Sunday 15 August 2010 1.56pm
On the recommendations of this message board, I went to The Royal Oak
with my other half. I was looking forward to it - probably not the most sophisticated of tastes but a Sunday roast is one of my favourite meals. Unfortunately we were under whelmed.
The food was fine but not particularly good - we had the duck and the pork. I enjoyed the duck but the pork had very little meat - mainly stuffing. The gravy tasted fatty and the roast potatoes were tough, like they had been sitting around for a few hours. Admittedly it was 3:30pm when we ordered but I would have thought that this is their peak time; it was certainly busy. On the positive side there was a generous portion of vegetables.
What may not have helped was a guy sat a few feet away rotating the f and c words like he was auditioning for a remake of Scarface.
I wouldn't tell anyone not to go there but am surprised it is put up as the best place in SE1 for a roast, and slightly disappointed! Admittedly I have been to only a few locals for a roast - The Woolpack
I seem to remember being better.
I would recommend Roast above Borough Market
but it is in another price bracket and let down slightly by the service.