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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Closed according to Dronfield CAMRA

The Hearty Oak, Dronfield

Pub added by Jim Newell
22 Northern Common
S18 8XJ
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Quinno _ left this review about The Hearty Oak

A mock-Tudor building that has been painted a funny mushroom colour which ruins its outward appearance somewhat. There’s two rooms inside, on my visit the bar to the right was operational with the other booked for some Irish-themed function. Quite high ceilinged in the right hand bar and I noted a nice dark wood carved dado though the tree silhouette wall decals won’t be to everyone’s taste. The conservatory to the rear of said bar comes with some nice stained glass and if I’d have arrived earlier when the sun was out I may have parked myself in there. Two Ashover beers were on; my Golden Valley was OK, a bit warm which indicated they hadn’t shifted any for a while. It was also a massively short measure and I had to wave my arms to get it corrected after the barmaid plonked it down and walked off; indeed the young staff seemed rather directionless and harassed in general. The clientele were an incongruous mix of young brash types and middle class eaters, I was ‘bantered’ in a faintly menacing manner at the door by a bunch of well-lubricated young men who decided that my lack of Primark-approved attire deserved comment. Overall I may have caught this on a bad day but it didn’t warrant its GBG status compared to others in the area.

On 20th August 2012 - rating: 5
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Will Larter left this review about The Hearty Oak

An unusual looking building on the edge of the village, with the faux Tudor half-timbered upper storey painted in modern gastro-pub paint, reinforcing the signs which describe it as a Pub & Kitchen. The entrance is a double one, with the public bar to the left and the lounge or dining room to the right. Although there's a strong emphasis on food, it doesn't dominate like some of this type of semi-country pub, and there's clearly a passion for real ales. I was here for the Three Valleys beer festival, and there had obviously been an effort to lay on some extra beers and there were also some ciders in polypins stacked on the bar back.

The décor is a little challenging: striped carpet throughout, wall paper depicting winter tree silhouettes, and the upholstered bench seating almost certainly not to everyone's taste. The music was a bit in-your-face too, but the main attraction was the superb and varied choice of ales and ciders, showing that a real effort had been made to make this a special festival venue.

Various meal promotions included a free birthday meal, if pre-booked. Might be worth combining in a crawl with the Jolly Farmer and Rutland Arms, each about a ten-minute walk away, and the Horns a little further on.

On 3rd June 2012 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Hearty Oak

The Hearty Oak is a very large pub that is on the western edge of Dronfield Woodhouse.
The pub has got two large rooms i had a drink in the room to the right,this room was carpeted and had a mixture tall tables and normal tables and chairs,there was a raised area to the right and a small area down a few steps to the rear of the pub,the left room looked quite big and was on one level.
There were three real ales on the bar i had a drink of Ashover Rainbows End and this was a decent drink there was another Ashover beer and Hardys and Hansons Kimberley bitter,i thought that brewery had closed down.
The landlord said that he did a discount for Camra members of 50p off a pint.
This pub does food and seemed fairly busy with diners but this does'nt take over in here like it does in some pubs.

Pub visited 24/3/2012

On 24th March 2012 - rating: 7
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Latest updates View all updates for The Hearty Oak, Dronfield
17th Jun 2014, 11:52
Request to mark pub as closed by ROB Camra approved
17th Jun 2014, 11:52
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by ROB Camra, with included notes: Other: Closed according to Dronfield CAMRA

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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - June - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes last updated 25 March 2012 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 March 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 March 2012 by hondo .
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