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Royal Oak, Ockbrook

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user reviews of the Royal Oak, Ockbrook

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

If you find yourself otherwise stranded in any of the hotels around Pride Park, then believe me, it absolutely is worth getting a taxi here and back. Really, it is.

Yours truly doffs his hat, bows, and awards nine-out-of-ten.
William_The_Conger_Eel - 27 Mar 2017 22:16
The Royal Oak was the first of three pubs I tried in this village. Not only was it the best pub in the village, in my opinion, it was my favourite of 10 in Derbyshire. Be careful with the opening hours, as it does close in the afternoon during the week. I managed to get there just before it was due to close. There are a number of rooms, some set up for dining. Service was friendly and there was a good ale selection - Burton Bridge High Spy, Bass, Falstaff Slender Man, Cottage MM Norman's Conquest & Derby The Maltster. There was a real cider in a jug in the fridge, which was from Three Cats. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Feb 2017 21:37
Great food, great beer, reasonably child friendly. 9/10
ben23699 - 30 Mar 2015 21:14
The Cross Keys is a perfectly decent, but smaller establishment nearby too, and I found the ale there on form.

What with the White Swan, Ockbrook residents are pretty well-served
eddybeer - 3 Oct 2013 17:57
A mysterious pub in a way. A factual description of all its attributes would not impress greatly, yet it is much more than the sum of those, and I found it worked really well.

Real ales are well kept, and though not a gastropub the food easily meets expectations.

The in-places-utilitarian 1960s/70s features that remain add a quirky interest. The atmosphere and service are great. In fine weather the village location makes sitting outside a pleasure.
eddybeer - 19 Jan 2013 21:12
I found out that the royal oak was having a beer festival on the day we travelled from kettering to alfreton (for a quality football match!) I gave the landlord a ring a couple of weeks before hand to check he was ok to accomodate our minibus crew, he was, being courteous and helpful (which some landlords in this time of recession would be best to take note ) During our 3 hour stop off we had some great beers, met with friendly staff and locals. a top pub.
rob372 - 6 Nov 2011 16:38
If you're within 20 miles of Ockbrook for whatever reason, you have no excuse not to try the Royal Oak! Wonderful place. Book for Sunday lunch though!
dpaajones - 7 Feb 2011 18:04
I love this place. So much in fact that the family have hired out the function room twice in the last year to hold parties, even though we live miles away! The staff are always incredibly friendly and always greet you with a smile, plus I've never had a less than perfect ale in here. It's also a multi room pub which always makes it seem that little bit more special. A perfect example of what a great British pub should be.
jarofporter - 21 Sep 2009 00:15
Late review from October when we went to the beer festival and it was as excellent as last year's. No problem with beer selection and quality or the food.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 11:37
Beer good and french folk dancing interesting. Found the food very bland and not great quality although I had heard it was good. Would not go again for the food but entertainment wise great
Grifpa - 31 Jan 2008 09:35
What a wonderful pub with helpful friendly staff. We went for their beer festival for the first time and the beers and food were first class. Such a good choice to be enjoyed.
gillhalfpint - 17 Oct 2007 22:38
Old trad pub well worth a visit. 3 everchanging guest ales allways in good condition. Tasty homecooked food plain and simple at a good price. Beer fest in October. Great atmosphere on Boxing Day with music and dancing outside plus music and other events through the year.
ChrisCharles - 23 Nov 2006 21:03
Great old pub. Nice beers. Nice location in the centre of Ockbrook. Ockbrook Big Band plays here often on a Sunday evening. Great swing band - whatever happened to that great bari sax player.
XanosPhoe - 28 Feb 2005 22:26

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