The Havelock Tavern

4.5
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134 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.
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S
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

JP
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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JE
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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Staff were very young and inexperienced, but helpful regardless. Chef was very unhelpful when I asked for a slight alteration to my Sunday lunch.

DH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely! Local pub in heart of residential London with lovely food and service.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 11 January 2020

Hey DH72, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! We're so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us, and we hope to have you in again soon! The Havelock Team

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Service very good. Food imaginanitive, well presented but overpriced. Atmosphere is friendly and obviously a well liked pub. Pleasant evening. Serving Staff excellent, thank you.

The Havelock Tavern
Responded on 11 January 2020

Hey David, So glad you enjoyed the food and that our staff were their usual amazing selves! It's unfortunate that you thought the food was overpriced for what was offered, we're currently running an offer throughout January of 30% off all food Monday to Thursday! Hopefully we'll see you again soon so you can enjoy our quality food at a discounted price! The Havelock Team

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

A consistently good pub for both a drink and a meal.

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I liked the relaxed feel of this place. The staff were nice and friendly, and the service was very good. The food was excellent, a good wine list, I have to mention the wonderful homemade bread.
All round lovely evening. Look forward to the next time.

GG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

An excellent evening, great choice of delicious food.

SC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I'm not new here. Dining with a friend this meal did not disappoint. Excellent ingredients in both starter and main. Tasty and well presented on hot plates. Not common these days. I'll be back when occasion arises.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday night roast

DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Never disappoint! Love their food and menu. Staff is cool and nice. Great address for a cosy and low key lunch

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The Havelock offers an ambiance of a cross between a wanting to be gastropub without its smug flashiness. The staff are generally friendly but mostly not well informed of what the kitchen does. On the evening of our visit, the servers could not tell me if some of the items on the menu were available or what the changed prices of the whiskeys on the list were. The food we received, after a considerably long wait, for the kitchen had clearly backed up, was hot. The croquettes were the best I have had in a pub or restaurant in the UK. The lack of adequate staff was reflected in the delays from ordering to delivery.

SV
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

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

C
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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
29 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

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
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience2

Nothing to write home about decidedly average

SO
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

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

RE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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
124 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food !

T
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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

PK
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

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
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

MB
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

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
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.