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Royal Oak Hotel, Chorley, Lancashire

Picture source: Adrian Smith

The Royal Oak Hotel was situated on Market Street. Following closure, part of the building was used as The Tut'n'Shive.
I worked behind the bar at the Royal Oak in 1979, when David Mallileiu and his wife Christine were managers.  Andy Sterling, who was a long standing manager during the 1980's and 90's came to work with us, a young lad fresh from the Royal Navy. 
The letting rooms upstairs were no longer used as such, but there were a few functions held in the ballroom upstairs (which I think had a sprung dance floor!).  Anne was in charge of the Tap Room and Frank was the 'pot man', the dining room was busy at lunch times and a few of Chorley's well heeled ladies used to meet in the American Bar on Tuesdays for a Steak Canadien.  The pub was packed on Saturday lunchtimes, I think there were about four or five of us working behind the bar in the Lounge.  A pint of bitter was 33p!!
Ann Calverley (May 2011)
The Tut'n'Shive has now closed and is now used as a bar called Kinetic. This, in turn, has also closed.
Adrian Smith (October 2013)

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Date of photo: 1971 

Picture source: Richard Richmond

Picture source: Peter Ashworth

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Name Dates Comments
David Mallalieu 1970-1980 I was Assistant Manager of the Oak in the early 1970's working for Andrew Aston. I left and then returned as manager in 1977. We had 4 bars and busy lunch trade and a function room upstairs for 200 people. We also had several meeting rooms with groups such as the Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel, the Catenians, Round Table, the Lions and some Lady Masons .I wish the Gales every success. Must call in.David Mallalieu
Peter Van De Mortel 1977 Had our wedding reception there in 1977, planned to revisit July 2017 to celebrate our fortieth weddi g anniversary. Currently live in Oxfordshire.