Travel five miles east of Derby and you’ll find the picturesque village of Ockbrook. The Royal Oak, a traditional family-run free house, is the beating heart of community life here. Offering a variety of beers sourced from renowned brewers across the UK, the pub is a great addition to Derby’s real ale scene.
The menu is constantly changing with the seasons, and lists a range of homemade dishes made using local produce wherever possible. Having been welcomed into the restaurant space to take seats by a window, we were politely left to look over the menu. The menu is varied, and includes pub favourites and chef specials. For starters, my partner selected the heritage tomato and feta salad, which was beautifully presented. I chose the delightfully light warm mackerel Niçoise. For mains, my guest chose the sweet potato and leek roulade, served with new season potatoes and a summery herb salad. I went for slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, served with charred red peppers, Tuscan potatoes, mint pesto and lamb jus. Choosing from the delicious array of desserts proved difficult. The Baileys cheesecake topped with Baileys cream and fresh strawberries, and the raspberry semifreddo with fresh fruit garnish, were too tempting to resist.
With ample parking, a cosy bar, and a snug and function room alongside the restaurant, the Royal Oak is the perfect choice any time of the week, for any occasion.