Had been here previously but was in a rush and not in a great mood so left unimpressed. Had a much more relaxed visit yesterday. I was there just before it opened and was one of two customes - the two guys that run it were extremely friendly and happy to chat (n fact asking where I’d come from, etc). It is a bit worn but that adds character. Obviously choice is pretty much limited to Harvey’s but that’s why I was there. They dug out a few bottles of Prince of Denmark from the cellar - BB 2014:) Great old boozer.
Visited the 25th May 2016 - Nice place in Borough area. Very authentic pub with nice atmosphere. Very old fashioned design it look typical. Service is friendly and beer selection is mostly made with Harvey’s beers, which are quiet good. I really enjoy to stay there. A nice place to visit if you are on the area to have a feeling of a old fashioned pub.
A fantastic pub offering the full range of the excellent Harveys beers including the monthly seasonal aswell as Old Ale (Oct-Mar). The excellent food menu offers a lot of traditional English dishes, including a lot of game (duck, rabbit, vennison, etc). Generally a bit pricey but usually worth it. Well worth a detour but I would recommend lunchtime or mid afternoon before it gets too busy.
Regarded by many as a classic example of an old school boozer, the Royal Oak is a must-visit for any traditionalist. Located in Burough, it’s fairly easy to access. In terms of beer, this place is known for its Harvey’s, which is available both on cask and in bottle. The bottle range is actually pretty solid and you will find some relatively obscure Harvey’s offerings. The prices here are quite fair. The servers are relatively laid back but efficient enough. You will likely encounter some salty characters in the Royal Oak, which only adds to its charm. You should definitely make visit this pub.
Lovely old pub in Borough. Has the range of Harveys beers on, all well kept and served by friendly staff.
Don’t see much Harveys in London so if you’ve not tried the beers, pop in. It’s not world beating but is decent cask beer from a traditional brewery.
Nice old pub, worth a pint just to enjoy it really.
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.
Fin (1019) 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.
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 ..