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The Royal Oak

1 The Shambles
S40 1PX
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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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Will Larter left this review about The Royal Oak

Large selection of real ales, though they can be a little on the strong side (e.g. only Bradfield Farmers Blonde and Fullers London Pride at under 4.5% on my recent visit). Also the piped music is a little incongruous in a building more than 500 years old. However, these minor quibbles aside this is a very good pub, and the owners, Roger and Rebecca, were very accommodating in agreeing to open at 9.45 for our recent pub crawl which started here. (They close early on Mon/Tue/Wed because there is no trade, but open all day Thu/Fri/Sat.)

On 24th October 2010 - rating: 7
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15th Oct 2015, 13:32
Request to mark pub as closed by Old Boots approved
15th Oct 2015, 13:32
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Old Boots, with included notes: Other: What Pub says closed, as does pub's Facebook page, website unavailable.

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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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Last inspected: July 29th 2014
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