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.
COVID UPDATE The Royal Oak’s Road map to service…
After an emotional year for all, The Royal Oak is thrilled to be reopening its doors again on Monday 12th April 2021 for outside tables for groups of 6 guests or two households.
Also from 12th of April we are able to host and cater for wedding receptions, wakes commemorative events, inside for up to 15 guests
As of the Monday 17th of May The Royal Oak can once again welcome you you indoors for tables of 6 guests or two households.
We will also be allowed to hold events for up to 30 guests outside, as well as 30 guests for weddings, wakes and commemorative events inside.
From Monday 21st June (all being well) we should be able to continue serving you excellent food, fine wines and good ales with a warm welcome whilst keeping ourselves and others safe.