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The Royal Oak, Barlborough - pub details

Royal Oak

Address: High Street, Barlborough, Derbyshire, S43 4EU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34798) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Kiveton Bridge (3.9 miles), Whitwell (4 miles), Creswell (4 miles)

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Apollo Inn, Barlborough (0.0 miles), Rose and Crown, Barlborough (0.1 miles), De Rhodes Arms, Barlborough (0.2 miles), Dusty Miller, Barlborough (0.4 miles), Treble Bob, Barlborough (0.5 miles) - see more nearby pubs


user reviews of the Royal Oak, Barlborough

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Called here midweek for lunch during a hike from Harthill. The bar interior was clean and newish looking although the decor is a bit minimalist with a polished wooden floor and plain walls with some photos. The main meals were 9 and upwards so we opted for the 12 - 4pm meal deal. 6.50 for a drink (a halfpint) and various types of ciabatta sandwich, a few chips and bit of salad. Not a bad price and the food was OK but average quality. 2 Cask ales were available. - Jennings Cumberland and one by Sharps. I found them both a bit bland tasting for around 3 a pint although cheaper standard keg beers ie John Smiths were available.
The only downside was the service. We were the only group in at 1pm so they seemed more interested in attending to the add on conservatory
restaurant and the bar was left deserted for ages. One of us had to enquire why they hadn't delivered his meal after a long wait and the barmaid when she finally did appear seemed disinterested, unapologetic, slightly hostile and frankly - miserable. A bloke working in the place opened a door at one side and trundled a blue bin past us through to the opposite side. He left the two doors open and us in a "refreshing" draught.
The food and service in the restaurant next door may have been marvellous for all we knew but we walked away from the place unimpressed. It's the sort of pub that is not worth making a special journey to visit. We'd have tried one of the others in the village if we had known.
GeofB - 2 Mar 2012 09:34
Quiet, prompt service, good beer although not a great selection, attractive pub with a good pool table. I've ate there before and it was very good. Would reccomend this one.
Glock - 19 Dec 2010 12:15
The Royal Oak has recently been taken over by new owners, however when i went for a meal a couple of weeks ago it was really nice to say they closed a couple of days after - steak cooked to perfection - chips were homemade absolutely gorgeous and deal quite good aswell - will definitely being going back there to try out the new menu
barlboroughbiglass - 28 Oct 2009 13:14
on arriving at the pub, the car park was full, which we found encouraging. However, from there on, it was a downhill! There had been heavy snowfall, and the car park was treacherous. as the management did nothing about this , it gave us the impression. that they didnt care. more importantly the food was the major downfall. My wife and i frequently eat out, but never have we experienced such vile food ! And have never had the need to write such a view
woodside - 8 Feb 2009 22:43
This pub is on the main road through barlborough village, and sits bang opposite the apollo pub.
First impression saturday evening was of a smartly kept place, nicely lit, with large car park and connected restaurant.
Inside there is a large bar area with connected pool room, and a separate lounge. The furnishings are not tatty, but the seats, carpet & decor give the feeling the place is getting ready for a re-furb.
The service was quick but not overly welcoming. There were two cask ales available. Greene King IPA and Abbot ale. [Not sure if this is a GK pub or not. didn't see any GK signs]. sign for kareoke wed & sat eve.
There are bar meals offered 12pm-9pm each day. snacks around 3, mains around 5-6. I spotted an ad for the restaurant for early bird 2-for-10, 5-7pm, mon-fri.
Beer was ok and meal offers seem reasonable. didn't feel tempted to go out of my way to visit the pub again though. perhaps for the restaurant.

reynard - 14 Sep 2008 13:37

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