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The Rugby Tavern

#10,338 of 18,620 Restaurants in London
££ - £££, British,
19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES, England
+44 20 7405 1384
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good21%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible15%
3 May 2018
“Rude barman ”
29 Dec 2017
“They just don't care”
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Thai
££ - £££
19 Great James Street, London WC1N 3ES, England
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Visited 03/05/2018 The first and last time I will go into this pub. Ruined by arrogant bar man! Went as a birthday treat at this pub which is tucked away by Holborn area has a lovely seating area outside for a drinks. Strolled past and...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 29 December 2017

Called in for a hot drink and to look at the menu to order food later. The hot drinks were too cold too drink,the chocolate in the supposed Hot Chocolate was a lump of congealed chocolate stuck in the bottom of a cup! We mentioned...More

1  Thank DJmustard
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Met some mates near Holborn for a quick drink, turned in to a long old evening.!! The beer got us there but the exceptional Thai food kept us there drinking most of the evening. Can't believe this was food in a pub, the best Thai...More

1  Thank dr-evil66
Reviewed 6 February 2017

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...More

Thank chrissiepop2014
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...More

Thank Nutty M
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...More

Thank Andrew H
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
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...More

1  Thank Vlciudoli
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
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...More

Thank Lee S
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$9
Bar, British, Pub, Thai
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Buffet, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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. Food served Mon - Fri 12pm - 10pm and Sat 12pm - 9pm.
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