The Royal Oak
Mon-Sat 12-3 (3.30 Sat), 6-11, Sun 12-3.30; 7-10.3
The Royal Oak
This recently refurbished art deco style pub wouldn't be out of place in the 1930s. Its wooden public bar could come from a liner of the day and the tiled fireplace has to be seen - all green and really stylish. The walls and curtains match with the art deco theme and even the wooden tables and chairs plus blue added benches all add to a real 30's feel. The only thing out of place are the people - no trilbies, spiv suits and the like. There are 8 handpumps here and they are usually full on. On this time were Taylors Landlord, Abbott, BASS, Deuchars IPA. There are separate toilets for this bar and you have to leave the pub to get to the lounge area which is altogether a different kettle of fish. Here you keep the art deco theme but you have carpet on the floor instead of tiles and the furniture is also of the style. The walls are warmer and there is Claris cliff and other 1930's pottery in two way cases. Seating is at tables with proper comfy chairs. Posters adorn the walls of trains and adverts, all in style. The bar is smaller here with stools round it in the far corner. At the rear is the eating area where you wont find an ashtray on the table. The kitchen is visible here too. Out back is the terraced beer garden and in the late evenings it is shut off for the long eared rabbits to roam freely amongst the vegetation. There is also an aviary here with a children's corner. Food is served 12-2pm, 6-9.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12-3pm, 6-9pm Sunday. There is a wide choice and most are only ?3 at lunchtime. The more substantial menu for evenings boasts a vegetarian section and plenty of choice for meat lovers too. All cooked fresh - no packets here - to order they eat as well as they look. Access for the disabled is OK, though there is a small step up into the pub and two sets of doors to negotiate to gain access, the toilets can also be narrow. No accommodation here - pity!
The pub is now under new management and remains just the same.
Greene King Abbott