Royal Oak

Derbyshire - Chesterfield

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: II

1 The Shambles
Chesterfield
S40 1PX

Tel: (01246) 234886

Website http://www.royaloakshambles.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: Chesterfield

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Chesterfield) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A most attractive town-centre pub, made up of two distinct parts - the 16th-century half-timbered building above was incorporated into the rest of the pub in the mid 19th century. This top part houses a very small high-ceilinged bar with a 1950s bar counter (but newer top) and fixed seating from (probably) the 1930s. Note the small Royal Oak stained glass panels high up in the outside windows. The lower, larger bar was the original inn and once had two rooms; the bar fittings are about 50 years old. Back in 1967, the pub was scheduled for demolition because of a huge redevelopment scheme. An outcry led to a proposal to hoist the building onto rollers and move it to a new site. Thankfully, neither plan came to fruition.

A remarkable survivor in view of its town centre location – in 1967 it was due to be demolished as part of a multi million pound redevelopment and there was a plan to hoist the building onto rollers and move it to a new site – but thankfully neither plan came to fruition. The pub consists of two distinctive parts – the top part is a 16th century half timbered building and was incorporated into the pub in the mid 19th century. It houses a very small high ceilinged bar with a counter from the 1950s, newer top and fixed seating that looks to date from the 1930s. Note the small ‘Royal Oak’ stained panels high up in the exterior windows. The lower and larger bar was the original inn and consisted of two rooms originally – it was bought by Stones Brewery of Sheffield in 1897 who carried out an extensive renovation. Again the bar fittings are about 50 years old.

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