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Major Refurbishment Planned to Reopen Popular Staffordshire Borders Pub

A major refurbishment to reopen a popular Rode Heath pub after nearly two years’ closure is planned for 2022, with work scheduled to start once a new licensee has been recruited.


The £320,000 revamp by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars has been delayed by the pandemic. It would restore The Royal Oak on Sandbach Road to its former glory as a great quality family-friendly pub and will create a stunning 180-seater garden.


Prominently positioned on the road into Rode Heath, The Royal Oak would be renovated and redecorated outside with a smart new look, signage and lighting, improving the entrance to the village.


The project would refurbish the pub’s dated interior throughout with a stylish design featuring wood floors and leather backed seating. A disused fireplace would be brought back into use to add to the warm, welcoming feel.


The overhaul would enable The Royal Oak to meet the needs of the whole community as well as those from further afield looking for a traditional village pub. It would give The Royal Oak a refitted kitchen, a dining area and a sports zone, complete with darts and screens for showing sporting events. With no café in the village, a coffee machine would also be installed to serve hot drinks throughout the day. Other changes would include the addition of a wheel-chair accessible entrance and an accessible toilet.


The garden would benefit from new facilities, too, and would be relandscaped with a new terrace, seating for 180 people and an enclosed children’s play area.  A heated awning - decorated with festoon lighting - would provide year-round alfresco eating and drinking space.


Says Andrew Myatt, Star Pubs & Bars' area manager: “The delay to the scheme caused by Covid has been hugely disappointing. There’s been lots of interest from residents in the future of The Royal Oak. Now that restrictions are over, we’re keen to find a licensee to move the refurbishment forward with us and get the pub’s doors open again as soon as possible for people to enjoy. The Royal Oak has been a thriving pub in the past. We want to see it become a hub of the village once again. The investment will enable it to tick all the boxes and cater for all occasions. It’s a great opportunity for someone who wants a community-focused pub in a lovely village setting.”


Anyone interested in finding out more about leasing The Royal Oak can see further details at or call 08085 94 95 96.