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The Royal Oak

#1,074 of 18,502 Restaurants in London
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44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
+44 20 7357 7173
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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In search of Olde Albione? Look no further!

In the hustle and bustle of Londinium, neon signs often brashly proclaim 'Best Burger in Town'. Ditto, a street such as Brick Lane, where touchy-feely staff wish to entice or indeed man-handle you into their pokey establishments, where they suggest "Prince William eats here". Naive and gullible I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

In the hustle and bustle of Londinium, neon signs often brashly proclaim 'Best Burger in Town'. Ditto, a street such as Brick Lane, where touchy-feely staff wish to entice or indeed man-handle you into their pokey establishments, where they suggest "Prince William eats here". Naive and gullible I may be, but an outright fool I am not. All this hype... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for a few pints on a Sunday afternoon. The place was very busy but we managed to cadge a table. Nice and cosy with a friendly, warm atmosphere and very good prices (especially for London!) A great little 'old-man pub' that's obviously a favourite with the locals, which is always a good sign. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

an old fashion pub with 2 bars was busy (Tues Eve) when I went, but I was able to find somewhere to sit. Makes a change from the pubs not far away on the main streets in the area. well worth the few extra steps to get away from crowed pubs with loud music. Food look good but was not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nice pub and friendly staff. The food was OK, but not as good as some of the surrounding pubs. That said, you don't go to a proper pub to eat gourmet!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Chose this pub for a Sunday lunch for 15 to celebrate a birthday. It was a bit of a shot in the dark but right from the moment we arrived we knew that we'd made a good decision. The staff had reserved three tables for us and were extremely accommodating and friendly and made sure that we were happy. The... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Pub in side-street sort of opposite Borough tube station entrance/exit. Been here a number of times and am always worried that it has been closed or turned into something dreadful. Well, not yet, it hasn't! On a Friday early evening it was comfortably humming. There is no background music here but the sound of conversation is a welcome change from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My family of four went as we were staying in apartments directly opposite. Nothing special to look at from the outside, but the Tripadvisor reviews persuaded us to give it a try.Traditional pub with good choice of cask ales (particularly enjoyed the mild). Good quality food, very reasonably priced with plentiful portions. Specials board contains some items not normally seen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've known this pub for many years and yesterday lunchtime met some friends there for pre Christmas drinks. Great hospitality, terrific Harvey's beers, and food which was excellent as always. Steak and ale pie and steak and kidney pudding with all the trimmings was first class. We'll worth the walk down borough high street after visiting borough market....

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This must be one of the best pubs in South London- in fact, it is often in the running for the Society for the Preservation of Beers From The Wood 'London Pub of the Year' prize- it has won the title at least once. A good range of ales.....Harveys of Sussex.....no music, no fruit machines, just good company, excellent bar... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My google search criteria was 'Best Sunday Roast in London' and 'The Royal Oak' on Tabard Street is one of the first options that came up. And boy did they deliver. A real honest to goodness pub!! I kid you not. Not a wine bar, brasserie, gastro pub type thing but an actual beautiful, down to earth pub IN CENTRAL... More 

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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

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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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