Museum Tavern

Museum TavernMuseum Tavern
8 Ratings
Museum TavernMuseum Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

49 Great Russell Street
London, England, WC1B 3BA
United Kingdom

+44 20 7242 8987 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located directly across the street from the British Museum, the Museum Tavern is a must visit after a few hours of checking out the mummy’s and the Rosetta stone.

The interior is about as classic an English pub as you can get. A small room with lots of brass and worn wood. The bar runs almost the length of the entire room. A small little al la carte food station sits at the far end of the place. Tables take up most the room with localscrowded around the bar, or at least that's how it was during my lunch hour visit.

The beer selection was decent. Close to a dozen taps. Your standard London taps (Guinness Extra Cold, Fosters, etc) with a slightly better cask selection than just Fullers or Young’s. I hit up a pint of Bombardier on my visit.

The food selection was again, standard London pub grub. Fish and Chips, bangers and mash and other pub favorites. All served pseudo cafeteria style from the little glass covered food station in the back corner. Quality was decent, but not the greatest.

Overall I’d say it’s a must visit if you’re already out that way checking out the British Museum. Makes a nice little capper to a long day of traveling through ancient Egypt. Beyond that though, I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to visit here.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Surprisingly nice little pub with a decent selection of traditional cask ales right in the shadow of the British Museum. Definitely a place to pop in for a pint, and it becomes a real local in the evening after the museum closes. Not bad at all.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a wonderful little pub! We stopped by here on a stroll back from picking up tickets for a train ride to Edinburgh. We had popped in to the British museum and worked up quite a thirst.
For my first, I had a pint of Theakston's Old Peculiar on cask. What a wonderful brew! My wife had a pint of the Landlord which was also quite tasty and in good condition too. They do up a really nice cheese plate here which had a good selection as well.
It is a beautiful pub on the inside and a great place to have a few pints!
***review oct 2009***
Had a wonderful few pints and a great dinner here with my Mom and Dad after a nice afternoon at the British Museum...

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Photo of rarevos
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Out of all the pubs I visited in London, this had the best beer selection. It was a Fuller's pub, so not only did they have Pride on cask, but they had a guest row of handles, which had Old Peculier and Shepherd Neame's Bishop's Finger -- both excellent beers. Also had Chiswick Ale, the IPA, and the ESB. And a row of Stella, Guinness, Carlsburg and Bud.

It has the reputation as a tourist pub, but it's one of the few pubs in the neighborhood that deviates from its parent company's beer selection. That alone makes it worth visiting, but it really doesn't give off a tourist vibe anyway. And Karl Marx used to drink here! How can you not love that? Even if you hate his ideas, you can surely share a seat with his ghost.

The atmosphere was pretty lively. It was a warm room that got crowded very quickly. They had seats at the bar, which was a plus (this feature was more rare than I would have thought).

Friendly service. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this pub during the lunch hour. A bit busy, but we found a seat easily. Overall, an excellent example of a British pub. Very cozy, nicely decorated with dark wood, beveled colored glass, big baskets of flowers out front. Arguably a bit touristy being across from the British Museum, but that's just fine. Great for its list of famous visitors, too. Lots of the standard London brews on tap. Nice selection overall - would gladly come back for a pint some evening. Food was terrific. I tried the bangers and mash (my favorite). Came with loads of chips and beans. One of the most fulfilling pub meals I've had. Service was great - friendly, food came out fast. Highly recommended if you're in the neighborhood!

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Photo of wl0307
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Bringing my friends from Taiwan to the British Museum today, and I finally got the chance to stop by this pub when I had enough of Mummies... I was quite pleasantly surprised to find the 6 handpumps serving some quality ales: Theakston Old Peculiar, Harvey's Best Bitter, Timothy Taylor's Golden Best, Highgate Irish Whisky Ale, Wentworth 6X and London Pride. I had a half-pint of Golden Best to test the water, but the result was just o.k. If the other reviewers of this beer are not jaded in favour of it, I'd say I didn't have a perfect pint. Also, considering the beer was served short-measured (with a 1.5cm-thick beer head in a half-pint glass!! Gosh.) and that I had to politely remind the inexperienced barmaid of the fact, the service was not ideal at best.

The interior is not too bad though, with cut-glass windows, dark orange painted wood-panelled ceiling, and a long bar decorated with carved wooden frame (pardon my poor English), there's some decent feel to this place. Plus the fact that the landlady played 70s rock and folk when I was there, and all customers bar two (a 60-something British man and me) were tourists enjoying their luncheon and lagers and Guinness, I'd say this place really is a mix-up. All in all, this is not a bad pub, but it really needs to spell itself out better.

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Photo of texashammer
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

obviously a tourist joint, right across from the British Museum, but we saw on the sign that they had Old Peculier on cask and that settled it for us. a historic building (they'll sell you a small book about it; we declined) with impressive old carved wood and etched glass, for an impressive and traditional look. service was fine for our one beer. quiet and pleasant at 3pm (I'm sorry, 15:00) but very smoky. they had food but we didn't eat; looked like an identical menu to the Salisbury, though, where we did eat and liked the food. (the menus appeared to be photocopied; maybe it's a chain?) if you go here for no other reason, I didn't find Old Peculier on cask anywhere else, and that's worth something in my book.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I first set foot in this Pub way back in '83.... enjoyed it then big-time, so I just had to return while on this trip. It has the look of your typical London pub: lots of dark wood, brass railings and fixtures, plenty of small tables scattered about along with benches along the outer walls with some comfy cushions! Throw in the fogged, engraved windows and a counter in the corner full of sausages, chips and other yummies! It does get a bit of the tourist traffic, as it is right across the street from the world-class British Museum, but don't let that deter you. They had the following biers on cask: Theakston Old Peculiar, Youngs Bitter, Charles Wells Bombardier, Courage Directors Bitter, London Pride, Theakston (?) Lightfoot; regular taps were Fosters, Guinness, Guinness Cold, and Kronenbourg 1664. Waggledance was due on next. Bottles were Newcastle, Budvar, Grimbergen Blond and Dubbel and Brugges (plus Bud, Corona and MGD). Staff was friendly, attentive and courteous. I had a large platter of the Sausage, Chips and Beans, and it really hit the spot. A few pints of cask Old Pec did the trick for dessert! Hit the Brit Museum in the morn, stop by here for some grub and bier, and finish up with more of the Mummies and Vikings at the Brit!. Cheers!!

overall: 4.1
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$


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Museum Tavern in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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