The Royal Oak is a traditional English pub in the pretty Devon village of Malborough. It’s been there longer than anybody can remember -- parts of the building date back over 400 years -- and over the years has become a focus of village life as well a popular haunt of summer visitors to the South Hams. Here, in a welcoming atmosphere that draws customers from miles around, you might find the weekly knitting group gossiping in front of the fire, listen to live blues while sampling local ales, or eat local crab with a glass of something white and chilled.
In early 2013 the old pub was creatively transformed by new landlord Tim Heape and Punch Taverns. The interior was opened up to create a lighter, brighter space with folding glass doors along the back overlooking the vines of the beer garden. There’s a massive new oak bar, elegant slate flooring and barista coffee machine.At the same time Tim has managed to retain the pub’s old charm, open fireplaces and friendly atmosphere.