Royal Oak (Free) | Bath - Twerton, Somerset
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Royal Oak (Free)
Good based on 9 ratings
Type: Bar

Lower Bristol Rd (corner of Brook Road)
Bath - Twerton, Somerset England BA2 3BW [ print map ]
01225 422214

Hours: All day

Taps: 10 | Bottles: ?

Royal Oak (Free)

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9 reviews for Royal Oak (Free)
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  78%
 Selection  74%
 Food  80%
 Value  70%
 Overall  76%
 Rating  84%

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 3/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
chrisholbrook  (1) | August 24, 2011
I have been visiting this pub for about 4 years. At that time the range of beers were extremely varied and of good quality. Recently with the ever increasing amount of Art Brew being offered the other pumps on occasions are only offering about 3 independent brews. I am sure they would get more customers if they improved their range!
Oakes  (681) Vancouver, British Columbia | September 28, 2010
Great pub, nice open layout. A band of old folks was playing once. Books and board games and a nice lineup of real ales, though heavy on the fairly mediocre Art Brew stuff.
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 1, 2010
Great pub, one of the best in the Bath area. Technically this pub is in Twerton, not Bath...There is another Royal Oak in Bath proper. Anyway, this Royal Oak has a punk & cider fest in July!! How cool is that? Feels like an old and cozy English pub without being an old man bar. Is quite spacious inside. You can bring dogs in. Staff caters more to locals and may seem a bit cold to outsiders--but many places in Bath have built up defense walls like that. Decent beer selection here--when we were there they had a bunch of Art Brew. This Royal Oak is a long walk out of town but you can walk along the river much of the way and itís no big deal. Someone else said 25 mins, but depending on where you start can be as much as 40 mins. Worth it you can probably take a bus down Lower Bristol Rd to get here if you donít feel like walking.

It is important to note there are two Royal Oak pubs in Bath. The other one is just outside the old town, on Pultney Rd. It is also a decent place with some real ale, a large beer garden and shows the local rugby games.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl  (138) New York, New York | June 2, 2010
Really, really far out of the way. Donít trust the map on this one, it is significantly farther west than it looks. 25 minute walk from city center. The selection is great, although the place was empty and the server was just some random college kid who didnít seem to care about much but surfing the net.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub  (524) Banbury, England | June 21, 2009
Visited twice during the week and there is no doubt that it carries a great range, perhaps too much for the turnover? the bar staff are great and knowledgeable aboiut their beers, the building itself has seen better days and is a little scruffy, but perhaps that is the look they are after. A great pub, worth the visits.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
mabel  (211) Toronto, Ontario | August 10, 2008
Visited on a very quiet Monday afternoon in September 2007. Open and airy and wood everywhere, there was an old piano and several fireplaces and weird talking + guitar + congo music playing. We were the only patrons so we felt obliged to go sit in the library corner to sample our half-pints, which were tasty and varied and numerously delicious. Hungrily we wolfed down some lovely scotch eggs, which hit the spot (not quite sure if that counts as food but they were tasty bites). The staff was friendly and went about their business when we werenít asking questions. Overall, a neat place to return to regularly, especially since their taps are interesting and rotate fairly quickly.
Hoser  (164) Cowtown, Alberta | March 2, 2008
A great pub that allows dogs, the owner brought some special stuff and the had a pretty amazing tap selection that changes almost daily. Last stop of our Bath pub crawl.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
downender  (306) Bristol, England | June 7, 2007| Updated January 27, 2012
The Royal Oak is close to Oldfield Park railway station and is well worth making the effort to visit. 9 beers were available when I visited on a Friday afternoon, a mix of local West Country microbrews and unusual ones from further afield. Service and regulars were friendly. Excellent all round. Revisited on 28/9/07. Of the 11 beers on during the afternoon, 10 were new to me (6 new to this site, including one new brewery). The atmosphere was again friendly and the landlord welcoming and efficient. Updated 16/04/2011. The number of ales on offer at the Royal Oak has been reduced to 6 or so on my last few visits and they have also been less interesting than in the past which is partly due, but not entirely, to the connections with Art Brew. Still a good pub, but not one I would go out of my way to visit. Updated 5/1/2012 NOW CLOSED. Apparently Art Brew did not renew the lease. Updated 27/1/2012. Reopened pretty rapidly. I must revisit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Gazza  (163) Worcester, England | June 4, 2007
Straight in at the top. This new freehouse on the outskirts of Bath is just what the city needed, with from 5 to 12 beers being available depending on the day and, best of all, the quality and rareness being top-notch; whoppers such as Hopstar from Darwin can be seen here as well as anything new from the area - and beyond. John and Becky are doing a great job here, itís worth the 15-minute walk or take bus 5 from the centre. One of the UKís best beer scooping pubs.

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