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The Lord's Tavern (Bar)

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St John's Wood Road, London, Maida Vale & St Johns Wood, London, NW8 8QP
Cuisine: Pub Average Price: £20.00
Tel: 0207 616 8689 | Email to The Lord's Tavern | | Transport: St. Johns Wood | Write review

The Lord's Tavern Review

Best for: Match Day menu deals; quick-eats.

Great: Service; for people-watching.

"Feed the snake, feed the snake..." The chanting rises to an alarming frenzy as an already rowdy crowd precariously pass around an enormous stack of plastic beer cups while a red-faced security guard chases the "snake" up and down the aisle, along the end of the rows. Shrill well-dressed ladies in dark navy and white trim blazers monopolise the crowd, many of whom have long-left behind the pretence of being a "lady" (in the old-fashioned sense of the word), despite today apparently being "Ladies Day".

Lionel Ritchie 80s music blares out, desperately trying to be heard over the ever-increasing volume of the crowd as the next batsman bravely strides up. Before he gets a chance to showcase his talents, a downpour of biblical magnitude falls from the sky without warning and brightly-coloured umbrellas propelled by tipsy "ladies" scuttle into the cricket ground tavern where they're completely shielded from the pelting rain.

Inside it's loud and drafty but a friendly South African waiter makes us comfortable at a corner table where a wall partly muffles the sound of excitable females clustered by the bar. Recently renovated and reopened in the last few months [at time of writing], Lords Tavern is inoffensively decorated in neutral browns and light olives with regency striped chairs, framed cricket-related prints and a giant Chesterfield bench thoughtfully covered in red and beige scatter cushions.

As we order from the match day menu, a waitress helpfully takes our sodden brollie and tucks it away to drip-dry elsewhere. We have just enough time to watch a middle-aged woman put her head inside an over-sized lamp shade and drunkenly giggle "I'm a lamp" before our vegetarian salad and chicken liver parfait arrive.

Generously portioned and tasty, the salad is a veritable colour feast of radish, broad beans, celery, caramelised walnuts, rocket, poached pear, hazelnut vinaigrette and goat's cheese, without being too heavy on the cheese. My parfait reminds me of a candle with a neat disc of fat on top of a massive tub of creamy pate, sitting beside a small pot of onion jam and two triangular cuts of toasted brioche; the parfait clearly outnumbers the bread but all is delicious.

Piercing voices, chanting and clapping almost drown out our very cricket-friendly conversation about the blurring of the class system. Our ever-thoughtful waitress returns with a miraculously dry umbrella and whisks our empty plates away before magically reappearing with the mains: five goat's cheese tortellini parcels - with sage butter, roasted pumpkin and spinach - resemble vegetarian rations; but equally tasty hand-cut chips and seasonal side veg thankfully fill the void. My Gloucester old spot sausages with creamed potatoes, grilled apple, red onion and sage gravy provide a heartier feast but at £15.50 for two courses and £18.50 for three, who can really complain?

As Lionel greets us and is "Dancing on the Ceiling", we almost wish we'd brought earplugs to drown out the sound of drunken revelers; all perfect contestants for "Ladettes to Ladies". But by 9.30 the Tavern is quiter and we witness another middle-aged "lady" upturn her glass, dither and watch it smash on the floor before swiftly doing a runner.

Our South African waiter returns with the sticky toffee pudding and selection of three scoops of homemade ice creams (cherry, raspberry and vanilla) and shortbread, telling us that from tonight's observations he's noticed that women seem able to drink more than men. Having witnessed the bomb site in the toilets, the glass-smasher and human lampshade, I'm not so sure.

Two bottles down and we remain incomparable to this brash bunch, Australia have beaten England and my half-Ozzie chum is overjoyed to hear a celebratory playing of the John Butler Trio. Snakes securely penned for the night, it's now safe to venture out but the weather mourns England's loss and we're once again shuffling beneath a small umbrella towards the relative shelter of St John's Wood. more

Customer Reviews for The Lord's Tavern

Average (based on 4 votes): 4 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Really lovely pub! We ate on offer here and thought the prices were really reasonable anyway. I had the home-made beef burger and my partner had the special curry - i would recommend to any foodie!!! It the heart of London, without the feeling of being consumed by noise and pollution...”
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Joe R, Ampthill (8 years 2 months 9 days ago)

“Sensational pub experience. I am a bit of a cricket lover myself so i visited Lord's for a tour of the ground- which was excellent. I then noticed they offered a discount in the Lord's Tavern for those who were visiting the ground for a tour. I sat down to a late lunch with some friends and the staff couldn't have been more friendly. With the snowy weather outside i wanted something quite hearty and there was plenty of choice and some lovely ales to choose from. I will definitely be revisiting - not just for cricket!!”
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emmasheldrake, [ Unknown ] (8 years 3 months 18 days ago)

“Service is exceptional and the quality of food is second to none! Would highly recommend.”
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Foodlover, Suffolk (8 years 6 months 29 days ago)

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“Quick service and good food.”
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Jo Renton, London (9 years 9 months 26 days ago)

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Menu items draw on local provenance and are priced to reflect the Tavern’s appeal as an easy alternative to dining in. The menu is designed around seasonal flavours and the Lord's Tavern offers daily delights on the 'specials' board. Open from Monday to Friday from 11am to 11pm serving lunch and dinner and 9am to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday, the Lord’s Tavern also offers a tasty brunch menu at weekends and a traditional sunday roast.

Updated 01/02/2013

Sample menu
Sandwich Menu
Lord's Tavern Sandwich Menu
Lord's Tavern Spring Menu
Lord's Tavern Spring Menu


Marston’s provides the ale offering and will unveil guest beers, alongside Pedigree, EPA, Oyster Stout, Ringwood Boondoggle and Peroni. Watch out, too, for ales made exclusively for Lord’s. A carefully selected wine list will also feature along with Champagnes. Service is laid-back, lending to a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Updated 30/04/2012

Lord's Tavern Wine and Champagne List
Lord's Tavern Wine and Champagne List

The Lord's Tavern Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm    

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Enjoy our varied events and special offers throughout the year. Always changing keep an eye out for new offers!

Updated 19/04/2012

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Updated 19/04/2012

The Lord's Tavern Hire Details

We offer private areas within the Lord's Tavern for private hire for any occasion.

Updated 01/02/2013

Name: Lord's Tavern - Terrace
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 100
Notes: The Lord's Tavern is available for private hire and area bookings. For more details, please speak to one of the team.

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