Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I visited this place on a Sunday evening while recently in London.
While the interior is basic, it is very pleasantly worn and warm and inviting. The pub is sort of separated into two halves by the bar, making it necessary to go out into the entryway to access the other side of the pub. Not a problem, just an observation.
This is a Harvey's tied house, so all of the beers were theirs. There was a nice sized selection of cask ales (8-10) with some other options as well (2-3 ciders for instance). I was very pleased to (finally) find a dark mild on cask after looking for 4 days all over London.
Being Sunday evening we ordered "Sunday Roast" and enjoyed a couple of very very good meals. We also enjoyed chatting with the friendly pub-goers sitting around us.
Overall this is a wonderful old, warm and friendly pub with great food and a large, quality beer selection. A London must-visit in my opinion.
11-15-2013 20:07:20 | More by spointon
United Kingdom (England)
3.94/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a 'good honest boozer' as my father would say: meaning it is a basic drinking mans pub without frills or fancy trimmings.
A short walk from the delights of Borough Market, this corner pub is a true throw-back to the pre lager bright light bars which now haunt some parts of London. Harvey's (the brewery owners of the pub) have just left it alone, because that is what their customers want (plus it costs nothing if you don't alter anything).
Full selection of Harvey's excellent beers, all on cask. My wife and I tried four different ones between us and all were in good condition and served with a smile. The pub was fairly empty on the Thursday afternoon in late Feb 2011 we visited. I mentioned earlier about no trimmings etc, but we did notice that some dusty Christmas decorations were still hanging around, made us chuckle a little.
The actual pub is split into two rooms, with a small area containing a serving hatch inbetween them. All areas are served by the same central bar which is mostly open, allowing you to see the other room no matter which one you're in.
Well worth the walk and finding, especially if you like Harvey's beers like I do.
03-11-2011 12:48:39 | More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited the Royal Oak on a Sunday Lunchtime and the pub was fairly busy with several tables reserved, however the friendly bar man offered us a table and we made ourselves at home, which was very easy given the friendliness of the pub. The pub is located off Borough High St and is an easy walk from London Bridge station and Tower Bridge. I had Harvey's Sussex Pale which was excellent and the Sunday Roast was superb - worth a trip to London for! Prices are reasonable for London. an excellent pub with a local community feel, excellent beer and food!
04-21-2010 08:20:46 | More by Clembo1957
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Harvey's makes a great bitter. This was my thinking after ingesting their Sussex Best at the White Horse, after which I learned that some pub near the Borough Tube station had a few handles dedicated to the beers of Harvey.
They did. The mild, the porter, old ale, pale, and Armada, a hoppy pale. The pub was wrought entirely from wood. With English pubs this is a recurring theme.
Sunday roast was ordered - stuffed venison ("inverted sausage" as my friend called it) and a vegetable and Stilton pie. The venison was good but the pie was like congealed minestrone soup.
At least it threw into sharp relief the beer, which was well worth the trip.
04-12-2010 22:43:03 | More by alfrantzell
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
A few minutes walk from Borough (Northern line), this is a classic pub. Lots of regular looking types, good amount of young crowd, and more than a few CAMRA types as well. No TVs or electronic gambling in sight, lots of wood, nice postcard beer mats, low tables and benches. Big windows too.
Four or five casks with Harveys ales and perhaps three or four kegs with lager/macro stuff for oddballs. Nice full pours too. Staff doesn't really know much but the service is fantastic. Pints are £2.60-£3.00 for the Harveys stuff. In all honesty great prices for what you get.
Food is good and great value. Big double decker sandwiches - I have had both the roast beef and the salt beef - salt beef is superb for the adventurous. Cheese plate is gigantic. I've had a cheese plate at other beer bars and this is the most simple but generous plate I've seen. Stilton, bloomy goat, brie, and mature cheddar served, a bit cool though.
I highly recommend.
06-24-2008 21:43:27 | More by Antilochus
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Had a very good time at this friendly,local pub close to the Borough tube.There were 4 Harveys cask ales available. I tried the mild(3.0),best bitter(4.0)and armada(4.5), all in good condition. The mild was an all malt,tasty classic.
When you think of the name Royal Oak it conjures up visions of polished brass and wood paneling. Not here.This neighbourhood pub has that old, weathered look with tons of history.The inside is split in two parts with the circular bar coming through the middle.
The pub fare is above average. I had the steak & ale pie served with a side of veggies, as good a pie as you'll get in London. It's worth a visit to the Royal Oak on Tabard St.
05-14-2008 13:44:30 | More by austin
4.44/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
My good friend John HW inspired me to visit this great pub seeing he talks of it often and I had not ever checked it out despite nine previous trips to London. Kind of off the beaten track and buried deep in Southwark it is worth the trouble to go here. Very nice interior and comfortable. Full range of Harvey's ales and they are well kept. Prices are reasonable for London which is a good thing with the dollars poor value in the U.K. I had the mild which was a slight disappointment but Harvey's ales are pretty much can't go wrong beers and this pub is a must visit for lovers of real ale.
03-29-2008 21:47:13 | More by Mark
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was a quite nice pub, it's located on a street that doesn't look like it would have a pub. It has Harvey's beers on tap and a few ciders that I assume are associated with Harvey's. The place is kind of small, but it has a really nice atmosphere. It's quiet, no music, and I think I was the youngest person in the pub at 9 o'clock on a Saturday evening. They had the Harvey's Porter, Old Ale, Bitter, Pale Ale, and Best Bitter on tap. They had one special one that I never got around to trying, but all around good selection for any type of drinking. I don't recall seeing any macro beers on tap; however, I do remember seeing some spirits.
This pub is great for a evening with a few friends to relax and have some solid brews.
I didn't have any food, but it smelled wonderful.
Highly recommended pub, definitely a pub I'll make my way to again.
03-21-2008 12:38:06 | More by swizzlenuts
United Kingdom (England)
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Only a couple minutes walk from Borough Tube Station (or 15 mins walk from London Bridge Station down Borough High Street till junction with Long Lane/Dover Street)
Street corner pub in quieter area off Borough High Street. Attractive traditional pub with wooden floors, scrubbed tables and U shaped bar. Bar area with large windows on two sides making it light and airy and cosy small lounge area to the left through the door on Pigrimage Street.
Tall wooden curved bar fitments in traditonal style making attractive atmosphere. At time of visit 11.30am on a Monday, there was only one other person in there, and with the sun shining through the windows (and no smoking now!!) make a very pleasant relaxing stay. A quiet oasis in London, and the boss - Frank - making friendly conversation about his beers and pubs of London, and his recommendations!
There were 5 Harveys beers on, of which we tried the Best Bitter 4.0% Armada 4.5% and the Olympia 4.5% and they were all first class, and wish we could have stayed longer, but another 5 real ale pubs to try in the day!
Had a good menu of food, with a blackboard showing specials of the day, so a changing variety. Whilst we did not eat here, the prices were good and a little less than other pubs in the more touristy areas of Borough and the Thames.
Not sure how busy the pub could get at other times of the day or at weekends, but this sure would be a pub to visit again at anytime because of the fine beers and pleasant relaxing atmosphere away from the bustle of Borough High Street and throngs of tourists!
On any of our London visits, this is always our first call in the morning!
B'ham UK August 2007
08-14-2007 10:45:45 | More by JohnW
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Checking out the Royal Oak was a quick stop for me--unfortunately, I needed to move on after an hour or so, to get dinner and go get a place for the fireworks that night. But, my still my stop was memorably in a short time--wish it had lasted longer. The other reviewers give a good description of the RO, so I won't duplicate the information--just relate my short stop.
It is a bit hard to find, but worth the effort. Thanks to Jim sitting beside me at Market Porter for calling to see if it was open. Walked into a neighborhood, or so it felt, snugly situated around the bar and side tables. Not too busy on a Saturday afternoon, but I'm not sure how long they were going to be open on New Year's Eve yet.
Great beer stop, and I went on the recom of RO being a Harvey's tied house. I had cask pours of Armada, Christmas, and Old Ale. Christmas was by far my favorite, and a real treat drinking it on cask. Harvey's is hard to get where I live, and the occasional is bottle hard to find and expensive. I needed some food to go with my quickly downed ales, so I ordered bread pudding which was rich and creamy, buttery. I grew up with bread pudding, but being of Dutch heritage, my family's version of bread pudding isn't the same as the Brit's. A nice treat to go with my beer stop. Also, I met a couple of others at the bar in my short stop, real beer people, that quickly led to interesting conversation about CAMRA, double IPAs and their purpose, Bunker Bierhall, and more that added a warm layer over my whole experience at the Royal Oak.
Just wish I had more time...
01-15-2007 14:47:03 | More by FightingEntropy
Royal Oak in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.