The Havelock Tavern

4.5
109 reviews
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  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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.
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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

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TC
London
10 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!

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ER
San Francisco
120 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.

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

Great food !

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

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

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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.

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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.

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M
London
2 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.

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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

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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C
London
11 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.

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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...

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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

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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Best gastropub food in London.

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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.

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H
London
6 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.

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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...

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

Great food and ambience, worth booking in advance.

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SA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Sunday roast, very busy but service pretty good. Would definitely recommend and return to.

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KK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Havelock was great for a catch-up dinner with friends from out of town who were looking to try good pub food without the tourist trap. The food was delicious, fresh, and beautifully cooked. However my only "complaint" (and I use that word hesitantly) is that they only had one ale on tap. This has routinely happened to my partner and I at this pub, and it's annoying but not a "deal-breaker" as it where. If you're keen to guarantee a decent ale selection then this might not be the place for you, but if you want great pub food then it's a MUST.

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HB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Sunday lunch with family and friends! Food was brilliant as ever, quick efficient and friendly service.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food usually good but on this occasion the pasta was undercooked Rather than ‘al dente ‘ so we were immediately offered - after complaining -the same dish recooked. Sadly this was exactly the same.
Pudding was delicious.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous - as always. Great services and tip top staff !

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RJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Attentive staff. They could improve their choice of beers but you come here for the food

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Staff very accommodating of our baby too.

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been going to the Havelock Tavern since I moved to the neighbourhood near Kensington Olympia more than 10 years ago. It has consistently provided the best dining experience in the West Kensington area with beautifully prepared food,: featuring a wide variety of tasty game and seafood dishes, attentive and friendly service and a relaxeed, pleasant atmosphere. Lunch is particularly enjoyable since there tends to be far fewer people. Reservations are accepted, which is a good idea on busy nights, Wednesday through Saturday. The Havelock has for some time set the culinary standard in West Kensington/Hammersmith. I highly recommend.

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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m on crutches and getting around is difficult but the bar staff could not have been more accommodating and were very friendly! The service was superb. The food is excellent with a few twist on some classics and some key ingredients I needed to look up but improved each dish.

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F
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with the in-laws on a sunny Saturday...Havelock SMASHED it to pieces. bring me more black pudding.

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PN
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great as usual! Food was tasty, choice was really nice, a tad noisy but well it's a pub!

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BJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us there for the London Book Fair - excellent meal, good beer choices. It was loud and very busy, which made for loud conversations; we were almost shouting at times, but it quieted down as the evening wore on. Service was excellent, especially considering how busy it was.

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