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21 June 2009

The Royal Oak, Columbia Road

You may recognise the Royal Oak on Columbia Road, even if you have not been here before, from its various appearances on television and in films.

For this was the pub was featured in the long-forgotten Nicholas Lyndhurst sitcom Good Night Sweetheart and also in the Krays Film. Situated as it is on the untouched Columbia Road - home to the world famous flower market - it has clearly evoked the faded East End in enough telly and film makers hearts to draw them here, and it's a good pub, so rightly so.

The pub has a good menu, available downstairs or in its upstairs dining room, and also runs a cafe on Sundays for the flower market.

For more information, visit http://www.royaloaklondon.com/.

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  1. I visited this pub yesterday (11-7-09) and was very pleasantly surprised. (I was here in 2003 and it was dingy and depressing) the clientele and staff have improved, the beer was good and the food tasty. In fact the whole surrounding area seemed to be that bit more upmarket and customer friendly than my previous visit. It is the pub featured in 'Goodnight Sweetheart' although the interior was shot in a studio. Well worth a visit!

  2. This place used to be a gem. It would absolutely rock (with a capital R) on Sunday mornings from 8am. By the time the Stoke Newington set arrived for their poxy plants from the market, it was absolutely pumping. Steam coming out the door in winter. There used to be a stream of cabs dropping people off who'd just left the clubs. The place was jumping.

    Now it's a naff gastro pub with no atmosphere. Shame really. It used to have character. Now it's a more dimly lit Slug and Lettuce.

  3. Went here for the roast on Mothers day this year. Bitterly disappointed with what used to be great value. A slither of meat and a tiny portion of veg. Why so stingy? The prices have gone up too. A shame about this place. Maybe they've lived on their former reputation for too long and feel they can get away with this ersatz serving. Shame , shame.