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The Royal Oak

#613 of 17,309 Restaurants in London
#666 of 18,231 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, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Mikshu P
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

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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London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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Greater London, United Kingdom
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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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Malaysia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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Address: 44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7357 7173
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
Cuisine: Pub

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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

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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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