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Royal Oak (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Excellent1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Excellent5
Harvey's - Georgian DragonGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood3
Harvey's - Sussex Nuptial AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - PorterNot Tried0
Harvey's - KissNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Pale AleNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 2. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Picture 3. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

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 - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
30 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Nuptial Ale6.00AcceptableBarley wine type taste which could be confused with being on the turn, several others commented similarly
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Porter4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
04 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Early Friday evening and, unexpectedly, it is very quiet in here. I had the pick of the seats in the front bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Georgian Dragon4.70GoodI rather liked this Red Ale which has no sweetness and some nice aroma dry-hopping.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
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
12 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentSuperb nick, an English mild as it should be
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Porter4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Georgian Dragon4.70Not Tried
29 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Chance encounter and good chat with one of the brewers at Brasserie de la Senne in Bruxelles. He will be coming over to go to Sussex later this summer for a collaboration brew with Burning Sky.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentBest I've had of this for a very long time
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Porter4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Kiss4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not TriedStill hanging on nearly into April!
31 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit for London Drinker pick up. I really must eat here one day as the whitebait starter and whitebait main both tempt.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not TriedTempting

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent93
Good66
Acceptable21
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 103 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU