The Havelock Tavern

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121 reviews
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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.
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SV
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We turned up towards the end of lunchtime, the restaurant was still very busy. Friendly staff, actually recommended a cheaper wine on the menu. Not a large selection on the menu, but everything we had was excellent, both in appearance an taste. Crevettes, ceviche, deckle steak and pork ribeye.

I will definitely be back.

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at the Havelock. We will be returning again next year! The food was amazing.

C
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been going to The Havelock since I moved to the Kensington Olympia area in 2012. During most of that time it has provided the best overall cuisine in the neighbourhood. The menu offers substantial choice and the seafood offerings are as well prepared as the meat dishes. The wine list is at a high standard and it appeals to an attractive client base. I highly recommend the Havelock, the leading restaurant in the
neighbourhood.

L
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place! We come here every so often for a roast on Sunday, and it’s one of the best roasts ever! The service is speedy and great and the staff are really friendly. There isn’t a huge amount of ambience, but the food and service makes up for it! Would definitely recommend this special little place!

RP
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is amazing. The bread with butter was great. The pea soup had good taste, even it is served cold.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 16 July 2019

Hey Ruxandra, Thank you for leaving this wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed the food here, the chefs put a lot of love into what they make so I'll pass this on to them! Hope to see you again soon, The Havelock Team

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Still the best roast I had in years. The staff is absolutely lovely and fun. Great food in a traditional pub setting

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 9 July 2019

Hey Damia, Thank you for the lovely review, so glad we can still impress after so many years! This is the kind of visit we hope to make every guest have with us! Looking forward to having you with us again! The Havelock Team

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambience, unobtrusive service and innovative fresh food. Highly recommended.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 9 July 2019

Hey Joe, So glad you enjoyed your visit and would recommend us! If you don't mind us asking, how could we have gained that elusive fifth star? Always looking for ways to improve, whether it be on service, our food, or the pub in general! Looking forward to having you with us again so we can impress even more next time! The Havelock Team

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CR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Their menu is limited and the food is not really pub food but it is a lovely pub with a garden and tables at the front.

JG
London
26 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had Sunday roast and sat outside. The food was very nice and service friendly. We would go back.

M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Really nice pub with delicious food, it was just very noisy on that evening... I'd go back anyway :)

t
London
16 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Nothing to write home about decidedly average

SO
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fab service and the best roast we have had in ages.

RE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent ! I used to come here years ago and it’s still superb! Thank you

TC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I come here a lot and the food can be a bit hit and miss. This time it was a big HIT!

ER
San Francisco
122 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stay in this area of London every 2 or 3 years and we eat at this pub at least twice a week while we are here. It’s that good.

T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food !

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Exellent Food and friendly staff! Can recommed espeially sunday roast!

PK
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The havelock is showing signs of laziness. Needs to look after cask ales better and offer a broader range. I’ve never met anyone who likes Green King IPA. The service charge is too high when the customer pays at the bar. Food still good quality but fish needs to come with something substantial for the price not offered as an extra.

MR
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is great, very accommodating. Yummy bread. My Nan has been going to this pub for lunch for years, her health has stuffered over the past few years and they make her feel safe and welcome.

M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been coming here for over 20 years and I always like the ambience and service. My only complaint is that they don't do many vegetarian dishes so I often end up having the cheese plate or a number of side dishes of vegetables for dinner.

MW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place with tasty food - busy pub so a little noisy but generally a good atmosphere

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, great friendly efficient service. Relaxed, quality place to catch up with friends

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant Sunday roast, enjoyed by all. Short ribs were exceptional.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighbourhood pub with great food and excellent choice of beers and wine.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is my favorite pub in all of London. The food never disappoints, there are always a couple of great cask ales on tap, and the staff is very friendly: they treat everyone like a local. Service can be a little slow at times when it’s busy but it’s such a great room it’s hard to care.

CG
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely neighbourhood pub. No frills food, which always hits the spot. Lovely service and added bonus of dogs wandering around inside.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten at this establishment four times, always on a Saturday lunchtime. It is excellent, and I am always pleased to return. The food is of a very high standard - it fits the designation "gastropub" very well. The range of craft beers has always been good, too. Very friendly service, obviously keen to make the customer happy. Highly recommended.

C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Havelock has been my “local”!gastropub
since I moved to West London in 2012. It has consistently provided the best food in this general area. Friends visiting from neighbouring Kensington or further east always ask that we go to the Havelock.
The menu is deep and varied; the wine list
contains a variety of wines at different prices point, and the lay out is such that
private conversations can easily be had. The clientele includes a range of age groups
and both small groups and couples. It is one of the more enjoyable nights out in this area.

a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Bit of a shame, really. The mains took a long while to arrive - once they did, the roast chicken was a good size and the veg nicely done, but there really wasn't much taste at all, and the dish was extremely dry (had to ask for gravy twice before some was brought - as none came with it..). Not hideously expensive by any stretch, but certainly felt more expensive than it should have been...

OT
Yorkshire
21 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Arrived at restaurant for a 5pm booking . Told kitchen was closed til 5.30 with no explanation.Told waitress we were in a hurry as had a train to catch Finally got meal at 6pm . Had to leave at 6.30 for train .Not very happy

OM
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I really like the Havelock, and I love the food but unfortunately they had a big table and we had to wait an hour for our food! I don’t think they should allow big groups if they can’t manage the orders! Nevertheless I always love going there !

KB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Admirably short menu; experience shows that the shorter the menu in pub restaurants, the better the food. This proved to be the case. Excellent, friendly attentive service. Noise level dropped later in the evening as early bird diners left. We were a party of four and three of us ordered the same main course. Strangely one of the mains was tepid but the other two were at absolutely the right temperature. The tepid one was returned for the attention of the microwave and was swiftly returned. Apart from that, an overall good dining experience and we shall return.

GN
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. The perfect place to go for supper. The fire was lit, the atmosphere was vibrant but not too noisy to hear each other.

PL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure to go to the Havelock. The food is outstanding the awards testify this, so don't miss this opportunity to have freshly cooked food with a menu that changes twice a day.
The staff are always smiling, although it can be a tinge bit busy for them, and provide a very good service.
It can be a bit noisy but all in all I recommend highly you go there for a meal.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Said it before and I’ll say it again. London’s best gastropub! Jason and the whole team are exceptional.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best gastropub food in London.

CH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little find for our weekend in London. Love my Onglet (hanger steak) with thousand island dressing, followed by Tonka Bean cream; though I would recommend the chef remove the stone from the plum. Lovely ambiance & the staff were really friendly & the right amount of attentive. My only gripe is the yapping dogs, of which there were 2 and might put me off re-visiting. I have nothing against them, but would prefer not to hear them during an evening out celebrating our anniversary.

H
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to this haven after a crowded visit to the Ideal Home Christmas Show, 5 mins away. Delicious food, generous portions and reasonable wine list.

PW
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and wine. Beautiful surroundings as always. Slightly let down by the food though...

T
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience, worth booking in advance.

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