Royal Oak (Harvey’s) | Borough, Greater London
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Royal Oak (Harvey’s)
Exceptional based on 42 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

44 Tabard Street, Southwark
Borough, Greater London England SE1 4JU [ print map ]
020 7357 7173



Hours: 11-11 Mon-Fri, 12-11 Sat, 12-9 Sun


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (4) |


Royal Oak (Harvey’s)

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Beer Available At Royal Oak (Harvey’s) (arranged by most recent)
Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask) 29, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter 76, Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale 76, Harveys Porter / Tom Paine Original Old Porter (Bottle) 85, Harveys Bill Brewer 18, Harveys John Hop 12, Harveys Sussex Pale Ale 45, Harveys Armada Ale (Cask) 61, Harveys Kiss (Cask) 37, Harveys Sussex Wild Hop 44, Harveys Christmas Ale (Bottle) 90, Harveys Lewes Castle 83
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42 reviews for Royal Oak (Harvey’s)
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  76%
 Selection  62%
 Food  78%
 Value  76%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  78%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 8/20
bobnessuk  (1) , | July 18, 2014
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.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir  (62) Uppsala, Sweden | March 15, 2014
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
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
maneliquor  (149) Perth, Australia | November 11, 2013
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
68
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10  (110) , Denmark | October 17, 2013
Small old pub. Ok selection of Harvey on Cask and several bottles as well. Ok service. Fair prices.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40  (207) Beder, Aarhus, Denmark | October 16, 2013
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.
56
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76  (137) , England | July 29, 2013
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
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing  (140) London, England | March 23, 2013
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.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (617) The ’Sham, England | February 24, 2013
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.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Bryne  (360) Bryne, Norway | February 20, 2013
A nice and traditional pub away from the bustling crowd around Borough Market. I came for the Harveys beers. 4 cask ales, mostly bitter. Classic English beer but perhaps a bit boring? (Visited February 15th 2013)
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
eku28  (17) San Diego, California | December 2, 2011
The Royal Oak is very close to the Borough tube station in Southwark. It’s a classic, old, neighborhood corner pub frequented by the locals in the area. The atmosphere inside is casual and relaxed with a small bar area, several wooden tables and a large Harveys mirror on the wall. As mentioned, the selection is quite limited with 5-6 Harveys ales on cask. It’s a place I would visit again for a couple pints when in Southwark (great to combine with visits to Utobeer, Market Porter, The Rake, etc.), but there’s no real need to spend several hours here unless you have alot of time to kill.

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