 

THAT WAS THE WEST THAT WAS: Pubs and landladies

Monday 31 March 2014

Interesting old photos of the Royal Oak at Meavy, the Forest Inn at Hexworthy and the Ship (as the Globe) at Noss Mayo included with this article in the Western Morning News.

Read more: http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WEST-Pub-landladies/story-20886518-detail/story.html

 

Meat Draw raises £120 so far for charity

Macmillan Cancer SupportThursday 20th February 2014

The Meat Draw has raised £120 so far for charity. The charity benefiting from this amount is Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to all our regulars for supporting this cause. Meat draw every Friday - At the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy.  Only £1 a ticket. Tickets available from the bar all week.  Draw 6pm Friday.

 

Meavy forced to turn off its Christmas tree lights

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Meavy was forced to turn off its “higgledy-piggledy” lights following a health and safety complaint, but has had Christmas saved.

Christmas lights off in MeavyThe Christmas tree outside the Royal Oak pub at Meavy, near Yelverton, was donated by villagers and lit via cables suspended from a garage across a country lane.

But Devon County Council said the cabling, which was plugged into a private garage, went up the gable end of a house, through an oak tree then over the other side of the Christmas tree, was “higgledy-piggledy” and not particularly safe.

Pub landlord Stephen Earp said he didn't think the cabling was dangerous and that “the Grinch has taken away Christmas. How sad in this season of goodwill”.

Now a lighting company has offered to donate some solar lights to help the village get Christmas back on track.

The council was contacted by a concerned local resident on Saturday, and the issue was investigated by a highways officer, recommending that the community install solar-powered lights or a 12 volt battery.

But Martin Bud, who runs Solar Spots, has come to the rescue after hearing about Meavy’s plight all the way up in Lancashire.

He will send solar lights to the village to help the tree sparkle once more.
Mr Bud said: “I read the story and thought I have got some solar lights they can make good use of.

“I normally sell the lights online so they can be sent out in the next couple of days.”

Mr Earp said: “We’re just a group of festive-spirited individuals, the Parish Council didn’t object initially to the tree, and the wire was more than 5 metres above the road but we weren’t aware we had to seek permission.

“We put the tree up on Saturday and had a complaint that day.

“The council dealt with it and we had a phone call asking us to turn them off.

“A lot of people are upset about the lights being taken off.

“The cable was all put up correctly but we hadn’t applied for permission from the council, which has a 28 day turnaround.

“We have had an offer of some solar lights from a company who saw the story and wanted to donate them.

“So it has all ended well - the Grinch didn’t steal Christmas for long.”

A Devon County Council spokesman said regulations for cabling suspended over the highway were intended to keep people safe.

He said: “We are very happy for people to put up Christmas trees in their communities.
“In this case, a conversation with local residents was needed just to make the lights were safe following a call from concerned residents.

“We have suggested an alternative solution with the local pub landlord such as solar lights or a 12 volt battery to power the lights and both agreed that this would be preferable.
“Any cable crossing a public highway must maintain an absolute minimum clear height above the carriageway, which must be just over 5m.

“In this instance the height was not an issue, but it was felt the cabling was a bit higgledy-piggledy and not particularly safe.”

(This article from the Plymouth Herald, posted 11 December 2013)

 

Christmas Beer Launch

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Launch of Christmas AleDartmoor Border Morris Dancers were in high spirits after launching the Dartmoor Brewery Christmas Ales at the Meavy Christmas Fair on Saturday afternoon. The Beer was free but donations were taken for Children In Need and The Dr. Mary Budding Trust, a local Tavistock Charity helping disabled Children which the Dartmoor Border Morris Dancers have adopted as their Charity.

The Christmas Fair took place in Meavy Parish Hall and involved a number of stalls selling local produce together with arts & craft products, members of MAD (Meavy Amateur Dramatics) served tea, coffee & mince pies.   A big thank you to Stephen Earp of the Royal Oak who organised the event which was a tremendous success. 

(This article taken from the Dartmoor Brewery Blog)

 

Taste of the West Hospitality & Retail Award 2013

Taste of the West Silver Award 2013 for the Royal Oak Inn, MeavyTuesday 17th September 2013

We are delighted to be able to tell you that The Royal Oak Inn has been awarded Silver in the 2013 Taste of the West Awards. Many congratulations to our team on their achievement - the competition was fierce and the bar extremely high.

 

Good Beer Guide 2014 lists the Royal Oak InnGood Beer Guide 2014

Monday 16th September 2013

For the fifth year in succession the Royal Oak Inn is listed in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide.

Only pubs that serve the best quality real ale are picked by CAMRA members to be featured in the Good Beer Guide's listings.  The Royal Oak Inn is pleased to be recognised for the support it gives to our brewing industry and for ensuring that customers get the chance to sample top quality beer.    

 

2013 Wild Food BBQ, Real Ale and Cider Festival 

Royal Oak Inn Cider FestivalTuesday 27th August

Thanks to all who came and made this a great weekend.  Many chose to just relax and chill out on the village green whilst enjoying a pint of one of the many ciders and real ales and listening to the band.

 

In Support of the Parish Plod

Sunday 14th July

Desperate Measures at Meavy Village GrennDesperate Measures came along to support the charity walkers on the Parish Plod, but then stayed on much later entertaining the assembled masses outside the Royal Oak Inn.

Read more about this at Desperate Dave's Blog.

 

Meavy Oak Fair

Saturday 15th June

What a great day for Oak Fair. 

To quote one happy visitor:  “We had a brilliant time. What is so good about the fair is that there is something for all ages.  My three year old grandson loved the train and fire engine.  His dad liked the old car and tractor.  My wife bought loads of plants and I met up with people I hadn’t seen for some time.  The Royal Oak comes in handy in that department.  Such a happy atmosphere and no problems at all.”

 Meavy Oak Fair 2013

 

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge, from the Royal Oak InnDartmoor Firkin Challenge

Thursday 9th April

THE ROYAL OAK INN at Meavy, Dartmoor Devon hosted the second "Dartmoor Firkin Challenge" on Sunday the 5th May sponsored by the Dartmoor Brewery, Langdon Transport and Tavy signs.

Teams of two had to carry empty beer barrels over a four mile course to Sheeps Tor and back. The teams of two took on the challenge to carry an empty Dartmoor Brewery Firkin (9 gal) around the course that took in Burrator reservoir and open moorland. Each firkin was approximately 10kg.  The firkin had to be carried between the runners at all times.     

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge, at the start on Meavy Village GreenThe event started and finished on the village green outside The Royal Oak Inn at Meavy.

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 event was organised as part of The Active Dartmoor Week and CAMRA Community Pubs Month. 

Stephen Earp, Landlord of the Royal Oak Inn, said: "It was a really good day and a fantastic turnout. It's the second time we've run the event and it was great fun for spectators and entrants alike, we'll definitely make it an annual event."

All competitors finished the course, made up of all different levels of running experience and ages, one team even had a combined age of 116 years.

Two pub locals Nigel Jenkins and Neil Holmes won the race in 38 minutes and 15 seconds.  Full results below.

Altogether £100 was raised from the event which will go towards the Meavy Village Hall.

Dartmoor Firkin Day, Meavy Green, April 2003

Stephen continued: "We try to put on events to keep our community together and it's good fun for the village.

"It's also really important for people to get fit, so we encourage as much participation in physical activities as possible. 

For more information about forthcoming events at The Royal Oak please see our What's On page.

DFCDFC

DARTMOOR FIRKIN CHALLENGE 2013

NO.  NAME TIME POSITION
22.  ZIPPY +1 NEIL HOLMES AND NIGEL JENKINS 38.15 1
24.  OLIVER WATT AND JAMES BEST  U18 41.23 2
16.  EDMUND DOYLE AND ANTHONY WATT 41.45 3
21.  THE PIG AND THE PRAT  JOHN RAMSAY AND STEVE BRADFIELD 44.46 4
18.  DUSTY AND CEASED  ALISTAIR FRAZER ROB MCDERMOTT 46.25 5
14. TEAM RUGGED  RICHARD LEWIS-MORGAN AND ALEX WRIGLEY 47.17 6
19. BANGERS AND HASH  ALISON BLACKWELL AND NUALA MCDERMOTT 65.15 7
20. FORLORN HOPE  ROB BENNETT 69.00 8
17. DOUSLAND DAWDLERS  BEN AND HANNAH STICKLAND  U18 72.58 9
23. OLD FARTS  TOM ORCHARD KEN KAY 76.45 10

 

'Runner-up' Country Pub of the Year

Tuesday 30th April

Pub of the Year 2013 - Royal Oak InnWe have been awarded the Campaign for real ale 'Runner-up' in the country pub of the year competition for Plymouth CAMRA district. Thank you to Plymouth Campaign for Real Ale members for voting for us this year.

Congratulations also go to the Foxhound Inn at Brixton who won the branch "Country Pub of the Year 2013"

 

The People’s Leat Feast Celebration!

Sunday 28th April

All In Aid of Charity  - we had a great turn out for the re-enactment of the original ceremony and for performances by Dartmoor Border Morris, The Bard of Exeter and more, plus a sumptuous trout supper at one of Devon’s finest inns. 

The proceeds from the meal went to WaterAid.  £150 was raised.  Thanks to Moby Nicks of Plymouth for supplying the trout.  (For more information on the Leat Feast see item below)

Dartmoor Border Morris at the Leat Feast at the Royal Oak Inn

 

Recently Revived Historic Feast to Celebrate it's Second Year

Francis Drake Rides Again - The People’s Leat Feast Returns, Raising Funds for WaterAid

Monday 15th April 20913

It was announced today that the Royal Oak Inn at Meavy near Yelverton, a public house owned by the parish of Burrator and dwarfed by an ancient and historic oak tree, will once more play host to this revived tradition.

The Leat Feast will be on Sunday 28th April.

The event helps raise funds for Water Aid, a charity dedicated to providing clean water sources in famine and drought-struck parts of the world, the revived tradition’s nominated charity.

The ceremony was revived, and will be led (in full Elizebethan costume) by Mark Lindsey Earley who is no stranger to reviving ancient traditions, having previously re-established the ancient Bardic Chair of Exeter and John Betjeman’s “Antiquarian Picnic Society”.

It will feature some special guests including the current Bard of Exeter Simon Williams.

The climax will the traditional passing around of a goblet of leat water (more usually bottled mineral water to be on the safe side) and then wine, and the recitation of the ancient motto “May the descendants of him who gave us water, never want for wine”. This will be followed by a traditional “trout supper” (originally this was using trout caught from the leat itself).

Event

The event kicks off with a guided walk starting from the church car park next to the shopping centre in Yelverton at 12:30, then the excellent Dartmoor Border Morris will be performing outside the Royal Oak from 5:30 with indoor performances and the Leat Feast ceremony shortly afterwards.

BackGround

On 24th April 1590, Sir Francis Drake saw the completion of the Plymouth Leat - a twenty-seven mile long water channel drawn off the River Meavy on Dartmoor, bringing a fresh water supply into the city of Plymouth.

When the water flowed for the very first time he raced alongside the leat on his horse, accompanied by a fanfare of trumpets.

Some legends say that he drew the water from the moors through magical incantation and spellcraft, and that a spring spontaneously arose at his feet, and the flow of water formed a stream that followed him as he galloped back to Plymouth.

For many years this was commemorated in Plymouth as the "Leat Feast", annually on 29th April. Although the Lord Mayor of Plymouth does celebrate the Leat Feast (or Fish Feast) tradition, this occurs on a different date and, until yesterday, nothing occurred to mark the 29th.

"Who with fresh streams refreshed this town that first,

Though kist with waters yet did pine with thirst."

 

Charity Dinner and Auction a Great Success

Beating Bowel CancerFriday 15th March 2013

Last night's Charity Dinner and Auction in aid of ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’ was a great success.

We raised over £4,000 for ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’

We would like to thank the businesses that donated the lots for the auction.  We would also like to thank all of The Royal Oaks customers for their generosity and support.

All money collected from the dinner went to the Beating Bowel Cancer Charity. The three course Dinner was supported by The Royal Oak Inn and their suppliers.... Dartmoor Farmers - Tamar View Fruiterers - Howells Butchers, Tavistock - Caterfood of Paignton - Moby Nicks of Plymouth - St Austell Brewery.  

After auction we were entertained with some free live music from local band “doxRox”. 

Our thanks to all who came and gave their support.

 

Meavy Green and Royal Oak 1963Customers at the bar in The Royal Oak Inn, March 1963
Playing Euchre at The Royal Oak Inn, March 1963Cleaning the floor at The Royal Oak Inn, March 1963

Stills from the programme

Royal Oak Inn 1963

Tuesday 5th March 2013

Fifty years on, we had the second popular showing of the BBC TV programme record in March 1963 about the people, customers and workers, at The Royal Oak Inn.

The landlord Stephen Earp was contacted by the archive Department of the BBC who had found this a half hour film from 1963 all about life at the Royal Oak in Meavy. The film was first shown on the big screen at the Meavy Parish Hall on Saturday 2nd February. Many locals came to see how the pub looked 50 years ago, and see the people who used it. 

By special demand it was shown again tonight, and in the audience was Bill Heggs, the son of the landlord at the time, who features in the programme.

 

Blackheart

Wednesday 13th February 2013

Blackheart received a very enthusiastic reception at The Royal Oak Inn, Meavy.

Blackheart at the Royal Oak Inn, MeavyAccording to the BBC, Blackheart are “Taking the acoustic scene by storm.” 

And they lived up to expectations with a wonderful performance of their personal style of music and sound, combing the lemon and honey voice of Chrissy Mostyn with spellbinding acoustic instrumentation creating a unique blend of intelligent acoustic rock.  A great night.

 

Delivery from Dartmoor BreweryThe Beer Gets Through

Friday 18th January 2013

The snow stops the trains and the snow stops the traffic, but the snow does not stop the beer delivery to the Royal Oak Inn. 

The road to Princetown was closed because of snow, but the delivery arrived this morning at the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy from Dartmoor Brewery.

 Now that's what you call dedication! 

So there's plenty of beer at the Royal Oak Inn this snowy weekend.

 

Good Beer Guide 2013

Saturday 5th January 2013

We are proud to say that the Royal Oak Inn has been chosen to be included in the Good Beer Guide 2013.  This marks us out as one of the finest outlets for cask beer, chosen by local CAMRA members.

 

Ale from Dartmoor

Friday 4th January 2013

Latest news from Dartmoor Brewery.  The Royal Oak is keeping it local.  Its official, we are the number one customer for Dartmoor Brewery. We sold over 38,000 pints of Dartmoor Ale IPA and Jail Ale in 2012. That means on average we put on a new keg of Devon’s finest ale every day, now you don’t get much fresher than that!

 

“The Making of Meavy Oak Ale”

Friday 7th December 2012

A short video about the making of Meavy Oak Ale has been made by Jonathan Vojkovic and Thomas Isherwood.  It tells the story of Meavy Oak Ale and and shows the locals appreciating this new ale.  Watch The Making of Meavy Oak Ale.

 

Dartmoor Brewery Christmas AleMeavy Christmas Fair

Monday 19th November 2012

It was a great day at the fair - thanks to everyone who came and supported our first Meavy Christmas Fair.

Dartmoor Brewery launched their Christmas Ale at the fair. They gave away 146 pints or this superb deep warm red ale with rich liquorice cherry fruit flavours.  It all went down well!

Border Morris at Meavy Christmas FairEntertainment was provided by Dartmoor Border Morris with music and energetic dancing outside The Royal Oak Inn.  Any many onlookers were persuaded to join in.

Treggie said: “On behalf of Dartmoor Border Morris, can I say a big thank you for hosting the Christmas Ale launch, & providing some lovely red wine!!! The whole atmosphere was a superb one, and although the weather helped, it was a really nice little festival!! Top marks on the organising!”

There were many stalls in the parish hall with plenty of customers.   MAD (Meavy Amateur Dramatics) were to be seen in costume doing cream teas.

Stephen Earp said: “The Christmas Fair at Meavy Parish Hall and The Royal Oak was a great success.  Thank you very much for all who got involved and helping make a very successful day.”

 

Meavy Oak Ale

Thursday 15th November 2012

The two Stephens (Landlord and Bar Manager) have been at the Summerskills Brewery in Plymouth to start the brew of our very own ale, the Royal Oak Ale.

The brew will be ready in time for first tasting at the Meet the Brewer Evening on Wednesday 21st November at 7pm.  Norm from Summerskills Brewery in Plymouth to tell all about the brewing process, including the Meavy Royal Oak Ale.

Stephen at Summerskills for Royal Oak Ale brewing

Stephen (Bar Manager) discusses ingredients with Norm.

 

 

The Stephens on their visit to Summerskills.

At Summerkills learning about brewing for Royal Oak Ale

 

T.G. Elias Storms the Royal Oak

T. G. EliasThursday 8th November 2012

What a great evening of music from T.G. Elias, a wonderful mix of country, folk and blues illustrating his fantastic song writing talent.

Locals and visitors from Plymouth and Cornwall were at The Royal Oak Inn for an evening of music from Tom Elias - Manchester based Singer Songwriter, serving up candid tales and life stories.

T.G. Elias is a prolific writer and performer whose distinctive, subtle and powerful voice holds audiences spellbound with his mesmerizing performances.

Drawing from his deeply rooted relationship with Gospel, Country and Blues, the result is a collection of candid tales and life stories, served up by a journeyman with an understated raw emotion.

Watch on YouTube: Pure As The Driven White Snow, Take The Money and Run.

 

Meavy Oak Ale

Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Hot off the press!   Later this month Stephen our bar manager and Stephen the landlord are going to Summerskills Brewery in Plymouth to brew our very own ale, the Meavy Oak Ale.   It will be a dark oak coloured beer at 4.2% AVB with nutty bittersweet taste.  Ready from 12th November, watch this space for more news.

 

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Friday 28 September 2012

Thank you to all the supporters of our coffee morning. We raised £185, so thank you for your generosity and we look forward to the next one.

 

Wild Food & Cider Festival

August 2012 at the Royal Oak InnTuesday 28 August 2012

Yet another great British bank holiday weekend.  Wet, wet, wet!  But we still had lots of fun and enjoyed some great music.  And at least it was dry on Sunday!  Thanks to all our customers who came and joined in the fun . . . 

Thanks also to the bands who provided live music throughout the weekend: “Jumping Out Duo”, “Strings Attached”, “Secondnature”, “Docs Rox”, “Crisis”, “Desperate Measures”, “Mr E” and “JD and the Longfellows”.

Check out JD and the Longfellows; Official video: Losers, Cruisers, and Dirty Rotten Schmoozers by JD and the Longfellows - Song about the Royal Oak 

More photos down the right, and for even more see the Royal Oak Inn Cider & Wild Food Festival 2012 on Facebook.

 

New Tourist Information Website for Devon

18 July 2012

The Royal Oak Inn is the first pub to be listed on freetimedevon, the new website with information for visitors to Devon.

 

Meavy Oak Fair

Saturday 16 June 2012

It might have been little wet but it was still a great day at Meavy Oak Fair.  The pupils of Meavy School opened the Fair with a pageant on the theme of the Olympics.

There was a record number of entries for the Burrator Horseshoe Run, with 182 runners recorded at the finish.  (Full Run Results)

Music was provided during the afternoon by Desperate Measures and Dartmoor Border Morris.

The organisers would like to thank all those who came and gave great support.

For moor photos of Meavy Oak Fair see Johnie's Meanderings.

Meavy Oak Fair, June 2012

 

Jubilee Monday at the Royal Oak InnGreat Jubilee Weekend

Tuesday 5 June 2012

Thanks to all our customers who came and joined in the fun . . .

Thanks also to the bands “The Bad Band” and “Brian & Paul” who played on Sunday and “Desperate Measures” and “Docs Rox” who played on Bank holiday Monday.

It was great to see so many of you on the green with your deck chairs for the hog roast and cream tea.

 

Royal Oak Inn gets CAMRA Award

Runner up in CAMRA Plymouth Branch “Country Pub of the Year 2012”
Friday 4 May 2012

Camra Country Pub of the YearWe are proud to say that the Royal Oak Inn at Meavy has been chosen as the runner up in the CAMRA Plymouth Branch “Country Pub of the Year 2012”.

This marks us out as one of the finest outlets for cask beer, chosen by local CAMRA members. 

Thank you to Plymouth Campaign for Real Ale members for voting for us this year.  Congratulations also go to the Foxhound Inn at Brixton who won the branch “Country Pub of the Year 2012”.

The photograph shows the chairman of Plymouth CAMRA, Ian Dickinson (right), presenting the bar manager of The Royal Oak Inn, Stephen Burridge, with the CAMRA award.

 

Historic Feast Revived on Dartmoor

Francis Drake Rides Again - The People’s Leat Feast Returns, Raising Funds for WaterAid
Monday 30 April 2012

Last night, Sunday 29th April, the Royal Oak Inn played host to the first non-civic Leat Feast for what may have been several hundred years (the Lord Mayor of Plymouth performs a similar ceremony at Burrator Reservoir, but on a different date).

Leat FeastThanks to the generosity of those who took part, and all the support of  the landlord, staff and Royal Oak locals, funds were raised for Water Aid, a charity dedicated to providing clean water sources in famine and drought-struck parts of the world, the revived tradition’s nominated charity.  

It seemed highly appropriate with the ironic combination of a national drought and a week of torrential downpours!

Also, this being the Chinese year of the Dragon, what better time to reinstate a ceremony dedicated to “El Draco” (The Dragon) as his Spanish enemies referred to him.

The ceremony was led (in full Elizabethan costume) by Mark Lindsey Earley who is no stranger to reviving ancient traditions, having previously re-established the ancient Bardic Chair of Exeter and John Betjeman’s “Antiquarian Picnic Society”

 

Wild Food BBQ & Cider Festival 2012 at the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy"

Dartmoor Firkin Challenge

Desperate Measures

Cider Festival 2012 at the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

Cider Festival 2012 at the Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

Pints of cider at the Royal Oak Inn Cider Festival 2012

at the Cider Festival 2012, Royal Oak Inn, Meavy

at the Wild Food & Cider Festival 2012, Royal Oak Inn, Meavy