Welcome to the Royal Oak Free House, a community pub located in Harriseahead, close to Mow Cop a popular local beauty spot.

Harriseahead is situated north of Stoke on Trent on the Cheshire border and is close to both Alsager and Congleton.

Circa 1858 it was originally an ale house known as the ‘Nags Head’ and was renamed in 1889 when it became a fully licensed public house.

Michael's daughter Diane her husband Stephen have taken over the running of the pub since Michael retired and it has been a firm fixture in the Good Beer Guide for many years.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 5pm - 11pm

Friday: 5pm - 12pm

Saturday: 2pm - 12pm

Sunday: 12 noon - 11pm

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A large function room is available, ideal for meetings etc. We can comfortably accommodate up to 40 people.

The Royal Oak is a true village pub that holds regular meetings for the local racing pigeon club and the cage bird society.

It has darts teams and holds regular quizzes in aid of charities.

The pub is also dog friendly (as long as they are house trained) and we have real fires situated in the bar and the lounge. Perfect for those long cold winter walks!

The pub is purely a real ale pub and therefore has no pool table, no fruit machines and no karaoke.

Regular Real Ale

A true free house with 6 handpulls, regular ales are:

Ruddles Best

Abbot Ale

Joules Slumbering Monk

Warsteiner Lager

Leffe Blonde

Thatchers Gold Cider

Birra Moretti


London Pride, Bass, Bombadier (rotating).

Guest Real Ale

A wide range of guest real ale is available and a small selection is featured each week which changes from day to day.

This week's changing selection includes:

Ale abv. Brewery Town
Bass 4.4    
Bishops Farewell 4.6 Oakham Peterborough
Ruddles Best 3.7 Green king  
Slumbering monk 4.5 Joules Market drayton

Other Regular Drinks

We also have an extensive selection of Belgian and German bottled beers plus, of course, the fruit beers.


Diane and Stephen are happy to provide home made soup served with crusty bread etc. for groups of walkers (providing they have a week's notice).

There are also light snacks available in the form of baps, pork pies and pickled eggs together with the usual bar snacks of crisps, nuts etc.