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Royal Oak (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - Christmas AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Tom PaineExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Pale AleGood3
Harvey's - PorterGood2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good5
Harvey's - South Down Harvest AleGood1
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 2. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 3. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Visits Details

16 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, the front bar was full but we had the rear bar to ourselves. A good welcome from the guv. A good range of Harvey's beers on but I have not listed them all as I came out without a pen.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not TriedSelling well to our crowd.
31 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentBest Harvey's Mild I have had in a long time. Conditioning gave superb mouthfeel
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - South Down Harvest Ale5.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not TriedRan out
27 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. London Drinker magazine pick up day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - South Down Harvest Ale5.00GoodInitially quite unusual hop taste after the Best. Rather too chilled
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
26 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50ExcellentGetting expensive at £4.50pp
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
31 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid-evening visit with the hope of meeting a man about a dog, successfully.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentTemporarily re-named here as "Archivist Ale" in memory of a recently lost local Stephen Humphrey
Harvey's - Porter4.80Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not TriedNever see anyone buy any of the Fuller's beers when on the pump here! No need
30 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late night London Drinker magazine pick up visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Porter4.80Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
25 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. High power all around with a CAMRA RD in regular attendance and a CAMRA NE man making a guest appearance. Mild and Old had run out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentBack to form?
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50ExcellentVery innocent in taste
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50GoodNot too much to it
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
20 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Friday evening busy in here. A remarkable number of familiar faces present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50ExcellentA very nice pint, in immaculate condition.
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentA long-time favourite of mine, in faultless condition.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
30 Nov 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. CAMRA's London top of the hierarchy was drinking in the rear bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
28 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50AcceptableTired
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00UndrinkableA nasty metallic smell and taste with haze. I gave up a fifth of way down the pint. Exchanged for a Pale Ale
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - South Down Harvest Ale5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent87
Good57
Acceptable19
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Borough, Central London, SE1 4JU.

Harveys first tied pub in the capital. Corner pub near Borough Underground station. Feels like an oasis from the bustle of London Bridge / Borough High Street. Two room pub with central bar and off-sales hatch. Lots of dark wood and cream walls. 4 handpulls on each bar counter so 8 in all. Comfortable atmosphere. Also has comprehensive selection of Harveys beer in bottles.

We have visited this pub 91 times, seen 39 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU