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The Royal Oak (JD Wetherspoon), Dorchester

20 High West Street
Dorchester
DT1 1UW
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J D Wetherspoon

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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Royal Oak (JD Wetherspoon)

Split levelspoons with a bit more going for it than the usual. Good beer and service

On 28th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Royal Oak (JD Wetherspoon)

This one is obviously an original pub. It consists of a long room with the bar on the right at the rear and a lower area on the left as you enter. There is a verandah at the rear along with a cobbled patio. This is a classic example of where they have jammed in far too many tables for the size of the place. It was busy mostly with people eating on my Saturday late morning visit and it was a task in itself finding a route through it all. The bar has ten hand pumps which had a reasonable choice of the JDW Trio Of Doom with Ruddles doubled up, Lancaster Black, Dorset Dusk Till Dawn, Woodforde's Wherry, Marston's Old Empire, Rooster's True Grit and White Horse Village Idiot. I went for the Old Empire (£2.89) which was excellent. All the guests were priced at £2.89 which seems totally unfair to the low ABV brigade as a pint of Wherry here would be expensive for a JDW while Old Empire wouldn't.
Apart from the overcrowded furniture I thought this was a reasonably good Spoons.

On 13th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Royal Oak (JD Wetherspoon)

Clearly an old building from the outside,but the internal refurb has been quite brutal and there is not a lot of character inside.The best part is at the front where there are two rooms feeling disctete,but beyond that there are ranks of dining tables stretching back to the rear ,while a lower level to the left is also completely corporate.The bar is at the rear and has a few high tables opposite ,while there is a small rear courtyard for a tab or exterior drinking.
There are two ranks of five handpumps offering on my trip Ruddles Best (doubled up),GK Abbott,Doom Bar,Otter Bitter and Dark,Great Newsome Holderness Dark,Moorhouses White Mist,Lees Kaleiderscope and an international brewers Defender brewed at Everards.Both ales I tried had the line chiller turned up too high and made the beer too cold and somewhat tasteless.
There are better places for real ale not far away.

On 12th June 2016 - rating: 5
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Dorchester South, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Dorchester West, 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Upwey, 5.26 miles, 1 hr 41 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Royal Oak (JD Wetherspoon), Dorchester
28th Jul 2019, 11:20
Review submitted by Danny O'Revey
 
7th Nov 2017, 21:46
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - JDW vouchers only - last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 12 February 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 12 February 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 February 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
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