Royal Oak

Royal Oak

This pub was voted among the top 10 pubs in central London by Londonist readers.

This pub was voted one of the best in Borough and Southwark by Londonist readers.

The Royal Oak is a thoroughly traditional pub, with net curtains and a suitably wooden interior within a Victorian corner building. Arguably, its most notable feature is its affiliation with Harveys of Lewes – an independent Sussex-based brewery founded in the late 18th century. While many London pubs stock Harvey's flagship Sussex Best bitter, The Royal Oak is one of only two in London to be owned by the brewery, and thus it's a rare joy to find something approaching its full range of beers. Seven hand pumps, usually featuring at least one guest ale, are split across two bars that are often busy without being packed. We're particularly keen on the Copperwheat beer.

To help soak up the drink, The Royal Oak also offers a decent food menu — more stodge than haute cuisine — but popular with the pub’s friendly regulars. One hitch: the toilets are a little deficient, particularly the Ladies, which features just one cubicle and a difficult door.

Last updated June 2015.

Christmas decorations still up in May. Isn't that unlucky?
Christmas decorations still up in May. Isn't that unlucky?
Dig those nets.
Dig those nets.

Address: 44 Tabard Street London SE1 4JU

Phone: 020 7357 7173


Monday: 11am-11pm

Tuesday: 11am-11pm

Wednesday: 11am-11pm

Thursday: 11am-11pm

Friday: 11am-11pm

Saturday: noon-11pm

Sunday: noon-9pm

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Bermondsey James

The food is nothing short of fantastic!


Agree with James - proper soul-warming pub grub and very well-kept ales. What's not to like?