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Royal Oak, Ambleside

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LA22 9BU
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Greene King

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Will Larter left this review about Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is still owned by Greene King but it is run by the same people as the Dog & Gun in Keswick, who seem to have an agreement that enables them to put other beers on the bar instead of theirs. At the time of my visit these were four from Kirkby Lonsdale brewery plus Timothy Taylor Landlord and Theakstons Old Peculier; other local breweries are often represented, such as Bowness Bay, Fell and Hawkshead. I had Kirkby Lonsdale's 1822, which was in very good condition. On another visit a few weeks later I had Bowness Bay Swan Blonde 4% which was also very good. This pub is on a prominent corner and gets lots of passing trade (very like the Dog & Gun in Keswick), which helps to keep the beers ticking over, I reckon. To be honest, I don't find it particularly pleasant or comfortable here, because of all the food and the dogs, and sometimes the people are a bit too much as well, but it's ok for the occasional beer at quieter times.

Date of visit: 20th December 2022

On 27th November 2023 - rating: 6
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Royal Oak

Prominent and central pub in the tourist town of Ambleside. As I approached, there were plenty of people drinking outside, in spite of the cold weather. However, I was soon to count myself lucky by grabbing a small table inside.

For a Greene King pub, the ale range was impressive, primarily because there were no Greene King beers on! In fact, apart from Timothy Taylor Landlord & Theakston Old Peculier, the cask ale range was entirely from Kirby Lonsdale - Monumental, Stanley's, Tiffin Gold, Pennine Ambler, Ruskin's & Jubilee.

My Jubilee (stout) hit the spot nicely and I also received a 10% CAMRA discount.

The pub was very busy, even though they hadn't been serving any food. There are a number of different seating areas, where conversation dominates. Although, there was background music played at an acceptable level.

I rated the Queens Hotel (now the Ambleside Inn) as my favourite pub on my last visit. This was every much as good, if not better.

On 27th November 2021 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about Royal Oak

Traditional pub, although owned by Greene King it had a range of eight from Kirkby Lonsdale brewery over all the pumps. Many small rooms make up the pub with the counter roughly in the centre room. Mix of decor styles, none actively distasteful, there’s lots of photos and stuff of various sorts. GBG 2021 listed and beer quality was up to the mark, service was pretty good as well in spite of there still being hoards of tourists about.

On 26th September 2021 - no rating submitted
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27th Nov 2023, 22:18
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
27th Nov 2023, 22:17
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 27 November 2021 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 November 2023 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 April 2017 by ROB Camra
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