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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 - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Excellent2
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good5
Harvey's - Georgian DragonGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - Sussex Nuptial AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - PorterNot 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
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot 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

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 - 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

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent94
Good67
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 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 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 105 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU