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Review of The Lamb Tavern

The Lamb Tavern
Ranked #2,556 of 23,854 Restaurants in London
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: City of London
Description: The Lamb Tavern has been a part of the tapestry of the City of London since 1780. We are a British pub with a beautiful dining room overlooking Leadenhall Market. Situated adjacent to Lloyd's of London, and within minutes of Bank, Monument, and Liverpool St Stations, it is a majestic venue over three floors, leading onto the cobblestones of the iconic Leadenhall Market. The Lamb Tavern also provides exclusive hire venue at the weekends to hold unique Weddings, Events and Celebrations with a license until 1am. The original building had a large lead roof hence the name Leadenhall, and although it's not certain it was built as a public place- by the end of the 14th century it was firmly established as a market and for many years was the site of the City granary.Unfortunately the original Leadenhall was badly damaged in the Great Fire of 1666 and was rebuilt in its present form by Sir Horace Jones. It continued to function as a market as the majority of the traders were fishmongers and butchers and even today there remains a butcher in Central Avenue. Please be aware we have no step free access in the pub & do not have accessible toilets. The Lamb Tavern site itself has grander origins than the 14th century market. It directly overlies the Roman Londinium Basilica, which was a large building used by the Romans for judicial and commercial purposes. Built in 50AD and then rebuilt in 120AD, the Basilica was then the largest building of its kind except for the Basilica Ulpia in Rome itself. It was over 500ft in length (about the size of St Paul's) and to the south lay the forum filled with a whole host of stalls, shops and workshops selling goods and services to those who used the Basilica. The Lamb Tavern as a place to take refreshment adjacent to the market continues the tradition first established in Roman Britain almost 2000 years ago.
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Met a colleague here for a drink after work.

Generic beers. So-so service. On the expensive side.

Big place tho', not too busy about 9ish. Plenty of room. No music and big TVs. Its in Leadenhall Market so a nice view.

Not bad for a stop off, or a meeting point. Would venture further towards Liverpool Street or Aldgate for a longer session - its a more of a stand-up at the bar place downstairs

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Thank andymwood
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Visited this week with a group of business colleagues, for a drink after work.

The service was not the greatest (some staff were good, some staff looked fed up!) and I found it expensive even for London, £50 for a round for 6!

There wasn't much of a selection of beers/ales so had to stick to Lager, which wasn't particularly cold when served.

Good atmosphere with people milling around from the city.

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Thank aw2010
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

Having visited this pub last week. We went to the upstairs bar but there was no low comfotable seating only bar stools that we could see. I asked if the had a lounge bar and was directed downstairs to "Toms" bar. This was a strange place, reminded us of a toilet without the spells I must add. We intended to eat at the Lamb Tavern but decided not to bother. The bitter was limited to one pump, the lager was warm. To be fair the staff was charming, even went upstairs to get me a pint of Youngs Special. For a pub I think it important to have beer on tap and at least a nice comfotable interior. I understand "quirky" but this not what we want or expect from a Youngs pub.

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Thank chepasbar
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

I recently helped host a conference for European teachers in London. On the Tuesday evening I booked the Lamb Tavern for our evening meal for a group of 18. This traditional / historic pub is within the beautiful Leadenhall Market so it was a perfect location for our visitors. From the moment of the first enquiry up to the time we left I found the staff to be very helpful and the service to be fantastic. The business is spread out over three separate floors, all of which are effectively different venues.

The ground floor is a traditional English pub serving a good selection of ales and snacks. This was fairly busy with people after work but there was plenty of space to sit (including a mezzanine floor reached via an iron spiral staircase) and a good atmosphere.

Downstairs is Old Tom’s bar which has a fantastic atmosphere and serves a great selection of cheese and meat platters and ales etc. Much of the produce is speciality or home-made and all was very good quality. There is plenty of room down there for a group of our size and a space can be reserved.

We decided to book the top floor however, simply because the view out of the windows over the historic market was so appealing. The top floor is a private dining room with a bar and lots of space. We had a delicious and plentiful buffet that had top quality food at a very fair price. There was an amazing selection of hot and cold food, much better than average buffet food I have experience elsewhere. The staff were happy to discuss and alter the selection to cater for our guests dietary needs / likes. We were so impressed by this venue, the food and the service that we have already begun planning to return with another group later in the year.

Thank you to all the staff for making our event such a success.

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Thank alandlyd
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Its such a shame that both old English pubs in Leaden Hall market are frequented by the local bankers. Such lovely surroundings ruined by abusive drunk cit boys. The pub is also tired and smells and staff look fed up. So would I if I had to serve drunk rude bankers all day and evening. Steer clear of this place, the beer was poor too and very expensive.

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