Royal Oak, SE1 4JU

  • 020 7357 7173
  • 44 Tabard St (map of this place)
  • SE1 4JU
  • Mon-Fri 11-11 Sat 6-11 Sun 12-6

  • Brewery: [Harvey's]?

Smallish, cozy, excellent beer and friendly owner/staff. The bar area is divided into two by the bar itself, with seating for about 60 people. It can get a little crowded at the end of a working day, but mostly it's fairly easy to get a seat. The regulars are also friendly.

The beer is very good. Five Harvey's beers and a seasonal are on tap, and the selection included two Milds when we visited. All are well-kept. They also have Stowford Press cider. Beer prices ranged from �2.30 (Mild) to �2.70(Armada). Though when its on Christmas Ale(8.2%) is �4.00/pint.[Prices as of December 2005.]

The pub food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The sauasage and mash (£4.95) consisted of good quality sausages and real mash, and came with gravy containing properly caramelised onions. Steak and chips (£7.95) was rather less impressive - "rare" steak was not even slightly pink. The chips that came with it were quite good, albeit a little fatty. Steak and ale pie was full of meat, but lacked gravy slightly. All meals came with bonus winter vegetables - the cabbage was perfect, tasty and not overcooked. The various sandwich options are rumoured to be both generous and good, too. Vegetarians are very poorly provided-for: apart from sandwiches and chips, there is only one veggie meal on the menu (battered mushrooms with garlic bread and salad - it's pricey, too, for what it is, at £4.95). [Prices as of June 2004.]

The pub is opposite [Simply Indian]?, which is also rather good. Usefully, the Royal Oak are happy to sell you a jug of beer to take across to the restaurant (in an actual glass jug, so make sure you take it back afterwards), which is in my opinion a truly great thing.

The pub was voted CAMRA London Pub Of The Year in December 2003, SPBW Greater London Pub of The Year 2003 and fancyapint Best London Pub 2004.


What's Brewing would suggest there is a Function Room upstairs available for hire. This needs investigating -- bob

Yep, it appears there is, & there isn't a charge. They will do you food if you want. Further information available when the function in question has occurred, but apparently the room is very nice. -- Juliet

Just been in the function room for a CAMRA meeting, a Buffet was put on. However the room is relatively small, only holding about 20 people -- [mattblack]?

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