AN HISTORIC Herefordshire pub will be heading to auction later this month.

The 300-year-old Royal Oak on Bromyard Downs is one of the headline properties coming up for sale in Bond Wolfe’s October auction.

The unusual lot dating back to the reign of George I, the first monarch of the Hanoverian dynasty, offers the chance to bring The Royal Oak back to life after its closure three years ago.

The freehold pub in Norton, around one mile north-east of Bromyard, has an additional cottage on its 2.7-acre plot and comes with a guide price of £275,000 plus in Bond Wolfe’s live-streamed auction on October 26.

James Mattin, managing director and auctioneer at Bond Wolfe, said: “This is a 300-year-old, character-filled public house that until its closure in 2020 offered a wide range of food and drink with a large, picturesque beer garden.

“This is an excellent opportunity to reopen and further develop the property to benefit from its sought-after location.

“The pub consists of a main entrance that leads to a self-contained function room, open bar, lounge and dining area, plus kitchen and toilets, all on the ground floor.


“There is a manager’s accommodation above consisting of three bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and bathroom.

“To the side of the property there is a small ‘one up, one down’ cottage providing further potential.

“Outside, a long sweeping driveway leads to the car park and beer garden with access to further grounds and gardens.”

The pub is nestled away on the Bromyard Downs, 282 acres of registered common land in the Herefordshire countryside, an area of real natural beauty with panoramic views of rolling hills and woodland.

Mr Mattin added that any alternative potential uses would be subject to planning permission.

The Royal Oak is just one of the lots appearing in Bond Wolfe’s next auction, which will start at 9am on Thursday, October 26.