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The Royal Oak

#1,299 of 18,295 Restaurants in London
#1,389 of 19,222 Places to Eat in London
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44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
+44 20 7357 7173
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating

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Great traditional back street pub

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tony W
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Tony W
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank NottmFoody
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

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.

Thank Vajayjay P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Popped in for lunch while having a mini pub crawl, following the CAMRA Good Beer Guide around the area. This pub is great. Friendly staff and locals, good ale and good food in a traditional setting. What more do you want?

Thank Aid5
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

You know that you are either in a real dive or a fantastic local boozer when the menu is written out in marker on a sheet of paper stuck on the bar wall. This pub is definitely the fantastic local boozer variety. Plenty of real ale on tap, some good bottles, spirits and the food was amazing. Had bubble and... More 

Thank kelloggs71
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Just a mention that the beer is not so good at the moment, not sure why. I tried 3 beers, the mild, pale and a summer ale and all seemed a bit tired with no life in them. Hope things improve, as I do like the pub.

Thank rmkmonkLondon
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

During a break in the Ashes Test Match at the Oval because of rain, I nipped into this atmospheric pub, a couple of tube stations away, and was surprised to find grouse on the menu. As a lover of game I immediately ordered the grouse and was not disappointed. It tasted superb and was one of the most memorable pub... More 

Thank Terry C
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wonderful, Harvey's pub in a quiet back street (2 mins. from Borough Station). Good ales and very friendly staff - excellent hot meals at (still) reasonable prices. Two bars and small, traditional off-licence hatch. Sitting outside slightly spoiled by the fact that it is the terminus of the 48 bus!

Thank Cambrinus
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

It was really great to spend a Friday evening in this lovely pub situated in what is usually a hectic area of London for Friday night dinner and drinks! It was busy with a good atmosphere but you could get a table and a drink at the bar at all points during the evening. Wine selection was limited but still... More 

Thank ahawkes279
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were on vacation and staying in the neighborhood and I saw the good reviews about this place. It was a Sunday night and I checked the website and it said open until 9:00pm so we arrived at 7:30pm. It was not very crowded but it was an older crowd who looked local compared to us tourists, who are also... 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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene


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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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