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The Royal Oak

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Postcode: SK17 9QJ
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food is amazing. The setting is stunning. Would highly recommend. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We have visited this place on numerous occasions and never had a bad experience

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well.....had driven past several times on our holiday, was having a lovely lunch in Castleton when a fellow diner recommended The Royal Oak. We booked for an early dinner on the last night of our holiday. A fabulous recommendation - I had a greek salad...with a side of 'The Oak chips', scrummy. An interesting salad with pomegranate seeds for a sweet crunch and fat, briny green olives together with a homemade tzatziki dressing on the side. My husband opted for the Pork Medley and loved every bit: a good thick slice of tender belly pork, an enormous fat sausage (bratwurst possibly?) and a huge disc of black pudding - to be fair he would have B.P with everything though. We ate every bit and look forward to revisiting. Alas, too full for pud but maybe next time after tapas!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

At last, a country pub in the Peaks that's actually worth travelling to! There seem to be so many lovely old pubs around here taking the easy option of low grade pub standards, we've been burned a lot and now do research and get local...recommendations before going out. What a difference it makes when you find a place like this with a proper cook in the kitchen, charming waiting staff and attractively presented plates of food off an interesting menu. Great home cooked chips, properly brown not pale yellow from frozen (worth coming for those alone). Sauces in individual dishes with spoons not plastic sachets. And not a bit dearer than the others, I'd give a six for value if I could. Keep it up Royal Oak, and please don't go the way of the Waterloo and the Devonshire Arms.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic pub! We holiday in the Peak District regularly and this is one of our favourite pubs by far. We had dinner here last Saturday and liked it so much we returned the next day for Sunday lunch! What we liked: - Great ambiance. The...pub was about 90% full and there was a really nice atmosphere. - Such a nice manager who went out of his way to accommodate our many, many awkward needs! - The food we ate on Saturday was delicious. Would recommend the prawn cocktail starter, rib and steak mains and the bakewell pudding. Great chips and mac n cheese sides too! - Gorgeous decor and styling. The perfect blend of original features and modern touches. - Dog friendly! The only downside is we didn’t really enjoy the Sunday roast, it was very average, but this wouldn’t stop us from coming again any other night of the week to enjoy their regular menu.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As someone who eats a lot of belly pork l was very dissapointed at what was put down to me that cost 16.50 pence. The Leek and mash with gravy was tasty but the portions were definately for a child. The pork medley which was...the main part of the dish consisted of one tasteless pork sausage and three thin slices of pork belly approx 2 inches in length that resembled a rasher of bacon and looked nothing like belly pork that you can buy in any supermarket. It was obviously reheated due to its crisp and dry taste and anyone who eats belly pork knows its soft and succulent piece of meat. The pork medley also included one black pudding, which to me has nothing to do with pork. I wouldn't say a single pork sausage and three slivers of belly pork constitutes calling it a pork medley.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place to refuel whilst cycling either the High Peak Trail or the Tissington Trail. After climbing out of the High Peak Junction car park (don't do it!) and cycling here, were were very pleased that the staff managed to squeeze us...in. Booking would probably be a good idea in future but sometimes it's hard to judge cycling times. Fish and chips/ bangers and mash were very welcome as was the very well kept beer. I don't think that it was as good as the last time we came here but the conditions in which people are existing now does possibly explain that. We still really enjoyed our food and will come again. Cycling back was thankfully downhill.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped at the Royal Oak for dinner , service from the staff was friendly and professional. Couple of drinks and dinner .. The food was very tasty , fair sized portion and cooked nicely ... one minor critique ... Pork Medley says 'Belly Pork Slice'...was disappointing in as much as it was the size of decent rasher of bacon maybe pigs are thinner than they used to be :-/ was nice but gone in 3 fork fulls for £16.50 was expecting a decent thick slice of belly pork ... sausage , mash , cabbage and gravy were tasty.... Will go back and try the lunch time menu maybe after a ride along the Penine Bridleway which runs along the back ... https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g1885471-d2085651-r806252299-The_Royal_Oak-Hurdlow_Peak_District_National_Park_England.html#More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited The Royal Oak for dinner whilst staying at a nearby campsite. Easy to book, but recommend doing so in advance. Tasty food and generous portions. Majority of staff friendly and helpful. Would visit again if in the area.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

Having read good reviews on trip advisor, we made a point of deciding to eat at this dog friendly pub. The menu was quite extensive, spoilt for choice. I chose full rack of ribs, delicious and my partner chose The pork medley. Managed to squeeze...in a strawberry roulade. All well cooked and presented, waitress service good, may try to go back to sample other delights on the menu before the end of our holiday.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

Had lunch there on Tuesday after walking in the rain and wind with our dog. Friendly welcome when we came through the door and served very quickly. The food was fantastic and good sized portion. I would highly recommend the belly pork and black pudding...baguette. Would definitely go againMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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The Royal Oak is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5