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The Royal Oak, Wigan Central, Wigan

111-113 Standishgate
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Jon B left this review about The Royal Oak

an interesting quirky pub, run by the same people as the Fifteens outlets. a comfortable open plan interior with a few different areas. large and impressive beer garden with booths, a bar, table football and an out of order popcorn cart! reasonably priced cask ales and food served all day. worth the quick walk out of the centre if you're in town.

On 10th October 2018 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about The Royal Oak

This pub has never been open whenever I've been in Wigan until today. A large open plan interior plus a small side room to the right on entering. A fairly pleasant, if untraditional interior makes it slightly different. A rear beer garden is available. 4 handpumps on the bar but only 2 on today with Wainwright and New Orders Stray Dog available today.

On 19th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Royal Oak

This is a large traditional pub with several distinct drinking areas, located just outside the town centre. The servery is in a very unusual position, running along the front wall of the pub, which means that the bar back incorporates the front windows. Opposite is a carpeted space with standard tables and chairs and some semi-partitioning which helps to break the room up a bit. This includes a book shelf which holds lots of old copies of the Good Beer Guide, which I enjoyed flicking through. The right hand side of the pub is a smarter lounge with a nice looking fireplace and shelves displaying a collection of whisky boxes. The seating in here is more comfortable than in the bar area and the room extends quite a way back, where there is a darts playing area. The left hand side of the pub has mostly banquette seating and there was an upright piano there as well. It was unclear if it gets much use, but it would certainly have been preferable to the lounge music soundtrack that was playing through the speakers. There is a corridor at the back which connects all three areas as well as leading to the toilets and beer garden.
This pub offered one of the more adventurous ale selections I managed to find in Wigan, with Facers DHB, Dark Star Hophead, Prospect Silver Tally, Copper Dragon Golden Pippen, Weetwood Cheshire Cat and Tetley’s Cask all available. I went for a pint of the DHB, which was well kept and quite an easy drinking beer. The keg range had a few alternatives to the usual suspects and there seemed to be a good selection of bottled beers to choose from as well.
This is a great pub for the drinker, especially given the interesting range of cask ales, but it also struck me as the sort of place you could take non ale drinking mates to as well, as it caters for a wider range of customers than more specialized beer pubs such as the Anvil. I thought this was a strong contender for best pub in town and would make it a top priority for a return visit.

On 21st January 2013 - rating: 8
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Wigan Wallgate, 0.62 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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10th Oct 2018, 17:24
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10th Oct 2018, 13:57
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 January 2013 by Dave McNally
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 1am
Saturday11am - 1am
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