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Royal Oak (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Excellent7
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent1
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Harvey's - Tom PaineGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable3
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - OlympiaNot 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
Harvey's - Prince of DenmarkNot Tried0
Harvey's - Wharf IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPANot 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

24 Nov 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. The Wednesday pub quiz is very intrusive for non participants so did not linger after one pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentA very refreshing low gravity job - just what I needed
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not TriedRe-badged IPA
21 Aug 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until last orders bell. The back room has been denuded of all trinkets and felt depressingly austere and soul-less.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodJust a tad too chilled
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Wharf IPA4.80Not Tried
29 Jun 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
A couple of hours or more visit until close. Only 4 handpumps of 8 in use so more limited range than usual. Surprisingly low footfall for a Euros football TV night. A last chance saloon to redeem my amassed 60p Harvey's loyalty card value - the scheme is totally withdrawn at the end of July.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentIn fine form
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentAnother one in fine form
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50GoodGood nightcapper
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableDisappointing with a apple like taste. Later told had been an 18 gallon cask on for 5 or so days
29 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. With a packed humid house with a quiz in midstream I needed a cooling drink as a foundryman might have in years of yore.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentMost refreshing
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Prince of Denmark7.50Not Tried
20 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening. Quiet Monday - no way. Front room hosting a rugby club presentation, rear room an Irish fiddle quartet, upstairs Miles Jenner and meet the brewer session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentGloriously refreshing in a hot sweaty packed pub
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Prince of Denmark7.50Not Tried
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

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent104
Good70
Acceptable24
Poor3

Website.

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

Harvey's first tied pub in the capital. Corner pub in Tabard Street, 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 117 times, seen 47 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU