PubSpy reviews The Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath

News Shopper: PubSpy reviews The Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath PubSpy reviews The Royal Oak, Northumberland Heath

Getting people out of their houses and down to the bar is not an easy task for most pubs, especially during the day, but the Royal Oak seems to have a successful formula.

I’ll confess I didn’t feel entirely sure on the approach – there were a couple of earthy-looking fellas with neck tattoos barking away as I approached the doors, which had enormous age restriction warnings on and smaller signs reminding punters to keep their shirts on at all times.

But I was enticed by its enviable position and striking mock-Tudor beams so I carried on.

Perhaps it is the fear of missing out, but I’m not particularly fond of pubs with more than one bar area. And it was the case here, that the grass was greener over the other side. From the quiet front bar, I could see a room packed full of folk just over the way. So out I went, stomped round and into the fun.

For mid-afternoon on a week day, it was remarkable. There was barely a seat going spare, with a good hearted crowd of greying and bald folk.

For all I know, they may be there every afternoon, but I’ve a feeling they came for the music of the chubby, sweaty bloke singing along to his laptop at the front.

Wearing a pin-stripe blazer and t-shirt and jeans combo, he sang all the old ‘classics’ – from the Small Faces to Sinatra and even a bit of jazz ‘because I can tell you’re an educated crowd’. It’s all relative, I guess.

He’s unlikely to be a platinum seller but he got the platinum-haired men and women smiling and tapping their feet, so hat’s off to him.

He even took requests, though the only one that was forthcoming seemed to come from the bar and was ‘get here earlier’.

It was an unexpectedly fun afternoon and the pub’s nice too – thick, clean carpets and newly painted beams in an attractive lounge, and a pleasant garden too.

For that – and the pleasing prices - I’ll even forgive a pitiful range of beers.

The Royal Oak, Bexley Road, Northumberland Heath

How it rated:

Atmosphere*****(Can’t rival it on a weekday afternoon)

Decor*****(Clean and pleasant)

Price****(OK, it was only Fosters, but it was £2.80)

Drinks**(The standard range and no more)

Staff*** (Efficient)

Comments (16)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:17am Tue 6 May 14

concerned.erith says...

This pub is an abolsute $hite hole.

Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.
This pub is an abolsute $hite hole. Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it. concerned.erith
  • Score: -9

10:59am Tue 6 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" the chubby, sweaty bloke singing along to his laptop at the front."


Who knew you got in this boozer Karl ?
" the chubby, sweaty bloke singing along to his laptop at the front." Who knew you got in this boozer Karl ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -26

12:07pm Tue 6 May 14

PaulErith says...

concerned.erith wrote:
This pub is an abolsute $hite hole.

Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.
Can't agree. Been in there quite a few times and always a friendly pub. Never noticed a stink. Maybe you brought it in with you?
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: This pub is an abolsute $hite hole. Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.[/p][/quote]Can't agree. Been in there quite a few times and always a friendly pub. Never noticed a stink. Maybe you brought it in with you? PaulErith
  • Score: 15

12:22pm Tue 6 May 14

concerned.erith says...

No PaulErith I didni't - by the way I had to wipe my feet before I could set foot on the pavement though. Don't know what could have been picked up on the soles of my shoes from in there.

The stink is in the saloon bar at the back of the pub and it's stank for years.
No PaulErith I didni't - by the way I had to wipe my feet before I could set foot on the pavement though. Don't know what could have been picked up on the soles of my shoes from in there. The stink is in the saloon bar at the back of the pub and it's stank for years. concerned.erith
  • Score: -4

12:24pm Tue 6 May 14

concerned.erith says...

No PaulErith I ddin't bring any smell's in with me! I had to wipe my feet before I set foot outside though.

The saloon bar has stunk for years - maybe you've just become immune to the pong
No PaulErith I ddin't bring any smell's in with me! I had to wipe my feet before I set foot outside though. The saloon bar has stunk for years - maybe you've just become immune to the pong concerned.erith
  • Score: -4

7:02pm Tue 6 May 14

Bestbaz says...

Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door,
Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door, Bestbaz
  • Score: -20

12:27pm Wed 7 May 14

PaulErith says...

Bestbaz wrote:
Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door,
And what posh part of the area do you live in then? With a stuck up attitude like yours, I think the pub is probably quite pleased that you don't go there!
[quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door,[/p][/quote]And what posh part of the area do you live in then? With a stuck up attitude like yours, I think the pub is probably quite pleased that you don't go there! PaulErith
  • Score: 26

9:11pm Thu 8 May 14

Molly38 says...

concerned.erith wrote:
This pub is an abolsute $hite hole.

Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.
Maybe you should revisit the pub before slagging it off, you obviously haven't been in it in the past 10 months as you'd have realised the new management have cleaned the whole place up inside and out. I don't know what the pub was like before but I drink in there now and it's clean, very welcoming and enjoyable in there. Try and make your comments about present times not past
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: This pub is an abolsute $hite hole. Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should revisit the pub before slagging it off, you obviously haven't been in it in the past 10 months as you'd have realised the new management have cleaned the whole place up inside and out. I don't know what the pub was like before but I drink in there now and it's clean, very welcoming and enjoyable in there. Try and make your comments about present times not past Molly38
  • Score: 1

9:59am Fri 9 May 14

concerned.erith says...

Molly38 wrote:
concerned.erith wrote:
This pub is an abolsute $hite hole.

Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.
Maybe you should revisit the pub before slagging it off, you obviously haven't been in it in the past 10 months as you'd have realised the new management have cleaned the whole place up inside and out. I don't know what the pub was like before but I drink in there now and it's clean, very welcoming and enjoyable in there. Try and make your comments about present times not past
I have and found it vile
[quote][p][bold]Molly38[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: This pub is an abolsute $hite hole. Wait until the summer when all you can smell in the saloon bar is the stink of the toilers - it's absolutely vile. I live nearby and would nevet go back to it.[/p][/quote]Maybe you should revisit the pub before slagging it off, you obviously haven't been in it in the past 10 months as you'd have realised the new management have cleaned the whole place up inside and out. I don't know what the pub was like before but I drink in there now and it's clean, very welcoming and enjoyable in there. Try and make your comments about present times not past[/p][/quote]I have and found it vile concerned.erith
  • Score: -3

10:16am Fri 9 May 14

gwapple says...

I may be biased as I have used this place since 1977 on and off but continuously for the last 12 years or so and I can tell you for a fact that the Oak has never been brighter and more welcoming than when the new management came in. What's more the beer is wonderful and the staff efficient and happy. Customers of all ages mix with each other in the 3 bars that each have their own identity and Sunday lunch time is a great session. I remember there being a problem with the facilities but that was in the distant past. If PubSpy had cared to look a little harder there is a more than standard range of drinks available, 2 pump beers at least 3 lagers, cold fizzy bitter if you like that sort of thing and loads of bottled cider (2 for 6 quid). Loyal customer, staying put.
I may be biased as I have used this place since 1977 on and off but continuously for the last 12 years or so and I can tell you for a fact that the Oak has never been brighter and more welcoming than when the new management came in. What's more the beer is wonderful and the staff efficient and happy. Customers of all ages mix with each other in the 3 bars that each have their own identity and Sunday lunch time is a great session. I remember there being a problem with the facilities but that was in the distant past. If PubSpy had cared to look a little harder there is a more than standard range of drinks available, 2 pump beers at least 3 lagers, cold fizzy bitter if you like that sort of thing and loads of bottled cider (2 for 6 quid). Loyal customer, staying put. gwapple
  • Score: 6

10:47am Fri 9 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Two ciders fer 6 punds.

Say no more then.

THAnK yOU
Two ciders fer 6 punds. Say no more then. THAnK yOU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Fri 9 May 14

concerned.erith says...

gwapple wrote:
I may be biased as I have used this place since 1977 on and off but continuously for the last 12 years or so and I can tell you for a fact that the Oak has never been brighter and more welcoming than when the new management came in. What's more the beer is wonderful and the staff efficient and happy. Customers of all ages mix with each other in the 3 bars that each have their own identity and Sunday lunch time is a great session. I remember there being a problem with the facilities but that was in the distant past. If PubSpy had cared to look a little harder there is a more than standard range of drinks available, 2 pump beers at least 3 lagers, cold fizzy bitter if you like that sort of thing and loads of bottled cider (2 for 6 quid). Loyal customer, staying put.
Can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear!
[quote][p][bold]gwapple[/bold] wrote: I may be biased as I have used this place since 1977 on and off but continuously for the last 12 years or so and I can tell you for a fact that the Oak has never been brighter and more welcoming than when the new management came in. What's more the beer is wonderful and the staff efficient and happy. Customers of all ages mix with each other in the 3 bars that each have their own identity and Sunday lunch time is a great session. I remember there being a problem with the facilities but that was in the distant past. If PubSpy had cared to look a little harder there is a more than standard range of drinks available, 2 pump beers at least 3 lagers, cold fizzy bitter if you like that sort of thing and loads of bottled cider (2 for 6 quid). Loyal customer, staying put.[/p][/quote]Can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear! concerned.erith
  • Score: -1

4:35pm Fri 9 May 14

ความจริง says...

Bestbaz wrote:
Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door,
You deserve a clump Bestspaz for comments like that.........
[quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: Just look at the area where this pub is located, that should tell you something about the clientele. Best part of this pub has to be the exit door,[/p][/quote]You deserve a clump Bestspaz for comments like that......... ความจริง
  • Score: 3

8:42pm Wed 14 May 14

royaloakcustomers says...

I have drunk in the oak on and off for 30 years and have always found the people salt of the earth. Current management are quite simply lovely. And are doing a great job so back off and leave good alone. Chris Spence. Notice the person with the opinions has not got the balls to show their I'd! ! #spineless
I have drunk in the oak on and off for 30 years and have always found the people salt of the earth. Current management are quite simply lovely. And are doing a great job so back off and leave good alone. Chris Spence. Notice the person with the opinions has not got the balls to show their I'd! ! #spineless royaloakcustomers
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Wed 14 May 14

royaloakcustomers says...

I don't live here, I travel to use the pub I love the company and atmosphere and the current team are working really hard to make a success of the pub. If you don't use it you will lose this fabulous pub. Unfortunately they don't to food because I'm sure it would be delicious. Free bar snacks provided by the landlady. Polly
I don't live here, I travel to use the pub I love the company and atmosphere and the current team are working really hard to make a success of the pub. If you don't use it you will lose this fabulous pub. Unfortunately they don't to food because I'm sure it would be delicious. Free bar snacks provided by the landlady. Polly royaloakcustomers
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

samtheman07 says...

there got a pool team on a tuesday or was tuesdays
there got a pool team on a tuesday or was tuesdays samtheman07
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree