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.
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]?