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Royal Oak

Picture source: Paul Bullen

The Royal Oak was situated on The Broadway.
Would any of your supporters have a photo of the Royal Oak in the Broadway W5? It was opposite Bentallís and was, if memory severs me right, a Courage Pub. I am living back in Ireland now but I have some great memories of the Oak, especially sitting around the huge fire at the rear end of the pub. I mustnít forget the unique row of paired seats that were fixed along the left hand wall as you first entered the bar, very cosy. Hope you come up with something, anything at all will be very much appreciated.
Brian Murphy
I was the architect, for Courages in charge of the refurbishment) early 1970s . John and Pat Bonner were the licensees . Great pub great great people. Turned out to be great friends . Lost contact , when emigrated to Aussie 1982. Joe was the DJ.
Barry Wells (September 2021)

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Name Dates Comments
Bill Stewart 1977-1980 Customer. Great pub, with DJ every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening, but customers not allowed to dance or look like they were dancing due to pub not having dancing license. Actress Rula Lenska was a frequent customer
Brian Murphy late 1960s Tom Newman and other musicians drank there. I believe that is where Tom Newman met Richard Branson. He went on to produce Tubular Bells.
Christina Nancarrow 1970/1975 I was friend and bailer outer for Brian and Keith,costermongers,had their barrow in the alley with the Oak providing window ledges for the pints of'black n tan'.Pub had character in and out
Andrew Oswin 1965/1968 Student at the local college (Ealing School of Art) and used this pub regularly. Had a bedsit in Corfton Road near the Haven Arms.
Other Photos
Date of photo: 1980s

Picture source: Ali Barnes