More Than Just A Pub
Set in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a short walk from Winston Churchill's home of Chartwell, and minutes from the 13th century Hever Castle - the childhood home of Anne Boleyn - The Royal Oak has been part of the historic Kent landscape for over 500 years. With an average of 2 pubs closing every single day across the UK, we are determined to stop this iconic public house becoming a part of that devastating statistic.
A Crucial Piece of the past and our future
The Heart Of Our Village
The Royal Oak is also so much more than a historical landmark. It's the beating heart of the village of Crockham Hill. The pub is a meeting place for locals, visitors, walkers, church-goers, social groups, friends and neighbours alike. CAMRA commissioned research from Oxford University has found that people who have a local pub are happier, have more friends and feel more engaged with their local communities. It has also been shown that rural villages with one pub at its social centre that closes permanently lose up to 5% of the value of property when compared with the value before the pub closed.
The over-riding concern we hear time & time again is the fear that the social fabric of the village will begin to dissolve if we cannot raise sufficient funds to complete the purchase on behalf of the community. If a trade buyer cannot be found, there is a risk that the current owners may be forced to close the pub and sell for development. The loss of The Royal Oak would be devastating to our village,our wider community, and the landscape and history of Kent as a whole.