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Address: 12 Turnshaw Road / Ulley / Sheffield / South Yorkshire / S26 3YG / Telephone: 0114 287 2464

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      21.04.2008 19:11
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      A typical country pub in South Yorkshire

      The Royal Oak is thought to be the third most popular pub name in Britain, after the Red Lion and the Crown. In fact there are well over 500 different pubs in Britain that bear the name, the Royal Oak. The Royal Oak which is the subject of this particular review is situated in the picturesque little village of Ulley, about ten miles to the east of Sheffield and five miles to the south of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. This pub dates from the late 1600's and is said to stand on the site of an old well. Over the years several extensions have been added to this building and there is now a family room, a dining room, and a garden room. There is also an outdoor children's play area and a lovely lawned garden as well as a large car park. The Royal Oak at Ulley could be described as a typical, traditional quiet country village pub. It has its regular local clientele but it also attracts a good number of visitors from outside the village due to the good reputation that it has built up, especially with its bar meals. It is also located very close to the popular Ulley Reservoir and Country Park. Food is available in either the bar area or in the restaurant. I have only actually eaten in the bar area so I cannot comment on the restaurant, but I can confirm that the bar meals here are excellent and represent good value for money. On my most recent visit here the sun was shining and we sat outside on one of the many wooden benches, watching the kids play in the playground. It was very busy, and several people were actually sat on the grass since all of the tables were full, but we were lucky and managed to get a seat since we had arrived early. The large grassy areas also make this a popular place for people to bring their dogs, which although they are not allowed inside the pub they run around whilst their owners sit outside with a quiet drink. On my recent visit here I was not too hungry so I just had a chip butty, which came in a large wicker basket. It cost £1.70 and the portion was huge. Other items on the bar menu included burgers and chips, baked potatoes and salads as well as snacks. As main meals there were things like steak pie, pork chops and that good ols British favourite, fish and chips. The Royal Oak is a Samuel Smiths public house, which means that the bar prices are low. The downside of this is that most of the beers on sale here have German names and it is likely that you will not be familiar with them. The standard lager that was on sale here for many years was Ayengerbrau Lager at just £1.68 a pint, this had a strength as high as Stella Artois, but just in case this was not strong enough for you Ayengerbrau Pils was also available at £1.98 a Pint. Both of these have recently been replaced with Alpine Lager and Alpine Pils of the same strength but with a ten price hike. The Royal Oak is a lovely little pub and a great place to sit outside when the weather is fine. It has a large car park and an interesting play area that will keep the kids entertained whilst you enjoy a meal or a drink. Ulley is a rural location so it is not served by a frequent bus service. The number 21, 23 and 24 that run between Sheffield and Rotherham however all go through Aughton, which is the next village to Ulley, and from here you can walk to Ulley village and onto the Royal Oak pub, past Ulley Reservoir and through Ulley Country Park. This is about a 15 minute walk. The opening hours of the Royal Oak are as below: Monday through to Friday - 12 noon - 3pm and 7pm - 11pm Saturday - 11am - 3pm and 7pm - 11pm Sunday - 12 noon - 3pm and 7pm - 10.30pm All major credit and debit cards are accepted and cashback is available with switch card transactions. The Royal Oak is a great place to visit and a place that I visit fairly regularly. I often try and combine a visit here with a trip to Ulley Country Park and Reservoir and I would certainly recommend this place to anyone that is in the area. The address is as below: The Royal Oak 12 Turnshaw Road Ulley Nr Sheffield S26 3YG Telephone - 0114 2872464

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