This appears as a nice pub and is set in a lovely place. The food is also quite nice but this is spoilt by the rudeness of the under experienced staff that have little time for customers!
My friend and I asked for a table at Sunday lunchtime and were told there was no room, but we could sit on the end of someone else's table! When I pointed out that we didn't particularly want to sit with some people we didn't know, the waitress snapped back 'well you won't actually be with them will you' she then turned and stormed off! Priceless!
A 5-star brilliant staff, the very best landlady I have ever seen, always working for you to make you welcome. I love it, must be the best recommended pub in Norton, and I go out all the time, not like some who only go out for Christmas and dish the dirt. Give it a go, a chance you will love it. You cannot find a better place to have some fun. It's the place to be.
A decent pub on just-about all criteria. The food quality has improved a lot since the head chef bought out the previous landlord. There's usually 3 or 4 real ales on (some local brews e.g. Kelham Island).
It's family-friendly without having the feel of being kid-dominated. Food-centred, but certainly not a dreaded 'gastropub'.
There's often some unobtrusive live acoustic music on to accompany the diners. Nice ambience. Great views at the back and on the patio.
Having recently visited the Royal Oak I found the landlord/lady to be friendly and tried one of their meals, which I thoroughly enjoyed (can't be beaten for £2.50). Had a cup of tea with my meal and then a pint of their real ale, which went down well.
Would definitely recommend it and will be returning without my motor bike so I can stay longer.
Went as a party of 6 and not one of us enjoyed the meal. Greasy overcooked chicken, overcooked microwaved jacket potatoes, the mushy peas were the darkest green I had ever seen and the chips were terrible. Will not be returning.
If there was a 'Worst Pub in Britain Guide' the Fox & Duck in Broomhill, Sheffield, would be a very strong contender to take the top award.
My husband and I had arranged to meet our 2 daughters there for a drink before going on for a meal. I went to sit down whilst my husband got the drinks. He pointed to a table in the window so I went there. The chairs didn't look particularly inviting, as two out of the 4 has tears in them and were covered in grey duct tape to hide other tears.
A gentleman - no, sorry an elderly male - who had entered the same time as us came over and went to sit down on the chair next to me. I politely explained that it was taken. He then went to sit in one of the others at the table, so I explained that they were also taken, as my daughters would be along shortly. He stood there for a good 10 seconds staring at me and made me feel very uncomfortable. He then went to look for another seat. There were very few people in the pub and plenty of spare tables but he made this appear like a Herculean task.
My husband came and joined me with the drinks and this prompted the aforementioned male to go and speak loudly to the bar staff about reserved seats. I'd had enough by now and told my husband we were moving to another table. He immediately went to sit in the seats we'd vacated.
My daughters arrived in about 10 minutes and went to the bar where they were the only ones waiting. At first they were totally ignored, but after a while one of the males deigned to tell the female member of staff in an offhand manner to serve them. After serving them, my elder daughter took the drinks over to the table and my younger daughter stood at the bar with a £20 ready to pay. She was completely ignored again and my other daughter had to come back from the table to pay.
Visited recently with friends for a first visit, we returned two days later such was the quality of the real ale (Bradfield Brewery) and service.
The pub is clean and tidy and the staff not only attentive but knowledgeable. As the Bradfield Brewery tap we were expecting good things from their beers, we were not disappointed. Between us we tried all the beers (5) being served, all of them were bright, crisp and full of flavour and character.
The food looked appetising and fresh and one of the group had eaten at the Nag's before and commented on the high quality of the food being served. The beer garden is pleasant although just an extension of the car park. The farm next door does produce its own odours though!
All in all a great pub which we will definitely be revisiting.
After over a half-hour drive in the pouring down rain, we eventually unloaded the kids and went into pub to be faced with not only a set of rules for children to abide by but no highchairs or child seating whatsoever.
Very disappointed. Do not go unless your children are of the seen and not heard variety, as requested on the rules board.