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“Friendly and authentic local pub with good food”
Review of The Market Tavern

The Market Tavern
Ranked #4,499 of 22,664 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$18 - US$33
Cuisines: British, Pub, Gastropub
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Mayfair
Description: A hidden gem in Shepherd Market, a lively area off Piccadilly once discovered never forgotten, the same goes for our quicky elegant pub, with freshly cooked food and a friendly team to help you decide what to drink from our unique drinks range, and tell you the tales of the area. The Market Tavern has been a pub from 1883, it did burn down and was rebuilt in the 1930's.Shepherd Market was the site for the 1st Maypole and orginally was a market where farmers bought their livestock to sell and attend the May Fair, in the 1800's Edward Shepherd had the idea to build it into a little village area.This has been a lively risque area since the days of King Charles 1 when he housed his mistresses in the market area.
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“Friendly and authentic local pub with good food”
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Visited on a Sunday lunchtime as we were in the Green Park area and fancied a traditional English roast for lunch, and having passed by previous times ( but not been in before) and seen their advertising chalkboards outside knew they did these.

Liked the straightforward one page menu, including 4 roasts - pork, beef, chicken & nut ( not that I'd ever contemplate the latter :-) A good selection of food without being one of those very long menus that offers every food under the sun and makes you wonder how they can possibly have it all fresh and good. They also had a bar snacks menu, sort of tapas style, which would perhaps be good if you didn't want a full meal or wanted to share a variety of nibbles.

Good prices for London ( about £12 each for the roasts ) and that included vegetables etc - too often the main meal seems to be a reasonable price but then once you add 2 or 3 vegetables you've doubled the price. Not so here.

Our waiter was friendly, informative and efficient, food and drinks were served in reasonable time, food was excellent quality. Total bill was £65 for 4 including drinks (one or two beers and juices each).

Would definitely go back again, not just for the food but because the pub had a good atmosphere, and seemed to be a good crowd in. We ate upstairs in a room that held about 8 or 9 tables because downstairs was full, was initially worried we'd be forgotten about out of sight as we were the first in that room, but no worries there, the waiter kept an eye on us and in any case the room quickly filled up anyway.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank joeintheuk
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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Horrendous service”
Reviewed 28 May 2012

We had been recommended this pub as being relaxed with good food and good choice of beers, which it has. But as I stood at the bar with no other customer at the bar was completely ignored by the 2 bar staff after a minute or so I asked if they were serving. If had not asked I would be still stood at the bar. When i eventually got served I asked for the half pint to be in a ladies glass and was looked at if I had asked for the beer to be on the house. Not made welcome at all. The food was quite good and a fair price also choice of beer very good.

  • Visited May 2012
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Loganholme Qld Australia
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“Worst meal we have had in London”
Reviewed 30 April 2012

Staying the area we went here for lunch. I ordered the pork&chorizo burger with red onion chutney & fries for eleven pounds and my husband who was feeling ready for a steak, ordered the 10oz rib eye steak with skin on chips. Both of our chips were soggy and horrible and seemed to be flavoured with fish as if they had all been cooked int he same oil. The burger was so sloppy I needed extra serviettes to clean up the slop running down my hands and ended up just eating the tomato and lettuce on the bread roll. The steak was overcooked as it was ordered as medium but was very well done. It was tough and chewy with plently of grizzle. There was more left on the plate that was inedible than had been eaten. Very disappointing as we paid sixteen pound fifty for it. This is absolutely the worst meal we have had in London and my advice would be to avoid this place completely. There are many other places to eat in the area of Shepherd Market. I would recommend even buying something from the nearby Tesco than eating here.

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank NolaRose
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Great food at a reasonable price in Mayfair”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Staying in the Mayfair area we wandered into this tavern and made our way upstairs. We were surprised at the quality of the menu and even more so at the food. The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere cheery and traditional English. We wanted to come back but the kitchen was closed on Sundays. Fortunately, there were lots of other options in the immediate area, which appears to be a little enclave for locals.

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