The label for Carolean Crown, a limited edition ale brewed to mark the Coronation of King Charles III, is based on a pub sign found on the Pilgrims’ Way in Southwark.
The pub’s name is a reference to the future Charles II hiding in an oak tree during the Cromwellian period.
The pub sign, above The Royal Oak in Southwark’s Tabard Street, is by Sussex artist Julian Bell.
The same artist has reworked the sign for the label chosen by Harvey’s brewery in Lewes for the celebration ale.
Southwark’s Royal Oak is a Harvey’s pub.
Carolean Crown pale ale is the lightest beer ever produced by Harvey’s and is described as ‘fresh with fragrant citrus notes’.
The bottled version (4% ABV) is blended with a portion of Elizabethan Ale, aged in oak casks, to mark the transition to a second Carolean era.
Pilgrim passports can be stamped at the Royal Oak.