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The Royal Oak

#1,320 of 17,748 Restaurants in London
#1,417 of 18,673 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: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traditional, friendly boozer

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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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!

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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 

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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Jun 29th 10:17 PM and just returned from the Pub. Had read all the great reviews and that the Pub was open until 11:00 PM - great stuff! Arrived at 9:45 PM and the young lady behind the bar told us the kitchen was closed. Too bad. Suggest the Pub post its kitchen hours on its website to manage customer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Even though it is a small place, it doesn't feel cramped. Friendly service. And I enjoyed a Lovely meaty beef burger and chips. Good ale too! menu of specials are handwritten on a piece of yellow paper that changes. Good range of choices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

My favourite "old man's pub" in London. Great ales, superb prices and decent food. A mix of old and young locals make up a good atmosphere without any of the blaring music from the pubs on the nearby high streets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I've been around more than a few pubs in my time and The Royal Oak is right up there amongst the very, very best. As an expat, every time I'm in London - no matter what part of town - I head over here because I think it's a near perfect example of what an urban British pub should be.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Was here with a friend just for an Afterwork beer. Was really nice inside and the staff was friendly. Will come again to try the food ☺

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We are so lucky to have moved our office to near this charming and wonderfully run local pub. Lovely food selection to complement very well kept beer. And great staff!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Superb condition Harveys beer plus the best game pie I've had anywhere. I've had this food here on several occasions and is always the same high standard

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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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  • 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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