Royal Oak, Brentford

Royal Oak, Brentford

The Royal Oak, 38 New Road, Brentford, TW8 0NU. Telephone: -. Website: –
Pig Mark 53. Established in 1787 according to the signage, but the present building dates back to 1894 or the 1920s, depending on whose history you believe. It is one of the four pubs on each corner of Brentford FC’s Griffin Park stadium. The pub closed in 2016 due to a large rent increase by the owners, but has recently reopened.
We visited on Monday September 18th at 20.20. Weather was rain showers.
Ordered a pint and two halves of Sharp’s Atlantic for £6.00.

Name:
Beer selection (10):
Beer Quality (10):
Ambience (10):
Price (5):
Service (5):
Je ne sais quoi (5):
Cleanliness (3):
Wifi (2):

Total (50)

Piggy Dave
2
5
1
4
4
2
3
1

22

Piggy Corin
3
6
3
4
5
2
3
1

27

Piggy Sue
4
7
6
4
4
3
2
1

31

Piggy Rod








Piggy Dave: It was completely empty when we arrived but has only recently reopened after a long closure hence the price of the beer. On Brentford match days the beer is £4 a pint. The barman was friendly and chatty. The pub is larger than it seems from the outside and has a decent sized garden area out the back. There was a jukebox in the front bar, but it didn’t appear to be wired to the speakers in the back bar yet. The barman offered to turn the television on if we wanted, but we declined and sat in silence instead. The decor consists of fake beams on the ceiling and green and white walls. The Royal Oak might improve once the new owners get established and word gets around that it has reopened, but currently is something of a dead zone when no football is on at Griffin Park.

Piggy Corin: Newly re-opened and still trying to get people in. There were no other customers when we visited. It looks small from the outside but is a reasonable size within. Friendly and helpful barman pulled a couple of pints through before pouring ours as it had sat in the pipes for a few hours. Only Doombar and Sharp’s Atlantic are offered, and on the night we were there Atlantic was the only option. The pub has been newly painted with plenty of tables and a garden area. There was a television in the back bar that the barman offered to turn on for us, but no music. The place needs a bit of life injected into it. The beer is currently cheap to attract locals, but needs something else too. There is no food on offer and has a sterile atmosphere.

Piggy Sue: I was pleasantly surprised with The Royal Oak. It was larger inside than expected and the very chatty barman was very helpful and diligent in making sure the beer was drinkable. The pub looked and smelt clean, but with few customers, there is little reason for it to be otherwise. There were no other customers when we arrived and I can’t begin to imagine how they pay the lease. Hopefully, football days make up for the others. The toilets could do with a little decoration but were as clean as should be expected. There is a large garden with a nice barbeque.

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