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The Royal Oak

1 The Shambles
S40 1PX
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Old Boots left this review about The Royal Oak

A pub of two separate parts, an old half timbered part with a lounge(ish) bar and a Victorian brick part with nice art nouveax stained glass windows, there is no connecting door between them but they are served from the same central servery. The lower "modern" part seems to serve as the main public bar and has stone floors and traditional wooden furnishing. each bar has four pulls but only a cider was clipped in the old one, a rare Bass plus beers from Oakham, Bradfield and Theakstons (Old Peculier) in the public. There are a few members of the national keg range also available and going by the clips on display Abbeydale is a frequent visitor here. The beer was Ok but not really up to GBG standard and the service was fairly lame for a quiet pub. Decor is a bit tired but many of us like the old style, down to earth town centre pubs like this one. Being the oldest pub in town there are histories and old photos reflecting this.

On 25th March 2016 - no rating submitted
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Royal Oak

Imagine walking into a historical pub such as this and hearing Bryan Ferry blurring down your ear hole. Beers were brilliant, I went for the Otter Brewery Otter Ale and the Barlow Brewery Heath Robinson.

On 25th June 2012 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Royal Oak

Located down a narrow alleyway in the Shambles area of the town, Chesterfield’s oldest pub (1772) re-opened in 2008 after a long period of neglect and surviving the proposed town centre ‘improvements’ of the late 1960’s (at one stage they were seriously considering demolishing the Shambles and putting this pub on some rollers and moving it somewhere else - can you imagine the drugs everyone must have been on back then?). The original pub building (the current pub was originally two separate structures which were combined later) is the upper lounge bar, parts of which apparently dates back over 500 years. Both upper and lower rooms are served by a two-tier central bar. The interior here really is as fantastic inside as the outside leads you to expect; high timbered ceiling and thick stained glass windows in the upper bar - the whole place was restored at the turn of the 19th century and little has changed since. Furnishing is comfy fabric wall banquettes and a few stools. One let-down I found here was the bland piped muzak which is incongruous to the surroundings - why don’t they try something a little more befitting? My latest visit found four well-sourced ales plus Greene King IPA, alongside Westons Old Rosie for the appleheads. My half of Barlow Stout at 8% tasted really good and came out well-conditioned; the Dancing Duck Ay Up was also a great beer. I guess this place must be twinned in some way with the Rutland, as the ale choice (both had Dancing Duck and a stupidly heavy dark beer) was similar plus the barmaid at the Rutland earlier on in my crawl was serving here a few hours later! Watch out if you are in the upper bar and need the loo - you have to nip outside to the lower bar. Also be aware of the unusual opening hours, they basically only open beyond 6pm Thursday-Saturday. If you are walking back to the train station (which is surprisingly close by) I would avoid going too late on as you have to traverse the binge-drinkers section of town in order to get there, which I have discovered is not for the faint-hearted.

In summary, you really should do this one.

On 28th August 2011 - rating: 9
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25th Mar 2016, 18:00
Review submitted by Old Boots
24th Mar 2016, 21:08
Request to mark pub as open by Old Boots approved

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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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