James and the team would like to welcome you to The Royal Oak, a brick built Victorian pub set in the heart of Borough, London.
Nestled on the corner, London high-rises have sprung up around our charming boozer, leaving it an untouched homage to a time when pubs were a place to go for a quiet pint after work, or to put the world to rights with friends.
The first London pub Harvey’s Brewery acquired, we like to stay pretty low key keeping it simple with good beer and good food. We are the secret watering hole of many a Sussex expat, lover of Harvey’s, and cask beer enthusiasts nationally, and internationally!
We were voted one of the UK’s top ten pubs in 2010 (Daily Telegraph), one of the best pubs in Borough (Londonist), and currently hold a five star rating in Time Out London, and we are also regularly featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. Expect well-kept Harvey’s beers (cask and keg), a generous helping of salt beef in your sandwich, good company and great characters, a home from home.
A bit of History
Located near to the site of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Tabard Inn, The Royal Oak seems to mirror, in a contemporary sense, the local ale drinking traditions that are recorded in his Canterbury Tales. Real ale enthusiasts certainly regard this house as special, and Cask Mild is a firm favourite.
“The corner building dates from 1898 and stands on a site which has been occupied by a pub since the 18th century. The street was once the main road into London from Kent and was called Kent Street.” (https://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/6164)
Nearby (within walking distance)
Borough Station: (via Northern Line) 3 minutes Borough Market: 10 minutes The London Bridge Experience: 8 minutes Imperial War Museum: 10 minutes Southwark Cathedral: 7 minutes Tower Bridge: 7 minutes
You can find us
Mon – Friday: 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 21:00
Monday: 18:00 – 21:00
Tuesday – Sat: 12:00 – 16:00 18:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 19:00