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The Royal Oak, Dartford - pub details

Royal Oak
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Address: 57 Spital Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2DX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3588) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dartford (0.3 miles), Crayford (1.7 miles), Slade Green (2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.4/10 (rated by 17 users)
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user reviews of the Royal Oak, Dartford

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Nice pub but would benefit from a guest ale if your not keen on Shep N ales...otherwise, good atmo.. would try again
realrealaleman - 3 Mar 2010 22:12
Quality pub, go there frequently, Rob is a top bloke as are the guys who serve, no kids, no trouble, great smoking area, good beer, good for sport.

Top local.
roostifer - 11 Mar 2009 10:24

Although I have already reviewed the Royal Oak previously, I would just like to expand and reiterate my original comments a little. Having recently paid my first visit of the year, I was immediately reminded of why I valued it so highly in the first place: this really is a rather excellent Shepherd Neame pub. It is seemingly always busy and with the gentle buzz of free-flowing conversation, the atmosphere is always more than tolerable. The staff are friendly and attentive, also. A good range of the breweries ales are generally available. On my recent visit: Master brew, Kent's Best, Spitfire and Bishops Finger - usually, a pump is reserved for the seasonal offering, although the clip was sadly turned on this particular occasion: the condition of the beer is always good - Oranjiboom and Hurliman are available for the lager lovers. Interior wise, the place is tidy, presentable and most importantly, comfortable. Background music is usually a good mix of rock and alternative classics. There are few plasma screens for sporting events and thankfully, they do not detract from the, usually, tranquil vibe the pub conjures up. There is also an accommodating - and most convenient! - beer patio, complete with heat lamp for the smokers amongst us. To conclude: visit this pub - you will not regret it. It just saddens me slightly, that I fail to frequent here as often as I perhaps should. After my recent experience, that will have to change.
HTM69 - 10 Mar 2009 10:33
Beers are the normal Sheps range and generally I find them in good or very good condition . It can get a bit loud and the music + the various Flat screen TV's definitely make this a haunt for 20-30 brigades , but saying that is frequented by a number of regulars who are somewhat older . Better than average boozer , lively and well run
gphillman - 29 Dec 2008 22:43
I can only agree with the other reviews on this site - The Royal Oak is easily the best pub in Dartford. The Shepherd Neame beers are always excellent, the landlord is wonderful: a larger than life, cheery character who greets everyone with a smile. Refreshingly, he knows how to run a pub and this filters down to his staff as well. The pub itself has a real rustic charm (yes, even stuck on the edge of Dartford town centre) and it always attracts a decent crowd. If I have friends visiting, this is the place I'll always take them.
keepthechange - 25 Oct 2008 22:50

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