The Royal Oak in Tabard Street has been named as Pub of the Year.
Frank Taylor (left) , Court Clerk Tony Sharp and Ale Connor Peter Gadbury
Earlier in the evening the Southwark Court Leet had assembled at the pub and, after Ale Connor Peter Gadbury had sampled the ales, isssued a document approving the ale quality.
Five years ago there were no awards for the former Courage house. Now the beautifully refurbished Victorian building is the only pub in London belonging to Harvey's of Lewes. Head Brewer Miles Jenner was at the Royal Oak to offer congratulations. He is the fifth generation brewer descended from the Jenners of nearby Crosby Row. Their Southwark-brewed London Stout was well-known in all the capital's theatres and music halls and today its successor Harvey's Stout is again available at the Royal Oak.
Miles Harvey recalls his family's Southwark brewing connections