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The Royal Oak

#966 of 18,349 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
Most recent review
This is the BEST pub EVER

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
Imogen W
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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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Pub in side-street sort of opposite Borough tube station entrance/exit. Been here a number of times and am always worried that it has been closed or turned into something dreadful. Well, not yet, it hasn't! On a Friday early evening it was comfortably humming. There is no background music here but the sound of conversation is a welcome change from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

My family of four went as we were staying in apartments directly opposite. Nothing special to look at from the outside, but the Tripadvisor reviews persuaded us to give it a try.Traditional pub with good choice of cask ales (particularly enjoyed the mild). Good quality food, very reasonably priced with plentiful portions. Specials board contains some items not normally seen... More 

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I've known this pub for many years and yesterday lunchtime met some friends there for pre Christmas drinks. Great hospitality, terrific Harvey's beers, and food which was excellent as always. Steak and ale pie and steak and kidney pudding with all the trimmings was first class. We'll worth the walk down borough high street after visiting borough market....

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This must be one of the best pubs in South London- in fact, it is often in the running for the Society for the Preservation of Beers From The Wood 'London Pub of the Year' prize- it has won the title at least once. A good range of ales.....Harveys of Sussex.....no music, no fruit machines, just good company, excellent bar... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My google search criteria was 'Best Sunday Roast in London' and 'The Royal Oak' on Tabard Street is one of the first options that came up. And boy did they deliver. A real honest to goodness pub!! I kid you not. Not a wine bar, brasserie, gastro pub type thing but an actual beautiful, down to earth pub IN CENTRAL... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Have visited this pub on quite a number of occasions. It is free from television and piped music, so conversation is easy. The food is some of the best I have enjoyed in a pub. The Sunday lunches are excellent with very generous portions. The Harveys is very well kept. If you are in the area it is well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

If only more pubs in London were like this. Fantastic range of beers, lovely home-cooked food and a cosy atmosphere. Don't ever change!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great lunch, best roast potatoes out ever! My Saddle of Lamb was beautiful. His Roast beef astonishing. Not the cheapest, but Deffo best!!.

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SW, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Staying in the area so decided on a revisit. Knowing how small the pub is I decided to see if they would reserve a table and they did. Different to last visit but still good atmosphere and food. My game pie not as good as last time but will definitely like to try again next time we're in the area.... 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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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