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The Royal Oak, Derby

Green Lane
Postal town: Derby
DE72 3SE

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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Royal Oak

A charming gem run by the same family since the early 50's which probably accounts for the unspoilt and traditional interior.Once past the large awning giving cover to the benches for smokers,the entrance leads to a door to the Tap room to the left and Snug to the right.The Tap room is basic with a large fitted bench running around the walls while the Snug is smaller,carpeted,one wall wood panneled,an electric fire and a tiny serving hatch with a bell cord.
Along the central corridor,the main bar is in the middle of the building surrounded by more bench seating and this is where the regulars gather.At the rear there is a large restaurant,but still retaining a 50's atmosphere while I failed to discover both the skittles alley and games room during my lunchtime trip.
The welcome was genuine and very friendly and besides the regular Bass,the three guests were Derventio Olive's (Diamond) Pale to celebrate Olive's 60 years at the pub,Rudgate Ready Malted and Falstaff Plato MILD,top quality and £3.10.Modest muzak of ballards completed the calm atmosphere.No sign of any machines,flatscreens or other modern distractions.
Food is popular here and I had a good ham bap and salad for £3.75,while mains seemed priced £6-£7 with a lot of daily specials.As Alan notes the pub closes weekday afternoons at 2.30pm,it doesnt seem the sort of pub that appeals to all day drinkers anyway.A GBG regular and quite rightly so,it has won numerous local CAMRA awards.
If you are in the area this is a must visit,only a shame I live so far away.I doubt if I will find many better pub on my travels this year.

On 9th May 2013 - rating: 9
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Royal Oak

This is a very nice pub that has been spoilt outside because there is now a large tent there for smokers but once inside things hav'nt changed here in years when we last came in there was still a small room either side of the entrance and the bar area was through the corridor there was 3 or 4 handpumps on the bar Bass seems to be permanent but this was always a Bass house the other beers are from micro brewerys i car'nt remember what beer i had but it was very drinkable,there is no proper hot food here but you can order cobs i had one of the best cheese and onion cobs ive ever had here this pub is well worth a visit. PS The pub may not be open all day during the week

On 13th July 2010 - rating: 9
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mark franik left this review about The Royal Oak

A gem in Ockbrook very impressed with the unspoilt original interior and the landlady (or the woman behind the bar) advised it has been in the good beer guide for the last 30 years.

On 17th October 2009 - rating: 10
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