Middle Oak up for sale

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The Royal – or Middle – Oak. A long-established pub in Shire Oak. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

I wouldn’t normally bother too much with this, but there’s been a fair bit of rumour locally and it’s worth pointing out that the current landlords of the Royal Oak in Shire Oak, Brownhills (known as ‘The Middle’) will apparently be taking over a refurbished Royal Exchange in Walsall Wood, and the Royal Oak has been placed on the market by it’s current owners.

For months and months there has been speculation that the pub was to be demolished for a housing development. There is certainly nothing I’ve seen to support this rumour, and there are no current planning applications outstanding on the well-loved pub at all – check for yourselves at Walsall’s Planning Interactive site.

The Royal Oak carries a price of £295,000 and is being sold by Matthew Phillips Surveyors. The accent in their material is on the saleability as a pub, rather than a development opportunity.

Of course, this doesn’t mean there won’t be a development, just that there’s no evident plan for one now. Should that change, I’ll post up details.

I do hope the pub can continue – as a typical 1930s roadhouse it’s not historically significant, but it has a lovely Art Deco interior and the potential to continue as a great community facility.

I wish the landlords well in their new venture at the Royal Exchange, which reopens later this month. You can find out a little about the refurbishment and plans on the website here.

The Royal Exchange does, of course, have a rich and varied history, which we’ve covered here before.

Good luck folks.

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From Matthew Philips Surveyor’s website. Click to see the ad.

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4 Responses to Middle Oak up for sale

  1. andyropes7 says:

    Glad to hear things are happening at the Ecky
    Hope the new management will forge links with the Wood our local football club as the previous owners did
    Good luck for the new venture
    For the good of the Wood !!

  2. stymaster says:

    Interesting. Both pubs strike me as having a lot of potential: not been in either for a while (the last refurb of The Royal Exchange ruined it, IMO, removing the booths and making it much less welcoming- I used to like it, and I used to love the Middle Oak too, but it needs a makeover now). The current landlord of the Oak does look after his beer, though, so I’ll be looking forward to trying his new venture.

    It’s interesting (and pleasing) that Walsall Wood seems to have relatively thriving pubs, a rare thing these days.

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