This pub is quintessentially English. We just happened to pop in after walking to Thor's cave, and along the Manifold track yesterday afternoon. A local folk music group were playing in one corner, the real ale is fantastic, and they serve good pub grub.
I have often been disappointed by pubs in the peak district, but not by The Royal Oak. It was packed, so I guess others share my view.
They do have a notice up asking walkers to remove or cover muddy boots with plastic boot covers.
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