A little bit about the village of Corsley Heath and The Royal Oak’s history…
The small parish of Corsley is situated on the Somerset border next to Longleat. It is quite unusual in that it has no village and no centre, only the distinct hamlets of Corsley, define it and are loosely connected by narrow lanes.
The name ‘Corsley Heath’ is believed to come from the Old British word, ‘Cors’ meaning reeds or a swamp. Apart from the chalk area around Cley Hill, most of the parish is on Upper Greensand. Two streams flowing west into Somerset trisect it. The Rodden Brook passes Corsley church and Corsley Mill, and the Whitbourne flows in a steeper, almost unseen valley to the south. Heavily wooded hills rise to the south of the Whitbourne, and these are part of the Longleat Estate transferred to Corsley in 1934.
The Royal Oak Inn itself, was originally built in the 18th century out of stone, and extended further in the 19th century. Its first lease was granted by Longleat Estate in 1749 and has served the community of Corsley Heath ever since.
A little bit about us…
The year was full of highs, with the success of Quizzes to support local charities, the promotion of our fabulous Amy to Assistant Manager and welcoming her and her family to The Royal Oak, the growing talent of our Chefs using local produce to create a tantalising Special Board for you to enjoy and finally to top the year off the whole team was thrilled to receive a ‘Special Recognition’ Award for their hard work and fantastic service.
We pride ourselves on serving you excellent food, fine wines and good ales with a warm welcome and friendly smile and look forward to welcoming and meeting new faces this year at The Royal Oak, Corsley Heath.