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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)Excellent1
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Excellent2
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good6
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Pale AleNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Harvey's - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Nuptial AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - OlympiaNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bohemian WayNot Tried0
Picture 1. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 2. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 3. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
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Visits Details

31 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Rather noise intrusive quiz evening in rear room in this normally conversational pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bohemian Way3.70Not Tried
29 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Feels less and less like it was under the previous tenanted regime with every visit. No Harvey's Best tonight - sacrilege.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00GoodTasty and nutty. getting dear at £3.90pp for such low gravity however
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSB4.80Not TriedAfter a hiatus Fuller's guests are back
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
27 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Subtle and sledgehammer changes taking place. Large blackboard now shows beer range and Chef's food recommendation, daily menu sheets placed on all tables. Harvey's fizz beers fonts are now evident.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Porter4.80ExcellentIn lovely nourishing nick
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 - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30Not Tried
30 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, my first since the new managed house regime took over from long term tenant licensees Frank and John now retired. All pumpclips replaced with the new style and the long term labelling of Harvey's IPA as Harvey's Sussex Pale Ale has been swept away. No distress purchase Fuller's beer on sale. Subtle changes so far, let's hope no more than a few more take place. Seems to have become a managed house, sensible for what must be a money spinner for the owners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00AcceptableDrank without really noticing
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
28 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. CAMRA London's great and good seeping out into the bar after a long meeting upstairs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00ExcellentSuperbly refreshing
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
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
23 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until just shy of 11pm close. The first buds of autumn with Old Ale on pump.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00Not Tried
26 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, unusually for me still at food time but not for food.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAt the bitter end of this variable beer's taste spectrum
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest Ale5.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried
04 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Perhaps the quietest I have ever known it, an evening visit until a prompt 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentLovely mild, ideally refreshing
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableI know I bang on about this being the UK's most variable beer but this was very sharply bitter with no floral hop nose or taste. Bad batch?
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried
25 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Many London CAMRA dignitaries quaffing after a regional meeting here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00ExcellentReally top form for a balmy night
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Nuptial Ale6.00Not Tried
21 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
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 (part of Asahi Europe) - 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
Excellent96
Good68
Acceptable22
Poor3

Website.

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

Harvey's 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 bare-boarded rooms in a pub with a central bar and an 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 Harvey's beer in bottles. Became a managed house after the departure, to retirement, of long term tenant licensees in January 2019. Upstairs function room freely available.

We have visited this pub 108 times, seen 43 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU