Royal Oak Inn
Last APG visit: 19/05/2012
So, after many years of passing this pub we finally managed to step inside. What a funny little place. Appears to be run by a team of Oriental ladies who gave us a warm welcome.
It has three rooms. To the right is a plush dining room (Thai food I believe), the bar is in the central room as you enter and up a couple of stairs to the left is a very spartan games room with dart board (there are two in the pub) and pool table.
Very little appears to have changed internally over the past 40 years, with period fireplace (a real fire too). The small of damp was pervasive so we were happy when the fire was lit upon our arrival. Indeed we were the only customers for 40 minutes until a coach load of pissed-up boyos arrived.
Drinks-wise, there was just the one ale - Cambrian Bitter - which was fairly terrible. Much amusement had by us at the attempts to pour it as the pump is stupidly stiff and the slightly-built oriental lady was giving it so much welly the entire bar top was literally moving moving up and down at around 33 degrees. Check out the gouge marks in the plaster on the right hand wall where it joins to see what we mean.
In conclusion, despite the friendly welcome I won't be rushing back.