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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 - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood2
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good5
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Pale AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Harvey's - IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildNot Tried0
Harvey's - OlympiaNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Harvey's - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bohemian WayNot Tried0
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Forward's Choice Not Tried0
Harvey's - Christmas 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

02 Dec 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening visit - a necessary stop to break up the long journey from SW19, fairly quiet I sat at the rear bar where there were a couple of chaps playing violins. I've only listed what I had..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableRather bland and watery also too chilled for my liking lost another star..
27 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. No Best and no Old on a night of a CAMRA regional meeting and a fully packed quiz. Wassup? Did not dally as it was sweatingly hot in here and the noisy quiz using a PA system to boot.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentRefreshing indeed in a sweatbox
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
26 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Wot! No Mild. Back to try the Old, sold here before the official seasonal launch.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentFirst rate. Sweeter and creamier than I recall in the past
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Forward's Choice 3.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bohemian Way3.70Not Tried
25 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Forgot Wednesday was quiz night and I have never known a louder quiz master and participants, especially when the jackpot stage was played out (unsuccessfully). For the first time ever, in my memory, the ale prices are not shown on the beer blackboard - poor show for trading honesty.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentIn lovely cool nick
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not TriedMy first sighting of 2019
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Forward's Choice 3.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Bohemian Way3.70Not Tried
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

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent99
Good68
Acceptable23
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 112 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU