The Royal Oak, SE1
London SE1 4JU
020 7357 7173
Wonderful traditional Harvey's pub, now under new management.
Long time and much loved landlords Frank and John retired in January 2019, so the Royal Oak is now directly managed by Harvey's. Thankfully, so far there have only been a few minor changes. For example, the net curtains have gone, allowing more light into the pub (though also providing less privacy); the staff now wear Harvey's T shirts (but service is still efficient and friendly); there are some new hanging flower baskets outside (which I think look rather good); the old pump clips have gone, replaced by the new, larger Harvey's ones; the food menu is slightly posher, and is now printed on menus placed on each table, instead of the chalk board; some of the old pictures have gone, and apparently there's some new furniture in the upstairs function room. But the important things remain unchanged - the excellent, high quality cask Harvey's beer, and the wonderful ambience in the two downstairs rooms, both of which are pretty much the same as ever. There are usually 6 Harvey's casks in excellent condition plus some bottles, and they've also now got 3 Harvey's keg beers on offer as well. It's great to see this fantastic pub continuing in much the same way as before: let's hope it stays this way long into the future.
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