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The Royal Oak in Havant

An attractive looking pub in an idyllic location overlooking Emsworth Harbour, there is limited seating at the front where it has the best views, but there is nonetheless a good sized beer garden at the rear and this has clearly had some considerable investment and been attractively landscaped.

Internally it’s divided in to a number of different rooms. The main bar at the front has some attractive, sandy coloured tiles on the floor and a dual aspect brick chimney breast and fire-place. Paintwork was a mixture of cream and some rather contemporary purple. Some oak beam partitioning was an attractive feature, and one of them included stained glass with the Greene King logo. To the left was a somewhat cosier room with wooden boards on the floor, brick fire-place and wood burning stove whilst a smaller room to the right had some parquet wood flooring. At the rear a longer and lighter room looked to be more geared up for dining and this had some colourful artwork affixed to the light wood panelling on the sloping roof.

Service at the bar was unfortunately abysmal with one barmaid serving on a beautifully sunny Sunday morning and she seemed to have no sense of urgency or purpose, taking an inordinately long time to spoon dollops of whipped cream in to a mug of hot chocolate for the punter in front of me. It wouldn’t have been quite so bad if there been some acknowledgement whilst I was waiting or apology for the delay, but there was nothing.

Beers on tap were all from Greene King with their Abbott Ale, Old Speckled Hen and Purple Reign, whilst a fourth pump for Amber Ale appeared to have run out. The solitary cider meanwhile was Aspall’s Suffolk. Overall this is a pleasant pub in a great location, but the uninspiring beer choice and poor service really let it down.
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Mayflower Brewery was established in 2001 and was brewed in Standish, making it the first Wigan based brewery for 30 years. It's now Wigan's longest running micro brewery and has been relocated to Dochertys. Regular brewing commenced in early 2016 and the brand new 5 barrel plant is up and running in Dochertys disused kitchen.
We called in last Friday, where we were pleased to see a notice on the door advertising the re-launch of the brewery. As a result, the beers were priced at £2 a pint and £1 for a half. They also had a range of Tapas on the bar and visitors were welcome to help themselves.
We went for their new beer, which hadn't been named yet and were invited to write out a suggestion. This beer was exceptionally palatable and would have easily sank a few more. We also tried their Douglas Valley and Lancashire Stout, both were outstanding.
This is a large pub with lots of comfortable drinking areas and drinkers are mostly beer led. This pub is well worth a nine and a half.
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