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Royal Oak (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Armada AleExcellent2
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good7
Harvey's - Tom PaineGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood5
Harvey's - OlympiaNot Tried0
Harvey's - Wharf IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Goose Shoreditch - Harvest MildNot Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot 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

27 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. A noise shop tonight, unpleasantly so, so pleased to drink up and skedaddle.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not Tried
06 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit for presentation of local CAMRA branch runner-up Pub of the Year 2022 award.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00AcceptableLong wait whilst cask changed. Found new one fresh and rather thin
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not TriedRan out
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not Tried
27 May 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Good chat with the barman about Harvey's beer of late and included a teeny sip sample of the Jubilee ale now in the cellar probably on tomorrow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50ExcellentBest of tonight's bunch
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00GoodVery refreshing first pint, did dissipate on condition a tad as the glass emptied
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not TriedSaw none sold whilst there
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not Tried
14 May 2022 (Wittenden)
I arranged to meet some old friends here, early doors on a sunny cup final Saturday.My first visit here: I really enjoyed this pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentDelicious on a warm day.
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50ExcellentSBB's suave elder brother.Oatty.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
09 Mar 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Porter4.80ExcellentIn fine form
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00GoodGood starter ale
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Wharf IPA4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not TriedRan out
27 Jan 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Quick evening in and out to collect supply of latest London Drinker magazine. Not time to dally. Good numbers in both bars.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
Goose Shoreditch - Harvest Mild3.90Not Tried
Harvey's - Royal Oak IPA3.50Not Tried
17 Jan 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Dryanuary and a Monday meant only half a dozen in between the two bars.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried£3 a pint on Mondays apparently, after I had ordered A N Other
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not TriedTempting, another day perhaps
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

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About the Royal Oak

The pub sign. Royal Oak, Borough, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional10
Excellent108
Good74
Acceptable27
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. Superb John Harvey Room upstairs may be used for meetings and functions and is freely available. Lots of dark wood and cream walls. 4 handpumps 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.

We have visited this pub 124 times, seen 49 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 4JU