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Old Royal Oak

(formerly Duffey's; Royal Oak)

11 Market Place
Burton upon Trent
DE14 1HA

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Opening Times

Closed Mon (12-6 BH); 4-10 Tue-Thu; 2-11 Fri; 12-11 Sat; 12-6 Sun

Meal Times

No Service Mon - Wed
5 - 8.30 Thu & Fri
12.30 - 3, 5 - 8.30 Sat
12.30 - 4 Sun

About the Pub

This unusual half-timbered 3-storey, end-terrace pub, one of the oldest hostelries in the town, has had something of a chequered history but has now settled down to become a convivial drinkers hostelry under new owners.

The interior comprises a large, open plan, single room, but with some partitioning. While recently refurbished, some old oak beams have been retained towards the rear. A TV screen near the far end of the bar scrolls through the drinks menu.

No pub car park, but there are public car parks nearby.

Historic Interest

Around 300 years old (rear part built ~1640?). Once connected to the Abbey via a tunnel (now blocked off) under the church. Used to incorporate a lockup for holding prisoners. As simply the Royal Oak, the pub appears to be owned by Worthington’s in a 1905 photograph; Worthington’s merged with Bass in 1927. However, the earliest surviving Branch records (1983) list it as an Ind Coope pub. It was bought by Burtonwood circa 1991/92, then became a privately-owned free-house (date not known), but re-named Duffey's Bar 1999-2002 before reverting to the current name. Still recorded as a free-house in 2007, but later bought by Punch Taverns (in 2009?) following a period of closure. One of ~1,900 Punch pubs acquired by Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken) in a deal with Patron Capital in 2017, then sold to current owners in early 2020.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Fownes King Korvak's Saga
  • Fownes Royal Oak Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Usually at least two from Fownes.

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Old Royal Oak, Burton upon Trent


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    12" stone-baked pizzas with choice of toppings, plus garlic breads.

  • Garden Pub Garden

    Outdoor drinking limited to a few tables and chairs at the front.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Except in carpeted areas.

  • FunctionRoom Function Room


  • Games Traditional Pub Games


  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside front door, with canopy if not too windy!

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Old Royal Oak

11 Market Place
Burton upon Trent
DE14 1HA

Sat Nav Reference

52.8017, -1.6299

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Nearby Bus Routes (200m)

New Street bus terminus nearby.

Closest Station (1100m)



On north side of Market Place, off High Street.

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