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The Royal Oak, Bath

Lower Bristol Road
Phone: 01225481409
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E TA left this review about The Royal Oak

As described below in terms of layout.  There was a fairly feeble open fire in the larger room, where three of the fireplaces from the original layout still exist; only the one was lit and it didn’t really add much warmth.  It was full of students, meaning it took longer than was comfortable to get served.  The barmaid was the spitting image of Meg Griffin, even down to the hat, meaning I wondered if it was a Family Guy theme night – it wasn’t.  The jukebox was playing student music so was quite irritating.  Ales on the 8 handpumps were Barbus Barbus and Jester from Butts, Downton Chimera, Plain Ales’s Inndependence, and 3 of their own Ralph’s Ruin beers: Dark Side of the Ralph, Sirius and Ivory Tower.  There were around 9 real ciders on offer plus 2 keg and 2 non-alcoholic beers.  Worth coming here for the beer, which is rather good and justifies their GBG entry, but be aware they don’t seem to open lunchtimes. 

On 2nd February 2022 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Royal Oak

After reading Blackthorn's review below, the interior décor and layout of the pub hasn't altered since his visit 2012. The pub still focuses on a varied range of ales across eight handpumps and also features as a music venue, with a lot of live music played throughout the weekend. We went for ales from Butts Brewery, which were Barbus and Jester, both were well kept and prices reasonable.

On 16th October 2016 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Royal Oak

A prominent, stone built pub on the main road towards Bristol, but a little way from the centre, this is popular with the Camra types due to it’s wide range of beers, although on this occasion it didn’t have quite as many as I was expecting. Nonetheless, the ones that they did have were quite unusual.

It’s a fairly basic pub, with a large central room, and a smaller room down a couple of steps to one side. The main room has black wooden boards on the floor, a mustard colour paint scheme, a small fireplace, piano, juke box and a book shelf in one corner. The ceiling was covered in beer mats, presumably ones that have been previously served in the pub. Music seems to feature prominently here and there was some sound equipment off to one side as well as numerous posters detailing upcoming bands.

The smaller room also has a piano, and is perhaps a little cosier. The flooring here is part natural stone and part wooden boards and it also has a fireplace. Outside is a smallish, and slightly shabby, courtyard garden with an unusual mural covering the wall behind the smoking shelter. There is also a barbeque, although whether I’d actually want to eat anything that had been cooked on it is another matter.

There were three Beers from Butts on tap with their Barbus Barbus, Organic Jester and Blackguard Porter. These were joined by Smart Brewery’s Wild Thing and Red Cuillin from the Isle of Skye. Ciders were Kingston Press, Bee Sting Pear and Lilley’s Fire Dancer.

On 3rd April 2012 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Oldfield Park, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Bath Spa, 1.39 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Freshford, 5.42 miles, 1 hr 44 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Royal Oak, Bath
2nd Feb 2022, 06:17
Review submitted by E TA
7th Mar 2021, 20:30
Request to add pub to area Twerton by E TA approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Occasional - last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint - last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Friday, Saturday & Sunday - last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesday - last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 March 2017 by ROB Camra
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