It seems that time has stood still at Harvey’s Royal Oak, the Sussex brewer’s lone foray into ‘The Smoke’; their range of gorgeous ales a treat for Londoners. This classic two roomed pub has a Public and Lounge bar, separated by a former off-sales counter, once commonplace in Victorian urban pubs. The atmosphere is of a friendly local.
It attracts a healthy mix of clientèle. On a typical evening, beer-bellied real ale enthusiasts sip their pints, whilst a group of students engage in lively conversation. A family, seated in the lounge bar, tuck enthusiastically into some traditional pub food, alongside a couple of suited office workers. The hubbub is the song of happy customers.
The food here is good too; wholesome British dishes such as Lamb Shank, Steak and Ale Pie or Liver and Onions, are served in generous portions. If traditional pubs and excellent ales are your thing, then you won’t be disappointed.