England > Greater London > Borough
EdKing (101) 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 (372) 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 (214) 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 (119) 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 (197) 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.
Scopey (271) Croydon, England | October 10, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant traditional corner pub located in Borough. Well kept Harveys on cask and in bottle make up the main selection with a couple of guest ales also available. Interior is traditional and quirky (i.e. jars of jam and VHS tapes are available for sale). No music, but a friendly atmosphere permeates. Food is traditional, yet interesting and tasty. I went for the smoked ham hock hotpot and was not disappointed. Friendly staff. For those looking for the traditional London pub experience this is a must-visit.
YULbier (250) Montreal, | September 23, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice Harveys’ beers, all on cask.Worth a visit just for that. Place is very pretty, all in wood. No music can make an awkward ambiance though. Service is adequate but young waiters don’t know much about beer in general.
Dedollewaitor (274) Odense, Denmark | August 10, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice small and cozy place. 6 Harvies beers on cask and some ciders. Friendly service and the beers were in good condition. A place and envirronment I could get drunk in!
KyotoLefty (350) Kyoto, Japan | August 7, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice old pub, good atmosphere. Great condition Harveys on tap and in the bottle. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. Very good place.
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