Not my experience of the Oak under the new management. Always find the staff really friendly and good fun. Last Wednesday night (jam session with Tony Morley) was a blast and everyone had an amazing time.
118 Clive Street, Cardiff, Wales CF11 7JE
A warm Welsh welcome to everyone gay (LGBT) or straight. with luxury rooms, free parking, free wi-fi and a great varied breakfast menu (traditional, eggs benedict, salmon etc.), catering for coeliac, wheat/dairy free etc. Welsh evening menu available.
3 reviews of Royal Oak in English
The Royal Oak has a long and colourful history. It's quite famous in Cardiff for its links with boxing (there's a boxing ring and a gym upstairs and downstairs there are photos of boxers on every wall!)
The pub itself is split into different rooms downstairs (two lounges, where you can sit and have a quiet drink (or a noisy one if it's match day!) and a function room where bands play a couple of times a week). There's a large beer garden out the back of the pub which is sheltered from the main road (and the rain in parts) and has a nice seating area and some grass.
There are lovely old stained glass windows downstairs, giving the pub a real traditional look. There are church pew seats in the lounges, again lending a traditional feel (though there is a big plasma screen TV above the main bar!) and a friendly atmosphere.
The staff are friendly and fun and the pub has a real community feel. People actually talk to each other and take the time to meet new faces and make new friends. I think that the Oak is a gem that Cardiff should be proud of.
The Royal Oak is either your type of pub or it isn't, so give it a go and find out!
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good ale - shame about the unsmiling, hostile barman.
Tommowinnie, 12 June 2010:
grahamf, 12 June 2010:
they must have had an off-day - it was early evening but I didn't feel welcome. I'll give it another try on your recommendation
Tommowinnie, 12 June 2010:
Oh Lordy, I hope their on their best behaviour when you give it another go! I remember the first time me and my boyfriend went in there. It was three years ago and the former landlady, a formidable woman called Mary, gave Mog a row for having his foot up on the chair! We were scared and ran away! Turns out, she was an awesome lady and we got to be really good pals. The new owners are equally lovely, but there has been a lot of changes in bar staff, so maybe someone was a bit stressed when you popped in. For me, it's the top pub in Cardiff and I've made so many friends through going there and getting to know the locals. I hope that you have a better experience next time round. Cheerio, Tommowinnie.
The Royal Oak has very strong sporting connections, it used to have a boxing ring upstairs (but no longer) but still has plenty of photos, ticket and poster memrobilia up in the bar room. The father of the previous landlady was capped for Wales with regards rugby union and the place also used to be the HQ for Cardiff Harriers (athletics). Further detail of the sporting past can be found on its website.
There are new West Walian landlords taken over the pub at present, the reason I point this out is that they have stopped doing meals in the weekday for the present time and only offer Sunday lunch at the moment. This may change later on when the new landlords become established.
There is quite a large bar room and smaller lounge downstairs whilst the B & B accommodation (which was fully occupied on my visit esp. at £25 a room) is upstairs. The premise does have a beer garden and a private function room available too.
Externally the pub is very traditional in style with its stained glass windows and is situated 2 miles away from the city centre down in Roath (half an hours walk ot 10 minute bus ride from town).
The pub serves the full range of Brains beers available. It also boasts live music on occassion.
A quirky little pub but well worth a visit all the same.
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CharlottePhillips, 2 December 2009:
The Royal Oak Hotel in Cardiff offers Live Music every weekend, kareoke with Jimmy every Sunday and a Jam Session every Wednesday evening with Tony Morley and friends.
They serve a range of meals throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and as mentioned, put on a full Sunday Roast every Sunday, and also show all major sporting events. i.e. international rugby on a large screen.
The welcoming B&B costs £35 per person per night, and the pub is situated 0.7 miles from the shopping centre.
The previous landlady was from Scotland and preceeded Kitty (who's father played for the Welsh team) for six years. She set up a website for the pub, however there is a nfresh, updated website for everyone to check out...
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