EACH week, we shine the spotlight on top venues to visit with family and friends around East Lancashire.

This time we have headed to Blackburn to find out more about some relatively new people behind the bar at The Royal Oak.

Name of the pub

The Royal Oak

Address of the pub:

2 Royal Oak Avenue, BB1 8QD

Landlord/landlady name:

Kelly Steele

How long have you been the landlord/landlady for?

Four weeks

Bar staff and their names:

Catherine, Chloe and Russ

Give us some history about the pub

It was mentioned by one of the old regulars that it is haunted.

Our history of being at the pub for four weeks has seen a steady climb and each week there are more new faces coming in. I’m loving being here as the locals have made me feel very welcome.

Our pub stands out from the rest because we focus on creating a unique and inviting atmosphere. We offer a wide variety of beers, along with a menu that features traditional pub grub. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and we strive to provide exceptional service to our customers. In addition, we regularly host live music events and trivia nights, making our pub a fun and entertaining destination for local residents and visitors alike. Overall, our commitment to creating a one-of-a-kind experience sets us apart from other pubs in the area.

Is food served? If so what’s on the menu?

Yes, our food is very traditional pub grub. I myself am from a catering background. We have served many of our dishes throughout the couple of weeks and have received amazing feedback.

Is there a beer garden?

Yes, we have a beautiful beer garden with stunning views

Do you have any darts/snooker/pool teams

We are looking forward to this in the near future

Most popular drink served is:


Most memorable moment at the pub

Opening day with the live band in the beer garden

Do you have an entertainment line-up?

Yes - three or four times per week

Have you faced any challenges within the industry

The challenge is to make the Royal Oak the centre of the community

The best thing about running a pub is

Meeting all the wonderful locals and making new friends

The worst thing about running a pub is..

The worst thing about running a pub is ringing last orders

The perfect hangover cure is...

Another ice cold beer