History of the Royal Oak
The Royal Oak (69 High Street) is a Grade II listed building and presumed to be a former coaching inn. It was first mentioned in trade directories from the early 1800s, it has been subject to several developments and extensions since then.
Throughout the 1800s the Royal Oak hosted annual balls in its large Assembly Room. The building also acted as the town's first courthouse and hosted several important town meetings.
While it was once a very successful establishment, by the early 2000s it was in decline and was brought by a pub company in the late 1990s, it closed for good in 2013.
The current owner brought the building around 2015, with the intention of turning the building into apartments; with two offices on the ground floor. However, this planning lapsed with very little work completed.
The owner then attempted to sell the building without planning permission. When he failed to find a buyer, he submitted a new planning application, to turn the building completely into apartments (this was turned down by SMDC in May 2022).
For more detail, visit the Royal Oak entry on the Pubs of Cheadle Staffordshire: Past and Present website.