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It has gotten far far better over the last 9 months, run by a couple who give a toss, beer crisps etc etc are all there everything the last lot could not be bothered with.
It is nice to look over the bar and not see bare shelves, the effort is being made and it has been noticed
bigfat - 28 Jul 2010 21:13
nice to be greeted with a smile by friendly barmaids for a change.(good looking too).good local feel to the place.different bitters every month(hobgoblin at the mo)
ploughmans - 16 May 2010 10:30
Visited this pub after the match sat and charlton and gillingham supporters mixed well it was good atmosphere plenty of singing and good natured banter pub is fine prtty basic down to earth footie frendly boozer with nice looking bar girls too.
beer ok nothing special but drinkable not bad pub at all.
mintyfc - 22 Mar 2010 12:03
Nice to see this pub open again. Glad to see the back of the shambolic landlord!
famousted - 11 Jan 2010 15:03

It is a shame but pubs cannot survive when there is a smoking ban plus the fact that it is cheaper to entertain indoors. I am a die hard regular that visited the Oak every saturday home game and I hold my hands up - I never drank there any other time as its cheaper for me and the wife to drink / socialise indoors. Perhaps alot of Charlton fans should think of this when they say their regulars....

It will be sadly missed, but im sure it will be up and running soon no doubt.
addicted77 - 16 Jun 2009 18:32
Theodore Roosevelt once said: "In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.."
And nothing is what has been done at this pub for the last 18 months at least. It saddens me to think that what was once the hub of our little world is now closed. In the last 6 months you would have thought the trade was roaring for the countless times the beer ran out, and if there was more than one barrel on the go I am sure they could have sold many more, and maybe even stayed afloat.
Letís just hope that the brewery puts a manager in who knows what an order sheet looks like.

bigfat - 15 Jun 2009 15:26
Run into the ground by the clueless landlord who took it over about 2 years ago and turned a what was a lively friendly pub into a wreck.

It i now closed. What a sad sorry tale.

southlondonlalala - 15 Jun 2009 11:51
Waited 10mins to get served so just gave up and bought 20 cans of fosters.

How a pub can run out of beer is beyond me.

Went back after the game, to find out they'd sold out of lager... draught and bottles! What a joke. How can that happen to a pub?

Think it'll be a long while before I bother with the Oak again.

Dont know why you dont try the liberal or cons club .

The Oak has become a complete joke. Not enough staff, not enough beer, not a great job done on the redecoration and God help you if you try and raise any of these issues. It won't be long till many of its patrons are shuffling off in search of pastures new. Where did it all go wrong?

robbieblobbie - 20 Mar 2009 13:59
Went to this pub for the first time last week. Met the landlord & landlady Clive & Natalie. Took the kids for Sunday roast there. Couldn't believe how little it cost for so much food. Four of us ordered, four of us couldn't finish because there was so much!!
Couldn't fault the food, couldn't fault the pub. Definitely be back - soon.
addict3d - 31 Jan 2008 21:53
I have been going to The Royal Oak for years and can't believe how much it has changed, but yet still feels as comfortable as before. I have spoken to the tenant's and the Charlton Athletic wall pictures will be appearing shortly - which im very pleased to hear. Unlike some of the comments I have read I believe the service has improved, but still needs some attention. It is nice to see a proper pub with real ales and a wide variety of whiskeys. My partner and children also enjoy the atmosphere and therefore we will definetly be re-visiting The Royal Oak other than just on football days.
R.I.P - 8 Jan 2008 00:09
The place overall looks better since the refurb, but there are a few negative points to mention that has ruined the Oak for the time being.
-why put seats in the corner on a match day when people need to get to the bar? why not put tables in the extra new echo extension? the last few match days have been very busy with congestion around the bar, so to put a table there seems ridiculous!
-the music is really really loud after the matches when people are chatting about the game, or trying to watch the live football, standing in the echo lounge it is loud enough as it is.
-the draught lager always seems to run out, there is always something unavailable and the bar staff often fail to understand what you're asking for? it takes ages to get served as the staff don't know what pumps are working or even what they are! the labels on the pumps are often wrong as a guy next to me was complaining at the weekend when he got the wrong drink.
-there is only one ladies toilet, which is a bit of a pain. they should have fitted 2 cubicles in that space?

Sadly we don't visit the pub before the games anymore as its too much like hard work and I reckon it won't be long till we give up after wards as well, its a shame, but it won't take much for all the regulars that haven't already jumped ship to follow....
noting the review below, I must say I was pleased to notice that some of the memorabilia had returned to the walls and it doesn't look as bland as it did before.
UptheAddicks - 27 Dec 2007 12:39
Dont know about the last review but i went in there on Saturday before the game for the first time since the refurb. Granted it has much more space but the whole place seems so bland and too brightly lit. The pub seems to have lost all its character. Also where is all the charlton memorabilia from the walls gone? and more importantly where are all the lovely ladies gone from behind the bar which made my match day experience more enjoyable?

southlondonlalala - 11 Dec 2007 12:45
Just wanted to say what a good job clive and nat have done in the oak,good beer and seem to have brightened it up no end.Times have changed but good pubs don't,from the ledge that
SX200 - 24 Oct 2007 15:32
The only thing wrong with this pub is its not bigger to accomadate more people to enjoy this great boozer
roostersfaninlondon - 30 Mar 2007 19:01
Always friendly, matchday or not, good pub grub at lunchtimes, decent pint of pride too. Dartboard & Beergarden.
Algarveaddick - 8 Apr 2006 21:27
anonymous - 26 Jan 2006 14:23
I have only ever been here prior to Charlton matches when space is at a premium. Despite being rammed wall to wall, the service is usually very good and there is plenty of space either outside on the street or in the large (if rather unkempt) beer garden. Being about 300 yards from The Valley, the Charlton Athletic connections are obvious and there are several interesting photos of the ground during its many phases alongside various other CAFC related bits and pieces. There are a couple of TVs and fruit machines. I have never seen any trouble and the Charlton supporters are generally very accommodating. It would be interesting to visit on a non match day when the whole place is presumably a lot more civilized. That said, without the crowds it is hard to imagine the Royal Oak as anything particularly special.
RogerB - 12 Jan 2006 12:53
Visiting this pub today, Sun/8/01/06.

watch this space.
moncrief - 8 Jan 2006 11:48
This is a very relaxed,friendly and informal boozer; with a traditional,timeless'British Pub' feel to it.(Which is becoming a bit of a rarity nowadays considering the amount of pubs closing down and being turned into homes or pretentious wine bars and bistros!).

Don't Expect-Fine wines,a la carte menus and posers!

Expect-An honest,down to earth clientele that welcomes newcomers!For lovers of Real Ale,there is normally a new weekly guest ale served by considerate, polite bar staff!
I would recommend visiting on a hot day, taking a seat in the beer garden beneath the oak tree and supping on a nice pint of ale!
You can relax here with friends and regulars alike, and the atmosphere is genuinely chilling!
On Saturday's they often have live bands, and what is more, ENTRY IS FREE!

A real hidden gem in the heart of SE7.

markwilliamson - 3 Aug 2005 19:12
Charlton fans' boozer - so gets packed on match days. At other times, it's like someone's front room. Nice staff, nice beer garden. A real local's local.
Darryl - 27 Apr 2003 23:05
Small but friendly pub with no airs or graces. You want a lager you've got it you want a Chardonnay best go to another pub. Cheap Sky TV Roaring Fire in Winter. Don't go in on Home Match days full of Charlton intelligensia
arturo_morales - 18 Mar 2003 15:14

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