The North London Tavern

3.9
156 reviews
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Step inside the North London Tavern and you’ll discover the bedrock of Kilburn’s local creative community, a neighbourhood local with live jazz, film nights and poetry events.

The dining room features a fresh, seasonal menu with daily changing cask ales & international wines.

We love the relaxed atmosphere at the North London Tavern, and the décor is a chic mix of chandeliers, old leather Chesterfield sofas and an old wood-panelled bar.

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, full of football fans on the day in question. Not complaining, I was one of them!

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JO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had lunch here on Saturday en route to Wembley stadium as it was handy for Kilburn station (Jubilee line) and we wanted to avoid the crowds around Wembley park! The dining area was in a pleasant, high ceilinged room and we were warmly welcomed on arrival. Food took a while to materialise, but when it did, it was delicious and obviously all freshly cooked. The flat iron chicken with wild mushrooms was particularly nice. Would highly recommend if you're not in a hurry

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

I love this pub. The staff are friendly, the beer is good and they do amazing Sunday roasts!

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UK
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Great atmosphere and good beer.
Food was average for the price.

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LM
London
35 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Remarkably good food considering its location in Kilburn. Nice dining room and very attentive service. Food was tasty and well-prepared. Several vegan options too. Quick service if you are visiting the Kiln Theatre for a show.

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YK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Very disappointed with menu no vegetarian or healthy options salads?? - Fried food & chips with everything. Ghastly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I can't believe that we were charge £15.00 in service charge, all the staff did was bring three plates of food and four drinks. If you can not afford to paid your staff correctly then it should be self services. I will not be going there again.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This used to be a fabulous gastropub. When I went the other day, I couldn't understand why it was so quite - for a while. The service was pretty poor and the food was average. For the high value of the meal, this made it very poor value. Better to go to the meditarranean restaurant a few doors down - far cheaper and better food!

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O
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent standard pubfare

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G
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Strangely quiet for Friday night so atmosphere not as buzzy as we were expecting. I had been here several times previously over a decade ago and the Menu was more limited than I remember from visiting in the past and the food was ok but nothing memorable.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from Hertfordshire to attend Tall Tales evening on Nov. 27th. Ate in comfort in the restaurant and one of us enjoyed a steak, cooked superbly to order and the other enjoyed the butterflied boneless poussin which again was suitably cooked and delicious. The bottle of wine we ordered was also very palatable indeed. The staff were great and the whole experience set us up well for the remarkable performances in the room upstairs afterwards.

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U
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too expensive for what it was. We had chicken burger and fish cakes with chips, a glass of red and a coke. £42. Food was fine but not outstanding.

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating both my birthday and my dad's birthday, we had a really nice service and loved the food too ! thanks a lot!

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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, excellent wine and quiet atmosphere on the dining side of the pub. Beautiful venue.

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J
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Was quite unfortunate - though the food was decent the staff were all over the place (and it want busy at all). They forgot to put in one of our orders so one had to wait while they did a whole roast for her. Our sticky toffee puddings arrived cold. We complained and they forgot to reduce our bill and charged service! We had to ask again about a reduction to the bill and they only took off a minimal amount. They were nice and the food was tasty when we finally got it. Could have just been an off day but wasn’t great!

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SO
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved my visit, food, drinks and service was all fab!

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OT
London
44 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is actually for a larger booking for my 50th birthday party, which was booked and organised direct with the North London Tavern. As a regular to the venue I knew that they would do a good job but I was blown away by the result. From the ease of organising a large celebration to the fabulous and very special food, and the flawless implementation of the evening I cannot recommend highly enough. The team are very friendly, helpful and accommodating, and the chef did a fabulous job. Thank you for making this a very memorable special birthday.

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OT
London
44 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took some friends for a Sunday lunch and the North London Tavern has some new fans! Delicious food, friendly helpful staff and lovely pub.

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n
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fish and chips amazing

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SW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

One of my favorite pubs, and the food is usually very good as well. Recently the menu seems to have been reduced somewhat, and the dishes less adventurous than I recall, but there is still a good selection of well cooked food available. The pub itself and the dining area are very pleasant, and the service was, as usual, friendly and attentive. The only slight fly in the ointment on this occasion was that -in addition to TVs in the bar area- they had erected a huge projection screen in the dining area for the football. I like football, and I appreciate this is just a temporary arrangement for the World Cup, but I go into a restaurant to eat and talk to companions, not be distracted by an enormous screen flickering away in the background - also diners near the screen are being ogled by the viewers which must be a bit off-putting. I will definitely be going back however as it's a great venue.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We’ve been going to the North London Tavern restaurant since it opened maybe 12 years ago or more
It’s a lovely neighbourhood pub and we’ve had some very nice food there.
What lets it down time after time is the service
They never have enough waiting staff, and on our most recent visit it took about 40 mins to get our food - and the restaurant was not particularly busy
Our waitress Xenia was excellent but she could have done with some assistance
The food was good, not haute cuisine but good modern gastro pub grub
But as before we were on the verge of walking out as it took so long to get our dinner
The NLT could be great but they need to invest in more staff

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EH
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Perfectly reasonable - relaxed and efficient - good friendly service - food above pub food average. We went at 6pm when the pub is obviously quite noisy - didn't bother us, might bother some.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was very tasty but the portions are very small ...

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NT
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A few dishes on the menu were not available and service was decent but not warm. Would not be in a hurry to go back.
The lamb shank I had was good but over priced.

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OT
London
44 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spacious pub with great food a excellent, friendly service

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GM
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bustling pub with great Guinness. Its not a romantic evening out but is a great place to go with friends. Lovely staff, good food and a good wine list. Thanks for a great evening!

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d
London
24 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I got a bit disappointment whit the quality of the food, very simple and not that tasty.

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S
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Decent setting a good menu. Unfortunately the food is overpriced for what it is, the seabass in particular was tiny and had very little chorizo/samphire as described. Service was awful, maybe they were understaffed on Friday but once the food came we didn't see anyone again! Had to clear our own plates in the end, as did neighbouring table, onto an empty table. Shame, is otherwise a nice enough pub.

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AC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my local so I might be slightly biased but I ate in the restaurant tonight after a long hiatus and was very pleasantly impressed with the food and the service. Will be returning soon!

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RF
London
16 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

The North London Tavern used to be good. They're food is excellent and the service was ok. Unfortunately, this time round, the restaurant said they had messed up bookings and I'd have to wait 20 minutes for a table, despite arriving on time for my reservation. I won't return to The North London Tavern.

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EV
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Such lovely ambience and amazing service!! Would highly recommend. Baked Camembert was delish but pass on the fish and chips.

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n
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Friendly welcome, good food (both choice and quality) and extensive beer list. A warm and inviting local pub with a warm fireplace and comfortable seating. A few points lost for 1/ serving an out-of-date bottled beer, 2/ weird portion sizes, some meals were huge and others tiny, 3/ slow service to bring the bill and collect payment. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable evening.

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BN
London
32 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The North London Tavern seemed to go through a very shaky period with poor service, long waiting times and even chefs going missing! However, the meal we had was really excellent - much better than a typical gastropub. The lamb and steak were faultless, all the food looked beautiful and the staff were lovely despite it being a busy Saturday. Good stuff NLT, please keep it up because you're a really great place to dine when everything goes well.

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O
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

It was a quiet Wednesday night with only one other (admittedly large) table occupied, yet the service was appalling. The problem appeared to be a new member of staff who had not been adequately trained. Customers should not have to do training! A pre-Christmas family get-together was almost ruined. Very disappointing.

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b
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food although our chosen starter was unavailable. Restaurant was quite empty.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

A thoroughly enjoyable Saturday night.

I booked a table for my parents' anniversary. The menu had a good variety of options and the food was tasty and delicious.

We will be back. (Have already booked for Christmas).

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MW
London
22 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

NLT is a great mix of boozer and food-pub and I would highly recommend for a casual and possibly boozy dinner with mates. The food is good (the slaw with the chicken, and the burger were particularly good we thought) and service was excellent. Note to management: At the start of the evening, if I hadn't been waiting for friends, I'd have gone elsewhere on account of the out-of-control children (literally screaming, running all around the dining room) from families occupying some of the larger tables. They left by 8.00 but not before another diner had asked them to calm things down (with limited results) Surely staff should take the initiative here to politely request that other patrons are respected?

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem in the heart of Kilburn. It was a pleasurable experience from start to finish. Will I be going again? A definitive yes is the answer.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday lunch all in all but why load a kids portion of chips with literally tons of salt?! Eek.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Very enjoyable experience with lovely food. It was a bit of a loud atmosphere with difficulty having a conversation at times but would still recommend.

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