Royal Oak returns to the town - with a Forres feel

From left, head Chef Adam Laws, with owners Julie and Ian Gale outside The Royal Oak, Chorley
From left, head Chef Adam Laws, with owners Julie and Ian Gale outside The Royal Oak, Chorley
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A Chorley town centre pub is to reopen again under its much-loved old name.

The former Kinetic Bar on Market Street – opposite the town hall – will return as the once-popular Royal Oak next month.

It has been taken over by barber Ian Gale, who is now set to cut it as a new pub


Ian, 40, who lives in a flat above the pub with his wife Julie, 39, also runs the barber’s shop at the bottom of the covered market.

Called the Royal Oak for many decades, in recent years its name was changed to the Tut n’ Shive and most recently the Kinetic, which closed this summer.

Ian has exciting plans for the Royal Oak, which will reopen on October 4 – not least making it a “combined services club” venue.

He has transformed the former Clouseau’s nightclub, and he is kitting out the downstairs area with military


He wants the new-look pub to be used as a meeting place for the likes of RBL vets, with discounts on food and drinks for vets and current serving armed forces personnel.

“It will be somewhere for them to get together and have a chat,” explained Ian, who comes from a family with a military background.

“It’s something I support a lot and work with the British Legion and Help for Heroes – it’s something I’m very keen on.

“I’ve been collecting military memorabilia for a few years, so it will be on display down there.

“It’s going to be called No Man’s Land. My son Jack, 11, who goes to Parklands School came up with it.

“I want to encourage the day trade with proper, honest cooked food. For example, chips, pie and gravy and a pint will cost £5.

“We’ve got two cask pumps on and we will change the beers until we find what people like,” said Ian, who plans to keep his barber’s shop.

“The pub and the barber’s shop are customer orientated,” added Ian, who hopes a lot of his shop customers will use the Royal Oak for a pint and bite to eat.

Premises supervisor at the pub will be business partner Michael Walker.

Mick Clark, communications officer for the Central Lancashire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: “We are delighted it’s going to return to its former glory.

“We were only saying a month ago it was one of the most famous and best around.

“ It was well known in its heyday. It was a fantastic pub with umpteen bars and functions room.

“I’m delighted Ian has revived it. CAMRA will give him every support he wants and we are optimistic he will make a success of his venture.

“It was destroyed by the architects in the late 1960s, who decided they wanted an open plan style and within months of that, threequarters of the facilities were sold off there.

“I think the people of Chorley remember it fondly as the Royal Oak and will like to see it back.

“It’s a very difficult market Ian’s moving into, but we will support him all we can.”