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The Royal Oak, Horfield, Bristol

385 Gloucester Road
Horfield
Bristol
BS7 8TN
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Royal Oak

I quite liked the look of this pub from the outside.
Once inside the main room is L shaped with the bar facing,the room is bare boarded,there are pew seats to the front with chairs and a raised area to the left,the right side has an oblong shaped room which has comfy bench seating and chairs plus a few settees.
There were four real ales real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Dawkins Bristol Blonde which went down very well,the other beers were Butcombe Bitter,Yeovil Spring Forward and Doom Bar.
There was some decent background music playing.
This is a very pleasant and comfortable pub to have a decent drink in.

Pub visited 2/4/2016

On 2nd May 2016 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Royal Oak

Since my previous visit the service seems to have improved somewhat and beers on this occasion were Mad Goose Purity, Bath Ales Gem, Adam Henson’s Rare Breed from Butcombe and Doom Bar. Ciders were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Heritage, Symonds Founders Reserve and Addlestones.

The menu consisted broadly of “pub grub” dishes, although perhaps a step or two up from the usual both in style and price. Options included Lasagne, Ham, Egg & Chips, Fish & Chips, etc., and these were mostly priced in the £10 - £12 range. My Pulled Pork Burger with fries and a chilli slaw was a decent enough dish even if they did insist on serving it on a wooden board rather than a plate.

Previous review from 31/08/2011 -
A good sized, street corner pub that looks as though it has had a recent makeover. From the outside it’s got a bit of a gastropub look about it, but thankfully that’s not actually the case. Whilst there is food available, it certainly doesn’t dominate and most punters were drinking rather than eating on a recent Tuesday evening visit.

The pub is split in to two halves. The left hand bar is on two levels, with a raised area up a couple of steps. There is dark wooden flooring and the ceiling paint is almost black which gives it a slightly gloomy feel. That said, there is cream paint elsewhere, and dual aspect windows so that makes up for it a little. Most of the lighting is simple downlighters, but there was also a chandelier in the rear corner and small candles on all the tables. The cubicle doors in the gents loos were painted to look like an old phone box which was an unusual touch.

A brick chimney with a wood burning stove separates the two bars. The bar to the right also has part wooden flooring, although with some slate tiles as well. This feels a little cosier with a few leather sofas clustered around a fireplace. This leads out in to a large beer garden/patio area. That patio is partly covered to keep out any inclement weather, and the garden has a colourful mural on one wall as well as a kids play area with a couple of small cars to ride around in. The only letdown was really the service, since I really don’t like being ignored when I’m stood waiting at a bar, especially when I’m the only punter waiting and the barmaid can’t fail to notice me.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar, Gem, Butcombe Gold and Timothy Taylor Landlord. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold, Thatcher’s Heritage, Addlestones and Stowford Press.

On 2nd June 2014 - rating: 7
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2nd May 2016, 18:18
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2nd May 2016, 18:15
Review submitted by Alan Winfield

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Car Park : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 13 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes - Apart from raised seating area while food being served - last updated 31 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Jukebox : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live Music : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 20 August 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 13 October 2013 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - FREE PUB WIFI FROM ARQIVA - last updated 22 August 2015 by Jonathan Wilde
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