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Beer Available At Royal Oak (Harvey’s) (arranged by most recent)
Harveys Christmas Ale / Strong Winter Ale (Cask) 95, Harveys R 37, Harveys Armada Ale (Cask) 59, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter 74, Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask) 29, Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale 74, Harveys Porter / Tom Paine Original Old Porter (Bottle) 85, Harveys Bill Brewer 18, Harveys John Hop 12, Harveys Sussex Pale Ale 45, Harveys Kiss (Cask) 37
Fin (612) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 30, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I visited the Royal Oak Thursday 30th October 2014 following a workshop I was attending just a short walk away. I had been here before but never got around to rating, it had been a few years though since that last visit. The pub is situated a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Borough High Street and yet it is amazing how just a street ir so back it becomes ’relatively’ calm, serene and peaceful. The pub is a lovely corner pub, it is well laid out with two separate bar areas and I guess what would have been a third serving ’hatch’ area for off-sales perhaps. I used the room off to the RH side as you enter, it was quite spacious but pleasingly fairly busy. The beer choice was just Harveys no guests but they were extremely well kept and price-wise. appeared very reasonable for area. The landlord and young barman (son perhaps?) seemed to know many of the punters and chat was friendly. This really is a great, very traditional pub, it is pleasing to see it thriving and in rude health.
jorge76 (165) , Italy | September 21, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Typical old style pub close to borough tube station and a 10 mins walking from the Saturday market .. I like the places like this with all this wood , the old charme and the the same people drinking at the bar .. I came here many times when I lived in London and this kind of pub are vanishing too fast .. Harveys ales and the usual industrial lager .. The food is good and served in generous portions .. Service on the average with server mostly from East Europe ..
bobnessuk (1) , | July 18, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 8/20
Until recently, this was the only Harvey’s Pub in greater London.It is not one of the new’real ale’ outlets that have started in the last few years. Harvey’s is a traditional Brewery that has been based in Lewes, (West Susex) for a century. I like their bitter, which has a distinctive smokey aftertaste.
The Pub grub is a nice bonus. It’s genuinely home cooked and you get huge portions.
Pyrmir (74) Uppsala, Sweden | March 15, 2014
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Visited on a friday night. The place was packed, but the atmosphere was great. The consisted mainly of Harveys, but was good. Staff was stressed but nice and helpful. Would recommend this place
maneliquor (151) Perth, Australia | November 11, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Visited after a whisky tasting near London bridge. Small pub which was pretty busy for a Monday night. The two bartenders were lookers! Beer was crap and it’s all Harvey’s so don’t expect much else. Solid for a pop in but wouldn’t go too far out of my way
chrisv10 (110) , Denmark | October 17, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Small old pub. Ok selection of Harvey on Cask and several bottles as well. Ok service. Fair prices.
Rasmus40 (213) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | October 16, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Small and cozy pub with classic dark brown interior and good service. There were six harvey’s and a Thatchers on cask at my vist. They have a small selection of Harvey’s on bottle as well.
madmitch76 (144) , England | July 29, 2013
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 11/20
Charming old boozer near Borough underground. Good vibe in here. A local one but in London that means locals via the 4 corners of the globe. Nice traditional wooden. Most of the beers here are Harveys whom for me have an inexplicably loyal following. Tangy and yeasty - I just don’t get it. At least they in pretty good condition but the Mild was showing some apples. Wether it’s because it’s too green or because of thisbover hyped open fermentation these beers go through is anyones guess. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Borough area, just don’t expect great beers unless you swallow the hype
EdKing (148) London, England | March 23, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Across the street and around the corner from Borough station, slightly hidden, is this little gem. Old school pub with tiled outside, and divided into public and private saloons inside, with a cute little bar opening in the entrance between the two sides. Place smells of antique wood and beer. Punters are upmarket locals, but it has a friendly feel and is unpretentious. Anyway let’s get to the point. The beer condition in this place was phenomenal. They have about 4 cask taps on each side of the bar and a variety of uninteresting keg lagers etc. It’s the Harveys stuff that’s on fire in here. Freshest beers I’ve had in a long time. Hope it’s the same next time I go. Thanks to Harrisoni for the tip on this one on the Ratebeer forums.
Theydon_Bois (773) The ’Sham, England | February 24, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Classic street corner Victorian boozer in Borough (nearest tube) but an easy 10-15 minutes walk from Borough Market and the likes of the Rake/Brew Wharf/Market Porter etc.
Was Harveys only tied house in London, but a 2nd opened in Wandsworth in 2012 .
I guess this is a single roomed pub in essence but partioned off either side of the bar.
Beers represent a good range of Harveys on cask and in bottle plus a guest (never anything too exciting).
Food looks excellent here, I have only heard good things, but for some reason I’ve never eaten in the Royal Oak !
Service is efficient.
Great traditional boozer and worth adding on to any visit to the Borough Market area.
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