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The Royal Oak

#2,831 of 17,850 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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44 Tabard Street | Borough, London SE1 4JU, England
+44 20 7357 7173
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Harvey's beer and I really wanted to love this pub, but I found it just a bit too shabby, and it felt grubby. The fish and chips I had was very disappointing with dry fish, hard peas, and not great tasting chips. It reminded me of how the standards of pub food have improved over the years. As... More 

Thank LonePool
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such an incredible place - this is the second time we've been there, and it's remained unchanged and just wonderful. Great ales, traditional food, very much a real pub with absolutely no overpriced craft ale and hanger-on hipsters. Staff were extremely accommodating for a large party (both times were for a birthday celebration) and lots of people who had come... More 

Thank Imogen W
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Believe it is the only Harvey's pub in London. I arrive early to do a round of the handles. Especially enjoy the mild. Two parts to the pub on either side of the horseshoe bar. Great service not to mention the traditional food. Go hungry. Once found never forgotten.

Thank Ian S
Southborough, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

I used to work locally, and I came back to visit. The pub has not changed: great beer, no music, no distractions, home cooked food. The beers are worth investigating. Harvey's make great beers, the Sussex bitter is my favourite session beer, the old ale is what I'd drink if I was only having a pint. However to go into... More 

Thank Johnwpf
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016 via mobile

Superb, ever popular traditional pub serving selection of Harvey's beers. Still the best, and best value, Sunday roasts available in London.

Thank top_gooner64
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

What a gem of a pub, went there with 3 friends on a Tuesday afternoon and had a lovely time, the Harvey's best bitter was exceptional, the food was very good (and lots of it), a great spot to enjoy a few pints and a chat, we Wii definitely be returning.

Thank Smudgemeister2013
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Wow what a find this pub is, real old London feel to the place with original 60's decor. Somehow this pub remains untouched in a renovated area of the Borough in London. Great atmosphere in this place, with a very welcoming and entertaining bearded barman. Without doubt this place serves the best pint of mild in London and at only... More 

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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Simple proper pub. No hipsters or other tribes. Beer. Good food if you need it. Conversation. What pubs used to be like.

Thank gilescohen
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

If you are in Borough, this a great little pub off the beaten track and tourist route. The food was excellent and the staff knows their beer. They were able to make suggestions and offer tastes before we decided on which brews we wanted.

Thank greenwichgirly
Ménerbes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Quite nice British fare that seems to be homemade. My husband loves their game pie, steak and kidney pudding etc. Nice British ambience.

Thank Giverny112

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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