Royal Oak Hotel,
+44 1273 766 700
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Mon-Sat 11am-Midnight (but till 2am if customers still in bar)
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This grand hotel was originally built in 1771 and named after the Regent's brother, Frederick Duke of York, by royal permission. In 1929 the hotel was sold to the local council for office but remained empty after the council vacated the building in 2003 until the current owners acquired it in 2006. Now refurbished, the hotel falls under the Radison SAS brand.
The bar's interior harks back to the Regency period with royal and baby blue walls with artwork paying tribute to the novelists and statesmen of the time. Spread across two rooms, the lounge is plushly appointed with sofas and low tables.
As befits a Regency hotel the drinks menu ranges from afternoon tea through to a classically led cocktail list. Not so classic is the bar's three state of the art karaoke suites featuring widescreen plasma TV's, professional consoles. These can be hired for as little as an hour and come with waitress service.