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Rugby Tavern

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Bar, British, Pub
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19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES, England (Formerly Shepherd Neame - Rugby Tavern)
+44 20 7405 1384
11:00 - 23:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fab little pub. Had the feel of a quaint old country pub when we walked in, yet it's only 10 minute walk from russell square underground station. We had booked the use of their private room upstairs for a works reunion. There were at least 40 of us & we fitted comfortably up there. The staff behind the... More 

Thank chrissiepop2014
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Found this pub as i was wandering around London, they had a Thai menu with some English food also, I went for the Thai green Curry and it was very well presented and tasted fantastic and even had a good kick to it. The beer had a very crisp fresh tatse so clearly the barrel lines are well looked after... More 

Thank Nutty M
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61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

15+ years ago there was a trend for pubs in London to serve Thai food. As happens, the idea died away -- and pubs decided to serve tradition English dishes. But the Rugby has recently brought back Thai food. It's welcome in the neighbourhood, because it's some distance down to Red Lion Street to encounter anything similar. Variety is the... More 

Thank Andrew H
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is a more old school style pub, but it has a decent outdoor area just off the main street. I haven't eaten here, but I believe they do food.

Thank helkatherts
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Not strictly true, but having ordered 2 pints and being given 1 and a half, because they 'don't know how to change it' I was mildly surprised. Actually it's dreadful. If your bar staff cannot change a barrel then perhaps they should be restricted to wiping tables and washing dishes. Thankfully, just before I passed out, a charming woman arrived... More 

Thank Vlciudoli
South Africa
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Been into this pub a couple of times and they've just started to do Thai food Meal we had was fantastic and very reasonable I've been to Thailand twice and this food was right up there Will be back sooner rather than later

Thank PaulFiz
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

I popped in today for a quite pint. The pub is lovely with traditional decor but the staff were unbelievable!! There was an argument amongst the barstaff in which pot shots were thrown,not a way you would expect staff to conduct themselves.not a manager in sight to sort things out,resulting in the police being called. I would avoid the pub... More 

Thank Lee S
London, United Kingdom
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375 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Was strolling round lambs conduit street on the queens birthday street party and came across this pub down a residential side street. Really friendly people running a traditional pub with a mixture of locals and visitors. Had one of the best pints of Guinness I've had in ages. Didn't try the food but will next time. Had some rather appetising... More 

Thank Epicureously
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I briefly popped in on Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming the staff were, it had a country locals pub feel to it (in a good way) and this is a rare thing in Zone 1. Bartender knocked up a very delicious (and very spicy) bloody mary. Ended up chatting with the guy and girl behind the... More 

Thank EDibben84
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Have always liked this pub. A real gem in holborn. Good old fashioned pub. Brass fittings, proper bar with a proper feel to it. Beer is always good as you would expect from a good brewery. Went in before and had a scummy burger. 2 burgers in a bun with cheese and bacon. But, this time was different the burger... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES, England (Formerly Shepherd Neame - Rugby Tavern)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
  • Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7405 1384
The Rugby Tavern has a large horseshoe-shaped bar and a generously-proportioned function room. Up to 24 customers can eat outside on the pub pavement during warm weather. Featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the pub keeps a variety of traditional Kentish cask ales in excellent condition. There is also a choice of distinctive international lagers and a good selection of wines. Weekend Family Offer. Why not visit us at the weekend with your family and have your kids eat for free. This offer is for two adults dining and a maximum of three children under the age of 11 years. your kids can choose any meal from the childrens menu, which is available on Saturday 12pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8.30pm, Sunday 12pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8.30pm Food served Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm 6pm - 10pm Food served Sat 12pm - 4pm 6pm - 10pm Food served Sun 12pm - 4pm 6pm - 9pm

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