Royal Oak (Harvey’s) | Borough, Greater London
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Royal Oak (Harvey’s)
Good based on 45 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

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Royal Oak (Harvey’s)

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Beer Available At Royal Oak (Harvey’s) (arranged by most recent)
County Town Beers Scotch Ale , Harveys Sussex XX Mild [aka Sussex Dark Mild] (Cask) 30, Harveys 1859 Porter (Cask) 73, Harveys Sussex Pale Ale 45, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter 74,

Previously Available
Harveys Kiss (Cask) 43, Harveys Sussex XXXX Old Ale 75, Harveys Christmas Ale (Cask) 95, Harveys R 35, Harveys Armada Ale (Cask) 58
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45 reviews for Royal Oak (Harvey’s)
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  76%
 Selection  61%
 Food  78%
 Value  75%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer  (1489) Hebden Bridge, England | May 4, 2015
On the smaller road of the two that juts away from the crossroads directly opposite Borough tube station, this corner pub has somewhat of a time warp about it, although I couldn’t quite pin down if it was Victorian or Edwardian, however either way it has a fabulous period styling to it with an almost all wooden design, fixtures and fittings. There’s two sides to this bar but it’s all open plan and you can see all parts of it, wherever you’re sat as it’s not too big. The central service area divides both parts that pretty much look the same, although there’s different hand pumps in both areas so you might want to do a quick recce of either side before you order. As a Harvey’s pub you’ll find mainly these ales here, but there’s a couple of guests available too. It attracts a varied crowd and food is served here. I was also allowed to go through the bar to reach the toilet which was temporarily upstairs due to a problem on the ground floor, which meant I was able to view the beautifully style small period meeting room up there with its dominant central table - a room that is presumably available for hire if you so wish.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Fin  (702) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 30, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jorge76  (203) , Italy | September 21, 2014
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 ..
  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.
Pyrmir  (100) 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
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
maneliquor  (153) 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10  (111) , Denmark | October 17, 2013
Small old pub. Ok selection of Harvey on Cask and several bottles as well. Ok service. Fair prices.
Rasmus40  (216) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76  (152) , 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
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing  (153) 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.

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