England > Greater London > Borough
maneliquor (116) 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 (102) , 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 (181) 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 (111) , 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 (116) 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 (461) 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.
Bryne (267) Bryne, Norway | February 20, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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)
eku28 (17) San Diego, California | December 2, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
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.
shoulderbroken (148) Tokyo, Japan | October 26, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Great pub if you like Harveys. If you don’t, well, it’s still a nice place. Traditional British pub with nice old fashioned pub decor. Good selection of Harveys on draft, but if like me you are not quite sure about them, there’s not a great deal else. But would recommend it for the experience anyway. Staff were friendly and it was a good pub experience, but wish they had something I liked a bit more.
Christian (236) Odense, Denmark | October 14, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Small and really nice super classic pub with a fine selection of the great Harvey’s beers in excellent condition and with some interesting ciders too. You don’t get new beers every week, but as a tourist you can usually find something new - or revisit something good.
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