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Museum Tavern, Bloomsbury

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user reviews of The Museum Tavern, Bloomsbury

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Not as good ale wise as it used to be - had a poor pint of Wandle here. It's getting increasingly difficult to find a decent ale pub in London.
Snarling_Mallard - 15 Aug 2018 11:13
I have to admit that I love this place despite the fact that it's square in the middle of the busy London tourist trail. Beautiful interior, pleasant enough staff, decent food, solid real ale selection. Most recent visit included a well-poured Truman's Swift Golden.
aerodrome - 19 Sep 2016 23:42
Nice pub which manages to be friendly and welcoming despite being in one of the most tourist-overloaded places on the entire planet. Pleasant, old fashioned but popular.
rainlight - 9 Apr 2016 09:23
During the day concentrates on food for the tourists visiting the British Museum, but a nice range of ales in good condition, with the bonus of a 10%discount for CAMRAmembers.
Aztecgoat - 22 Nov 2014 09:33
I like this pub. On the corner of Great Russell St and Museum St, looking over to the British Museum the pub attracts tourists and Londoners in roughly equal numbers. With a traditional Victorian interior, if you look carefully you can see the doors that would originally have led to separate bars - how small some of them must have been!

Food is the Taylor Walker standard of hearty pub fayre and enormous cod and chip suppers, which seem popular with the foreign visitors; and the beer is a good range of cask ales and craft beers. A welcome resident beer is Theakston's Old Peculier which is worth a visit on its own. CAMRA members get 10% off cask ales which makes the prices well under £4: very reasonable for Central London.
Beermole - 10 May 2014 14:04
Decent pub with a mixture of foreign tourists getting to grips with the English pub and others enjoying the ales and other comforts. 6 or 7 real ales on, plus real cider too. A good find in central London. Long may it continue to be a proper pub!
dpaajones - 28 Nov 2013 20:24
A great little place, went in after a trip to the museum. Excellent range of ales on, and the place was festooned with hops as it was a month long festival. Food looked excellent, but wed already eaten. Look forward to returning soon!
TommyRogers1979 - 9 Nov 2013 23:04
Warm,friendly pub with an obvious tendency to get packed due to location. Good selection of real ales, the old peculiar was on top form. Will visit again next time in London.
tronifer - 21 Feb 2013 11:36
its close location to the (amazing) british museum, means this pub is obviously going to be full of day trippers and touirsts, but a nicer tourist pub will be hard to find.

excellent range of beers on tap, excellent service and all set in a lovely victorian london pub. atmosphere was up and buzzing on a friday after work. worth visiting when in the area.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 7 Nov 2012 08:58
Enjoyabl; a cut above the usual Taylor Walker 'brand' pubs; likely because it was already a decent high-Victorian house so avoided the worst of their cut-price chintz.
Good range of beers and service.
curioushistory - 6 Jun 2012 17:08
A good number of beers available, though perhaps too many regular names, ( Hen, Bombardier, Adnams ). This might be due to the number of tourists in the area.
The Westerham British Bulldog was very good.
The place was packed and it was not easy finding a seat.
The building smacks of history with wood panelling and stain glass windows. Very apt with the British Museum just across the road.
Would like to pay another visit when the place is a little quieter.
Whenever that is!

outtamehead - 18 Mar 2012 10:43
We went here last Thursday to finish our evening out ,good crowd of people and the Theakstons was really good too
william85 - 8 Mar 2012 12:59
Called in for a lunchtime pint and found the place to be very welcoming. Naturally very busy with people spilling out of the museum but I think the multi-national clientele is a bonus, rather than a negative. The Old Peculiar was on top form and would recommend if you're in the area.
BlueMoon - 21 Dec 2011 15:33
Had lunch and Ales/Ciders here after a trip to the British Museum. Quite surprised by the food, too! we thought the place was gonna be a touristy pastiche due to it's proximity, but NOT. Really good ales on tap, Wife loved her lunch as did I. Our daughter's favorite pub, now.
TerryValderas - 8 Aug 2011 23:44
Not so very long ago the choice here would have made this place a mecca for discerning ale drinkers. It is a testament to how things have improved that this tourist trap (across the road from the British Museum) is consdiered to have a poor selection (albeit six) of ales. It seems odd when one considers the likes of Taylor's Landlord and Doom Bar as bog standard brews but it is what they have now become and their quality has suffered accordingly. I had a very palatable pint of Old Peculiar here though. A guest beer (apart from Adnams) would'nt go astray. Though to be honest at least they sell ale - the location they are in means they could sell rat wee and get away with it.
Snarling_Mallard - 28 Jun 2011 22:30
Quite a nice pub and worth visiting for the interior features. Beer range for seven hand pulls totally unimaginative though: Pride, Old Peculier, Abbot, Youngs, Landlord, etc . Landlord not in bad nick although a top up needed to be requested.
BeerManiac - 8 May 2011 10:14
Made my first visit to the Museum Tavern today after hearing many great things about it, so I was surprised and a little disappointed to find it in the hands of Punch Taverns and having been on the receiving end of yet another corporate makeover. Yet even with the pub chain's branding and "marketing collateral" in every available space, and huge laminated A3 menus, wine lists and ketchup bottles on every table, they have not completely knocked the charm out of the place. Far from it in fact - much of the pub's original character still shines through, and its numerous Victorian features make it well worth a visit. Seven real ales available too, including a superb Old Peculier.
rob1981 - 7 Apr 2011 20:59
Good historic pub opposite the British Museum, the interior is enough to marvel at. Beer range comprises of 7 ales which are fairly standard but the exotic beer was the Lee Chocoholic, I also tried the Landlord - both beers were kept well. Prices were around £3.40/pint
Booze_Allen - 26 Mar 2011 21:04
Historic pub very close to the British Museum but a living part of our history! For a beer snob, well yes it has 7 real ales but it's obviously from a portfolio of 'national' brands although there was a JW Lees beer that was of interest. Quite food oriented and busy when I went but not overwhelmingly so. The beer was kept very well indeed, my Timothy Taylor Landlord was in top form.
Abteilung - 26 Mar 2011 12:11
Wonderful pub - good ale selection and no TV screens or music. Just a place to enjoy good beer and conversation.
Floyd - 20 Mar 2011 19:33
Had a very tasty pint of seafarers ale on a saturday evening, was busy but found a free table to sit in.
legionuk - 30 Jan 2011 07:49
Nice busy pub with a good selection of beers. Beer was fine.
LickeyEndBooze - 2 Jan 2011 19:38
For me one of the best pubs in London - Great Real Ale and food - a very nice atmosphere - always pop in here if I'm in town
GRS40 - 9 Sep 2010 13:31
Not bad for a daytrippers pub, my pint of woodfordes norfolk nog was very good. Would revisit if nearby.
Picasso09 - 15 Aug 2010 21:13
in town for GBBF,nevers lets you down,tasted 4 out of 6 beers all good,food is value for money ,one to go visit
hullcityfan - 4 Aug 2010 17:22
As its name suggests, this place is directly opposite the British Museum. Small traditional narrow bar serving excellent selection of well kept ales: Doombar, Explorer, Gold, Landlord etc. The ones I tried were £3.20. Friendly efficient service. Small amount of seating outside on pavement in summer.
The_Prof - 4 Aug 2010 14:03
Good range of well kept Ale's but service tends to be slow.
martins2 - 19 May 2010 01:08
Quite a narrow pub, with a long and interestingly-decorated bar taking up much of the back wall. Plenty of other historic features to look at if you manage to find a quiet time (not easy, as it is usually packed with people visiting the British Museum - directly opposite). A good selection of six real ales on handpump, with some interesting guest beers in addition to regulars such as Old Peculier and Doom Bar. Much better than you might expect from such an obvious tourist trap.
rpadam - 8 May 2010 11:06
Love it!! Enough said!
Kenbo - 30 Apr 2010 10:59
always good in here,food, ale and atmosphere,traditional pub in the big city,Well Done
hullcityfan - 8 Apr 2010 10:31
Went to this extremely pleasant old-style pub after an exhausting visit to the British Museum. Had an ale on cask, can't remember which, but well-served and refreshing, and a pint of Fosters. Looks like they have a good selection of fine beers. Good selection of pub foods, I had a Big Ben Burger and it was excellent. Friendly staff. Was lucky to be seated without having to wait at about 12.30, but saw that in the next half hour the pub was full, probably due to proximity with British Museum (It's located just opposite the main entrance in Great Russell Street). Anyway, will certainly be going back there on a future visit.
sleo - 3 Apr 2010 11:50
Met up with some friends here a couple of weeks ago. Place isn't that big but has a fair few tables and like most places mid-week it cleared out a bit by 7-8pm.
Tried the Landlord, Tribute and Doonbar, all excellent so never made it round to the guest ales.
Fish and Chips were good, hot and crispy (but could have used a few extra chips to soak up the beer).
Bar staff were efficient and courteous, never waited more than a few mins to be served.
Overall top venue. About 20 mins from Euston right opposite the imposing British Museum.
Dan65 - 19 Feb 2010 15:59
Hit this place two years ago knowing it had Old Peculier on cask. Immediately met a regular and we have hit if off since.

Made two visits this trip and started off with Old Peculier and closed with Landlord. Patient staff as the lot of us were getting a bit belligerent.

As a tourist, this is a place where I feel like a local as I get to hang around the regulars. While it is across from the British Museum and most of the folks streaming in are from out of town/country, more credit to them for having a great lineup of real ales.

Only disappointment was that it closed up New Year's Day at 6 pm, but we were warned the day before.

I've had a number of pints here and never a bad one - the staff take pride in knowing quality.
NM_Ale_Drinker - 9 Jan 2010 18:08
Comfortable enough little pub opposite the British Museum. Four real ales on during our visit - Brains Party Popper, Theakston Old Peculier, St Austell Tribute and Greene King Old Speckled Hen. Tourists come in one door and go out the other when there is no food on!
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jan 2010 22:17
Went in with a pal on a wander on a cold winters day. The pub was warm and welcoming. The beer was served well by friendly staff.

It's a strange building. It's quite snug but it looks like it's all leaning at strange angles.

Could do with a new carpet, but quite a pleasant experience.
willesden_seadog - 19 Dec 2009 13:40
Excellent little pub. Went here before a gig at The Fly on new Oxford Street and was exceptionally impressed by their commitment to beer. About 7 ales - I drank the delish Camerons Fireside Ale - and a policy of asking if you'd like a taster. Food looks OK too - saw Fish & Chips and Sausage/mash on the table next door. Not haut cuisine, by the looks, but hot, fresh and (apparently) tasty. Nice pub too - one bar, trad, Victorian. Amazed it's survived as it is.. One piece of advice: don't order the chilli nuts. they're sh*it!
cheese_and_onion - 22 Oct 2009 01:06
Not bad.
walkalot - 1 Sep 2009 15:09
a really good pub with an excellent and ever changing selection of real ales. highly recommended!
dearl - 14 Jul 2009 11:19
The proximity to the British Museum virtually guarantees that this place is a bit of a hellhole in the daytime and on weekends.

On the Wednesday night I visited though the tourists had long gone and what was left was a very pleasant pub ideal to meet someone for a quiet drink(s)

It looks like it was originally a two room pub that has been opened up into a single area although it is not excessively large at all. Decor and beer selection are fine and the lack of TVs mean that the football crowd are not drawn into the pub.

Avoid during the daytime but as an evening venue the Museum offers a comfortable environment far enough away from Leicester Square / Covent Garden to avoid the worst of the West End crowds

I'd come back here again.
murgatroyd - 28 Jun 2009 18:59
Visited mid-day on a Friday to find an excellent selection of well kept ales in a fine old style pub.
With records showing a tavern on this site from 1723, the present venue owes much to the redesign in 1855, with the classic mahogany back bar fitting being evident today. The five bar Victorian tavern was reduced to the present single bar in the 1960s. Much of the original wood and glass decor is still to be seen.
Although it is opposite the British Museum, and had a mix of both overseas visitors and locals, there was plenty of room for all. Very reasonable beer prices and selection of food (not tried).
Most definitely well worth a visit.
beerwrinklie - 13 Jun 2009 08:33
It's round the corner from the British Museum and it sells Old Peculiar and Taylor's, what more can I say?

The Museum is one of my favorite pubs in London, despite the near certainty that you won't get a seat, and the fact (or perhaps because of the fact) that it hasn't had an upgrade in years. Nice pub, nice people, nice area, lovely beer.
j30bell - 15 May 2009 16:16
Good pub, especially for the location. Truly excellent array of real ales for those of a hoppy bent.

Pub itself is nothing special but atmosphere is pleasant enough. Have been there several times over the last year and it has remained consistent. If beer's your main driver, it's as good as it gets in the area.
Dylarolla - 10 May 2009 01:47
visited early doors on a Sunday and was hugely impressed with the range and quality of beer available - A couple from Otter, Sharp's Doom, Adnams and a spot of Landlord - delightful liquid lunch
deportivo_azul - 25 Apr 2009 01:01
Typical London pub, all dark wood and glass, with several cask ales on the bar including a guest or two. I had a pint of Sharps Doom Bar which was very good. I was wearing a suit (yes I know, but you have to sometimes, even if you don't want to) but I was the only suit in the bar and there didn't seem to be many tourists either. Nice place, well worth a visit.
ROBCamra - 2 Feb 2009 15:45
This pub stocks the blessed Theakston's Old Peculier -- rarely seen around London. Plenty of seating inside and a few tables outside on the pavement.
Considering its position opposite the British Museum it is refreshingly untouristy and the service is speedy and civil. However, don't bother with the food -- it's mediocre.
Braganca - 19 Jan 2009 00:19
I'm always surprised how good the Museum Tavern is considering its location and who owns it. Spirit Group can get it right when they set their minds to it. On a midweek evening the tourists have all gone back for dinner by around seven and you're left with a very pleasant, typically atmospheric London pub with a broad mix of customers. And a broad mix of beers too, Doombar and Otter both in fine fettle lately. If you're in the area at the right time of day you won't do much better.
nickdavies - 29 Nov 2008 20:19
Didnít look closely enough to notice the evidence, mentioned by Mm of a previous existence as a 3-room pub, but I always find it sad when original features or layouts are lost to open-plan vandalism. The Museum Tav does, however, still retain a certain charm, including the nice etched lower windows & wood/mirrored back bar, high wood-crossed ceiling, carpetted throughout, tiling and brass footrail around nice old bar, mix of tables and seating, stand alone settles opp bar. Pretty busy, but not oppressively so (Sat 18:00), although we did have to hover before securing a vacated table, and pleased we were to get the high corner table for cards & several beers Ė jealously guarded when fellow crawlers went for a tab! The area around the bar (& leading to the loo) is fairly narrow, and the custom seems to arrive in waves (pres from museum?) so timing may be key to quick service. Food examples: steak&onion sarnie £5, Sun roast beef £8.50. My notes say 7(?) handpumps, but Iíve only recorded 6 beers Ė Bombardier & Doombar, both went but were reinstated within 20mins, Halloween Surprise (light colour was a surprise), Old Peculier, Salopian Black Prince, and the truly thin & tasteless Everards Wacko Jacko.
trainman - 28 Oct 2008 10:31
Saturday late afternoon visit, usual very good selection of Ales. Had a very nice pint of Old Mill Halloween surprise after having tasters of some of the other ales.
No seating left inside so had to sit outside in the street.
CambridgeBlue - 27 Oct 2008 13:14
Immediate warm and convivial feel on entering, a really relaxed feel. Some tourists as referred earlier but as museum types clearly a better class. No crass behavior observed! A single room now with a mix of seating but a quick check of the etched windows suggest earlier there was a saloon, public and private bar. The bar along the internal wall has an elegant carved back with mirrors.
6 pumps (5 on at the time) serving Skinners Betty Stogs, Cairngorm Autumn Nights, Pride, Theakston Old P, Sharps Doombar, and Morrissey Fox Blonde Ale. A very pleasant visit, well recommended.
Maldenman - 7 Oct 2008 17:36
Just a few steps away from the bustling junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, the Museum is a place of calm and contentment. Dating from the mid 19th century, like so many pubs, it has evolved and walls have been removed. In this case thatís not a problem, as a nice open feel has been created. Fortunately, the bar counter and back have been preserved, although, sadly most of the engraved mirrors are new but not out of keeping. The ceiling is particularly fine as is the range of 7 hand pulled ales.
Alerover - 5 Aug 2008 16:01
Full of tourists, of course, being opposite the British Museum. But it has retained many original Victorian features Ė solid wood bar, carved bar back, cut and etched glass. It now comprises just one bar, but like so many Victorian pubs it was clearly subdivided originally. There are doors extant not currently in use, leading to what was
apparently a Private Bar. Several decent ales on Ė York Brewery Guzzler; TT Landlord; Doom Bar; Old Peculiar; Old Speckled Hen; and Okellís Summer Storm. The Guzzler I had was pretty good.

All in all a pretty good pub, albeit very busy during the tourist season, and I would definitely recommend it, and will return some time soon.

RexRattus - 28 Jul 2008 22:27
I like it. It's central London, so that means the Guinness is lousy, it's chocker with tourists and office workers and it's overpriced. But, hey, it works on other levels: Lovely location, the service isn't too bad and it pulsates with a faint, but definite, air of literary and historical associations.
Boswell - 1 Jul 2008 14:12
First night in London and in a pub, entered the famous Museum Tavern hoping to have a good experience. I thought that being recommended in tour guides this would be a nice place. Wrong. Staff were more interested in chatting amongst themselves and could care less that I seemed lost. Went across the street and wandered into The Plough which was not a very good experience (see other review).
bluesky12 - 23 Jun 2008 00:44
Saturday afternoon pint after a wander around the museum. Surprisingly quiet considering the location. Lots of good ales to choose from and the bar staff helpful when choosing what to drink.
I had a rather nice pint of Doom Bar.
CambridgeBlue - 11 Jun 2008 12:49
More typically English than queueing for tea bags in the rain with the vicar discussing rises in the price of houses. I assume this is deliberate with one of the world's greatest scientific institutes just opposite. Whenever I have finished looking at the weirdy-beardy sculptures of ancient Mesopotamia, I pop over for a pint of Theakston's Old Peculiar which they have been pouring here for years. It is, of course, a tourist trap and gets crowded, so I just stay long enough to finish my pint and stare with wonder at my change. A good addition to a Bloomsbury/Holborn crawl.
BitterShurn - 12 Jan 2008 14:07
I like this pub, Good Ale selection rather than just the usual fixed brewery choice. Bar staff could be a little friendlier.
Visited on a saturday evening in December. It was comfortable and not so busy that you had to stand.
CambridgeBlue - 3 Dec 2007 11:39
This is a great pub with not the greatest list of ales and the staff are slow and extremely inattentive...determined through 4 visits in one week.
jbarnes - 4 Nov 2007 19:30
Sit yourself down outside and enjoy the rich tapestry of London life that hastes by. Say hello to some of the strangers. Have several jars, stumble into the British Museum, take the middle left door in Great Court and bathe in the awesome presence of the Rosetta Stone. Take yourself back to the pub. Be sure to donate on the way.

A tourist trap with character. Perfectly acceptable.
xyrion - 14 Sep 2007 17:04
A decent pint of St Austell Tribute from a fair selection of real ales. Plenty of staff, good service with empty glasses not allowed to clutter the tables.
realmeerkat - 5 Jul 2007 00:31
Fine traditional pub close to the British Museum, so inevitably gets dominated by tourists coming in for lunch. Nice to see a good proportion of them drinking from the wide selection of real ales on offer - even though when an American couple spend 5 minutes deciding whether to share a half pint of Fullers Summers Ale or Charles Wells Summer Solstice, my patience starts to get a bit frayed !

But yes, I enjoyed the visit and would happily come back when next in the area
JohnBonser - 3 Jul 2007 16:52
Went in expecting to find a tourist trap due to its location - but found a gem.
Friendly atmosphere, good selection of beers (well kept), all in a stylish traditional building.
Excellent
phil_27 - 30 Apr 2007 12:53
Nice place, the old peculier was spot on!
Bit too clean and shiny for my taste, and it was very quiet in there for a saturday night. But I'd definitely go back.
Thebman - 29 Apr 2007 17:24
Very nice pub. Nice selection of Ales. I had a nice pint of Old Peculier. Sure it used to be stronger!!!
Would liked to have for stopped for another but was dragged away to pub number 8.
TheHorsesMouth - 5 Feb 2007 21:14
Go on, have a pint.
theStickler - 26 Jan 2007 02:40
A very nice pub. Keep your eyes peeled for the stained glass in the food service area which survives from a 19th Century refurb, as well as original etched glass behind the bar.

Nice beers, including guests, and a quiet atmosphere, both inside and out.
sirensofsilence - 13 Jan 2007 01:23
Considering its location-- immediately across the road from the British Museum's spectacular neo-classical facade-- I think it's fair to say that Joe Bloggs has no right to expect that this will be an enjoyable pub to drink at. Tourists, tourists, toursits, easy money for the lowest common denominator... well, no, actually. Of course there's tourists, but to The Museum Tavern's credit, it manages a snug but welcoming atmosphere, a great selection of real ales underpinned by Youngs, while retaining the kind of traditional London pub decor that here signifies 'charm' rather than 'dirty, couldn't care less flea pit tourist trap'.

Not a bad place for a pint in Bloomsbury at all.
Gagriff - 9 Nov 2006 21:46
I think this pub is brilliant considering the touristical (!) location
anonymous - 23 Aug 2006 12:21
Greatly improved since last visit, about three years ago. A good old-fashioned boozer, not too badly knocked-about [a bit like me really] Nice friendly helpful governor and staff, and good range of real ales, very well-kept. Some interesting Victorian features inside. A bit of an oasis in an area not over-supplied with good pubs. Recommended.
M.O.G. - 18 Aug 2006 13:57
Very good manager who knows his real ales and his clientele. Just about the best pub in the West End restored to its former glory by a very good manager who knows his real ales and his clientele. Staff also very polite. Four of us spent a most enjoyable evening here last night (excellent pints of Butcombe & Timmie's Landlord) following my retreat from a pub down the road which served a disgusting pint of Youngs Bitter (which the manager here is very wisely resisting stocking!).
zeitlin - 18 Aug 2006 13:41
Ales are getting better here. Visited this week and they had Pride, Bombardier, Landlord, Theakstons OP, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted and a golden ale from Butcombe. Very impressive.
anonymous - 9 Aug 2006 19:56
Urf has a fair point. People love slagging off others but happily forget their own behaviour after a few. Pubs are pubs for the public to share with the exception of people who wear pastel coloured jumpers over their shoulders or boating shoes, they can sod off!!

Great range of ales in good nick. Tried a couple of new ones, which was nice. There isn't much room and it's very close to the museum so you wouldn't always expect much room. I'm always happy to get in people's way if they're wearing boating shoes.

couldn't give a toss about the food here but I presume it's not all that?? I'd eat elsewhere.
mitomighty - 11 Jul 2006 17:31
Great range of ever changing real ales but unfortunately smudger69 is spot on with his comments. Good pub that could be so much better.
johnkn7 - 5 Jun 2006 13:27
My wife and I visted London in February, and we stayed around the corner from the Museum Tavern, so my review may be biased by the proximity and convenience of the tavern.

Decor and service were satisfactory, and there was an interesting mix of customers, local and transient like me, but the best thing about the MT is its variety of cask ales. They have one of the best selections we found during our pub tour, and I was only slightly disappointed that they changed so frequently during the week we were there...because one I really enjoyed was gone the next day. My wife drinks wine and was ok with the cabernet they served.
nunrk - 26 Apr 2006 09:06
This was the last pub my wife and I visited on our London trip, and it turned out to be my favorite. The 6x was a great discovery, and the Best Bitter was so good I went back for a second. The staff was friendly, the crowd was...interesting, and we loved the decor. The Karl Marx stories certainly add to the romance of the place. Overall, the atmosphere was so pleasant I didn't even mind the smoke cloud hanging over the bar like a storm cloud.
On a more personal note, my wife and I are both Americans, and I can assure you that we were not loud or obnoxious while patronizing any pubs in London, including the Museum Tavern. However, on the night we visited the Museum Tavern, there was another American couple in the pub sitting with a group of what I gathered to be Londoners, and several times the fellow held his hand in front of the lady's face to stop her from speaking. Now that was obnoxious! But so was the loutish local who continually tried to engage other patrons in his drunken, obscenity-laced conversation about pointless nonsense. Rest assured, we tourists haven't cornered the market on obnoxiousness.
urf - 5 Apr 2006 19:28
The layout of this pub suggests it's only interested in cramming in as many tourists as it can for lunch! There's nowhere to stand comfortably at the bar without continually having to move or be knocked about!! Good choice of beers though. Not one of my favourites.
smudger69 - 5 Apr 2006 11:04
Food is rubbish. Don't eat here.

Real ales continue to impress.
anonymous - 19 Feb 2006 15:44
I think this pub looks stunning from the outside but is a bit of a disappointment inside. Staff are good and beers pretty good but just can't help but feel it's a bit grubby. Not my favourite in the area although keeps the museum tourists away from the better pubs!
charlottetwo - 5 Feb 2006 21:43
One of the only 'real' pubs in the area - Good mix of tourists and locals, Worth a visit.
geonosys - 31 Jan 2006 11:47
Arrived earlyish evening to find fairly busy, with mix of locals and some tourists. Also a combo of both having food - a good sign!

Service effecient (for which very pleasantly surprised!) with a good range (6) ales on draft. Add to this a combo of other drinks, lagers and impressive for main tourist area.

As a group we worked our way though all of the beers fairly quickly, with all being in good condition. Also as the evening went on we were easily able to get a table.

Look forward to returning again.
zakman - 12 Jan 2006 09:43
Well the obnoxious ones I am referring to were a group of about 8 20 somethings talking loudly and sprawling around the place, refusing to clear a way to the toilets and generally acting like they owned the place. Which they don't.
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 11:02
I am again amazed by the appearance of "loads of obnoxious yanks". I have been using this pub for 20 years and, in fact, recommended it. I have in all that time seen perhaps 6 Americans and Canadians there. I certainly have not seen an obnoxious one. I wonder what an obnoxious yank is.

Charles
saiga - 3 Jan 2006 00:03
Loads of obnoxious yanks on my last visit but the Theakstons Old Peculier really is good. Considering its location, very good pub. Rotating guest ales.

Best thing was the "why not impress her? buy a bottle of CHAMPAGNE?" sign in the toilets - not ironic in the least and very amusing.
anonymous - 1 Jan 2006 19:02
Nice surprise... good mix of locals and tourists. Lots of original features, decent beer (Young's) good service and a genuinly cosy atmosphere. Given its position its a miracle it hasn't become disneyfied.
Albert_Campion - 4 Dec 2005 01:16
I found the Theakstons Old Peculiar well up to standard, but this place soon fills up with tourists, inevitably given its location.

According to my 1997 London Evening Standard pub guide, one of the Museum Tavern's decorative mirrors was vandalised by Karl Marx. All London's pubs like to have some claim to fame, real or imagined, but how many can say they once had the founding father of communism trashing the joint?
Martinl - 26 Sep 2005 23:30
Long, narrow, street corner pub decorated like an ex-gin palace. Does a small range of popular guest ales. Tidy, nonthreatening atmosphere. The Old Peculier was a bit tired, but the chips were tasty.
SilkTork - 25 Aug 2005 22:31
The bar staff are the friendliest you'll ever meet in London; don't know why people say the food is crap - it's OK pub food as far as I can tell. It has quite a few locals - you see the same people every night. Most are pretty friendly and talkative though recently there's been a group of lads that down beers and shorts and who are really quite unpleasant if you're a woman. I hope it doesn't turn into one of those macho places but fear it's in danger of doing so. In which case, I'm all for the tourists!
anonymous - 22 Jul 2005 14:51
Pleasant enough. Very American, although I enjoyed the conversation I had with an elderly Floridian couple with whom I got chatting in there last Friday night. I'd recommend this pub for people who want to be close to the bright lights for a late supper, but have no time for noisy, crowded places.
dawnage - 13 Jun 2005 22:56
I was manager there up to 1998, and it was definately S&N not Youngs. We did home cooked food but the brewery kept insisting that we use the pre-packaged stuff from Bookers because then they could control our profits exactly down to a single portion. From recent comments it seems to have hurt the food quality.
Nice friendly pub, I loved the tourists and the constant new faces every day. Lovely warm atmosphere in winter.
Loki - 21 Feb 2005 10:44
Decent if one isn't surrounded by loud Americans. I say that as an American.

Food is mediocre, beers are better, staff has always been friendly.
Geoffrey - gjl229@aol.com - 5 Nov 2004 03:52
Tried it again yesterday - not so many loud Americans this time, but I must agree with Jo, the food was crap! Nice draught Old Peculier, though.
drinker - 4 Jul 2004 10:13
Same street as The Plough except this one has nice toilets and you can always get a seat. Food is crap though.
Jo - 9 Jun 2004 17:49
The Museum Tavern
Nice friendly bar with mix of locals and tourists easy to relax in and has good vibe, selction of cask beer excellent and food not bad either
Tony - 7 May 2004 14:52
Full of American tourists. Avoid like the plague.
drinker - 9 Apr 2004 20:44
Very impressive! Great beers on cask. Lovely interior... lots of dark wood and there is room to breathe.
beerbum63 - 8 Apr 2004 03:52
Quality establishment. It's a great room with quality ale. I haven't tried the grub but there was a long line for the lunch special.
Jeff - 11 Oct 2003 20:59
Across the street from the British Museum. My favorite pub. the food is excellent, especially the pork pie. Pleasant atmosphere and nice barmen.
Charles - 30 Jul 2003 10:36

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