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The Royal Oak

#863 of 18,005 Restaurants 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 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Indiana
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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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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London
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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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  • 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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