• Blending traditional character with modern comforts, The Royal Oak has been extending a warm welcome to travellers and diners for over three centuries…

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  • Relax in our restaurant and take your pick from a menu brimming with traditional, tasty treats...

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The hotel

The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool, Powys, was one of the nation’s most celebrated coaching inns during the early 1800s, being at the meeting point of important roads from Chester, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Aberystwyth. No-one knows when it was first an inn, but it retains elements of a timber-framed Tudor construction, and must have been an important early building.

Whether you are looking for a welcoming place to spend the night or would simply like to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat surrounded by friendly faces, The Royal Oak is perfectly placed, right in the centre of the historic market town of Welshpool. It has its own large car park, offers all-day dining and an in-house coffee shop, free WiFi and is pet-friendly.

A fascinating history

The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool, Powys, was one of the nation’s most celebrated coaching inns during the early 1800s, being at the meeting point of important roads from Chester, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Aberystwyth. No-one knows when it was first an inn, but it retains elements of a timber-framed Tudor construction, and must have been an important early building.

It was almost certainly named The Royal Oak Inn sometime after the restoration of Charles II in 1660, which marked the beginning of the popularity of the inn-name. Royal Oak was a metaphor for the strength of the monarchy, and it was Charles II who promoted it most vigorously when he instigated the annual Oak Apple Day, later known as… read more

Our people

Guests and visitors of The Royal Oak will notice something that everyone who works here has in common – they genuinely enjoy their jobs.

As a family-run business we strive to deliver a more friendly, personal service and could never be accused of being stuffy or pretentious. That being said, all staff are professional and extremely well trained to ensure that your experience is as great as it can possibly be.

It’s our hotel, but we want it to feel like it’s your hotel too… read more

Join Us

The Coaching Inn Group are an equal opportunities employer. We offer great training and the opportunity to progress, so if you have the energy, drive and professionalism to represent our strong company values then we would love to hear from you.

We employ in excess of 600 people, including centrally based management, office & maintenance teams through to locally based management, chefs, receptionists, and many more.

We pride ourselves on encouraging staff progression within the group, and consider it an honour to be able to help start someone’s career in the hospitality industry… read more

Reviews

From local guests who regularly dine with us, to visitors from across the country and abroad, we welcome feedback to ensure that we continue to exceed the standards you have come to expect from us.

Click here to read some of our most recent reviews.

The Coaching Inn Group

The Royal Oak Hotel is part of The Coaching Inn Group, which has a passion for restoring lovely old historic coaching inns, of which there are now 15 of these iconic buildings in their collection.

Through refurbishing, revitalising and breathing life back into these inns, The Coaching Inn Group creates elegant, comfortable and well-priced accommodation and dining spaces with tempting menus, relaxed and stylish bars and coffee lounges… read more

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