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The Royal Oak

#748 of 17,142 Restaurants in London
#810 of 18,020 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Pub in London Bridge / Borough

The London Bridge and Borough Market area is blessed with many fine pubs. However, the Royal Oak is my favorite. It serves ales and bitters from Harvey's Brewery in Sussex which is a rarity in London. Try the Sussex Best Bitter.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Malaysia
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Malaysia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The London Bridge and Borough Market area is blessed with many fine pubs. However, the Royal Oak is my favorite. It serves ales and bitters from Harvey's Brewery in Sussex which is a rarity in London. Try the Sussex Best Bitter.

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Toronto
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87 reviews 87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

No music, no TV, no gaming machines, no Wi-Fi, no quiz nights - it's a pub! Great Harvey's beer, honest food, the sound of people talking and a friendly welcome. Worth the detour for sure. And they serve mild!

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Washington DC
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164 reviews 164 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I went to the pub hearing reviews from others. It was quite a walk from the south bank, and as described by others it was on a lonely street, but once there, it was an oasis. This was the first time I was having Harveys Ales (they only serve Harverys), and I was highly impressed by the Ales. The Ales... More 

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Indiana
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76 reviews 76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I was excited to try this pub because friends highly recommended it. This is a well-aged pub on the south bank. I must say, it was an odd juxtaposition of an old pub across the street from a massive contemporary multi-family apartment complex. Perhaps the time of day was wrong, but the place was dead when I went there (17:00).... More 

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is a small olde world type pub. With very friendly and helpful staff. It's a cosy start to an evening out or maybe an end of the evening last drink before returning to your accomodation.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Really pleasant experience when I was in London for a few days. The service was top notch and was quite an authentic and intimate experience. Seemed like all sorts of people came through, and quite a popular spot in the evenings. Great part of town, worth checking out if you're anywhere near the area.

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Rome, Italy
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35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I went there to try the beers they have. I was not disappointed , they are good. The place is still not a chain, it is traditional and cosy , lots of regular customers . I had a steak that was tasty and quite big in size . Strongly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Really authentic pub in London. Great atmosphere. The food was perfect, I had Rabbbit in mustard and my boyfriend Game Pie. Good beers too. We will definitely come back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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60 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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Restaurant Details

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  • 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: Pub

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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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