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The Royal Oak

#2,627 of 18,027 Restaurants in London
#2,766 of 19,547 Places to Eat in London
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Southwark
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44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
+44 20 7357 7173
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations, Seating

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 2
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good Beer, Good Food. Not a chain pub

Look if you after cooperate service with a slick edge just stay away. The Royal Oak is a real London pub. The ffod is hearty and awesome. The beer is well kept and great. The decor may be rough, the staff are but will happily help with anything. MARTC71 maybe should go back to the Slug and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
David_CP5246BR
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London, United Kingdom
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Jerusalem, Israel
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Roasts are usually reserved for Sundays, but not in the Royal Oak. I had a tasty roast lamb (£12.25) on a Saturday night, served with crispy roast potatoes and a side portion of carrots, broccoli and cabbage (all the vegetables were perfectly fine, but nothing special to write home about). The gravy was pretty thin (as I often find in... More 

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Thank Mark G
Wadhurst, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I rang The Royal Oak last night to find out a bit about the menu as I have a vegetarian in my family and the man on the phone could not have been more unhelpful or rude. I just wanted a bit of information and he said there was no online menu and refused to tell me anything more. When... More 

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Thank Alice-S0792
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Look if you after cooperate service with a slick edge just stay away. The Royal Oak is a real London pub. The ffod is hearty and awesome. The beer is well kept and great. The decor may be rough, the staff are but will happily help with anything. MARTC71 maybe should go back to the Slug and Lettuce. If you... More 

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Thank David_CP5246BR
Oxfordshire, England
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100 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Good beer, good food. The upstairs room is a bit dark but has a good size table for a meeting, downstairs bars are light and airy and can get very busy.

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Thank WagglerTango
Poznan, Poland
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very good food (english pub food). Had Steak and Ale Pie, together with full range of Harveys from Sussex, Lewis made my evening. Very helpful stuff. One from my favourite Real Ale Pub in London

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Thank nils666
Purley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Went to the Royal Oak (mid week early evening) for a drink and something to eat with a few friends. This venue was chosen because of the glowing reviews online, non of the group had been there before. The first impression of the pub is that it has not had a facelift for many decades. The floor plan is unusual... More 

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Thank martc741
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

On our way to "The Den" someone suggested a stop at the Royal Oak. What a result! Fine beer, Sussex ales, the IPA was a perfect lunchtime pint. Frighteningly drinkable. Had I been looking for an excuse to miss the footy the beer nearly swayed me. My sons are hardly real ale boffs but they enjoyed the ales. The food... More 

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Thank Fit2drop
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

I regularly drink in this pub, and it is busier than you might expect for a back street pub, but a testament to its well deserved reputation. Beer is good, decor isn't! I've eaten there a couple of times and the menu is very traditional too and really tasty. No hesitation in recommending to anybody looking for a nice pint... More 

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Thank Tony W
Nottingham
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Cracking little pub which serves great home cooked food. Even the desserts where home cooked. Had the beef Sunday roast. Good amount of well cooked beef, gravy, and Yorkshire. Served with splendid roast potatoes and fresh garden vegetables. Spot on portions. £12.75. Had a nice slice of treacle tart for pudding. All of which washed down with some traditional ales.... More 

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Thank NottmFoody
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 via mobile

I've been coming here for years. Love the old ale that they have on in winter. The staff are always friendly. The always have game on the menu. Had perfectly cooked grouse this time.

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Thank Vajayjay P

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
  • Neighborhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7357 7173

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighborhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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