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The Royal Oak

#3,015 of 17,072 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
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Stjordal, Norway
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Luckily, there's many pubs like this around the country but in London they're alas becoming scarce. This is a real pub for real people. Although I'm not a big fan of Harveys (their best is a bit too sweet for my liking), they run some great pubs. I think this may be the only Harveys pub in London. I travelled... More 

Thank Morten75
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97 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came on a pub crawl at 9pm and gave up on the concept of leaving it to go anywhere else. Companions had dressed crab and whitebait and were pleased with it. The Pub is a flagship pub for Harveys the Sussex brewer, and it had Tom Paine - a good strong ale - on tap. This has won numerous... More 

Thank willy26
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked through the doors and thought I'd stepped back in time. Old wood everywhere a rug on the floor and a friendly barman. Menu, a yellow sheet of paper stuck to the wall. Ordered game pie, which when it arrived looked like something my old nan would have dished up, lovely. Stuffed to the rim with meat, tasty gravy and... More 

Thank Spider395
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good no nonsense pub close to Borough tube station with no music or television, or gaming machines. Just good beer and a quiet place to meet friends. Recommended!

Thank Michael W
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336 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone else has said, pubs like this used to be all over London, but sadly not any more. This place is a true gem. Unspoilt, roomy, friendly, great beers from Harveys and very good food. We will certainly visit again, but in the winter months, to try something else from their lovely menu of traditional English pub meals. We... More 

Thank Gracie02
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

I randomly found this pub on my way to a meeting so I dropped in for a coffee ... What a lovely atmosphere and the owner was very welcoming . I went back after my meeting and had a classic English lint. I will return for a session at some Point ...

Thank Edjcollins
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This pub is worth a little walk away from Borough High Street - friendly, real character with interesting and entertaining decoration. The beer is very good and the food is more than acceptable.

Thank Bill_Buffalo
Province of Palermo, Italy
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97 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

When I am in London I ry to go there at least once. I like this place for the excellent cask ales, very well kept and served and for the cosy and familiar atmosphere. I pub to relax after a long walk in London bridge/Southwark area.

Thank Gianluca D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
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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