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The Royal Oak, Tunbridge Wells - pub details

Royal Oak
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Address: 92 Prospect Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4SY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 28341) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras


Nearest train stations Tunbridge Wells (0.5 miles), High Brooms (1.4 miles), Frant (2.3 miles)

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Popped into the Royal Oak on my way back from a trip to the High Street after a recommendation from a friend and was delighted I did. It may look a tad tired outside, but inside is a world away from the bland Ikea-look pub owners seem to think everyone wants. Wooden panelled walls, old-style gentleman's club leather sofas, a bar billiards table, all fantastic. The beer was excellent, I had the Larkins, and good value. The landlady, though running the place on her own dealing with Sunday roast and drink orders always acknowledged people who came to the bar to be served and apologised for what turned out to be a short wait away - how often do you get that these days? The regulars also all seemed friendly and the pub is highly recommended.
BothamsAshes - 24 Oct 2016 13:38
Ivan is something of a fibber, and a bored regular in this pub.

This is a good boozer, friendly staff, excellent beer and hygiene.

But maybe Ivan was in a Freud like mood.....

And should have a chat to himself.

If he can find him.

wealdman - 18 Oct 2013 21:56
updated review:
What a change from the last visit I made in 2011- now nominated and registered as a community asset preventing its sale or development into flats or a super market local. Sounds good eh' ! errrr no. Not really.
The venue is now looking tired and in very bad need of refurbishment. Rainwater now leaks through the flat roof onto those unfortunate to choose a seat to avoid the lazer like gaze of the seemingly unfriendly and androgynous female landlord/lady. The ales and drinks are good enough- and cheap too! But that doesn't make up for the oppressive "local" atmosphere , this is a pub after all, not some kind of postcode club where those on first name terms get service and all other "outsiders" - no matter how courteous , are looked on with disdain and pretty well ignored. Its has its old pub sort of charm I guess. Will it survive? Maybe. In an age of wine bars, gastro pubs & town centre bars our old style pubs are endangered very much, I hope it can improve here but I have to say without major businesses model changes it wont make it. Ohh and one more thing, 5-7 year old kids in a bar at 10pm on a Saturday night with drunken parents who seem to think they are at a wedding reception for cast of "The Only Way is Essex" does not make for a good night out for those who prefer what a pub should be rather than a struggle to make money over the bar at any cost with a manager who, it seems, has a clueless business sense . we shall see....
ivanski - 18 Oct 2013 19:52
Big pub, 10 minutes walk out of town. Made the effort to go here with a large group on a Friday evening and it was like we were an inconvenience. A shame as the beer was alright. Unlikely to go out of my way again
sussexboy - 12 Oct 2013 13:53
I was delighted to 'rediscover' this pub, which was a favourite of mine some years ago, but which I hadn't visited for some time; even more delighted to find that, in essence, it hadn't changed a lot. The photo above could mislead you into thinking the whole place had been done over in the style illustrated; in fact most of the pub is much more traditional. Though it's a biggish place it has quite a cosy atmosphere, with several different drinking areas around the central bar.
Personally I'd prefer it without the TV on all the time, but the sound's generally turned down, and it's not too intrusive.
Excellent range of well kept beers, with local breweries always well represented; pleasant and knowledgeable bar staff.
Altogether highly recommended.
earlydrinker - 27 Nov 2012 14:33

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