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The Havelock Tavern

4.5
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171 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Sunday Lunch
Opened in 1996 the Havelock Tavern is one of London's original gastro pubs. Unlike many others that have come and gone since, we have changed very little over that time. Rather than become a restaurant in an old pub building, we focus on being a pub that serves really good food. The atmosphere is lively and informal so that anyone can eat, drink and feel at home. We are not trying to be sophisticated, but aim to provide you with a good, relaxing time. Our customers are a good mix of locals and others who have made the journey to spend an afternoon or evening with us. You are just as likely to see a table of mates catching up over a few pints as a couple tucking in to three courses. We don't have any music playing, so the sounds and atmosphere are provided by our guests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 171 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
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4.4
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Suzanne
London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is pretty good but it’s expensive for a pub - it’s smart restaurant prices but in residential W14 on scrubbed tables and not very comfortable chairs. The £4 paltry bread portion was particularly poor value, it used to be better fresh bread and free. The noise levels are much better because they can’t have people at the bar any more, seated only.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Havelock Tavern was amazing, we felt really welcome and well looked after. They were amazing with our 3 year old son as well, his orders were quickly fulfilled and he loved the food! The upgrade of the garden was done well, it was so cozy out there. We’ll return!

The Havelock Tavern
Responded 5 days ago

Hey Anon, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this 5 star review! A lot of our team love kids, so I'm very happy they engaged with your son and that you all had a great time! Also happy to hear that the new garden was a hit! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to have you in again soon! Team Havelock

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Davide
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Havelock tavern is a nice place but the acoustic is really bad, and even if there weren't too many people because of the current distancing measures in place, the background noise was very high. Probably better in the summer months when you can stay outside.

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HarrietC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Staff were too stressed and rushing us/clearly running around stressed which was not relaxing! They shouldn’t allow bookings that late (8.30) if they can’t cope with serving food before the COVID closing time. What we wanted was sold out, we felt horribly rushed and had to watch the staff preparing ketchup and other sauces for the next day which wasn’t very atmospheric! Overall very disappointed.

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NikkiP
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience2

Disappointing food. Used to better than this. Not sure if the chef is different.

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SamIam
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and great service as usual. Very friendly staff and environment.

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vipBlondie
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice to have the pub open very COVID safe

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JrZa
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food options in terms of variety limited and noise levels very high. The loos were down for most of the evening and the experience felt average at best.

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Lost
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Tasty food and very efficient service. It was sad to see how quiet it was

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 1 October 2020

Hey Lost, Very glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and that the food and service was top notch! It is a shame that we were quiet when you visited, we've actually been quite pleased with the guest response since reopening as we've had many old and new faces coming in to support us! Hopefully next time you visit we'll be our usual bustling hub of activity! Hope to have you in again soon, Team Havelock

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Pookie
Dublin
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like before Lockdown, the Havelock is back with a great menu and better than ever!
So good to have it back, it’s been much missed.

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EmmaG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff super friendly, very COVID adapted, we had the soft shell crab which was so delicious.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 16 October 2020

Hey Emma, We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! May we ask how we could've gained that 5th star? Always happy to hear ways we can improve here at The Havelock! Look forward to having you in again soon! Team Havelock

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vipArianeL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The Havelock has changed dramatically, perhaps in a Covid-19 response. It is no longer the gastro pub it was. I have been a customer since 1998 and for the fist time ever sent my food back. A shame. Please bring back the Havelock we love and get rid of the pseudo bland pub food currently on offer.

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vipcrazu4
London
13 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly amazing! The beef wellington was by far the best I've ever had and the sticky toffee pudding was definitely a nice ending to it. Absolutely totally recommended! I can't say enough how much I'm going back to this place.

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BigEater
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly pub in a quiet location. Really well set up for Covid restrictions. Great service and staff. Will definitely be back.

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EstherL
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Visited the Havelock over the weekend for dinner. The food was delicious - Beef wellington cooked to perfection and nice selection of dishes. Staff were really friendly and ran very efficient service. Only left 4 stars as felt there could have been a little more atmosphere, but lovely place I will definitely visit again.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Esther, So glad you enjoyed your visit with us! The Wellington is definitely a favourite with our team so we're very glad you loved it! Regarding atmosphere, we are actually in the process of having a speaker system installed so we can finally have music at The Havelock! Hopefully it will be up and running next time you visit! Look forward to having you in again soon! Team Havelock

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BarefootBliss
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great staff, friendly service in a lovely neighbourhood pub 🙂

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JessieD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience as always, fast becoming my favourite pub in London

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vipNigelD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The neighbourhood gastro pub that you wish to keep a secret

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JayGee
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had to wait approx an hour for our Main dish and the pub was not busy. The food was dry and bland. The 4 people with me did not eat or enjoy their food. On the plus side, the fish I ordered was very tasty. The staff were friendly, and the kids enjoyed their dessert. We enjoyed the 50% govt discount. We would be more disappointed if we had to pay full price

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and helpful staff

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Anon, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this 5* review! We're so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and can't wait to have you in again soon! See you again soon! Team Havelock

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vipemlondon
London
17 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is my local pub and the food is great. The prices with the Eat Out to Help Out are fabulous deal. Normally it’s a bit pricey for a local pub but the food is delish and the back garden is lovely on a nice day. I’m a fan!!!

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Em, So glad you enjoyed your visit with us! We are continuing the Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout September (with a £10/person limit this time) so we hope to have you in our gorgeous garden again soon to take advantage while it lasts! Team Havelock

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ANDYP
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

helpful friendly staff, great food and very quiet on the day we went.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey ANDYP, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this 5* review! Our staff are fantastic and the chefs brilliant, so I'm very happy this was on full display for you! We're so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and can't wait to have you in again soon! See you again soon! Team Havelock

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Womble
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way! Sat in the garden at the back. Great food and wine.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Womble, So happy to hear you loved your visit with us! We've been putting a lot of work into that garden to make it as amazing as possible, so we're very glad to hear you got to enjoy it! Hope to have you in again soon! Team Havelock

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FranciscoC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

We’ve been waiting for the food 1hr.
Used to be good

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GH40M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic meal at the Havelock - really enjoyed being back to eat there again!

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AlexanderJ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

havelock is always the best food but i'm biased as a local

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Alexander, So happy you enjoyed your visit and thank you for leaving us this lovely review! Biased or not, we're so glad you love our food! See you again soon! Team Havelock

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DamiaB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have always loved going for Sunday roast to the Havelock and I am very happy that they reopened. The beer garden is lovely and their interim menu interesting. The quality of the food as usual amazing!

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Damia, These are the kinds of review we love to see! So glad you enjoyed your visit and so happy to be able to welcome people back after so long! Look forward to having you in again soon! Team Havelock

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mevsjevs
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our Sunday roasts were delicious and pretty good value. The wine selection was also good. The atmosphere was also buoyant as the rugby was on. A solid Sunday pub.

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Debbieqpr
London
16 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

nice but boy majorly happy with 'skin on' Roast potatoes 26th the Sunday roast - skin on potatoes fine generally but don't work with roast potatoes

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vipjimmmmm
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best local in W14! Great food and beers! Wine list has great selection!

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vipSteveC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What I love is that you can just have a pint but also you can have a great meal. The Havelock has managed to combine both really well. The menu changes daily. It’s so much better and more authentic than eating in a chain restaurant in the nearby Westfield shopping centre.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 10 September 2020

Hey Anon, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this 5* review! We're so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and can't wait to have you in again soon now that we've reopened! See you again soon! Team Havelock

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vipMrsS14
London
61 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We came back as, a few years ago we’d had a fantastic evening and food. This time the food was good and buzzy atmosphere. But service really let them down. No wine menu offered with menus, staff didn’t take drinks orders without being asked (several times for one pint), or we went to the bar (clearly drinks served, based on other tables). Asked aggressively if we had a reservation as we sat down, even though a colleague had showed us to the table. Largely ignored. What’s gone wrong? Won’t return.

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vipArianeL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The wine prices are astronomical. We ordered cheese for dessert which was served with a dessert wine we did not ask for. Food is always good. Very noisy in the evening.

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Elaine
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The menu choice on Sunday was poor: we were told they had been busy and many items were sold out by 5pm. We had made a booking so did not think this was a very good explanation. There was no vegetarian or fish main meal on the menu; the waiter spoke to the chef and I was offered a pasta dish which turned out to be pasta in a green sauce with some mushed up green vegetables, which I did not think was worth the price. The waiters made a joke of the fact that so many things were not available. On the basis of this visit, I would say don't go if you are a vegetarian or vegan.

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JorgeA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food excellent, drinks tasty, service cordial, ambiance loud but no louder than similar pubs.

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vipFandRB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good as always. My only concern is that the new HK owner will try to change it. It ain't broke so don't fix it.

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DennisB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Authentic feel, good limited menu: liked the fact that the menu had the day's date on it indicating freshness. excellent service, friendly and quick. Good drinks selection. Perfect for a relaxed business team dinner after exhibiting at Olympia.

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Sarah123
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, great space with attentive staff. Most importantly, five star pub dog!

JP
vipJulianP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Never disappoints. Highly recommend

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 11 January 2020

Hey Julian, I'm so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit, glad that we're on top form every time you visit! Hope to have you in again soon! The Havelock Team

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JaneE
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was just delicious and surprisingly different in a good way. I definitely recommend the Sunday roasts. Wine was not as good.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 11 January 2020

Hey Jane, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your food! We try to make sure that we're changing what we do as often as possible, to keep things new and fresh! I can only apologise about the wine, and I hope whoever was working made every effort to rectify it! Hope to have you in again soon! The Havelock Team

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FAQs

The Havelock Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

The Havelock Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 171 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.