The Royal Oak

Pub Impressions

Address: 73 Columbia Road, E2 7RG

Nearest Station: Hoxton

Welcome: Good; Service: Adequate (SIT); Beer: Adequate; Toilets: Basic

Cost of two pints: £7.80 (Doombar)

Rating: 6.5/10

The Royal OakThe nature of ‘Pub Impressions’ is that sometimes we don’t feel we’ve seen a pub in its best light.  Unfortunately, The Royal Oak is a case in point: we know you could have a completely different experience, but for us, it failed to excel.  Although we were delighted and somewhat surprised to find any pub at all after a long walk down Columbia Road, architecturally it isn’t striking: a predominantly wooden room is filled with simple furniture around a large central bar under a white chequered ceiling.  The smell of food from the adjoining kitchen crept over the relaxed drinkers, a mixture of men and women, either seated as groups in each corner or standing in the middle.  Service at the…

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